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if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." this man -- >> hope you're not married. >> wants the prostitutes in his neighborhood gone. >> if i catch you, you get a life sentence. >> he -- >> you ought to be ashamed of yourself! >> -- wants government officials to play by the same rules as everybody else. >> they're afraid of me. >> you're not allowed do that. >> and they're afraid of my video camera. >> and she -- >> i probably cried more than i have in my life. >> -- summoned the strength to protect her father. what all three of these people capture on camera is shocking. >> something just hit me like a ton of bricks. >> in plain sight. >> you're going to jail, buddy. >> get out of my face, man! >> and in their homes. >> using video cameras.
>> get off my camera. >> to fight for justice for safer streets. >> do you want to go to jail? >> and for their loved ones. >> the camera saved my dad's life. >> "caught on camera: video vigilantes." have you ever seen something that made you so angry that you wanted to say something or even do something about it? but you weren't sure what? most of us can't hand out a ticket or arrest people. but the folks you're about to meet have found a clever way to take action, to get their own brand of justice. they call themselves video vigilantes. and armed only with their video cameras, they're fighting for what they feel is right. >> you made an illegal u-turn in a business district. >> don't do that. >> you made an illegal u-turn -- >> don't do that. >> he's patrolling the mean streets of new york city. >> you broke the law.
>> get out of my face, man. >> but he's not handing out tickets or catching criminals. >> you broke the law. >> instead, he's catching them on camera. police officers, meter maids, and any other government official he sees violating the very laws they're supposed to enforce. and they are not happy to see him. >> are you going to run me over now? >> i've been roughed up. i've been threatened. i've been confronted. i'm jimmy justice. >> but the man who calls himself jimmy justice won't back down. >> they're afraid of me. >> you're not allowed to do that. >> and they're afraid of my video camera. >> what are you doing? move away from the vehicle. >> i'm filming you breaking the law. >> his goal -- to bring justice, vigilante justice, to the streets of new york, streets on which he says he sees a double standard. >> everybody else gets summonsed the second they break the law. you're in a "no-standing" zone. it's a bus stop. >> so what? >> you would give a ticket to somebody else who did that.
>> yes. >> but the people writing those summonses drive around the city like cowboys and do whatever they want, with impunity. and i wanted to bring justice. i wanted to level the playing field. >> it all begins in 2005. a fuse is lit when jimmy justice sees a traffic agent make a u-turn over a double yellow line. in his mind, an obvious violation of the law. he starts reporting the violations he sees to law enforcement by taking still photos. but he says his complaints go nowhere. so he comes up with a plan to become a video vigilante. >> wherever i am in the city, i bring my video camera with me. the video camera is the great equalizer. the video camera does not lie. and it's just a matter of a few moments before i see something that i feel i need to videotape. >> jimmy, by day, a 37-year-old sound engineer and part-time musician, by night video vigilante. he doesn't make any money at it. but he says moments like these are priceless. >> why are you taking a picture of me?
>> the sign is clear. no parking anytime. i'm taking a picture of you because you're a police officer who's supposed to enforce the law. >> no parking? >> and you parked your police car in a place where the sign says no parking anytime. >> you're harassing me. >> you're not doing your job. >> she confirms that there's a "no parking anytime" sign. >> the new york police department declined our request for an interview. but they tell us that marked police vehicles are allowed to park in "no parking" zones during emergencies. jimmy justice says the agent in this video comes up with the most creative emergency he's ever heard. >> you're not doing your job. >> you're taking pictures of me. >> you went into the rite aid. >> i can go into the rite aid. you don't know if i have a feminine problem. you don't know if i have any type of problem. >> right. >> you don't know if i have my asthma, if i need my medicine, or anything like that. you don't know my business. so if i go to rite aid and i have my period, i can go in there. all right? >> and you don't have to park properly. you're allowed to park -- >> i am parked properly. >> the sign says no parking anytime. >> a handicapped person could
park if a no parking. >> are you handicapped? >> how do you know that? i could be handicapped. >> when he gets videos like this one, jimmy justice posts them on youtube, he says, to expose what he sees as a double standard. his clips have gotten more than a million hits. >> the general public loves what i'm doing. everybody would love the opportunity to yell at a police officer, scream at a police officer, when they catch a police officer doing something wrong. not everybody has guts to do it. so some of my fans on youtube are living vicariously through me. >> and jimmy's kicking it up a notch to keep those online viewers coming back for more. >> wah, i'm calling for backup. wah, i'm calling for backup. wah. he has a camera. he's dangerous. >> jimmy knows he sounds like a crybaby. but he says this is a serious issue that needs attention. and he thinks these antics help. >> you broke the law. >> what has jimmy justice so upset in this video? these new york city sanitation enforcement agents are blocking a bus stop.
