I saw this video and was like, what the hell. Oh yea, I would deffinately be filing a civil suit at least, if not looking into criminal charges.
Its kinda a grey area on this one, usually when I see news like this I try to search deeper here is what I have read.
Someone in the neighborhood unhappy with kids playing b-ball in the street made a complaint to the govt. The govt then went out and removed the poles because they claim that only mailboxes can be placed x amt of ft from the curb. There is conflicting arguments as to whether the city owns or has exclusive rights to the first few feet of land/sidewalk or whether it is the homeowners property. It kinda looks like its gonna be one of those cases that will be perceived as a dick move, but the city was just finally enforcing the local codes.
I think the bigger issue in the case of this video is public employees overstepping their power and also lying to the people who just wanted a reasonable answer. Also I personally think the particular pole in the video was removed for no reason. From the video it appears to be at the end of a culdesac so what traffic could it be affecting. It sucks, but just ante up the $200 and get a roll away hoop.