A Massachusetts cop who had been sitting in his car, cursing loudly into a cell phone, noticed another man appearing to video record him from his front porch, so he put his phone down and asked the man if he was, indeed, recording.
“That’s right, I’m videoing you,” confirmed George Thompson, who said he had his arm fully extended, holding his iPhone in full view.
Still not having finalized the $250,000 settlement for deleting a man’s images from his phone, the Baltimore Police Department continues to harass and intimidate photographers, including a photojournalist from the Baltimore Sun last month who was trying to photograph the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting.
Obviously, they would rather not let the image of a man shot by police make it into the newspaper.
Even after Mark Lambrych recovered the footage that had been deleted after his arrest, showing a volatile deputy storming up to him and yelling “get the fuck out of here” before pouncing on him and arresting him, ordering him to “stop resisting” as Lambrych pleads that he is not resisting, his lawyer still believes he is guilty.
Guilty of video recording the cop from a public street instead of leaving as he was told. Guilty of harassing a neighbor for pointing a camera towards his home. And guilty of pretending to be a journalist when he doesn’t even work for a television station or newspaper.
But obviously you get what you pay for when you opt for a public defender in Oneida County in upstate New York, one who specializes in divorce law. Especially when your alleged “victim” is one of the most well-connected and influential men in town.
Dave Id, targeted for arrest by BART Police
After being penned like an animal and arrested inside an official “free-speech zone,” a San Francisco-area journalist has filed suit against BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department, for planning his arrest ahead of time.
David Morse, known to the readers of Indybay.org as Dave Id, was arrested and held in jail along with dozens of protestors after documenting a protest at the Powell Street Station in 2011. Prior to the announced “No Justice No BART” demonstration, BART decided to shut down over one half of the Powell Street station, forcing the crowd of demonstrators, media, and passengers into a small section of the station. BART riot police then surrounded dozens of demonstrators and journalists for arrest.
After a BART officer grabbed a demonstration organizer by his backpack and lifted him off of the ground, BART’s riot police circled the demonstrators from all directions and trapped the entire group of protesters and media. Police claimed the suspects were blocking the movements of people within the subway station.
But Morse later learned they had planned his arrest before the protest.
Via Flickr (uploaded by Jay Nathan in 2006)
Massachusetts, which currently has the toughest wiretapping law in the country, forbidding you from secretly recording cops even if they have no expectation of privacy, is now one of the only states that allows you to secretly record up a woman’s skirt.
It’s a contradictory position to say the least, but the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that it is only abiding by the written law, which states the following: