Police Watch Dog Group Busted Trying to Slander Officer with Blatantly Edited Video

sherman-floridaA recent video has gone viral pushed by a supposed watch dog group calling themselves Florida Cop Watch.  Their Facebook page champions them as a group out for “peace, justice and accountability.”

In this 31 second video it allegedly shows a man being unlawfully arrested and tasered by two Florida police officers.

And I’ll admit, if this was the only video you saw, it’s quite alarming.

Except that’s not at all what happened.  What this group did was blatantly edit a video to push a false story about what actually occurred.

The full dash cam video shows the officer making a routine traffic stop for an individual who was allegedly speeding.  Around the time when the officer was wrapping up the routine stop, another vehicle pulls up behind the officer.

Without hesitation the officer tells the vehicle to move on.  Well, as it turns out, this individual in the other vehicle, Roy Sherman, happened to be the father of the individual the officer had pulled over for speeding.

Sherman continued to ignore the officer’s request to move on, shouting at the officer that his son is autistic.

I’m not really sure what that would have to do with someone being issued a speeding ticket.  If someone is legally able to drive a vehicle, then they’re required to follow traffic laws.  Even though the driver is autistic, everything seemed routine and normal up until the father shows up.

Well, after Sherman continued to refuse to move on as had been requested, he was finally told by the officer that he was under arrest.  At that point the officer goes over to Sherman’s truck to place him into custody… when Sherman hits the gas pedal. 

It’s at that point the officer calls for back up and spends around four minutes trying to get Sherman to get out of his truck so that he can be taken into custody.  During the exchange this individual begins cussing at the officer, going as far as telling the officer “motherfu**er shoot me.”

During most of the exchange Sherman was completely belligerent, at one point even calling the officer, “You fu**ing fat idiot.”

After the back and forth and the officer’s attempt to get Sherman out of the truck, it was at that point that the officers eventually used a taser to subdue Sherman so that he could finally be taken into custody.

Throughout this entire exchange, in my opinion, the officer maintained a strong level of professionalism.  The only “stunning” part was when they were finally forced to taser a continually belligerent Sherman.

Which is basically what the edited version of the video showed.  The initial part where the officer told Sherman that he was under arrest, the officer trying to remove Sherman from his vehicle and then it ends with Sherman being tasered and arrested by two shouting police officers.

With the bulk of the 4-5 minute exchange being clearly edited out of the video posted by this group.

Apparently some people did call them out for their outrageous editing of this video, prompting them to post this message:

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Essentially they doubled down on their blatant fabrication of this story.  Not only that, but they claim that they were on the phone with this man all week, suggesting that they have a first hand account of what really happened.  The problem with their story is the dash cam video clearly portrays an entirely different situation altogether.

This is appalling and embarrassing behavior.  A group which portrays itself as one that’s standing up for justice, caught in an obvious attempt trying to slander a police officer and incite more hostility toward law enforcement officials.

I’m not sure how anyone could trust anything this group posts again.  It’s one thing to make a mistake concerning a story.  It happens to everyone from time to time.  But it’s quite a different thing to edit videos, then double down on a lie after being called out on it.

Not only that, this outright lie they were trying to perpetuate could have put this officer’s career at risk.  Going by the unedited video, this seems to be a good cop – at least he was in this situation.  He seemed fair, respectful and he behaved exactly how a police officer should in a tense situation such as this.

This is what’s dangerous about the new world of information in which we live.  It’s far too easy for unscrupulous groups like this to unethically manipulate or fabricate stories to push their own agenda.

Which is exactly what this Florida Cop Watch group did.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Kenneth Browning

    Shitty of them to edit the video. Even if they did, you don’t have to jump when the police tell you to. His son being autistic is also very relevant. Was he claiming he doesn’t have to follow the laws like anyone else? Maybe he was genuinely concerned about his son? Austic people can have trouble with social interaction. Maybe his son called him for this reason, after all he had to find out his son was pulled over some way. And cursing at the police isn’t illegal, in fact courts have ruled flipping the police off is protected free speech.

