Dallas Sport Biker Pulled Over For Helmet Camera
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Dallas Sport Biker Pulled Over For Helmet Camera Hot

Chris Moore beign arrested by Dallas Sheriff’s Deputy James Westbrook.

The case of the Dallas sport biker who appeared to be pulled over and arrested for his helmet camera on the Memorial Day weekend is being internally investigated by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

What Happened

The biker, Chris Moore, claims he was pulled on Stemmons Freeway in Dallas because police wanted to view what was on his helmet camera when he was riding in a pack of about 50 to 100 riders. Officially, Moore was stopped because of a concealed plate. The helmet camera was turned by the sheriff’s office to the gang unit of the Dallas Police Department at the scene of the arrest.

However, the actions of arresting officer Deputy Sheriff James Westbrook are being looked at by the sheriff’s department.

The Controversy

“We’re looking into the incident to determine if officer Westbrook acted inappropriately,” said Dallas County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Carmen Castro to AllAboutBikes.

Castro said the entire contents of the video on Moore’s helmet cam were not available to the sheriff’s department, as it was immediately handed over to Dallas police, and that they are reviewing the video now. The video, portions of which were aired on Dallas’ News 8, suggest that Westbrook pulled Moore over specifically for his helmet camera.

What Was Said

Moore on the video: “Was I doing something wrong? What am I being pulled over for?”

Westbrook on video: “The whole group of you guys.”

Moore: “No. I was not, individually. How can you pull me over?”

Westbrook: “The reason you’re being pulled over is because I’m gonna take your camera and we’re gonna use it as evidence of the crimes that have been committed by other bikers.”

Moore: “I have not committed any crimes, and you cannot take my personal property from me, sir.”

Westbrook: “That’s fine. Need to see your license and registration.”

The situation became volatile when Moore pressed Westbook for the reason for the stop.

Moore: “Why’d you pull me over in the first place?”

Westbrook: “Have a seat, OK?”

Moore: “Sir. Sir. What you did to me was not right. You know it.”

Westbrook: “I’m going to ask you one more time to have a seat.”

Moore: “That’s f’ed up. Where’s my bike going?”

Westbrook: “Sit down. I’m telling you to chill out.”

During the arrest, Westbrook is seen shoving Moore into his car and slamming the door on him. Moore’s bike was impounded and he spent eight hours in jail. He was given a class c citation, Castro said.

Comment From Chris Moore's Attorney

“If using a video camera was wrong, every news station would be hauled into jail,” Moore’s lawyer, Hunter Biederman, said to AllAboutBikes.

Biederman was not optimistic that the sheriff’s office investigation would turn anything up.

“(Police) tend to stick together on cases like this,” he said.

Using Video To Prosecute Motorcyclists

A group of about 100 sport bikers closed U.S. Route 75 in Dallas during the Memorial Day weekend of 2011. At least two riders were arrested spray painting graffiti on the freeway during the incident. Their arrests were aided by videos of the shutdown being posted on YouTube.


Raw Footage From Chris Moore's GoPro Camera

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-1 # Billy Bob 2012-06-22 00:57
In all fairness, take a look at the dashcam from the officers that day. These riders were acting like idiots and exhibiting gang like behavior. You can clearly see a woman pass something (likely drugs) to another biker towards the end of this video. This shouldn't be tolerated anywhere and DPD should have responded more firmly in my opinion.

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+2 # George Erhard 2012-06-22 23:34
I agree, the police need to do what they can to shut this nonsense down. BUT... they have to do it without violating someone's constitutional rights.
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+1 # Abecx 2012-06-24 17:59
Quoting Billy Bob:
In all fairness, take a look at the dashcam from the officers that day. These riders were acting like idiots and exhibiting gang like behavior. You can clearly see a woman pass something (likely drugs) to another biker towards the end of this video. This shouldn't be tolerated anywhere and DPD should have responded more firmly in my opinion.

We have rights for a reason, globally marking every person that rides a bike regardless if they are with a group or near it is a violation of the rights many people have fought and died for. Our police need better methods and to not result to brute force or fighting 'gangs' with police gangs. They are trying too hard to use words to make their case look valid instead of solving for the root cause of the issue.
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0 # johnny joe 2012-06-26 19:04
As a motorcyclist, I hope that DPD figures out how to crack down on these antics in a way that does not violate our constitutional rights. The video you have posted does not appear to show anything regarding Chris Moore's case. Just because he was riding on the freeway on a motorcycle at the same time does not make him guilty of any of the actions of other people around him.
The arresting officer violated Chris Moore's rights and I hope this investigation correctly exposes that fact, and helps to protect all of us, motorcyclist or not, from false arrest and harassment
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0 # frank Metcalfe 2012-06-22 10:55
Another example of a police officer acting unprofessionall y, loosing his temper and taking advantage of his authority with a violent reaction. FIRE HIM!!!!!
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0 # George Erhard 2012-06-22 23:32
Now.. the disclaimer. I Am Not A Lawyer.

BUT.... from the layman's perspective? This in no way condones squidly behavior on the part of the bikers... but the cops really black porn messed up, here.

This is illegal search and seizure as the officer didn't have a warrant for the specific item in question. Also, by admitting intent to confiscate w/o a warrant, his subsequent citation (and arrest of the rider and impound of the bike) become invalid. Because the arrest was unwarranted, the 'evidence' is also improperly procured, and .. wait for it... inadmissible in the OTHER rider's cases.

And yes, I ride. I also ride with a camera. My footage is NOT available for police use without a duly sworn warrant, for specific events recorded on that camera.

G Erhard
Irving TX
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-1 # B Roy 2012-06-24 21:35
Helmet mounted camera's? A group of people riding motorcycle's?, excuse me ,I mean ''Devilcycles''. Arrest anyone riding one of those thing's I say! Who do they think they are travelling on the same roadway's making it un-safe for outstanding citizen's as myself and some of the other gentleman commenting here. Make's me want do something socially acceptable like speed down the highway in my 8000lb.Lincoln Navigator Text Messaging to all ''Keep these criminal's off my strret''!!
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0 # Does not matter 2012-06-25 10:57
"Arrest anyone riding one of those thing's I say?" Are you kidding me? Just a little statistic for you B Roy. Motorcycle registrations in the United States have grown each of the past 10 years, from 3,826,373 in 1997 to 6,678,958 in 2006. No need to quote source as I'm sure you can google and find the same thing. By your standard you would put all 6.6 million in jail for riding motorcycles? Do you realize how asinine you sound saying that? Not everyone that rides is associated with a gang, does drugs, commits crimes etc. And to state that texting while driving an 8000lb car is "socially acceptable" is absolutely ludicrous. I could go on and on regarding your post, but will leave it at that.
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0 # Jinks 2012-07-27 07:58
Its called sarcasm
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0 # Crocker 2012-06-25 16:03
The kid's attitude and his mouth got him into trouble but he can't see it cuz he has 'rights'... I just love these roadside lawyers...
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0 # Concerned Observer 2012-09-15 11:36
Chris Moore's motorcycle does not appear to have anything other than standard equipment. No traveling gear, no accessory bags, no strapped on articles which could have obstructed the officer's view of the license plate. The officer's dash cam photo of Mr. Moore's license plate or that of another officer who attended the scene has not been presented documenting the charge of obstructed license plate for which Mr. Moore was arrested. The released video of Mr. Moore's ride suggests that he was being passed by both cars and motorcycles and does not show erratic driving. A helmet shot of the back seat of the motorcycle shows no added bags or additional equipment which could have obstructed view of the license plate by the officer. I am interested in the follow up of the charges from the officers on the scene that Mr. Moore still faces.
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