Cops Go Ballistic Over Camera Dissent

Police were "hopping mad" as they attempted to remove a state-of-the-art revenue suppression device -a sombrero- from a scam cam

A giant sombrero placed over a Redflex ticketing machine in Paradise Valley, Arizona was stomped on and destroyed by town police officers before being placed in the back seat of a cruiser.

CameraFRAUD volunteers had gathered at the “scamera” location in the upscale Phoenix suburb late last month to assist a production crew from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in obtaining footage and interviews regarding two controversial Arizona policies: photo enforcement and SB1070.

According to witnesses, PV Ofc. Steven Chavira arrived on the scene and immediately demanded the production crew cease filming, using his hands and body in an attempt to obstruct the crew’s cameras, apparently unaware of the irony of his actions.

According to, “Chavira… then jumped several times in vain attempts to reach the giant hat that rested on the camera head just beyond his reach. After using a stick, Chavira and a second officer were able to knock off the sombrero, which he stomped on several times before taking it into custody in his patrol car.”

Did the officers act inappropriately? While covering or blocking a ticketing camera isn’t known to violate any local or state law, the officers actions appear to be unprofessional: the immigration debate is a hot topic; sworn law officers stomping on something racially symbolic is a public relations fiasco in the making.

Furthermore, destruction of evidence is a serious crime, and would be applicable if the town had decided to attempt to maliciously pursue the individuals responsible for the placement of the sombrero.

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41 Responses to Cops Go Ballistic Over Camera Dissent

  1. reason says:

    The cops messed up big time on this one. They have no right to tell the media what they can and cannot film in a public location. They also have no right to damage property or destroy evidence, and one or both of those obviously happened.

  2. Steve says:

    As long as there can’t be any prosecutions for this, someone should sneak back and put something over the lens, every time it’s removed by police. It’s kind of like the illegal immigration issue. The illegal aliens are sneaking in to the country faster than anyone can stop them, because we can’t afford to police every inch of the border. The city can’t afford to post a full-time officer to guard the cameras either. In a few weeks, those same officers will be having to police the immigration issues too. I hope they’re more professional with that than they were in this case.

    • Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

      professional? i think all the cops that have had to deal with you clowns have been more than professional…. but by all means…please keep trying to provoke them…. you may eventually get what you want…..

      • Butihave Nothingto Worryabout says:

        The police need to get hold of the petitions and round up everyone that signed them. These clowns need to be dealt with swiftly!!! Stacey is the worst of the bunch. She needs to be thrown in jail and never let out…
        These cf people have been the biggest obstruction to justice around.

        Deal with you’re loss, losers. There will be more cameras than you can imagine in the next months and you will be powerless to stop them…

  3. Yes, Comedy Central, who chose not to air any of the choice video because in my opinion the producer supports Photo Enforcement.

  4. That segment on The Daily Show was awful. I thought it was supposed to be a satire show.

    They missed out by not airing any of the footage they took of this protest. Their loss #dailyshowfail

  5. Sure says:

    Lol. It was a little bit funny. Escpecially the end. Bwhahaha.

  6. THX1138 says:

    I would like to add paint-ball guns to the list of effective scamera deterrent devices. Tell Ernie and Jet I said hi.

  7. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    the reason charges have not been filed across the state for covering the camera without damaging it is to not draw attention to it. more incidents would happen if someone was prosecuted… i am sure there is a law that is being broken.. probably along the lines of obstruction of justice… you wouldnt be allowed to stand in front of a radar gun while an officer was running radar….

    it is so easy to see when CF is not feeling the love…. they post stories about their escapades.. in a build up to declare how much damage they have done to redflex… of course this is just perceived damage…. CF has very little to do with the problems at redflex……

    • Butihave Nothingto Worryabout says:

      Don’t worry hon. The cameras will be back and in grater numbers.

    • Steve says:

      CameraFraud was the one who let the cat out of the bag when it came to the fact that there are no penalties for not paying the automated tickets. Camera Fraud didn’t directly do this, but provided the web forums where those of us who had received the fraud tickets were all able to communicate with eachother about them. At one time, trashing your fraud ticket, or even admitting to others that you had done so, was a pretty scarry thing to do. As everyone started realizing that those who didn’t respond to the scam most often faced no penalties, and that even those few who were served properly only had to pay an extra twenty bucks or so if caught, it was game-over for Redflex. The word spread to friends and neighbors after that. Camera Fraud shared critical news that helped people to figure the scam out, and to help several people decide to take the risks to publicly expose the scam, by refusing to pay and then telling others that they didn’t have to pay either. Score a big one for Camera Fraud. Redflex’s financial troubbles were almost exclusively caused by everyone figuring out the truth about the law, as opposed their believing the legal lies that were printed on the scam tickets that bore the DPS logo (all of the terrable penalties that you would supposedly face if you didn’t respond to the fraud ticket). The only penalty that most of us faced was that our scam tickets were dismissed by a judge who himself, was being burdened by the scam. A very few unlucky people had to pay the process server fee and their fraud ticket. The lesson to me was that I could refuse to cooperate, I could participate in bringing changes to corrupt government policies and even illegal laws, and that the effect would not necessarily be harmful to me. That wouldn’t have happened when it did, if not for the work done by the Camera Fraud organization.

