Self-proclaimed "first amendment auditor" targets local enforcement in series of viral videos

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GARVIN COUNTY, Okla (KXII) -- "I'm all for police I just don't like bad police," Patrick Roth said.

Patrick Roth calls himself an independent investigative journalist

He says he makes money through his YouTube site both by asking for donations, and through the ads that run before these videos.

He has about 4,000 subscribers on his channel and claims his goal is to keep law enforcement accountable.

"I filmed government officials and law enforcement agencies and so I'm filming these people and they see my camera and so they approach me and I'm telling you they just went belligerent," Roth said.

In a video from Sunday in Garvin County, Roth is in the jail parking lot getting video of officers, people and license plates when two jail ministry volunteers asked him what he was doing.

"Why was you taking my car tag," A volunteer said.

"Because I can," Roth said. What's the issue?"

The volunteers then told a deputy what was going on.

"I'm deputy Scott Cottrell with the Garvin County sheriff's office, what's your name," Cottrell said.

"Good citizen," Roth said.

"Your name is good citizen," Cottrell said,"I can't call you Mr... okay ...?"

Sheriff Larry Rhodes says he's proud of his deputy's actions because he believes Roth was trying to provoke law enforcement.

"We're in a society where law enforcement, everything we do is scrutinized," Rhodes said.

Rhodes says he thinks Roth was trying to get a reaction out of the deputy who was being filmed.

"Maybe he thought my deputy would react differently and try to seize the camera or stop what was doing," He said.

But Roth says that's not the case.

"I feel like I'm doing a service for the people, because I'm out there holding police accountable and just any law enforcement agencies any government officials I'm holding them accountable," Roth said.

Roth has recorded similar encounters with Carter County deputies and Gainesville, Texas, police as well as several other law enforcement agencies.

Each video has gotten tens of thousands of hits in just a few days since they've been posted

We couldn't find any incident where a single officer stepped over the line.

"They can't do what they wanna do all the time, if you watch law enforcement as close as I do, you would realize they break the law to enforce the law," Roth said.

But when we asked, Roth couldn't provide any evidence of any law breaking by law officers.

"It's disappointing that we have a segmented society who feels the need to go out and do this, it serves no purpose," Rhodes said.



 
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