You can read the rest of his account, where he was taken to prison, detained without charges, placed into solitary confinement, and eventually made his way out of the system. By my count [at least] the following illegalities were committed against Partinsky and his friend by the San Francisco Police Department.
- Denial of due process (see Professor Glenn Reynolds on A Due-Process Right To Record The Police, and Morgan Manning on Photographers’ Rights).
- False imprisonment.
- Assault and battery.
- Reckless endangerment.
The judges conspire with the police and don’t care about your rights (after all, those no-knock raids where cops point rifles at women and children require a warrant). The police will be immune from prosecution for abuse and illegalities (or otherwise from the consequences of their actions) as long as we allow it to happen.
As I remarked elsewhere (this story has been percolating around San Francisco for a while now) this guy still comes across as somebody suffering from “Battered Citizen/Stockholm Syndrome.”
But then, I know all about San Francisco cops. Certainly enough to know that I have absolutely zero rights in any confrontion they care to instigate, and that cops, in general, are not nice guys when they put that uniform on.
Anent the title of this post: Okay, not all cops are pigs, at least not all the time. But that’s the safe way to bet, unless you want to have exciting experiences like this guy did.