      • Butihave Nothingto Worryabout says:

        The loophole will also be closed after the November elections. Trust me on this one. Photo tickets will also carry points.
        Ignoring the photo ticket will be just as bad or worse than ignoring a ticket issued be a officer. TRUST ME!!! YOU LOST!!

        • justcurious says:

          Butihave Nothingto Worryabout if you win the lottery can i have a hummer

        • Steve says:

          Too many people will still refuse to pay those tickets. When the state starts suspending the driver’s licenses of a high enough proportion of the population, there’ll be hell to pay. Political careers will end, and it will be much easier next time to get the issue on the ballot after that. Public interest waned this time when everyone found out that no one had to pay for their fraud ticket, and the camera contract was not going to be renewed any way. Hasn’t anyone asked why points weren’t being issued the first time around? It’s not because our politicians are nice guys who want to play fair. They were afraid of what would happen to their political careers if they stung the people too badly. In any event, the Camera Fraud organization will have a better idea of what it will take to succeed at getting the issue on the ballot next time around.

          • Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

            no steve…. CF had all the publicity they needed to make their recall a success… they failed due to apathy…from their members and the public… CF had about 10-15 dedicated to the cause and 10-15 kind of dedicated… they gave it all hell of a shot but failed….those who got away with their crimes….kudos to them. but most people will view stiffer penalties as the laws regarding PR being written to close the loopholes… every law ever written has loopholes… and it takes a year or 2 to get them closed….

            you only get one shot at public interest when it comes to laws….

      • Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

        really steve? do you really think that CF had anything to do with redflex financial troubles? if Cf did SO MUCH DAMAGE then whey is redflex still in business? cause according to you guys.. you crippled them….. it appears that is not the case….. those pallets of cameras sitting outside redflexes back door were not shipped here for no reason!! think about it

  8. Sure says:

    CAMERAS HAVE BACKFIRED, CAN’T REPLACE OFFICERS: By Fabian Cota, President of the Mesa Police Association

    Ch 15 story:

  9. Sure says:

    Go to Page 2to read officer Cota’s piece.

  10. Sure says:

    Stop the Photo Radar Pirates with this:

  11. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    Phoenix, AZ
    1,122 Volunteers

    Welcome to CameraFRAUD. We are united in our effort to get rid of every speed camera, red light camera, and photo radar van here in Arizona and across the country. We were suc…

    Check out this Meetup Group →

    yes stacey the message board at meet up has sucked since i was removed…. you allow no pro camera views at meet up..

    jim…. cf members could not exist if they could not get “the word out” just look around…. stacey throws out threads daily about things that have nothing to do with PR !!! most of what she puts out in regards to PR is shit that is happening in OTHER COUNTRIES!!! she is the worst kind of person to give power to!!

  12. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    Phoenix, AZ
    1,122 Volunteers

    Welcome to CameraFRAUD. We are united in our effort to get rid of every speed camera, red light camera, and photo radar van here in Arizona and across the country. We were suc…

    Check out this Meetup Group →

    more idle threats from mark s.. hey mark…get a clue clown!! the governor knows by now how you and the 15 others feel about pr and she doesnt care… btw mark…how many signatures did you collect? i think you are one of the members active only by name and messages… but very little else…. such as help!! where is your partner in crime ? you know doc from prescott? or did he get upset with CF and take his ball and went home? i wonder how many signatures he collected… you know when they talk about those who didnt do enough…. you are one of them

  13. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    Phoenix, AZ
    1,122 Volunteers

    Welcome to CameraFRAUD. We are united in our effort to get rid of every speed camera, red light camera, and photo radar van here in Arizona and across the country. We were suc…

    Check out this Meetup Group →

    check this shit out…. andrea authored her own thread and talked about how great she is…. with the disguise that it is someone else writing about her… she will make a great politician…. she likes to cover things up

    • Butihave Nothingto Worryabout says:

      And this is only the beginning. The state will be going after people that have not paid their tickets. Read that the tickets are dismissed without prejudice. If someone doesn’t pay and the 120 days go by. They can reopen the case and go after you.

  14. Stacey says:

    We don’t even need the message board. Twitter and facebook have been great!

  15. Sure says:

    Everyone that has joined camerafraud has brought something benefical to our cause.

  16. B says:

    “CameraFRAUD volunteers had gathered at the “scamera” location in the upscale Phoenix suburb late last month to assist a production crew from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in obtaining footage and interviews regarding two controversial Arizona policies: photo enforcement and SB1070.”
    I didn’t realize CF had attempted to help The Daily Show’s crew out.

    For those of you who were involved with helping TDS, how do you feel about the final product?

    Those cops sure had a hard time keeping a cool head – that’s for sure…

  17. Sure says:

    I think the show obviously had an agenda when it came to SB 1070. The episode was slightly funny, but obviously they didn’t involve us in that show. After meeting Carl Seel, it is apparent why they went after him.

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