The city of Vallejo, California, has paid millions in recent years to settle excessive force lawsuits against its heavy-handed police force.
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"The Court fails to see how the presence of a person recording a video near an officer interferes with the officer's activities," the judge wrote.
The lawsuit argues the new law will chill protected First Amendment activities and keep media and the public from holding police accountable.
It is unclear if, or when, she could be freed by a prisoner exchange.
The department will update its training to remind officers that citizens should not be arrested for exercising their First Amendment rights.
From tighter use-of-force rules to eliminating qualified immunity, here are some reforms that could make a real difference.
So much for the First Amendment.
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A Montgomery County, Maryland, ordinance authorizes impoundment and misdemeanor charges for cyclists who lack the requisite sticker.
DART police officer Stephanie Branch illegally arrested Avi Adelman after he defied her unlawful orders to stop photographing paramedics treating an overdose.
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Officer Stephanie Branch arrested Avi Adelman for criminal trespass even though he was not doing anything illegal.
Now he's being sued for another act of excessive force.
Adrian Burrell was well within his rights to record the officer.
Also suspicious: Recording police behavior.
According to the officer who took them down, the phone was "evidence."
The ruling extends to secret recordings of police officers.
Prosecutors have declined to file charges against the officer.
An El Paso police officer pointed his gun at some children, then arrested the young man who caught it on camera.
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"Anyone should be allowed to talk about the traffic signals without being penalized," says Mats Järlström. He's suing the board.
Wilmington (N.C.) police imagined a 'new law' prohibiting recording police in public during a traffic stop.
"I'll create something. Do you understand? You'll go to jail," deputy tells citizen.
Sheketha Holman was tased while in her wheelchair after video recording officers arresting her daughter. She claims she was tased again while handcuffed.
"There is freedom of the press," observed a puzzled paramedic who witnessed the arrest.
"Gotta cover our ass."
Officers tells man, doing nothing obvious requiring arrest in video other than filming, he will "fuck you up" if he doesn't instantly comply.
A group founded by a former gang member brought transparency to the shooting after officers' body cams "fell off."
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James Comey says watched cops are not aggressive enough.
Memphis PD's policy clearly states citizens have First Amendment right to record police.
Despite an ongoing media boycott of White House staff photography, the president's image crafters still call the shots.
Meanwhile, shootings by police show no sign of slowing.
Watched cops are polite cops, and citizens too.
The State Police are looking into the incident.
"Are you some kind of a constitutionalist crazy guy?" the officer asks.
Police in Wake Forest, North Carolina, admit an officer was wrong to bust a bystander for recording a friend's arrest.
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Texas' Flower Mound HS opens news fronts on the war on students and on photography.