There’s something incredibly cathartic about watching this short clip of surveillance video. Who hasn’t fantasized about destroying a speed camera? The video has gone viral for obvious reasons. This guy is Robin Hood. Or maybe John Connor.
In the Washington, DC area, ubiquitous automated speed cameras have become a point of political contention over the years. One might find them acceptable in certain cases to address specific problems like speeding in a school zone or in a residential neighborhood but DC, Maryland, and Virginia have allowed these cameras to pop up everywhere.
What’s most troubling, apart from the smothering nanny-state aspect of these automated stool pigeons, is that they are typically owned and operated by private companies who take a cut of whatever fines are levied on unsuspecting drivers. Is it about road safety or about generating revenue for municipalities and government cronies?
Not one citizen is angry or searching for this person. Not. One.
— STAY HOME! 💛ColoredSpirit❤️ (@ColoredSpirit) February 25, 2018
Fixed: "Video of the alleged suspect destroying an evil revenue generating machine."
— joe warner (@jwarner180) February 26, 2018
This Is The Most Noble Thing Ever pic.twitter.com/EzPjsJrtXe
— LaSha 🐘💙 (@iamluhhshayy) February 25, 2018
I low key have a new hero 😂
— Laurie Ligon (@NaturalCutie79) February 25, 2018
Based on these replies this guy, if arrested, should most definitely demand a jury trial.
— Atticus Finch (@Atticus59914029) February 26, 2018
so, we have Black Panther…& this guy lol! https://t.co/wqP5BomPeE
— Jeffrey V Robinson (@Kingjeffishere) February 26, 2018
Whoever narcs on the DC speed camera smasher will be the worst narc in the long history of narcs
— Eric Boehm (@EricBoehm87) February 26, 2018
We salute you, destroyer of speed cameras.