Leland officer suspended for arresting video-recording teen

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Submitted: Fri, 08/30/2013 - 3:08pm
Updated: Mon, 09/02/2013 - 12:59pm

By Adam Wagner

LELAND, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — A Leland Police Department officer was suspended for 28 days without pay after arresting a teenager who was video-recording another arrest.

Sgt. John Keel arrested Gabriel Self, 19, on Aug. 18 while Self filmed him questioning a suspect outside the Buy & Go gas station, 9413 Ploof Road S.E.

Self’s arrest spurred Leland Police Chief Mike James to conduct a department-wide workshop about its recording policy to avoid future incidents. Keel will receive additional training.

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  • Rick says:

    Lawful order huh…. guess the police regularly put their own on 28 day non payed leave for giving “lawful” orders….. The stupid is strong with you huh Kblue?

  • ex-enforcer says:

    as an ex-cop i can tell ya the Sgt was indeed wrong. I hated being filmed or questioned while working and used the same tactics as this guy. Sometimes it worked other times not so much The Sgt used a bit of intimidation and got called on it

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …but not in anyone elses. You’re no more “awesome” than what I left in the commode this morning. You know very little, if anything, about the law and your incessant riddle making on this site proves such. An officer only has the right to command someone to leave the scene ONLY if they’re inhibiting him from performing his duty. A bystander, out of the way, taking video does not fall in that category. Just like YOU don’t fit in the “awesome” category.
    Step off your narcissistic soap box, get back to reality and understand the loser you really are and have been. We don’t give a rat’s hind quarters who you are OR what you say.

  • guesty says:

    He allegedly was demoted and then later fired from the last department he worked at.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    That in itself explains a lot! Let’s just hope he doesn’t trick some smalltown, police department into allowing him to serve with them as an LEO. He’d probably work very well as an intermediate poopie-pumper in-training with the CFPUA.

  • BlazedOrangeHat says:

    It doesn’t matter if they were warned or not… it’s not illegal to film police in public. Therefor the warning carries no weight.

  • Richard May says:

    The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that people may video tape police if they are in public.
    If the police are doing their jobs right – they should NEVER fear a citizen exercising their rights – especially citizens ensuring that cops do the right thing.

  • wat says:

    you honestly cannot be that stupid can you?

  • Kblue2221984 says:

    This person wasn’t arrested for video recording. This person was arrested for not following a lawful order. He was warned to leave the immediate area. When he failed to do so he was arrested. I never claimed to be a “Top Cop” I just said I was awesome! and anything I say is my “OPINION ONLY”. This Officer did nothing wrong in my opinion. This will be my last post on this matter……….So shew scram beat it get lost!!! Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

  • Kblue2221984 says:

    If they would show the whole video you would see the girl with the camera was warned. The only wrong doing I see here was a Sgt. was suspended for doing his job. Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

  • Guest2020 says:

    You would have lost that lawsuit. The only one here who would have grounds for a lawsuit is Self. He did nothing to hinder the police officer. He was simply recording the actions of the officer. He did not interfere with what the officer was doing. The only thing that distracted the officer from doing his duty was the officer taking offence to Self recording it. That isn’t Self’s fault. He was in a public space making a video. Please cite the statutes that show that videotaping a police officer and posting it on Youtube are illegal.

  • Will says:

    What he was doing was not an illegal act in any way, shape or form. The officer cant arrest me for wearing a green shirt just because he decides it’s illegal and somehow obstructing him. The officer had ZERO justification to arrest that young man. The video shows him clearly stating that he was video and audio recording. You’re telling me that if the officer was in the right then he would have been suspended? Departments don’t suspend officers without pay for being in the right.

  • Candy says:

    NCGS § 14-223. Resisting officers.
    If any person shall willfully and unlawfully resist, delay or obstruct a public officer in discharging or attempting to discharge a duty of his office, he shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. (1889, c. 51, s. 1; Rev., s. 3700; C.S., s. 4378; 1969, c. 1224, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 136; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

    Gabriel Self DID in fact WILLFULLY delay a public officer attempting to discharge his duties while making a drug arrest of another individual!!!!! He better be glad Im not the person he was filming because I would have already had an attorney and had him sued, for posting the video on YouTube, which is against the law as well. Of course I dont think he cares about breaking the law, thats apparent. No respect for Law enforcement either. So Im sure he has no respect for ANYONE!!!! It wont be long, he will be back in the news.

  • Fred says:

    Cqandy, you’re an idiot. Please obey the laws on the books and don’t try to make crap up, you’ll do better in life. This officer should be sued for unlawful arrest and detention.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    A bystander, out of the way, simply shooting video of an arrest. That is NOT delaying or obstructing a public officer discharging his duty! There are far too many “hothead-bulldog” occifer Fifes out there with your attitude that think their word is supreme. Nope…and IF you area LEO and IF this is your attitude, you’re not going to last very long! If I didn’t know better, I’d say you work for the Lelend PD. I think there to be greater potential for YOU to be back on the news!

  • runninggun says:

    officer was probably trained in tn that’s why he is a very stupid person and ignorant of the law.

  • Guest126 says:

    Sgt.John Keel Deserves To Be Fired,He’s Just Another “Crooked” Leland Cop That’s A Monster Like The Rest Of Their Scum Bag Force

  • Brunswick County LAW says:

    Who’s hiring the LAW in Brunwick county. Every week there is something going on or officers being fired. Pick a resume out the hat???

  • Guest Timekeeper says:

    Seems like all the local police departments are pretty pathetic. As for hindering and delaying an officer, I don’t see how “mouthing” at one hinders or delays him. Guess freedom of speech is also a crime.

  • viewer says:

    sounds like every person on that pathetic force could use ADDITIONAL training!!

  • Gutsy Grassblade says:

    Somebody should sew Leland and maybe they would clean up there act!
    Nothing but problems for years. They should shut the department down and let Sheriff run the town.

  • ApexDan says:

    Then it’s the citizens who pay any settlement. Docking the cop was absolutely the right thing to do. Should have been six months.

  • Guest2020 says:

    If an officer is trying to carry out his duties and a person starts mouthing off in a way that takes the officer away from his duties, then the person is hindering an officer. From what I read in the Star News, that is not the case here. The boy didn’t say anything to the officer to pull him away from what he was doing. The boy was just videotaping the incident.

  • ouygouy says:

    I like this. Break the law, no pay for a month to teach you a lesson. Then to make the lesson stick forced participation in a training class designed to teach others and you not to be as stupid as you are.

  • lunch time says:

    You must not know of the famous (in his own mind) kblue. He is a simpleton that thinks he is an authority on any law enforcement topic. The scary part is he is a cop and obviously doesn’t know the law.

  • bacon says:

    He can’t really be a cop and not know the public can record you.

  • OthrGuest says:

    Will WWAY please report the specific charge that resulted in the arrest of Gabriel Self?


  • Guest2020 says:

    He was arrested for resisting a public officer. There was a better article in the Star News. Here is the link: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20130829/ARTICLES/130829559

    FYI, here is the statute regarding the charge:
    NCGS § 14-223. Resisting officers.
    If any person shall willfully and unlawfully resist, delay or obstruct a public officer in discharging or attempting to discharge a duty of his office, he shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. (1889, c. 51, s. 1; Rev., s. 3700; C.S., s. 4378; 1969, c. 1224, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 136; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

    This charge is levied for a wide range of offense from mouthing off ot an officer to physically resisting or attacking the officer. According to the article in the Star News, Gabriel Self did nothing wrong.

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