*As tension begins to build due to the pending grand jury decision to indict or not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael in Ferguson, MO., a new video from 2013 reveals that Wilson had once threatened and arrested a man for videotaping him with a mobile phone.
The video was posted last week by a guy named Mike Arman. It shows Officer Wilson on Arman’s property at the edge of his garden path and telling him:
“If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I’m gonna lock your ass up.”
“Sir, I’m not taking a picture, I’m recording this incident sir,” Arman responded. “Do I not have the right to record?”
“No, you don’t; come on,” Wilson said, and promptly arrested him.
According to the Guardian, Arman’s account lines up with the Ferguson police incident report filed in 2013. Arman, who has a criminal record, was charged with failing to comply with Wilson’s orders, but claims that the charges were dropped once his lawyer learned he had footage of his arrest.
A Ferguson PD spokesman told the Guardian that the officer in the video is not Wilson, but the incident report says that Wilson went to Arman’s house that day to issue a court summons regarding derelict vehicles on his property.
In the incident report, Wilson also said he told Arman “to remove the camera from [his] face,” and said that he resisted arrest: “I was forced to grab his wrists one at a time and secure them into handcuffs.” (FYI, it’s perfectly legal to record a police officer while they’re on duty.)
Watch footage of the incident below: