Man Proud of Arrest For Tampering With Red Light Cameras

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -

A Long Island man facing criminal charges for tampering with several red light cameras said that he knew he would be arrested after posting video of his actions online but that it was done in protest of government abuse.

“It’s abuse on the hard-working American and with the taxes we pay, it’s not necessary,” Stephen Ruth told reporters Wednesday, a day after his arrest on charges of criminal tampering and obstruction of governmental administration.

Ruth, a 42-year-old landlord, said he became fed up after getting ticketed for red light camera violations.

In the video, Ruth approaches a red light camera and uses a rod to force its focus away from the road.

“Basically, a 4-year-old can do it,” he said.