Just because Chicago police are no longer allowed to arrest citizens who record them on wiretapping charges doesn’t mean they’ve put a stop to the madness.
Now they simply just destroy the footage.
According to NBC Chicago:
Marc Moran was heading to a party at the InterContinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue when he noticed the protests going on down the street.
“It looked like a photo opportunity,” he said.”So I went to go snap a picture and next thing I know I was being apprehended in cuffs.”
Moran thought he looked like the type to be a casual observer to the action. It was an idea he tried to communicate to the officers apprehending him
Nevertheless, Moran said he spent 12 hours in jail and had his camera confiscated. When police returned the camera to him Thursday, he said the film had been removed. Officials said they have no record of the film being seized.
Last month during the weekend of the NATO protests, Chicago police were accused of detaining a carload of independent journalists and deleting their footage before releasing them.
There were also several other incidents against journalists during the protests.
But what can expect from a police department that believes our First Amendment rights can be “terminated”?
And let’s not forget yesterday’s story of Chicago police arresting and strip searching men for recording the aftermath of a collision in which they were at fault.
And here is a Chicago Tribune video of iconic photo taken during the protests.
It’s gotten to the point where the Chicago Police Department is battling it out with the Baltimore Police Department as the most abusive in the nation against citizens who record them.
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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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