Practicing your First Amendment right to free speech, in the land of the free, can and will get you beaten, kidnapped, or worse. As the body camera video below illustrates, you can be polite and courteous but when a raging cop snaps-and then lies about what happens-there is very little you can do to protect yourself. Nicholas H. Belsito had committed no crime, had harmed no one, and was merely tailgating at a Bills game last year when he was savagely attacked by police, his nose broken, and blood gushing from his face. And it all began over asking for directions. That day, Belsito's friend had been arrested for allegedly hitting a cop's elbow with an empty beer can. As his friend sat in the back of the police cruiser, Belsito wanted to ask for directions so he could pick him up at jail. "I'm sorry," he says politely as Deputy Kenneth Achtyl lowers his window, "I'm just wondering where you guys are going, so I'm going to meet my friend there ..."
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