    • Allen Clifton

      If his son is legally able to drive a vehicle, then that has nothing to do with his ability to be cited for speeding. And cussing at an officer isn’t illegal, disobeying one who tells you move along while he’s trying to attend to another legal matter is. The cop gave him ample warning. He didn’t listen. Then when the cop told him he was under arrest, and approached the car, he tried to hit his gas pedal. Again, illegal. Then for over 4 minutes the cop ordered him out of his vehicle…he didn’t comply.

      The father was 100% in the wrong here…period. The cop did everything that he should have and did everything he could to not bring it to the point of having to use any kind of force.

      You don’t get to ignore laws. At the moment he pulled up behind the officer, and he refused to leave when the officer told him to, he was breaking the law.

      • Dawn Morningstar

        Being autistic just means he was “socially” handicapped not incapable of driving or making mistakes. Officers KILL deaf & autistic people believing they are being ignored.
        To become “over-protective” is very hard not to do especially when you see the child abused by insensitive people more often than not. I drive a schoolbus and know this fact only too well.

      • Matthew Kiefer

        I dont know what video you watched but the father didn’t hit his gas pedal for quit some time if he did at all, he said it was in park, the officer said dont hit your gas pedal. (Cops know they’re being recorded and off cam they say or do things) and almost all threw the verbal assault from the officer he (The father) held his composure trying to inform the belligerent officer what he stoped for. Then he (The father) lost it and started the language. Go back and watch the video again this time as a citizen maybe.

    • Jo Clark

      I don’t think his son being autistic is relevant at all. Obviously, the kid communicated just fine with the officer. It might be a case of an overprotective father, but still, doesn’t seem the kid needed any help.

      After the father pulls up though, I have two thoughts. One, in this day and age, if the police tell you to leave or tell you get out of the car, freaking do it. Just cooperate and settle it out later. The cops have a right to maintain their own safety, and having a second car pull up behind them is cause for concern. You can’t blame them for that.

      Second, though, I think the cop could have been a little more easygoing about this once the guy identified himself as the guy’s father. It would have been so easy just to say everything’s fine, he’s on his way, have a good day.

      That said, what this outfit did by editing this video down is 300% counterproductive to the whole issue of stopping police brutality. They do not do the cause any favors by putting out edited video in order to present a false view of what actually happened.

      Frankly, it reeks of Fox News and their methods.

      • Allen Clifton

        I agree. Well, not on the part about the officer being easy going. These guys risk their lives everyday. Anyone could say “I’m their father” to try and easy an officers alertness. The father should have simply listened to the officer and watched from a distance. IF the officer got violent, or outwardly hostile, with the young man in the car then he could have said or done something. You don’t get to ignore law simply because you believe you should be able to.

        When the cop told him to leave, he should have left.

        I think it’s a dangerous precedent we’re setting when we’re going down this path that “If a cop tells you to do something you don’t think is legal you can ignore them.”

        That opens the door for situations like this where someone doesn’t THINK they’re breaking the law, when in fact they are.

      • Dawn Morningstar

        When you experience a certain group of cops who are corrupt, expect to get PTSD… “You have a legal right to resist an unlawful arrest. …One of the main things they teach you in the police academy is how to circumvent peoples rights. And they also teach overkill for officer safety. And then they spin to the public how dangerous the job is. A well trained and compassionate police officer doesn’t have worry much about his safety. Their is a prevalent culture of abusing the public taught by the establishment, and if you ever speak out about it you will be run out of the business. I was an investigator for years, and can say with no doubts that both of these officers broke the law…” – Bobby B.

