Man, 75, Handcuffed for telling Cop to Shut Bathroom Door when using it

Carlos Miller

The South Carolina cop also ordered a witness to stop recording as he handcuffed the man.

A 75-year-old South Carolina man with a prosthetic leg ended up in handcuffs after telling a local cop to shut the bathroom door when using it.

Bobby Ray Phillips said he was trying to enjoy his lunch at the Standpipe Family Restaurant in Greenville in Belton when local cop Thaddeus Shockley walked in and used the restroom with the door wide open.

Although it is not clear from the Greenville News article what exactly Shockley was doing in the bathroom, he did not take too kindly to Phillips yelling at him to shut the door "in a boisterous manner" as he described in his report.

He also did not take too kindly to another diner recording him as he tried to handcuff Phillips, who was insistent on finishing his meal.

“Ma’am, do I need to take that phone from you?" Phillips can be heard saying to Cindy Young in her 12-second video before she turns off her camera.

Phillips, who has difficulty hearing, acknowledges he tends to speak loudly, but says he was only trying to enjoy his grilled chicken, cabbage and cornbread without the bathroom smell permeating his nostrils.

He was ultimately issued a $257 citation for disorderly conduct. But only after handcuffing and releasing him four separate times, including twice inside the restaurant and twice outside.

According to the Greenville News:

Shockley said in his report that he asked Phillips for identification after Phillips made another comment about the bathroom door.

“All I said to him was close that bathroom door,” Phillips said in an interview at his home on Wednesday. “I said, ‘You left that door open, I’m eating here. Leave that scent in there, right?”

Shockley, in his report, said Phillips declined to show his ID and also declined to go outside. Shockley wrote that he attempted to assist Phillips, but he held onto his chair and became “defiant.”

Phillips said he was loud, as he always is due to his hearing difficulties, but does not believe he was aggressive or that he did anything to warrant being put in handcuffs or being ticketed. He said he told the officer he could not hear and asked him to write down his questions.

Belton Police Chief Robert Young told the Greenville News that ordering the woman to shut off her camera is "problematic" and has ordered an internal investigation.

The 12-second video is not the greatest quality but it does capture the cop telling her to turn off her camera.

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YOUR RIGHT TO TAKE VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS A public place is an indoor or outdoor area, whether privately or publicly owned, to which the public have access by right or by invitation, expressed or implied, whether by payment of money or not, but not a place when used exclusively by one or more individuals for a private gathering or other personal. Privately and corporate owned stores, restaurants, bars and theaters are also considered public places in legal definitions because the public is invited into these establishment. Public property is property dedicated to public use and is a subset of state property. The term may be used either to describe the use to which the property is put, or to describe the character of its ownership (owned collectively by the population of a state). While “privately owned public space” as a term of art refers specifically to private property required to be usable by the public under zoning or similar regulatory arrangements, the phrase in its broadest sense can refer to places, like shopping malls and hotel lobbies which are privately owned yet open to the public.

June 2014, the US Supreme Court held when in outdoor public spaces where you are legally present, you have the right to capture any image in plain view. This includes pictures and videos of federal buildings, transportation facilities (including airports). Third Circuit Federal Court Judge Thomas Ambro “Officers are public officials carrying out public functions, and the First Amendment requires them to bear bystanders recording their actions. This is vital to promote the access that fosters free discussion of governmental actions, especially when that discussion benefits not only citizens but the officers themselves.”

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David Saint
David Saint

if a cop threatens to take your phone like that, just remind them that the privacy protection act requires them to have a warrant or subpoena prior to taking it, or they lose their qualified immunity when you sue


But pissing in the public for all to see isnt indecent exposure...


Any attempt to confiscate my phone will end with you in your own handcuffs...


Problematic? How about illegal.

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

Now y’all see I keep telling people that cameras scares cops more than a gun does,now the chief of police is saying that it’s problematic if he told her to turn off her camera,now it’s problematic only if the camera shows that he didn’t say that but once camera footage shows that he did do it automatically there should be discipline just like the fools in Arizona,it shouldn’t take long at all for them to be disciplined.😎

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