The Boston Globe is reporting that the City of Boston has paid $170,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed against them after they arrested a man for photographing police activity on the Boston Commons.
The underlying case was the subject of an earlier appellate ruling which held that “peaceful recording of an arrest in a public space that does not interfere with the police officers’ performance of their duties is not reasonably subject to limitation.” Glik v. Cunniffe, 655 F.3d 78, 84 (1st Cir. 2011).
... The Boston Police Department initially defended the officers and in 2008 issued a memo stating that the two officers involved did nothing wrong, but back in January the department stated that the two officers would face discipline and used “ureasonable judgment,” according to the Globe.
[The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)] has launched a smartphone app called 'Stop and Frisk Watch'.
The app allows the user to instantly begin recording an encounter with a police officer with their smartphone. After the recording stops, the app prompts the user to fill out a survey detailing the location, ethnicity of the person stopped, and the officer's name, all of which is sent directly to the NYCLU. There's also a Listen function that allows others to receive alerts when other users have activated the app during a police stop.
... Stop and Frisk Watch was created by Brooklyn-based software developer Jason Van Anden, the person behind the "I'm Getting Arrested" app that rose to prominence during last year's Occupy Wall Street events.
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