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Tue Mar 27, 2012, 03:07 PM

Recording of Boston Police Nets Man $170,000 Settlement [View all]


Recording of Boston police nets man $170,000 settlement

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 15:52 EDT

The City of Boston settled a lawsuit recently filed by Simon Glik,an attorney who was arrested in 2007 as he recorded police using force to subdue another man.

The settlement total came to $170,000, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts, which represented Glik in the case. He was initially charged with a felony, under laws meant to ban illegal wiretapping, but the charge was dismissed.

The law had been clear for years that openly recording a video is not a crime. Its sad that it takes so much for police to learn the laws they were supposed to know in the first place, Glik said in an ACLU media advisory. I hope Boston police officers will never again arrest someone for openly recording their public actions.

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Glik isnt the only American to face arrest for recording police officers in public. Others have been taken into custody in states like Florida and Illinois. A federal jury in Oregon, as well, awarded minor damages to a man who was arrested for filming an officer in 2009.


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