The FBI is investigating the New Haven Police Department for illegally seizing a woman’s camera after she recorded them beating a handcuffed suspect early Saturday morning.
But that still doesn’t mean she will get her phone back anytime soon.
Now it appears as if the phone will be transferred from the hands of New Haven police to the hands of the FBI.
“Internal affairs called me yesterday and said the feds are with them,” Jennifer Gondola said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Wednesday night.
The feds asked for her permission to search her phone. Gondola told them she wanted to speak to her attorney first.
Her attorney has advised not to speak further on the matter but it is a little mind-boggling to see the feds taking such quick action in a type of incident that has gone ignored so many times before.
But perhaps the FBI is getting its cue from the U.S. Department of Justice, which released a set of guidelines last month explicitly informing police departments that they cannot confiscate cameras from citizens unless it is done under exigent circumstances.
And that is clearly not the case here.
Despite the quick action by the feds that something is clearly not kosher with the cops confiscating her camera, the local television news station can’t bring themselves to say it.
According to a recent report:
“Jennifer Gondola says it’s her right and you’re right to film police making arrests.”
You would hope that they could just say this without having to attribute it to Gondola, who comes across as a fighter who is not going to let this go.
Because by now, everybody knows we have the right to record police.
It’s just a matter who is going to allow them to get away with it.
Gondola ended up giving PINAC a shoutout on the WTNH news report:
Gondola says the story of her arrest outside Pulse has become so popular that a blogger from Miami contacted her to share his story.
“He’s been arrested numerous times for videotaping police and this is very important to him,” Gondola said.
It’s clearly important to Gondola too.
“It may seen petty to some people,” she said, “but I think it’s very important everyone know their rights and they’re not intimidated by the police.”
No wonder I like her.
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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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