Ferguson Cops “Routinely” Block Public From Filming Them, DOJ Says
Hands up or I’ll shoot your camera?
One man in a wheelchair filming a protest was arrested, the DOJ report said. Attorney General Eric Holder labeled the DOJ report “searing.”
“FPD officers also routinely infringe on the public’s First Amendment rights by preventing people from recording their activities,” the report said.
The DOJ analysis said “officers claim without any factual support that the use of camera phones endangers officer safety. Sometimes, officers offer no rationale at all. Our conversations with community members and review of FPD records found numerous violations of the right to record police activity.”