It was just over a year ago that South Florida model Tasha Ford was arrested on felony wiretapping charges after she openly videotaped cops arresting her son.
The charges were quickly dropped because the wiretapping law in Florida specifically states that there must be “an expectation of privacy” for the charge to stand.
Ford, who was videotaping the cops in the parking lot in front of a movie theater in Boynton Beach, made it very clear she was videotaping them.
This is how she described the exchange in an interview with Photography is Not a Crime last year.
“They said ‘you can’t record people without letting them know’,” she said.
“So I said, ‘Ok, Tasha Ford is recording you’ and I continued filming them.
Of course the cops could not handle anybody knowing the law better than them so they arrested her on bogus charges.
And now they’re getting sued.
Named in the lawsuit are Boynton Beach police officers Robert Kellman, Ricky Lauture and Russell Faine.
While Ford has not made the video public on the advice of her lawyer, details of the exchange are outlined in the lawsuit.
In fact, if the statements in the lawsuit are true, which one would imagine considering they have video evidence to back it up. Ford was really arrested for contempt-of-cop.
Officers Lugo and Lauture arrived. Officer Lauture approached Plaintiff and asked if she was videotaping with audio. Officer Lauture stated that “it was against the law” in the State of Florida to record police officers doing their job on audio with video. Plaintiff refused to comply and continued videotaping.
Officers Lauture and Kellman approached Plaintiff’s son and told him that because of his mother’s conduct, he could not go home. Plaintiff’s son told Plaintiff about the conversation with him. Plaintiff told her son not the worry because “it’s all on video” and to “let them be who they continue to be.”
In response to Plaintiff’s statement, Officer Lauture grabbed Plaintiff, took the camera and placed her under arrest. Officers Lauture and Kellman then approached Plaintiff’s son and said that because of his mother’s conduct, he was being arrested for Trespassing.
Officer Lauture told Plaintiff that she was resisting cause she was asking too many questions concerning her son. He also stated that in the State of Florida, she was not allowed to have video with audio.
The ACLU is assisting Ford in the lawsuit, which is asking for at least $15,000 in damages.