Lane and her son, Joseph, were at the barber shop on Georgetown’s Payne Avenue when they saw some commotion in the street. “I was in the barber shop chair. Ed was doing my hair, and I noticed what was happening outside,” said Joseph Lane.
Georgetown Police had run down a man on a motorcycle that they had been chasing. “Some police had knocked over a motorcyclist and then immediately put a gun to his head,” said Kitty Lane.
Kitty and Joseph Lane ran outside and began to watch the arrest. Kitty Lane’s eight-year-old grandson took video of the arrest on her phone. She said that later, the officers approached her, asking to see her phone, but she refused to take it out of her back pocket.
“He said, ‘I need your phone,’ and he kind of came at me, and I was kind of walking back more quickly now,” said Kitty Lane. She said that the officer then threw her to the ground and put her in handcuffs while telling her the “quit resisting” as they seized her phone.
Georgetown Police have said that the case is under investigation so they can’t talk about it but that they do not agree with Lane’s account of the story. Of course police said that Lane put her hands on an officer first and that the motorcyclist they had arrested was wanted on a felony, giving them the right to seize the cell phone for the video.
Lane said that she hopes this kind of encounter is rare. “I’ve raised my children here. There’s fine officers in this town,” said Kitty Lane. “That puts a mar on this town.” Georgetown Police have obtained a warrant to search the phone’s videos but are not sure if the footage has any usable evidence in the felony case but may indeed be evidence of the officers own questionable conduct, unfortunately ‘we the people’ may never know which.
The seizure of any citizens personal property with out prior warrant sets a dangerous president and will no doubt allow for further violation of rights if abused by authority. “It’s really scary to think that if I film some nefarious activity perpetrated by police that they can indefinitely detain me, take my camera, phone or whatever and the courts will cover for them ex post facto” said one Scott County Libertarian “that’s not protecting and serving, that’s ‘police state’ oppression treating citizens like occupied insurgents”
The local LP member who wishes to remain anonymous also pointed out a spurious, yet no less disturbing, observation about “Police State Gtown” which is the massively excessive amount of Military Surplus they have acquired from the Department of Defenses 1033 program totaling $556,734.67 in hardware; a figure staggering enough in its self but when combined with The Scott County Sheriffs Department’s $523,941.60 in Military Surplus which includes 3 Helicopters, paints a vastly different picture 'scenic georgetown’ than the powers that be would have us believe.