A Kentucky man was slugged by cops as he filmed the scene of an arrest.
Joe Bennett of Jeffersontown was on his way home from work last week when he saw police cars surround a vehicle and Bennett decided to tape the incident — from his own ride about 50 feet away.
“I just wanted to observe, so I tried to give them distance,” Bennett told the local Spectrum1 station.
Bennett can be heard on his Facebook livestream saying he was, “Doing his due diligence as a citizen” by documenting the arrest and, “This might be the most boring live video ever.”
That is, until three minutes later when the cops realize they’re being filmed.
Two officers approached Bennett. When one of the men asked to see his ID. Bennett refuses and asks why to which the officer replies: “You’re filming a crime scene investigation… and you’re involved.”
After Bennett again refused to produce ID the the officer grabs for the phone and hits Bennett. The livestream ends shortly after that.
Bennett was issued a citation for menacing and resisting arrest which described the hit as an “Empty strike” – a claim Bennett refutes, saying he was hit with a “solid left hook” and had to be checked out by EMTs on the scene and a doctor a day later.
Lt. Col. Steve Schmidt of the Jeffersontown Police Department told Spectrum the “officers were in the area investigating and making arrests related to a check fraud scheme thwarted at the Citizens Union Bank across the street from the McDonalds.”
Bennett was pointed out by a suspect as a driver involved in the alleged crime.
But Bennett, who is looking into hiring a lawyer, is still upset.
“[Doing] proper police work, they should have approached me gently. I wasn’t going anywhere, I wasn’t in my vehicle, I wasn’t gonna flee. They certainly shouldn’t have hit me first and asked questions later,” he told the TV news station.