The Dallas Sheriff’s deputy who arrested a motorcyclist on Memorial Day after he refused to hand over his video camera as evidence against other bikers was suspended today for more than a month without pay, which is more punishment than we normally see in these incidents.
Deputy James Westbrook will serve a 38-day unpaid suspension for pulling over Chris Moore, then telling him he was going to seize his helmet camera as evidence against other bikers, some who were apparently speeding and driving recklessly.
When Moore reminded him he had no right to seize the camera, Moore arrested him for an obstructed license plate.
The above video, which was shot from Moore’s helmet camera, indicates that Moore’s license plate was not obstructed.
Besides, it took Westbrook more than three minutes to come up with that allegation. And even then, that is normally an offense that amounts to nothing more than a citation.