Jun 13, 2011 Police-state reactions run amok against civilians recording out-in-the-open police actions
Police arrests and oppression run rampant in the United States over civilians recording and filming of out-in-the-open actions of police. Yesterday I blogged about such a scandal in Miami on Memorial Day 2011. Here are more examples, respectively in Chicago and Boston:
– Radley Balko reports on alleged Chicago police intimidation against a woman trying to file a complaint against an officer for allegedly assaulting her by groping her body. As Balko reports, the woman was arrested after "she began to surreptitiously record the interactions [with allegedly intimidating police] on her Blackberry. In Illinois, it is illegal to record people without their consent, even (and as it turns out, especially) on-duty police officers."
– A Boston Globe blogger and the Massachusetts ACLU write about Simon Glik, who risked his law license to film the police arresting a man at the Boston Common. Excerpts of his film are here. Here is information on the ACLU’s lawsuit against the police alleging violation of Simon’s rights for his recording police actions. Fortunately, he beat the criminal charges.