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

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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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

NonyaFknB
NonyaFknB

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

adammcculler
adammcculler

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

Lazlo
Lazlo

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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supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

just like when the pin is mightier than the sword. the camera is mightier than the gun!

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

You’re half way right because in heaven the pen really is mightier than the sword,but here on earth cameras aren’t mightier because man is in the equation because video footage is still not good enough in the eyes of man and are just simply in some occasions are still getting off and if they’re convicted they receives lenient sentences or probation or even no jail time at all but before the Lord almighty they’ll be judged the same way and think that the Lord almighty’s sentence is unfair and unjust and no Supreme Court or appellate court will overturn his sentence because he is the Alpha,the Omega, the start,the finish,the beginning, and the ending.😎

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

The pen is mightier than the sword in heaven but here on earth cameras don’t work for everyone because the decision to be fair is left up to man and if man is in the equation it’s just simply not always going to be a fair deal.😎

Chrome Dome
Chrome Dome

Yes.😎