      • Chris

        This may be the stupidest thing I have ever read. How on Earth is it up to an individual to decide if they can go ahead and resist a cop?!?!
        In a nutshell, the executive branch of our government (the cops) is set up to enforce the laws the legislative branch (law makers) created and agreed upon. The judicial branch then either upholds or denies the creation AND enforcement of these laws. The side of the road is not the time for any citizen to make that decision. You have a right to due process in a court of law represented by an attorney, whether you can afford one or not.
        As a law abiding citizen, you have to trust that the officer (that is employed by and hired by the very folks that you the citizens elected to represent YOU) knows what needs to be done depending on the given situation. That is why our forefathers set up the checks and balances that we have. Is it perfect? Of course not.
        Bottom line, Civics needs to be more of just one class you take in 8th grade. It is terrifying to me how ridiculous people can be when they come up with b.s. and then justify their own beliefs.
        On an unrelated note, Mr. Clifton, I enjoy your articles very much. I don’t normally take part in most discussions on any media, but I felt compelled to add my thoughts. Thank you, sir.

      • Conservatism is a Mental Illne

        Nice breakdown, a lot of people seem to forget a simple fact. The LAW IS THE LAW. When you break it, you’re subject to punishment.

        Yes, you have rights, but so do we as a society. We have the right to be protected from dangerous drivers and potentially dangerous fathers who feel their childs disability exempts them from the LAW.

      • reikimama2013

        uhhh, sorry – The Executive Branch of Gov’t. is the Office of the President of the USA (as defined by the Constitution)- the other branches you described are correct.

      • Matthew Kiefer

        I agree with the last part of this post.

    • Stephen Barlow

      YOU didn’t read the part about it being three different ones on one loop.

  • Pipercat

    Another “Constitutional Expert” not understanding the concept of delegated powers.

    • Conservatism is a Mental Illne

      ^^ Another “Constitutional Expert” who doesn’t understand traffic laws?

      • Pipercat

        I was talking about dad….

      • Stephen Barlow

        A little more detail in your thought would help with that.

        One liners belong on Comedy Central, not in a discussion. Though most of your’s work.

      • Pipercat

        Not really, assuming of course people would read the entire piece and watch the supplied full dash cam video. It becomes quite clear and requires no help at all.

        Whether anyone’s material works or not is really not a prerequisite to post in a comment section. By simple definition, one liners to verbose screeds are in fact, comments! Yes?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Comments? yes. Expressed thoughts… maybe.

        Verbosity, without purpose, is verbosity en toto.

        A plethora of words for words sake,
        is poetry.

        But words strung together in clauses, sentences, and paragraphs…

        is fruitless in compelling a point into the mind as if it were an arrow tinctured with the antidote to one line poisons.

        Would LOVE to coffee talk with you over a keg.

      • Pipercat

        Makes the whole comment experience a fun one for sure. I must confess, I tend to lean towards an efficient use of words in my travels. I’ve heard this was from Lewis Carrol, but I was first exposed to it through an intermediary:

        If you can’t say what you mean, how can you mean what you say?

        As long as the keg is empty and the coffee strong. Those blackouts were a bitch!

  • Bob

    I agree with you on many of your stories, but a concerned father checking on a son he cares about and showing no threat to the cops, is no reason to tase and assault. I was in a wreck that I didn’t cause and I called the cops for. The guy who hit me was drunk and when the cops showed up the put me in handcuffs cause I was young and several months prior my car had been stolen which they never took it off the stolen list after it was recovered. My dad came to check on me and the cop pulled a gun on him. I’ve seen the monitor in a police vehicle I know it shows who my auto loan is through my insurance my NAME, but the cop didn’t check any of that. I even told him iwas the one who called you!! And his reply was not all criminals are smart.,, like fuck you dude!! You could tell he was a rookie and he let the drunk guy go cause he was concerned with the 100lb white girl in a civic.

    • Allen Clifton

      When a police officer orders you out of your vehicle for over four minutes, and you don’t comply, at some point it becomes resisting arrest.

      Sorry about your accident, but that has nothing to do with this case.

      You also seem to be forgetting that when the officer approached Sherman he hit his gas pedal. Being that the officer had just informed him that was under arrest, an attempt to flee is an even greater crime.

      You seem to be siding with the belligerent Sherman based off personal experience and emotion rather than actual facts of THIS case.

