By BARBARA GREEN firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bowie Police Department has become the target of a YouTube channel that is famous for traveling around the country confronting law officers, filming those instances and placing them on YouTube.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Oct. 31 when a man, later identified as James Freeman, was seen video taping around the police department and city offices located on Lindsay Street. He noted the time as 12:24 a.m.
The video shows Freeman walking up to the city office front door, which was locked and then walking in the front door of the PD to its locked security door. Freeman never made any request to enter. The dispatcher radioed officers.
The man went back outside continuing to film the parking lot where personal vehicles of officers were parked, when Officers Paul Magers and Cody Stone arrived on the scene. Magers asked Freeman if he could help him and the man responded he did not need anything.
The officer asked what he was doing and also for his identification, the conversation immediately became tense as Freeman said the officer had no right to ask him anything if he was not breaking the law. Officer Stone told the man he could go across the street and video, but Freeman said he was on a public easement. Freeman asked Magers what was going to happen and the officer said we will see, which Freeman made him feel threatened.
Read the full story in the mid-week News.