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Police Confiscate Camera, Arrest Woman After She Recorded Melee

It’s hard to tell what happened in a North Carolina melee that resulted in several arrests on Christmas Eve.

The reporter who wrote the story doesn’t have a knack for telling a story.

And the witness who video recorded the melee was herself arrested by Jacksonville police and had her camera phone confiscated.

Daisy Besancourt was charged with failure to disperse on command after she recorded the incident on her cell phone, according to the news story.

Attorney blogger Jonathan Turley tried to get more details from police, but didn’t get anywhere either.

But if it is true that police confiscated her camera for recording – or even for failing to disperse – she should be contacting a lawyer to prepare a lawsuit.

As I’ve mentioned several times on this blog, police can only confiscate your camera if was used in a commission of a crime, such as upskirting or child porn.

Failing to disperse, even if she did refuse their orders while continuing to video record, does not mean it was being used in a commission of a crime.

In fact, that could very well likely have been an unlawful order.

And even if it was a lawful order, maybe she was getting too close for their comfort, then it’s a misdemeanor which means she should have been released in a few hours.

And she should have had her camera returned to her upon her release.

If not, then she better be contacting a lawyer because she has a solid case against the police department.

UPDATE: Besancourt’s camera appear to have been released, but the update doesn’t really answer any questions.

It’s hard to tell what happened in a North Carolina melee that resulted in several arrests on Christmas Eve.

The reporter who wrote the story doesn’t have a knack for telling a story.

And the witness who video recorded the melee was herself arrested by Jacksonville police and had her camera phone confiscated.

Daisy Besancourt was charged with failure to disperse on command after she recorded the incident on her cell phone, according to the news story.

Attorney blogger Jonathan Turley tried to get more details from police, but didn’t get anywhere either.

But if it is true that police confiscated her camera for recording – or even for failing to disperse – she should be contacting a lawyer to prepare a lawsuit.

As I’ve mentioned several times on this blog, police can only confiscate your camera if was used in a commission of a crime, such as upskirting or child porn.

Failing to disperse, even if she did refuse their orders while continuing to video record, does not mean it was being used in a commission of a crime.

In fact, that could very well likely have been an unlawful order.

And even if it was a lawful order, maybe she was getting too close for their comfort, then it’s a misdemeanor which means she should have been released in a few hours.

And she should have had her camera returned to her upon her release.

If not, then she better be contacting a lawyer because she has a solid case against the police department.

UPDATE: Besancourt’s camera appear to have been released, but the update doesn’t really answer any questions.

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