      • Dawn Morningstar

        You have a legal right to resist an unlawful arrest. To the fellow above that said he doesn’t take these videos seriously, maybe you should start. One of the main things they teach you in the police academy is how to circumvent peoples rights. And they also teach overkill for officer safety. And then they spin to the public how dangerous the job is. A well trained and compassionate police officer doesn’t have worry much about his safety. Their is a prevalent culture of abusing the public taught by the establishment, and if you ever speak out about it you will be run out of the business. I was an investigator for years, and can say with no doubts that both of these officers broke the law…” – Bobby B.

      • Conservatism is a Mental Illne

        You have a right to resist an unlawful arrest, but this was completely lawful. Obstruction of justice, disturbing the peace, failure to comply. Take your pick.

        If your son has a disability and can’t follow road laws, he shouldn’t be on the road. The law is not subjective based on age, gender or disabilities.

      • Stephen Barlow

        WHY exactly was the vehicle stopped?

      • Odd Jørgensen

        Did you even read the article? It clearly says he was writing a ticket for speeding.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I read that, but wasn’t really sure ‘speeding’ wasn’t just an excuse. I KNOW cops. They pic a victim and abuse the badge more often than you think.

      • Todd Davenport

        I think he was pulled over for having stolen your tin foil hat.

      • Michael Rodriguez

        No, you don’t know cops. I know them, as my brother and many friends are officers, and they don’t pick victims and abuse their badges.

      • Dawn Morningstar

        When you live in a town with a corrupt police force, emotions become visceral and many have PTSD caused by the repeat offensive of the cops.

      • Matthew Kiefer

        The father was as polite as anyone at first and he was repeatedly trying to inform the officer of a concern he had for his son. There was no reason for the officer to tell the father to leave, none at all. You must not have kids or maybe you’re a cop? I agree the father should have kept calm but how? the officer was belligerent from the start. Unnecessary authority force. By the way dont cars gain speed downhill? trap?

      • Thylacinus

        “By the way dont cars gain speed downhill? trap?”

        By the way, don’t cars have brakes?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Look at the police response to a conversation a docile Washington Post report was TRYING to have with a cop in a McDonald’s in Ferguson last week.

        I can find the video of it if you haven’t seen it 200,000 times on network news.

        THAT is how most bastards with badges think their badge and gun give them the privilege to behave. Maybe they watch too many cop movies.

        If the guy was REALLY trying to escape, why wasn’t their a high speed chase on America’s Most Wanted?

        I think you are wrong here.

    • Michael Rodriguez

      Perhaps you should watch a few videos of what happens when a police officer is distracted for even a second. I have, and it ended fatally for the officer. Consider that the “autistic” son in the red car could have at any moment the officer was distracted, pulled a gun and ended his life right there. This is why it is not acceptable to impede a traffic stop. By the way, a 100lb. white girl in a civic can also fire a gun. Also, how is the police officer to know that the guy in the truck was telling the truth regarding the whole situation? My brother, a good friend of mine, and many others I was in the military with are law enforcement, and they get lied to on things even as basic as asking the suspect’s name. You have no clue what you’re talking about, and people like you are the ones who need a mandatory 1 month ride-along with a police officer.

  • katherine norton malek

    The man’s son being autistic is entirely relevant, I dare say it goes to the core of the problem, which is greater than being stopped for speeding. As a parent of an autisitc young man he knew all too well that under stress it is more likely than not that his son would act or say something law enforcement would misinterpret. Most ppl, law enforcement included, do NOT understand autism & that left the young man open for being misunderstood, then arrested & mistreated, possibly shot. This parent knew that. If this cop was so sensitive & “good”, why coulnd’t he simply defuse the father by letting him sit in his car to talk to his son when he was done. Everyday across this country trigger happy cops shoot young ppl for cursing at them. Well, autustic ppl under stress can befin a litany of cursing that is a completely harmless way they deal with stress. Suppose he started doing that & the officer “felt threatened”. This father knew all too well, likely from experience, that his son would NOT be treated different because he’s autistic – unusual autistic behaviors are easily, almost always misconstrued, misunderstood & mis-judged. Why do ppl continue to say that cops put their lives on the line everyday? What BS. They are the ones armed with deadly weapons, they’re doing the shooting. Neither this father or son was armed. It’s now considered a “good cop” who doesn’t shoot & kill someone for using language that offends their sensibilities. A good cop would have understood the raw fear a parent of an autistic person feels. They’ve seen their kids mistreated because so few ppl understand autism. Autistic ppl are the ones in imminent danger around these cops with deadly weapons who do not hesitate to use it because they know there will be no ramifications of their actions for shooting someone who may be cursing repeatedly, a coping mechanism for many autistic ppl. No, a “good cop” is not good simply because he didn’t shoot someone. A good cop would understand a parents greatest fear, or ask questions, like what can i do to make this easier for your kid.

