Mo. officer's lawyer: Teen who taped cop is a police baiter
By Georgina Gustin
"This is clearly a case where this young man is baiting police officers," attorney Travis L. Noble said. "This isn't someone who just happened upon this."
Brett Darrow, 20, posted a video on the Internet of Sgt. James Kuehnlein threatening him as he sat in his car in a commuter parking lot last week. The clip has sparked national attention and local controversy.
It wasn't the first time Darrow captured interaction with police and posted it online.
Late last year, Darrow approached a police checkpoint with his in-car camera rolling. When the officer asked where he was going, he replied, "I don't wish to discuss my personal life with you, officer."
The officer ordered him out of the car, and the two argued.
Darrow said, "They call me 'video boy'" on a local police Internet forum. But he denies he's trying to entrap officers.
"They think I'm out to get them, but they're stopping me," Darrow said.
He said he had a run-in with an off-duty St. Louis police officer two years ago and was arrested on suspicion of assault. The case was later dismissed. Months later, he installed a video camera in his car.
"I just want to even the playing field," he said.
Noble said he agrees that Kuehnlein's initial reaction was aggressive but said the officer was likely trying to gain control over what he perceived to be a suspicious situation.
"Apparently he knows how officers operate," Noble added, referring to Darrow. "He drives past a cop, pulls into an empty lot, turns off the lights and waits. That is absolutely going to draw the attention of the officer."
Copyright 2007 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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