Published: Mar 12, 2012 4:42 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 13, 2012 1:25 AM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla.- A 57-year-old North Port man was arrested in January, after videotaping the arrest of two other men and interfering with the officer's investigation.

Stephen Horrigan walked up to a traffic stop and criminal investigation at Herbison Ave. and Biscayne Dr. and began videotaping the officer at work. Despite the officer requesting that Horrigan back away and cease recording, he continued saying, "This is a free country."

According to the North Port Police Department report, a sergeant was conducting a high-risk traffic stop involving suspected gang members, when Horrigan stopped in the median and used his cell phone to film the incident. For safety reasons, he was asked to move along and he complied. Soon after, the report says, Horrigan showed up again, 15 feet behind the vehicles and resumed videotaping.

Horrigan was arrested for obstruction without violence and illegal eavesdropping.