    • reikimama2013

      Perhaps, then… the autistic person should not be driving a motor vehicle…. because he/she WILL be speaking w/ others (as in LEOs), other drivers, etc …. ? I mean what about the rest of the world, the other drivers… ? Driving is not a right, it is a privilege – for those who are capable of the nuances, and understanding of all scenarios one may face as the operator of such machinery…. laws, rules of the road,defensive driving, handling emergencies, etc

    • PhaserFace

      if your kid has a mental handicap then he or she should not be driving a car in the first place

    • freedom fighter

      These are Marion County Florida officers we are talking about here, one of the most corrupt counties in the entire country. Marion has the highest conviction rate in all of Florida, at 1.5 times higher than the national average. The deputies like to beat the crap out of handcuffed people, and the sheriff has full knowledge of such assaults, yet does nothing unless there’s a video recording, such as the case of Derrick Price. MCSO doesn’t care about the citizens they claim to ‘protect and serve.’ There is no accountability in MCSO.

    • Keith Greig

      It seems that people do not understand Autism. There are many levels to Autism, from chronic to mild. I am in the position where 2 of my friends have Autistic children. One have a son in his late teens, lets call him Tom, the other have Autistic twin boys ( Dick and Harry ) who are in their early-mid teens. Tom sees the world very black and white and he might react, not in a pleasant way to an overbearing cop. The twins react badly to all forms of authority that require them to be quiet and still, they are too young to drive. Tom drives and if he was stopped I would be afraid he might say or do something that would not be good for his welfare. Tom is not stupid, nor anywhere near it, he is a delightful and very funny person to be around. I understand the father, in the video, being concerned for his sons behaviour. The cop overreacted to the father’s concern, beyond any reasonable doubt. The cop had finished with his son, so could have easily said something to that effect to allay the father’s concern. I believe that the son moved further up the road to protect his father. The son may have thought that as the father had been told to move along and had not, that he would move along instead. Autism is not a condition whereby the sufferer needs to be locked up as they might offend someone. As with most things these days a little patience can be so rewarding but some people have none at all.

  • BCo

    Where can we view the dash cam video?

    • Charles Vincent

      You can’t the camera in that car has been “inoperable” for at least three months.

  • Jaina

    So in other words they “faux newsed” it.

  • Chris Isner

    I can understand the man’s concern that the cops might abuse his son and I doubt the cops have any authority to tell someone to clear out if they’re not obstructing the investigation, but once cops tell you you’re under arrest, that’s it, you’re going in one way or another. So, the guy was an idiot to resist like that. Unfortunately, cops tend to brutalize people before informing them of arrest and people tend to reflexively shield themselves from violent attack.

  • Chris Isner

    If cops weren’t brutal pigs, none of it would have happened. The guy wouldn’t fear for his son’s safety in the first place.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Grow up! This is about special circumstances, not blanket judgments you think sound ‘cool’.

  • thisoldwoman

    I don’t understand why the officer ordered him to leave to begin with. It’s a public place, he’s not interfering and causing no hazard. He offers relevant information and then is a witness to the officer performing his job. Aren’t we all allowed to do this?

    On the other issue, it was counterproductive to have edited the video.

