WATCH: Corrupt sheriffs exposed by their own dashboard cameras

In May of this year, Steve Hindi of the animal rights group SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness) alleged that he was stopped illegally in the state of Oregon by the Malheur County Sherriff’s Office. Now new footage from the sheriff’s own video has proven him right.

Hindi, who made his own recording of the incident and posted it on the Internet, was told by Deputy Brian Belnap that he was trespassing on the grounds of the Jordan Valley Rodeo. Belnap went on to claim that the reason they had to stop Hindi was because he was driving a rental car and they needed to obtain his identification.

When Hindi explained to the officer that he had paid the $10 admittance fee and wasn’t trespassing, Belnap then told Hindi that he was kicked out for having a camera.

Several states in the U.S. have passed anti-whistleblower bills, otherwise known as “ag-gag” bills, which prevent whistleblowers, animal rights activists and even journalists from filming or taking photos without the consent of animal enterprise industries such as factory farms, etc.

After Hindi’s encounter with the sheriffs, SHARK launched an investigation into the connections between the Malheur County Sheriff’s Department, accusing it of violation of free speech and using intimidation tactics. SHARK found that the Sheriff’s Department has direct ties to the rodeo, with one of the deputies even being on the rodeo’s board.

The Jordan Valley Rodeo has previously come under fire from animal rights activists for practices that many believe are cruel to animals.

Hindi filed a request under Oregon’s public disclosure laws to obtain the video the officers recorded on their dash cam and body cameras. The footage reveals that the officers knew they were violating Hindi’s rights, even saying so themselves — all the while unaware that they were still recording.

Hindi put together a video that narrates and compares the sheriff’s recording to his, demonstrating that the officers’ actions were premeditated.

Watch the video below.

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  1. Corrupt cops are out of control these days! Videos like this will help weed them out but there are still people being shot and killed for no reason by these power hungry cowboys. Too many otherwise unemployable trained killers from the marines, etc. are being hired as cops. You can’t seem to get that “patience my ass, I’m gonna kill somethin” attitude out of these guys. Animals? These cops are the animals!

  2. Well there’s another place to add to my lists of places to avoid at all costs. I do not play well with others when I know they are doing me wrong and I’m sure I would quickly find myself in a very bad, if not dangerous situation if I was accosted by cops like these.

  3. What sucks is this a- hole cops do wrong and the county gets sued. We the tax payers have to pay for their wrong doing. I feel that when a cop breaks the law, at that time, they are no longer a cop and should be open to personal law suits for their personal decision to break the law.

    • thats where qualified immunity comes in, if the officer was doing his job as he is supposed to. ie preventing crime or being involved in a use of force thats when it comes into play. however if he or she is doing something illegal ie excessive force than it doesnt apply and they are fair game to be in a lawsuit.

    • I don’t agree with you on this..If a cop is doing something wrong towards a person, than that falls on the whole police force for allowing that type of behavior to continue..They had been sued before for the same sort of thing and yet they got to keep their jobs..They should have been fired the last time they did wrong and got sued, to make sure that it didn’t happen again, but they didn’t, so it falls on the whole police department..

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