A new group calling themselves Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe has started up after a situation where South Lake Tahoe resident calling himself Mike “Underdogtahoe” Smith was beat up for video recording South Lake Tahoe, California police illegally crossing State lines into the Stateline, Nevada casino district using canine (“K9″) dogs to search patrons of a place called the Raw Bar near the Montblue casino.
See the Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/CopWatchersLakeTahoe
See the Cop Watchers Lake Tahoe YOUTUBE channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NODVzjn220
Mike simply took some video with his Iphone camera of what he thought was an odd situation of California police basically checking people in Nevada for drugs with a dog in a bar… We concur that this would be a jurisdiction issue of California cops patrolling in Nevada and illegal search using Californaia K9 units in Nevada with no probable cause. this was not a SLEDNET operation and Douglas county is not associated with SLEDNET according to their website.
South Lake Tahoe Police (“SLTPD”) Officer Josh Adler assaulted and arrested Mike for “obstruction” even though Mike did not obstruct anything, he was simply taking a video of Adler which he had the right to do with out the harassment, arrest and illegal use of excessive force.
Mike was actually arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff and he has a court date soon. In the mean time, the DCSO has his Iphone camera and has not provided Mike with his property or the video of the entire situation.
We’ll be updating this story as it develops.