Uber driver Jesse Bright filmed an incident where he was stopped and harassed by Wilmington Police and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department officers.
The Uber customer Jesse Bright was giving a ride to was asked to exit the vehicle and submit to a search. The reason? The area where they stopped was described as a “drug house” by one of the cops. Wilmington Police Sergeant Kenneth Becker noticed Jesse Bright’s camera and told him to stop recording or they will arrest him. They say that he is not allowed to record the police interaction due to a new state law banning the filming of cops.
It turns out, in addition to an Uber driver, Jesse Bright is a defense attorney. He knew there was no such North Carolina law.
Chief Ralph Evangelous of the Wilmington Police Department issued the following statement in response to the videos:
“Taking photographs and videos of people that are in plain sight including the police is your legal right. As a matter of fact we invite citizens to do so when they believe it is necessary. We believe that public videos help to protect the police as well as our citizens and provide critical information during police and citizen interaction.”
Watch the traffic stop in the video below: