Cops Being Trained to Treat Cell Phone as Guns? (VIDEOS)

Police officers across the country have been attempting to seize cell phones by claiming the devices could be weapons.

A recent case involves Detective Shannon Todd of the Newark Police Gang Unit. She approaches a young man who is recording a police stop on his cell phone, and orders him to “put your phone down, put it in your pocket.” Despite affirming the device is a phone, Todd remarks “I need to hold on to it,” before stating, “May I look at it and inspect it to ensure it’s not a firearm.”

Although recording a police officer is not a crime, law enforcement is getting more creative at preventing their images from showing up on YouTube and going “viral,” by asserting cell phones may present physical threats (see below).