October 24th, 2014

Idaho Police Harass Cyclists, Ordering Them to Stop Recording 16

By Christian Medina Beltz

Back in August, a group of friends in Caldwell Idaho were detained by local law enforcement after being asked to leave a local skate park for being there after hours. The park closes at 11 p.m. The police report says the officer arrived at 11:12.

The situation escalated when one of the detainees began recording the exchange. Although the phone is pointed towards the ground, the audio from the clip gives a pretty clear depiction of the scene.

October 23rd, 2014

Michigan Man Unlawfully Detained for Taking Photos Reaches Settlement 49

By Carlos Miller



A Michigan man who was handcuffed and thrown in the back of a patrol car for taking photos in front of a Kohl’s department store reached a settlement from a federal lawsuit last week.

The settlement is confidential, which will no doubt infuriate many purists, but even a jury trial victory would not have guaranteed any disciplinary action against the Meridian Township Police Department, specifically Andrew Tobias, the officer who told Roy Stephens that it was illegal to photograph people in public.

October 21st, 2014

Washington Officials Pursuing Wiretapping Charge Against Citizen who Recorded Cop and City Manager 46

By Carlos Miller
Yakima City Manager Anthony O'Rourke trying to convict citizen for recording public business

Yakima City Manager Anthony O’Rourke trying to convict citizen for recording public business

A Washington woman is facing a year in jail for secretly recording a meeting with a pair of public officials about how the local police department abused her husband.

Yakima City Manager Tony O’Rourke said he pursuing the case against the woman because it compromised his right to privacy, even though Yakima Police Captain Greg Copeland was also sitting in the room.

But it’s clear he’s pursuing the case to teach Joey Anderson a lesson about daring to question the aggressive actions of the Yakima Police Department. 

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