>> look, the buses can't get through, can they, thomas? >> yeah, yeah. >> look, skippy. can the buses get through? no. they can't get through because of you. they can't get through because you parked your official vehicle, blocking a bus stop. a designated "no standing" zone, skippy-o. >> they parked not at the edge of the bus stop, to allow room for the buses to come in and out. they're right in the middle. it's disgusting. >> jimmy isn't only furious because of what he sees here at the bus stop. minutes earlier and a few blocks away, he caught these same sanitation enforcement agents blocking a fire hydrant. >> you're parking your official city vehicle blocking a fire pump? you ought to be ashamed of yourself. you're supposed to enforce the law, not violate the law. are you allowed to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant in new york city? >> yes. >> you are? so you don't even know the laws. >> get out of my face, please. >> jimmy's not surprised he catches these agents with his camera, twice. first at a fire hydrant and then at a bus stop. but when they pull their
official vehicle up to another hydrant -- >> ooh, it's a fire hydrant. oh, my. >> a third violation? he's seen enough. >> she's in there writing a summons to someone else when she commits a violation with her own official city vehicle. what a shame. shame on you! it just shows the systematic abuse of authority. that's why i do what i do. that's why i make these videos, because i'm trying to change the system. coming up -- >> get out of my face, man. >> danger ahead. a department of education employee tries to teach jimmy justice a lesson. >> stop. >> and playing with fire. >> you ought to be ashamed of yourself. while you're in the store, you don't hear the siren? what's the matter with you? >> when "caught on camera: video vigilantes" returns.
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before they finally got this guy handcuffed and in the back of the truck and hauled him away. >> the oklahoma city district attorney won't press charges against the cops, but the video grabs headlines nationwide, and bates says that was a real turning point in his friendly relationship with the oklahoma city pd. >> up to that point i think the police really looked at me as being on their side, and when i released this tape and was critical of the tape, things changed, and they changed dramatically in my relationship with the police. >> despite his rift with law enforcement, nothing will stop brian bates. he's out filming on a spring afternoon and sees another scuffle. and this time, he breaks his own rule and gets dangerously close to the action. >> one afternoon, i'm out taping. there was a large group, probably five or six known prostitutes. fairly attractive prostitutes. they were really causing quite the crowd to form. and i'm just taping them, assuming one of them's going to get picked up soon. and then literally, you can tell, it's almost like, you
know, a bunch of birds scattering, these girls start to take off in different directions. >> a rival pimp and prostitute arrive on the scene. and they are angry. as they chase one girl, bates realizes she's in serious trouble. >> take this. >> he asks someone to hold his camera, and he jumps in. >> literally, you have this girl who is down on the ground with another prostitute holding her hair, beating her in the face. the pimp's beating her too. and cars aren't even stopping. they're just kind of slowing down. i'm trying to pull the prostitute off, but i'm trying not to aggravate the situation into a bigger brawl. i can't throw any punches. i don't want to do anything now that's going to focus all their energy on me. >> bates breaks up the fight. watch, as he tears the attacker off of this woman. >> let go. >> the girl had broken bones to her face. it would have really been bad if somebody hadn't intervened. it just so happened it was me. >> the hooker got hurt. but brian was fine. and no regrets about getting
involved. the experience reminds him how violent prostitution can be. and he doesn't think most folks realize that. >> i get people all the time say, brian, why prostitution? why don't you go after the murderers? the drug dealers? the child rapists? why don't you go after those people? well, i'm here to tell you, those people are our prostitutes and our pimps and our johns on south robinson. these aren't pta moms making a few extra bucks. these are hardened criminals. >> out on his beat, bates has seen it all. armed robberies, drug deals and violent crimes. on this day driving his normal route, he witnesses another scary scene. >> i notice there's this group of black males surrounding this black female prostitute, and they're trying to force her into a car. >> a kidnapping. and unbelievably, it's happening right in front of him. >> and so i'm literally driving, 911 in one hand, camera in the other, and i'm steering with my knees, trying to get the evidence i need.
