AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Matthew Haley was filming from a public sidewalk at the corner of 4th Street and Walton Way when he says he was first approached by deputies.
Cellphone video shows the encounter with deputies that put 28-year old Haley in jail.
"Sir, I'm in public. I'm not committing any type of crime," Haley says to deputies as they approach and ask for his ID several times.
He says after he refused, the phone was taken from him, but it still managed to record sound from the arrest.
You can hear Haley ask, "What am I being arrested for?"
The deputies reply, "We're sheriff's deputies, and we were conducting an investigation, and you refused to give your ID. That's against the law here."
That was the night of June 2. Cameras were rolling again when deputies approached him as News 12 was interviewing Haley today.
This is the how the beginning of that conversation went:
Deputies: "Who y'all with?"
News 12's Christie Ethridge: "I'm with Channel 12."
Deputies: "Who are you with?"
Haley: "I'm just an independent individual."
Deputies: "You got any ID on you?"
Haley: "Am I committing some type of crime?"
Deputies: "No sir, you're videotaping the Sheriff's Office and the jail, so we just want to find out what you're doing."
What are you doing? It's a simple question with a simple answer, but since Haley was on public property, News 12 went digging to find out if he had to answer.
"The average person is not aware that the police are free to come up to a person with absolutely no suspicion of criminal activity and ask questions, however they cannot detain you, and you are free to leave," attorney Sarah Blake said.