    • Conservatism is a Mental Illne

      Clearly interfering with the proceedings by the officer, screaming, yelling, swearing etc etc.

      Obstruction of justice, failure to comply etc etc. He should have let the officer write the ticket, then fought it in court like everyone else.

      This man thinks he and his child are above the law? Sorry.

      • thisoldwoman

        The swearing, etc., came later. My question was why he told him he had to leave in the first place. All the officer had to do was say thank you for the information and then finish up what he claims was almost finished. What makes you think he thinks his son is above the law? Maybe I missed something, but I didn’t get that impression.

    • All we did was combine the 3 clips we were sent, and posted it with the father’s testimony. We did not “blatantly edit” or leave anything out like this article accuses. We didn’t have the full video until the cops released it a few days after our post. Also, deputy Porcelli has admitted to escalating this situation and agreed to receive additional training.

  • Angry guy

    The police make 100,000s of thousands of false arrests every year. And they break the law more often than the people they arrest. And police officers don’t even trust other police officers. However, we are expected to trust them?

  • Matthew Kiefer

    Well to start The man did have a reason to stop. The officer went out of bounds and didn’t let the man explain why he stopped, then he went into arrest mode over nothing other then the situation the officer created. But the man then went to far with insults and language, at that point he was wrong. I still don’t see an arrest necessary though as the officer escalated the situation to the point of madness. I would like to know the outcome but who knows if that is possible.

    • Stephen Barlow

      I can’t imagine any adult who is not familiar with the word AUTISM.
      Even though it is grossly over diagnosed and that it is the hot fundraising illness today.

    • Todd Davenport

      From the officer’s point of view, the writing of the ticket was basically over. A signature and the guy would be on his way. No words needed, nothing the father could say would change the outcome.

  • Doug

    If I had to make a statement about which side was doing the spinning, I’d say the writer of this article is doing a fair bit of it.

  • Corey

    I didnt know Autistic people were able to drive. I would think it may cause some dangers to other drivers even if a person is considered high functioning. Autism still effects “normal” every day life, which I would think included obeying laws, reading signs while driving, allowing pedestrians to cross and you need to stop, etc. if a person considered non-disabled can’t follow the law, purposely, who would come to the conclusion that a person with a disability such as Autism, may know that seeing a person break a law while driving, may mean that it’s ok to break the law. I’m not being cruel nor judgemental, I suffer from a different mental illness, and have for years, so I’m actually just surprised someone Autistic could even get a drivers license.

  • Tasha

    The officer used unnecessary force and picked the fight. That man was pushed into this. That officer was being rude & forceful.

  • Stephen Barlow

    I think you’re DEAD WRONG on this one Allen.

  • Stephen Barlow

    The dad was wrong too. During all this time, how was the son doing?

  • DD

    The cop was completely out of bounds from the beginning. Had he just bothered to listen to what the father said and then tell the father to please sit quietly in his vehicle until the officers were finished with his son, then he could approach his son if needed. But Noooooooooo, right from the start the officer was belligerent and NOT willing to listen. Which as a parent would make me feel for the safety of my child right there. This officer had no reason to do what he did and then to intimidate the driver with possible arrest for doing nothing. Sorry, but the officers were in the wrong from beginning to end. They elevated the situation to what it became for no reason other than to be bullies. You do have the right to resist unlawful arrest and arresting this man for not leaving was unlawful. You have every right to watch the police as they perform their duties. You have the right to video them if you so choose to. Even watching the whole video, that doesn’t make what the officers did right or lawful.

  • phildo

    am i the only one that noticed that the fatshit cop’s radar was off THE ENTIRE TIME? How did he clock the kid at 46MPH? Is he a super duper awesome cop? Me’s thinks not.

  • Anita Nailer

    Ok so the kid is very artistic I don’t see how his ability to draw has anything to do with driving……dumb

  • steve

    The deputy was jumping out of his pants to escalate the situation and abuse the defendant under the color of law.

  • Darren Johnson

    So why were the charges against the man dropped?