A Kansas teenager has been charged with a series of misdemeanor crimes after filming cops committing misdemeanors themselves. Addison Mikkelson, 17, was charged with inattentive driving having a television receiver in front of him while driving, but the charges came only after he filmed police speeding and failing to use a turn signal before pulling him over. After he was ordered to appear in court, Mikkelson told one of the cops that he was “a loser.” This marks the third time in 12 months that the teenager has gotten into verbal scuffles with police in Topeka.
Mikkelson pleaded not guilty to the charges because he didn’t have a television receiver in his car and the dashboard camera footage from the cop car didn’t identify one. He also declared that he was doing nothing wrong by filming the incident, stating that he is “not stopping. Photography is not a crime. I’m trying to hold people accountable for their actions.” His mother also described the charges as “pure harassment.”
Last year, he filmed police arresting him for jaywalking and then later throwing his camera to the ground after asking what he was being charged with, to which they replied “obstructing justice.” Three weeks ago, Mikkelson received another citation for “not stopping before pulling out a drive.” But because didn’t record that incident and couldn’t prove his innocence, the teenager opted to pay the $142 court fine.
His trial for the charges of inattentive driving having a television receiver in front of him is scheduled for April 7.