A man walking down a public street in broad daylight was stopped by a police officer who found him suspicious.

The reason? The man was carrying a video camera.

The incident took place earlier this month in Surfside, a sleepy municipality in Miami-Dade County notorious for its speed traps.

The video, which is more than seven minutes long, has annoying gaps where the audio cuts out and it seems as if it was purposely done to keep from having the man’s personal information from being broadcast.

It was uploaded to a Youtube account under the username Theodore Smith.

The cop peppers him with multiple questions about where he lives, where he is walking to and why he is carrying a camera.

The cop also demands his identification and learning he has none, the cop demands to know his name.

The cop then calls for back up and continues interrogating him before patting him down.

And even after it was determined he was not breaking the law, the cop kept going on and on about how “suspicious” it is to be walking down the street with a video camera.

This is how a writer from the Miami New Times described cops from Surfside in an unrelated article:

The police officers in Surfside — the little town south of Sunny Isles Beach where I’ve lived for more than three years — might be the biggest horndogs in the state. They hide in the bushes of a parking lot on Harding Avenue, trap drivers doing 37 mph, and lay their pudgy, Oakley-sunglasses-wearing mack game down on any passing female pedestrians, including my girlfriend. Confront them about it, and they become steely RoboCops.

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I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

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