Bogdan Mohora is $8,000 richer, thanks to the Seattle police. Mohora snapped some photographs of a man being arrested last year. That's when two Seattle police officers stopped him and demanded he give them his camera. When he asked what he had done wrong, they arrested him and took the camera along with his wallet and satchel. An hour later, they released him but warned him he could be charged with disturbing the peace, provoking a riot or endangering a police officer. But he was not charged, and when the ACLU took his case on, they found that the officers had not written an incident report on his arrest, in violation of department policy. The city settled the case for $8,000.
"I chose to be that guy who didn't issue the apology," says Daniel Elder. "Things went from there and it wasn't good."
Dumb laws lead to police brutality.
The law would make a federal case out of every aggrieved internet user and compel companies to host messages they do not wish to platform.