A New Jersey cop forced a man to stop video recording a fight between two women under the threat of seizing it as “evidence.”
But as the United States Department of Justice stated in its 2012 guidelines for police departments, it is only under exigent circumstances that police can seize cameras as evidence.
Mainly, if the person has recorded a crime and police believe he or she may destroy that footage.
And even then, police need to try to obtain the footage without coercion.
The face of the Ewing police officer who made the threat cannot be seen in the video that was posted more than a year ago and so far, has received less than 600 views.
So the cop is probably still under the impression that he get away with making unlawful threats.
It was only last week that the Ewing Police Department paid out a $155,000 settlement for an unrelated incident that landed a woman four days in the infirmary.
According to NJ.com:
Ewing officials have agreed to pay $155,000 to a resident who alleged in a lawsuit that police beat her so badly during a March 2010 arrest that she spent four days in an infirmary.
In the settlement agreement, reached nearly four years later with Portia Freeman, officials acknowledged no wrongdoing. A copy of the settlement was provided by John Paff, a blogger who publishes details of settlements reached in civil cases with municipalities. He obtained the copy through an open public records request from the township.
According to court documents, the suit, which was filed in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey in March 2012, was dismissed after a settlement was reached in December 2013.
In the suit, Freeman claimed township officers used excessive force during an arrest that occurred after town officials received an anonymous tip that her sister, whom they believed to be a mentally handicapped juvenile, was being left alone without a functioning heater.