Surveillance means Big Brother is watching you. Sousveillance means you’re watching Big Brother. In an excellent example of that, a New York photojournalist recently won a $200,000 settlement that stemmed from an arrest in 2011 that was caught on film and made the headlines worldwide.
The video from LiveLeak shows photojournalist Philip Datz getting bullied and arrested by a police officer for filming the scene of an accident after a car chase. When Datz showed his press credentials and explained that he had every right to be there, Suffolk County (New York) Police Sergeant Michael Milton kept telling him to go away, and threatening to arrest him. When Datz objected, Milton snapped:
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years. There’s nothing you can hold over my head or anybody out there.”
Fortunately for us — but unfortunately for the police sergeant — MIlton was wrong, and his 30 years of abusing his authority finally caught up to him.
You can watch a film of the arrest; courtesy of LiveLeak. The arrest occurs at the end of the video.
h/t Live Leak