and really, all that i can remember is them pushing the girl in, shutting the door, and then another guy diving in the back window to try to keep her down inside the car. >> bates knows he needs to do something. so he tries to get their attention. >> and so i bumped their vehicle with mine, bumped it rather forcefully with my vehicle. and they opened up the door and threw the girl out and took off. >> battered, bruised and bleeding. the woman staggers to brian's car, with a message. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. and i'm sorry i maced you the other day. and sure enough, i realized this was a woman who probably three weeks before that had maced me at a pay phone. and here i am trying to save her life. coming up -- ride along with a video vigilante. >> why are you taking pictures of me? >> because i can. >> a rare trip inside this secret world of prostitution. >> this is the most notorious area right in here. plus, a personal story. >> i probably cried more than i had in my lifetime.
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saving you a bundle when you bundle -- now, that's progressive. this is robinson avenue, south robinson avenue in oklahoma city. it's notorious not only here in oklahoma city but really all over the globe, especially through the internet, for the availability of street prostitutes. >> with video camera in hand, brian bates is trying to drive prostitution out of his hometown, oklahoma city. >> this is the most notorious area right in here for prostitution and all kinds of criminal activity. a lot of them live in these little flophouses around here.
little rooms for rent. >> this time, he's taking us along for a rare view into his seedy, underground world, and it doesn't take more than 15 minutes before bates and our cameras spot a prostitute working a street corner in broad daylight. >> she might know this car. so i'm going to kind of pull further away. act like we're not interested in her and see if she's going to get picked up. >> he doesn't want to get too close and scare her off. so we pull off to a side street about a quarter mile away. now, it's a waiting game. >> she's behind that green suv. >> a car approaches, even swerves for a closer look. but no pickup this time. and then, suddenly, that same car reverses. and the video vigilante goes for his camera. >> in a situation like this, got a girl. i know her to be a convicted prostitute. she's out here working. she's actually out here working right next to what is one of our school bus stops. and i'll just simply tape her activity and wait and see if
somebody picks her up. and if they do, then we'll see where she takes them. >> but as he sits and waits with his camera, trained on the subject, the suspicious car pulls away and the prostitute deserts her post. and bates goes fishing for his next catch. >> there's two hookers working that street. and that's right in front of an elementary school. you get to know these people on sight. a lot of people go how do you know she's a hooker? she's not dressed like julia roberts, you know, in "pretty woman." you just start seeing the same people every day. it's the same sad story. >> another woman bates tells us is a prostitute is pounding the pavement. so he settles in again, a distance away, and pulls out his camera. this one up close. he just pointed us out. >> bates never knows what to expect while filming. but he knows danger is never far away. his camera's recording as this woman gets a little too close to his car window. >> why are you taking pictures of me? >> because i can. >> why? >> because i can.
>> okay. so what do you think i'm doing out here? >> i didn't make any allegations what you're doing. >> are you the police? >> no. >> okay. well, you have a nice day, and god bless you. >> you too. >> the woman walks away, but bates isn't sure whether she'll be back, so he decides it would be a good idea to change locations. he goes to check out a hideaway he recently came upon by following a prostitute and a john looking for some privacy. >> this is the hot spot right now where the girls take the johns. a good number of them. this is their spot they use for each john all day long. >> the coast is clear when we visit the abandoned building today. >> well, we don't have to look very hard today. we've got two very fresh condoms. >> but only a few days earlier in this same location this house isn't nearly as abandoned. it's a sunday afternoon, and bates is out running errands
with his wife. >> i'm pretty sure he went up in here. >> when he spots a car pulling into the abandoned property. >> pull in. >> so he gives his wife instructions and goes in for a closer look. >> let me out here. you're going to keep pulling up there and just wait. lock the doors. >> he takes an alternate route so he doesn't get spotted. >> it's a felony. you're over here by a church. >> and this guy is in a pretty big rush to vacate the hideaway. for an abandoned lot, this property sure seems to get a lot of traffic. it's only a few weeks later when bates sees another car parked outside. he hears noises. this time coming from inside the house. so he goes in for a closer look. and sure enough, these people are getting pretty comfortable in a home that isn't theirs. >> you do realize this is private property, don't you? >> so brian chases another couple off. >> cops are on their way. i already got the tag number. now some people would say, well, this is kind of out of the way, it's not in the public, nobody's seeing it. we're in the middle of a neighborhood.
