Chicago Police Captain Kevin Navarro was driving a marked police car down the wrong way of a busy street when he collided head-on with a motorcycle last year.
The incident just happened to be caught on camera because a group of citizens had been video recording their friend on the motorcycle.
And they continued shooting photos and videos of the aftermath, documenting the police SUV in the wrong lane.
But by the time a multitude of cops showed up to the scene, they began arresting the citizens with cameras and deleting their footage.
The citizens were acquitted and now they are suing:
“Defendant officers observed plaintiffs using their cell phones to record the collision scene, and immediately took plaintiff Perez’s cell phone and placed handcuffs on him, taking him into custody even though Perez was not doing anything illegal,” the complaint states.
“Defendant officers placed Perez in the back of a police car and demanded that Perez show them how to delete the photographs he had taken with his cell phone.
“After plaintiff Perez was taken into custody, plaintiff Milton, who had also been using his cell phone to record the scene, was seated on his motorcycle, when defendant [Officers] Frahm and Hernandez approached him.
“Defendants Frahm and Hernandez grabbed plaintiff Milton, forced him off of his motorcycle, and threw him to the ground.
“Defendants Frahm and Hernandez placed plaintiff Milton in handcuffs, and then took him to a police car as well.”
At the police station, “Defendant officers demanded that plaintiff Perez provide them with the password to his cell phone, so that they could delete the pictures he had taken at the scene of the collision,” the complaint states.
“Defendant officers told plaintiff Perez that if he did not give them the password to his phone, he would be charged with a felony offense.
“Plaintiff Perez gave them the password, and defendant officers then deleted the pictures of the scene of the collision from plaintiff Perez’s cellphone.
“While at the station, defendant officers also strip searched plaintiff Perez, in an apparent effort to see if he had any other cameras or recording devices on his person.
“Defendant officers also demanded that plaintiff Milton give them the password for his cellular telephone.
“However, plaintiff Milton refused to do so.”
The cops then tried, unsuccessfully, to delete the video on Milton’s phone, and falsely accused him of battery and resisting arrest, and accused Perez of assault, according to the complaint.
I spoke with attorney Torreya Hamilton earlier today who said she might send me that video later on today. If she does, I will post it here.
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CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
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