Four years ago, Christopher Sharp filmed an arrest by Baltimore City police who then berated him saying it was illegal and took his phone, deleting all videos and photos.
Now after the ACLU backed Sharp’s lawsuit, city police have made it clear that it is NOT illegal for citizens to record officers. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said, “I think it’s pretty clear people have the right to film what we do. You guys are doing it right now so it should be a norm for this organization,” as WJZ first reported.
Sharp was also paid almost $250,000 in the settlement.
This is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Perhaps Louisiana could take some lessons from this case, considering they not only destroyed my video evidence in the Mary Landrieu case but also falsely accused me of something I didn’t do.