we're within a thousand feet of an elementary school. i mean, it's just disgusting. but these pockets of places, they'll show up. this one, they'll stop using this one here in a month or two. and they'll have to figure out where the next one is. >> next stop, an apartment building. a truck pulls up. a woman gets out. bates initially doesn't think this woman is a working girl, but he has a bad feeling about what these people are doing. >> it's no good, whatever it is. >> sensing danger, he takes off and parks in another area. >> here we go. >> here we see the same woman, same green pants, who bates didn't think was a prostitute when she got out of one car only moments earlier, getting into another car as our cameras record the action. >> if he comes toward us, put the cameras down. she is. >> the car drives right by us. and we have to put our cameras down, out of view. >> that's a pretty good example of what i see out here every day.
>> as bates keeps his camera rolling, the chase is on. he thinks we're trailing a prostitute and her john. and he's making sure to keep his distance so we don't get spotted. >> i try not to stay in their rear-view mirror if we can. >> the red car turns right, and we follow on a parallel street. he catches them at the next traffic light. and as we get close enough, bates has safety on his mind. >> the very first thing i want to record either visually or audio is the tag. and that way if something was to happen, i was to get hurt, they were to hurt somebody else, whatever, i have the tag number so that the driver can be identified later. >> as we trail this possible prostitute and her john, bates explains what he's feeling. >> there's certainly a rush that's involved in this. some people make the mistake, and they think, oh, catching people out having public sex, there must be some sort of a sexual rush or perversion to it. you don't have to spend 20 or 30 minutes out here to know that
the rush is you're catching the bad guy. a guy who thought he could come down here and prey on this community. and you know you can actually make a difference. >> but as we follow, the red car gets too far ahead. they make a left turn into a neighborhood. >> they don't normally go this direction. so he may actually have a house down here that he's taking her to. >> with this unexpected left turn the two are gone. no "gotcha" moment to post on the web -- this time. >> you figure the hookers aren't going anywhere, so they'll be back. we'll have another shot. >> as we pass through town, he spots a prostitute he knows, so he takes out his camera. >> the last time she got arrested, she had a set of brass knuckles with knives coming off each hand on her. >> as bates tells our crew about this woman's violent past, she spots us across the street and reaches for something hidden in her coat. a tense moment. will she pull out a weapon? >> she's going to take a picture of me.
>> but she whips out a camera and turns the tables on brian. >> i'm sure for the mantle. >> she's obviously making a joke. but she's got a violent past. so bates plays it safe and calls 911. >> i just wonder if there's an officer available. prostitute and her pimp out at southwest 33rd and south >> reporter: she walks right up to the window, inches away. >> how does it feel to be filmed? >> reporter: finally, a money shot for the video vigilante. the truth is, bates doesn't necessarily mind having his picture taken. in fact, he's actually glad this woman is recording. he thinks everyone, himself included, is fair game when it comes to being caught on camera. >> i think when i first picked up my camera 12 years ago, what i was doing was extreme. and now, when we're becoming a society where people, everyone has a cell phone, everyone has a video camera, everyone has access to the internet, what i do is no longer an oddity like it was 12 years ago. and i think it's a good thing.
