Motorcyclist Chris Moore was riding on a Dallas, Texas freeway among a group riders out for Memorial Day. Moore was wearing a helmet camera which was capturing not just other riders, but a healthy police presence around the motorcade. The following patrol cars could be explained by stories that during the Memorial Day ride last year riders got so rowdy that they shut down the entire freeway.

Moore was actually riding slower than other riders around him, and was surprised to be pulled over by Dallas Deputy Sheriff James Westbrook. When Moore protests that he isn't doing anything wrong and asks why he's been stopped, Westbrook tells him he's going to take Moore's camera to use as evidence against the other riders in the group who were guilty of violations. Moore tells the officer he can't do that, and after Westbrook gets Moore's paperwork, he retires to his car. When he reemerges he tells Moore that he's arresting the motorcyclist for having an obscured license plate. Moore protests but it does him no good – he's booked and spends hours in jail.

In response to Dallas television station WFAA airing Moore's video, the department is launching an internal investigation into Westbrook's actions. The department did release dash-cam footage of other motorcyclists, not Moore, antagonizing patrol cars during the ride – but no one is questioning why the police were there or whether anyone at all should have been pulled over. And even though Moore himself could have been less antagonistic when he was pulled over, it appears it he may have been busted for flimsy, and perhaps unconstitutional, reasons.

Scroll down to see the footage from Moore's helmet cam. The action begins at 3:10.



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      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta love the camera. The police for the police! No wonder some departments want to make filming an officer illegal.
      RUDEBOi
      • 2 Years Ago
      It may be a tough job; but following rules is one of you mandates.. Dont follow your own rules... you need to get fired!
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's [jerks] like Westbrook make me feel sorry for the real police officers out there who actually serve and protect the public, not their egos. Small wonder why it's harder and harder for people to treat the police with respect when there isn't a day that goes by when someone with a badge enforces his/her own rules.
        Johnny Trailerpark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Traffic cops are almost always ********. It's beat cops I feel sorry for. This sort of behavior tarnishes the reputation of all law enforcement officers. Shame.
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just goes to show you, even if you are nice to the cop who pulled you over, and ask legit & logical questions regarding the reason(s) why you may have been pulled over, if the cop is being a d*ck, or is hell bent on enforcing the law, even if there was no law being broken, it's hopeless. This is why cops and law enforcement need to be accountable. You can do everything in your power to cooperate, and try to make things smooth, but if the cop is in a bad mood, or is being a pr*ck, there's nothing we/you can do when it comes to a cop abusing their power.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 2 Years Ago
      Welcome to the Police state of America.. its only going to get worse..
        Dvanos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ERNSTEVERYTHING
        Unfortunately you are right, so scary.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ERNSTEVERYTHING
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      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a civil rights lawyer. I defend cops for a living. If this guy brings suit, he's got a guaranteed win. This cops are idiots.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the law enforcers themselves break the law,how can they expect regular citizens to obey laws?
      srmcg
      • 2 Years Ago
      power mad scumbags
      Red212
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an *******!!
      E
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is bullshit!! It should really worry people that stupid fat pigs such as this idiot are legally allowed to carry a badge and a gun. An IQ test should be mandatory for becoming a police officer. As a person that has been a victim of power trips such as the one seen in this clip it really drives me crazy that these pigs are not being held accountable for their actions. This pig should be fired and severely disciplined. Its officers like this that are responsible for the tensions between law enforcement and the general public.
      Jan Calloway
      • 2 Years Ago
      With power comes great responsibility. Nothing by that police officer actions indicated that he deserved protecting and working for the people regardless what the rider did or didn't do. Fail, Fire and Replace with someone who can. The police department wanted the footage of any illegal activity, not knowing if he was part of the group they should have asked, vice try to take.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      After seeing the video, I am appalled at such behavior. The police officer planned on arresting him. You can see the body language and his approach. He wanted that camera by any means necessary. Even if it meant violating someone elses civil rights. There was no "probable cause". And by the officers actions, even if there were crimes on that camera, the district attorney would not be able to use that evidence once the defense motions to have the evidence thrown out by the way it was obtained. This guy may(or may not) have any direct affiliation with the motorcycle group being that is was a public motorcycle gathering on holiday weekend. The gentleman was being a bit brash, but he did not show any sort of physical aggression where the officer could genuinely feel that his life (or anyone elses life) was in danger. This was simply a young man on his bike riding with other bikers who had one thing in common. Motorcycles. He even gave a peace-sign to one of the passing patrols cars.This was wrong and there is no way that this action can be justified. The officer in question should be suspended indefinitely and/or placed on deck duty where he cannot exhibit any menace to the public. If a lawsuit was (and probably likely) to occur, his pension and other assets should also be leveraged. Tax-payers should not be responsible for his actions and it should not be a liability to them. Years ago in Pennsylvania, I was pulled over in an Evo X MR for doing 68 in a 65. I was nice to him the whole time and he wrote multiple tickets. I still kept my composure and drove off. He followed me all the way out of the state. So just so that the police that post on here protect each other, be careful of who you protect because it also can relate to your own character. Thank You.
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