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A North Carolina police department is conducting an internal investigation after an officer was caught on camera incorrectly telling an Uber driver that it's illegal to record a traffic stop. 

Jesse Bright, a defense attorney who also works as an Uber driver, was stopped in Wilmington on Feb. 26 after he brought a customer to what officers described as a "known drug house."

Bright explained he was an Uber driver and that he didn't know the passenger.

But one officer could be heard on the tape telling Bright to turn off his cell phone video recorder, then threaten to take him to jail if he refused.

"For recording you? I'm sitting in my car," Bright responded, prompting the officer to call him a "jerk" for questioning which law he was violating by recording. 

Bright explained that he's an attorney who knows his rights.

"And an Uber driver?" the officer responded skeptically. 

Bright then offered up his state bar ID as proof. The officers eventually called in a K-9 unit to thoroughly search Bright's car, but nothing was found and no arrest was made.

The department says the officer was clearly incorrect and that citizens are allowed to take pictures or video of a traffic stop.

Bright said he does not want either of the officers to lose their job, but wants citizens to know their rights.

He said he is worried that officers are giving citizens unlawful orders that are followed because people don't know any better.

"If he’s willing to just directly lie to me and tell me this is against the law to film the police, then it worries me. You know, most people when they’re given an order by an officer they don’t know that it’s an unlawful order," he said.

Watch the report above and read more, here.


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