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welcome back to "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. brian bates and jimmy justice use their video cameras out in plain sight, looking for that big "gotcha" moment. but the savvy woman you're about to meet never wanted to catch anything like that. and hers is a very personal story. jackie taylor installed a security system, so-called granny cams, in her house when her elderly father became bedridden. the cameras were meant to give her peace of mind. but what they recorded did anything but that. 90-year-old john taylor, a stroke victim, lies defenseless,
as his nurse repeatedly beats him over and over again. >> she just was angry right from the beginning, shaking her finger at him, and just pounding him in the chest and his stomach. >> reporter: john's daughter, jackie, catches it all on a security camera, she installed in her home to be her eyes and her ears while she's away. this was a woman she trusted. a woman she considered a friend. >> she would say, jackie, you're like a daughter to me. you know, mother's day, i bought her flowers, things of that nature because even in the short period of time she was here, i thought we bonded pretty well. >> reporter: it all begins two months earlier. jackie's a single woman working seven days a week to pay for her dad's soaring medical expenses. so she hires anastasia olich to care for her father. he suffered two strokes. jackie wants the best possible
care for the man who's doted on her all of her life. >> daddy's little girl. always gave me anything i wanted. >> reporter: she especially wants loving treatment for her dad after a recent horrifying experience at a rehab facility where jackie learns her father had been abused. >> i probably cried more than i had in my lifetime. just the frustration. not knowing where to turn, who to turn to, what do i do kind of thing. but i can't be falling apart. i can't help my dad falling apart. you know, i have to show that same strength, that same tenacity, that same motivation as i even seen my dad show through his whole ordeal. >> reporter: jackie, a woman who relies on her instincts, decides to bring him home to the house she grew up in as a little girl. but experience tells her to be cautious, so she installs video cameras in her home. >> at this point, i didn't trust anybody. so i wanted to make sure that he was really being taken care of. >> reporter: on first
impression, jackie really likes the new nurse. >> she was someone that sat in the dining room and read the bible every day. so i think, hey, i have this really nice christian woman, you know, in my home taking care of my dad. she seemed very nice, really down to earth. >> reporter: despite her good feeling, jackie checks her security cameras regularly for the first couple of weeks. she says she sees a nurse doing her job -- changing her father. feeding him. bathing him. everything she's supposed to do. weeks go by. jackie's working hard. her father seems very happy and well taken care of. so she stops checking the footage. but then, suddenly, that nagging instinct kicks in. it's saturday afternoon and jackie's coming up from doing some laundry in her basement. >> and something just hit me like a ton of bricks that said, you really need to look at these cameras now. it just stopped me dead in my tracks. and i went back down the stairs. and to my surprise and shock, i saw her just beating my dad with her fist.
and my dad wasn't doing anything but lying there. she was trying to change him. >> reporter: horrified, jackie knows she needs to go back upstairs. she runs through her options. should she confront the nurse? should she call the police? she wants to see what her father remembers. >> i said to my dad, i said, daddy, are you okay? and he says, yes. and i say, are you sure? and he goes, yeah, i'm okay. >> reporter: the man's had two strokes. his short-term memory is gone. he can't remember what happened to him. and he can't tell his daughter about the beatings. so she turns to anastasia. >> my insides are churning. i looked at anastasia and i said, anastasia, do you like working here? and she says, yeah, of course, jackie, i love working here. you know i like my job. why? >> reporter: jackie had already called the police. minutes later, they arrive, look at jackie's footage. they arrest the nurse. the ordeal makes jackie very angry. but she's thankful about one
thing. >> the cameras saved my dad's life. the cameras were able to see what i couldn't see, since i'm not at home, so they were one of the best investments i've ever made. >> reporter: jackie taylor wants her story to be heard. she's written congress, spoken to her senator, and wants the penalties for elder abuse to be harsher. but most of all, she wants everyone to protect themselves and their loved ones with a video camera. >> i mean, if i can help one individual, you know, say who is in a nursing home today, keep them from being beaten, if i have gotten through to one caregiver that maybe thought about hitting a person today and said, you know what, i don't know if they installed cameras while i was off this weekend. maybe i shouldn't do it. maybe i shouldn't push them down. maybe i shouldn't be verbally abusive to them, then i think i've done a lot. >> these days, video cameras are everywhere, in stores, mounted
to traffic lights, even on cell phones. and you can bet, if you're doing something wrong, something outrageous, or something illegal, someone somewhere is recording it all. that's it for this edition of "caught on camera." i'm contessa brewer. rescue workers battle to save a man teetering at the brink of niagara falls. >> said we've got to go. we've got to go get him. a daredevil attempts a stunt that goes up in flames. >> my life was in perilous danger. this guy pummels his own lawyer. and a twist in the story an investigative reporter never saw coming. >> you hear him scream to his wife, "honey, get the gun." >> videos that don't get any more shocking --