February 20, 2020
Published: Monday, September 19th, 2016
Written by: Amanda Gentry
The ACLU has came down strongly against a group of police officers caught by recording talking about how they were going to falsely file charges against a protester. Video and more of the story can be seen at their link.
A man who was recording the police was arrested. Recording happened to be made when they seized a phone from someone, then failed to stop the recording and it recorded their conversation before they went back out to arrest the person. An officer slapped his camera to the ground so hard he believed it was totally broken, but it was still recording. It caught them saying this:
“Let’s give him something,” one trooper declared. Another suggested, “we can hit him with creating a public disturbance.” “Gotta cover our ass,” remarked a third.
You can face criminal charges even if you did nothing wrong
There is clear evidence on video in this case, but even so it still took the man almost a year to end the actions started against him in the criminal justice system. You are innocent until proven guilty. Harassment is more often than not common, and it might take someone other than you speaking with them before they’ll treat you fairly, or even a prolonged legal fight, no matter what you’ve done. In this case, the accused hadn’t done anything other than record an incident, and it still cost him a great deal of time and hardship. A case like this one, where you might have had your property damaged, or are even falsely arrested can cost you a great deal of money and time to solve and if done incorrectly can even end with you being punished for something you didn’t do. Fully examining the evidence and making your case in the strongest way possible is your best defense.
Cases like this help to highlight the need to have a thorough investigation of the facts and evidence surrounding any case. You need an advocate on your side. Things like this don’t just happen in Connecticut, they can happen here in Tennessee as well.
Great work here by the ACLU trying to preserve this man’s rights, along with everyone’s.
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