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Should It Be Legal To Film On-Duty Police Officers?

The City of Boston is paying Simon Glik $170,000 to settle a civil lawsuit resulting from his arrest on Boston Common in 2007 for filming police officers. What's your take?

Recent law school graduate Simon Glik was walking across Boston Common in 2007 when he saw Boston police officers forcefully arresting a man.  He pulled out his cell phone to videotape the incident, (part of which is viewable in the Youtube video connected to this article) and shortly afterwards found himself in handcuffs, arrested for felony illegal wiretapping and disturbing the peace.

He fought the criminal charges and they were dismissed four months later, according to the ACLU, but he then filed a civil rights suit with the city.  Per the ACLU, the suit argued that the City of Boston "is responsible for not adequately training, supervising, and disciplining officers who arrest people under the wiretap statute for openly recording the police carrying out their duties in public."  

Yesterday a verdict was reached.  According to an article on WBUR, the City of Boston will pay $170,000 to Simon Glik "for damages and legal fees."  

What kind of damages did he incur?  The ACLU also mentions that, at the time of the arrest, "Glik was a recent graduate of New England School of Law who had finished a clerkship with the Probate and Family Court. He was looking for a permanent job as an attorney. Instead, for four months, he became a criminal defendant facing a felony charge."   

Should Simon Glik have been arrested, or was he just exercising his First Amendment rights?  Should the City Of Boston have to pay him damages?  Vote in our poll and leave a comment with your opinion.  

Editorial note: this article is shared between the Back Bay and Beacon Hill Patch.com sites.  

MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM
http://www.videomaker.com/community/videonews/2011/08/11175-first-amendment-rights-new-ruling-on-recording-police/ - First Amendment Rights: New Ruling on Recording Police by Jennifer O'Rourke | August 30th, 2011 Your First Amendment Rights – New rulings states you can’t get arrested for videotaping police, politicians, and other government officials -
MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com/ - The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project
MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM
http://www.pixiq.com/contributors/248 - Carlos Miller - Photography is Not a Crime
MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM
http://www.copblock.org/ - About Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability. We highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact. CopBlock.org is a resource for the education of individual rights through the dissemination of different viewpoints and tactics that seek to curtail the all-too-common rights-violations and unaccountability that today exists. For more, check out CopBlock.org: FAQs – a document that addresses some of the most commonly-asked questions about CopBlock.org. It was drafted by contributors Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman and, as CopBlock.org is decentralized, does not speak for all those involved.
MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Al.sq3YRqQhIYyb0P4Yao.7sy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20120328095431AAvsJlu - Broward driver busted by cops, exonerated by cellphone - Two Coral Springs police officers are under investigation after an audio recording of an October arrest they made sharply contradicts their sworn statements. Most every crime novel has a variation of this back-and-forth: Cop collars a suspected criminal. Suspect says the bust is unjust — but faces the uphill challenge of convincing a judge or jury. But in the recent real-life case of a stranded motorist-turned-alleged felon, there was one juicy twist: The whole altercation was caught on tape under the most outlandish of circumstances. As a result: Charges were dropped against the driver and prosecutors are investigating whether Coral Springs police officers Nicole Stasnek and Derek Fernandes filed false documents relating to the extraordinary encounter. None of this would have happened if the driver — Susan Mait, a 60-year-old widow from Coral Springs — hadn’t dropped her phone to the floor of her SUV while the cops yanked her from the vehicle. Unbeknownst to any of them, the phone was still connected to a GEICO customer service rep, who, following company policy, recorded everything that happened. The audio tape, made public this week, depicts a starkly different exchange than what Stasnek and Fernandes described in their reports and during questioning. More on Link
MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM
http://www.unknownnews.org/cops.html - More websites with highlights and links to help about Police abuse
Jan Paulsen April 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Yes.

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