Photo courtesy Melissa Smith.
In many ways, 2014 was a year like any other. Some people were nice and some were naughty — but not everyone got caught on camera.
The videos and stories below are from communities across the country and involve a variety of situations, from cats protecting humans to cops behaving badly.
They all have one thing in common: They’ll make you do a double-take.
VIDEO: Cat saves Bakersfield boy
A cat came to her best friend's rescue when Jeremy, 4, was attacked by a dog in his driveway in Bakersfield, California and it was all caught on video.
Jeremy, who has mild autism, was playing on his bike after school.
The neighbor's dog, an 8-month-old labrador/chow mix, sneaks up behind him and bites his leg.
The family's cat, Tara, rushed the attacking dog and chased it away.
Angry driver attacks Ferguson protester blockading I-5 highway
As dozens of students blocked a highway in San Diego as part of a Ferguson protest, thousands of irate commuters were left stranded and unable to get to work.
At least one of those drivers was angry enough to push a protester and steal his bullhorn.
Caught on camera: Pregnant beggar with boy drives off in a Mercedes-Benz
An outraged viewer contacted San Diego TV station ABC 10 after she watched a pregnant woman and a boy beg for money in a shopping center and then drive away in a Mercedes Benz.
RAW VIDEO: Police Chase Carjackers at Lookout Mountain
Two suspects in an armed carjacking on Lookout Mountain near Denver, Colorado were captured after a short-lived, but brazen crime spree.
Denver TV station ABC 7 caught video of the chase and eventual capture from their helicopter.
Pug picks fight with police dog outside Phoenix barricade
As police worked to negotiate with an armed robbery suspect barricaded in his Phoenix home, a little dog wandering the street tried to pick a fight.
Police were in front of the home for more than four hours.
Denver deputy suspended for 90 days after taekwondo
A Denver sheriff’s deputy who is also a taekwondo instructor was telling other deputies how he practices martial arts to "stay in shape," and demonstrated a kick to his colleague.
An inmate then interjected with "that isn't a kick" and "you ain't s---."
What the deputy did next resulted in a 90-day suspension.
Cut on Camera: Cop cuts off woman's weave
At many jails, prisoners are required to remove hair extensions that clip in because they could be used as a weapon or to commit suicide.
But Charda Gregory didn't have clip in extensions. She had a weave that was sewn right into her real hair. A Detroit-area cop was fired after she decided to take matters into her own hands, and attempt to cut the weave off the woman’s head.
Helmet Cam: Baltimore bike rider attacked
A Baltimore-area man was riding his bike and not going very fast, when suddenly several young people knocked him off his bike and started beating him.
The attack was captured by a small camera mounted on his bike helmet. He'd been recording his rides for about a year — ever since a friend's bike was cut off by a truck.
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