Back-flipping 'Ghostbuster' goes viral
Published Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:11AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 31, 2012 1:52PM EDT
After a tense confrontation between police and a back-flipping 'Ghostbuster,' the cameraman who was threatened with arrest for capturing the incident on video maintains he did nothing wrong.
Toni Darussio says he was behind the camera, documenting a Halloween party in Petitcodiac, N.B., when his costumed friend leapt at the opportunity to pull a stunt from the roof of a parked RCMP cruiser.
"He is the type of guy, wherever he goes he back-flips," Darussio told CTV News. "Before he back-flipped off that cop car, he back-flipped off of the deck … he back-flipped off a couple of different objects at that house party."
Two police officers on the scene were not impressed, however.
In a video of the incident posted to YouTube, one officer approaches the back-flipper as he prepares to jump off the roof of the car. But as the policeman reaches up, the man flips right overhead.
Another officer is then seen jumping into the scene, to assist in detaining the partygoer.
As the police inform the back-flipper he is being arrested for mischief and being drunk in a public place, they notice Darussio is filming the action.
"You want to be under arrest, too?" one of the officers is heard asking.
But according to the director of journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., the filmmaker wasn’t breaking any laws.
"In public spaces, you can film what you want to film," Philip Lee told CTV News. "I think the police officer is wrong in saying you’re going to be arrested for mischief."
Commenting on the officers' handling of the incident, RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah said they were caught up in the heat of the moment.
"The concern the officer had at the time is that there was a big crowd of people and they were trying to de-escalate the situation," Farrah said. "So, they were asking people to leave that area in order not to instigate any further activities."
Darussio said he didn't make a big deal about it, anyway.
"I knew my rights," he said. "I knew that I was in a public place and I knew I was allowed to legally film a public servant on duty, so I just co-operated with the cops."
The man arrested at the scene was later released without charges.
The back-flip video continues to stir controversy, however, as it has been viewed more than 61,000 times since it was posted on Youtube.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Ashley Dunbar