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Indianapolis police not only had to shell out $200,000 to a man whom they falsely arrested after he video recorded them making an arrest, they are also required to create a new departmental policy that forbids them from harassing citizens who record them.
Obviously, existing law was not enough to deter them from shaking down citizens with cameras.
Andrew Henderson gets interviewed by the media after his not guilty verdict Thursday.
Just over a year ago in January, Andrew Henderson of Minnesota was unable to get the attention of the ACLU to help him in his case after he was criminally charged for video recording a local deputy standing by as another man was being placed into an ambulance.
Two months earlier, Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy Jackie Muellner snatched his camera, telling him she did not want to be on Youtube. She also accused him of violating the federal HIPAA law, which really has to do with the privacy of medical records, not with the photography of medical patients.
Two short videos posted on Youtube in recent days, one from California, the other from Florida, resulted in police reaching for their guns against the citizens who were recording them.
In the shortest video, which lasts only 12 seconds, a man gets confronted by San Francisco cops who surround him as he pulls out his camera phone with one of them telling him, “put that thing away.”
He responds by saying, “I have the right to document,” but his phone is snatched away.
Moments after aggressively piling on top of a man over a paid bus fare, NYPD officers turned their attention to another man who was video recording the arrest, using that same aggression to pile on top of him and grind his face into the sidewalk.
Both arrests were captured by two other men with cameras, one man who recorded the first arrest, another man who recorded the second arrest.
A citizen video showing a struggle between a Kansas City cop and an off-duty firefighter in which the firefighter flips the cop on his back and punches him repeatedly in the face before the cop pulls out a gun and kills him, was released this week after a grand jury declined to indict the officer.
Thanks to the video, we can see it was the right decision made by the grand jury, especially when we learn of what led up to the struggle, which was essentially that the firefighter, Anthony Bruno, had been drinking and had gotten into an argument with a cab driver over the fare. The cab driver threw the fare into his wife’s face, so Bruno punched him several times before storming off.
The cop, Donald Hubbard, who was in uniform working security at a hotel, witnessed this exchange and ran after the firefighter to arrest him, which is when the struggle ensued as well as when another man pulled out a camera and began video recording.