Viral video involving Boise cop sparks debate in Treasure Valley

Viral video involving Boise cop sparks debate in Treasure Valley

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A viral video involving a Boise police officer is sparking debate in the Treasure Valley.

Brian Andrews of Boise said he'd heard about the video at work but hadn't seen it.

"I don't think you have to give up your identification unless you're suspected of a crime or you're doing something wrong," he said after watching the first few minutes, "and I don't think she has the right to be able to go up and do that to any person that's looking at her."
 
The video begins with an officer approaching a man who is filming her traffic stop. It was posted to YouTube on Wednesday. The officer instructs the man behind the camera to keep his hands out of his pockets and then she asks for identification.
 
"That officer was not too abrasive and was really just trying to watch her own back," said Ashley Quick of Boise.
 
Quick added the woman could have been more friendly but the person filming was fully within his rights.
 
"I think it's important that everyone in this country realizes that you can photograph people as long as you're on public property," she said.
 
The officer acknowledges in the video that the man is free to record, but she says he's interfering with the traffic stop.
 
After watching the beginning of the video, the Staudts said the officer was out of line.
 
"I was just surprised," said Alexandra Staudt of Houston. "I couldn't really believe what was happening. It didn't seem like she had any right to demand anything from him like she did."
 
The Boise Police Department says it's launched an internal investigation into the incident.