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Published May 09, 2011, 09:20 PM

Investigation in Wahpeton started after teen captures unlawful arrest on video

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Police in Wahpeton have started an investigation after an aspiring 17-year-old journalist was arrested for what he claims is no reason, or probable cause. He posted his own video of the arrest online, and it's caused a stir.

At 14, Robert Wanek started making videos about what he felt was injustice in schools and with law enforcement. His latest is now causing a police investigation and some people calling for change.

The video has received more than 160,000 views on Youtube.

Wanek told the arresting officer, Dustin Hill, that he was shooting a video about un-warranted raids in Wahpeton.

Wanek was standing on a public street at the time. Within seconds, Hill put handcuffs on Wanek and arrested him.

"You're under arrest for interfering with a police investigation, put your hands behind your back," Hill said in the video.

Wanek was held for more than an hour, then released and never charged with a crime.

Wanek's parents were never notified of the arrest.

"There's unwarranted raids being practiced by this officer. 'So we're going to try and intimidate you, arrest you on false charges and then release you and think that it's all going to be ok,'" Wanek said.

Hill was unavailable for comment, as he was in Minnesota for police training this week.

A court record check didn't find any cases against officer Hill regarding illegal searches.

As for Wanek, he's welcoming the investigation by the chief.