Brunswick woman videotapes police encounter, video goes viral

Brunswick woman videotapes police encounter, video goes viral
Brunswick Police were in the neighborhood investogating a theft. (Source: WOIO)
Brunswick Police were in the neighborhood investogating a theft. (Source: WOIO)
Ginger Borshov says she went inside to get some personal items while her kids sat in the van in the driveway. (Source: WOIO)
Ginger Borshov says she went inside to get some personal items while her kids sat in the van in the driveway. (Source: WOIO)

BRUNSWICK, OH (WOIO) - A Brunswick woman's video of an encounter she had with a police officer at her front door has gone viral.

The video was shot as her kids sat in a minivan parked in her driveway.

But was she out of line or justified? You can view the video she posted online here.

Police said it's been clearly edited and dramatized to reflect this officer in a bad light.

Ginger Borshov of Brunswick claims an encounter with a police officer at her front door a week ago got out of hand.

Page was checking on a neighborhood near Pearl and Center Road during the daytime looking for anything suspicious after a man reported his lawnmower had been stolen from his garage.

"He noticed some kids in a vehicle left alone, front door to the house standing open," said Lt. Brian Ohlin with Brunswick Police.

Police said Page went up to the house to try to find the homeowner.

Borshov grabbed a camera at some time during this conversation to record it. The beginning of the encounter was not recorded.

She later posted the edited video on Photographyisnotacrime.com. The website calls itself a police accountability, First Amendment and civil rights website.

In the video, the police officer asked:

"Are you the owner of this house, show me some identification that you live here."

In the video, in a narration over photos of inside her home and her car parked outside, Borshov replied:

"Okay, what?"

She also said:

"I know how police are, I know how they are here, so aggressive for almost no reason."

Borshov said she was scared "right off the bat."

Here's another exchange between her and the police officer.

"You demanded that I prove to you I live here," Borshov said.

"I'm not demanding anything, just checking to make sure your house isn't being burglarized," Page said.

The two continue to argue, especially after Page asked Borshov why her young children were left unattended in the driveway with the car running.

"I came in to grab the snacks that I packed for them. I'm right here," she said.

"I'm not telling you you're in trouble or facing a crime, I'm just telling you it appeared suspicious so I'm checking on it," Page said.

Borshov claimed her privacy was violated and the police officer harassed her and acted aggressively.

But the police department disagrees.

"It seemed like the way the officer was speaking to the woman was very professional. He explained the reasons he was there and he handled himself appropriately," Lt. Ohlin said.

You can read the full statement from Brunswick Police on their Facebook page.

Cleveland 19 News went to Borshov's house for a comment, but no one answered the door.

Police said the video does not show Borshov eventually identifying herself and then yelling obscenities at the police officer as he walked away.

Brunswick police do not have body cameras.

Police later found officers had been called to a Marc's parking lot in 2015 for a welfare check. They gave Borshov a warning after police found her young child left in a car unattended.

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