1. Suspended Chicopee police detective Michael Gendron, accused of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old, faces disciplinary hearing →

  2. Woman sues Allegheny County over treatment in jail →

  3. Test finds Indiana deputy drunk after crash →

  4. Justice Department launches study of racial bias among police →

  5. Federal Appeals Court Rebukes Florida Cops for Using SWAT-Style Raids to Check Barbers' Licenses →

  6. Seventh Los Angeles sheriff's official found guilty in jail probe →

  7. Los Angeles Approves New Method of Fining Residents for Petty Offenses →

  8. Off-Duty Tulsa cop shoots, kills neighborhood dog →

  9. Video: Tasered teen on knees →

  10. Private autopsy suggests asphyxia caused death during struggle at Warren Theatre →

  11. Stalking charges dropped in trooper's plea deal →

  12. Ex-Rome patrolman convicted of assault in Camden bar fight →

  13. DC Police Chief Publicly Criticizes Officer’s Actions After He Attempts To Shut Down A Citizen Recording An Arrest

    Over two years ago, Washington, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier enacted a new policy for her officers to follow when dealing with citizens armed with cameras. Very simply put: leave them alone.

    "A bystander has the same right to take photographs or make recordings as a member of the media," Chief Lanier writes. The First Amendment protects the right to record the activities of police officers, not only in public places such as parks and sidewalks, but also in "an individual’s home or business, common areas of public and private facilities and buildings, and any other public or private facility at which the individual has a legal right to be present." 

    Lanier says that if an officer sees an individual recording his or her actions, the officer may not use that as a basis to ask the citizen for ID, demand an explanation for the recording, deliberately obstruct the camera, or arrest the citizen. And she stresses that under no circumstances should the citizen be asked to stop recording. [Emphasis added for reasons that will become clear in a few paragraphs.]

    Even if citizens are somehow impeding police work, under no circumstances should they be asked to stop recording. They should be asked to move out of the way and that request should be the totality of the interaction. 

    The new citizen recording policy was violated the next day. DC police officers seized a man’s phone. They later returned it, but without the memory card. Both actions violated Lanier’s clear instructions that cameras/phones could only be acquired with the person’s permission and that all devices seized must be returned intact. 

    This policy has now been in effect for nearly 26 months. Some officers apparently have yet to be “read in” on the specifics. 

    Officer C.C. Reynolds tries out various tactics, like claiming a public sidewalk is private property, claiming the recording is part of the investigation/evidence, claiming that the person recording could easily become part of the investigation (a little threat) and that the photographer is interfering with the arrest. All of it is false. He also baselessly demands the photographer give him his name and present ID. 

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