Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:20 PM by Mike Manzoni -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 4, 2013 9:23 PM
ALICE -- The Alice Police officer seen in a viral video that surfaced on YouTube earlier this week has been placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate an arrest he made.
Officer Nicolas Juarez was caught on camera last month arresting Gabriel Cabrera, 25, as Cabrera videotaped Juarez and other officers who were making a traffic stop.
In the video, Juarez asks Cabrera for identification, and mentions that he does not want the video to end up on YouTube.
But in his police report Juarez never mentioned anything about his frustration with being videotaped. Instead, he wrote that he arrested Cabrera after Cabrera refused to identify himself. Juarez wrote that he wanted to identify Cabrera because Cabrera was a witness to the traffic stop. In the video, however, Juarez never says anything about Cabrera being a witness.
It is still not clear why Cabrera was videotaping the traffic stop.
Federal courts have ruled that it is not illegal to videotape police officers.
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