While Anthony Graber was recently cleared of all charges after filming a police officer who pulled out a gun during a routine traffic stop, it doesn’t appear as though the debate over filming police is over yet. A fellow libertarian at Quinnipiac was recently arrested while trying to film a police encounter in New Haven.
Here’s an excerpt from my story for the Quinnipiac Chronicle (what is the internet for, if not shameless self-promotion?):
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, 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.”
The full story, as well as Hartford’s video, can be found here.Published in