Posted by: wrmcnutt | September 30, 2010

Student Arrested While Filming Arrest

Call me silly, but it seems to me that it ought to be legal to take pictures of police in performance of their duties.

“While there are no laws on the books in Connecticut that make filming a police officer illegal, Quinnipiac senior Kenneth Hartford found out on Saturday night that it isn’t quite so simple. According to multiple witnesses, within minutes of Hartford beginning to film a Quinnipiac student being arrested outside of Toad’s Place in New Haven, an officer tackled and handcuffed him. Hartford was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Interfering with a Police Investigation. He went on to spend the night in jail at 24 Union Avenue.

In a short video that he took on his cell phone before his arrest (viewable above) officers can be heard swearing at Hartford. The officer who ultimately arrested Hartford said, “Put that in your fucking pocket and get the fuck out of here.” When Hartford then tried to capture the officer’s name and badge number on video, the officer shoved him away.”

Via Instapundit

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  1. Reading a lot of the comments, it appears that we may not have the entire story as to the student who was filming…..(from everything else the other was being arrested for assault of the Bouncer at the bar)

    Though from “first blush” it does look like they overstepped their bounds…

  2. So much for public accountability – or accountability to the public, for that matter…

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