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Baltimore police delete personal videos at Preakness

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Uploaded on Aug 4, 2011

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Concerned that the Baltimore City Police Department routinely violates the First Amendment by threatening citizens who try to photograph or record police encounters, the ACLU of Maryland on August 4, 2011 informed BPD that the organization is prepared to sue on behalf of Christopher Sharp, a man whose personal videos, including many of his young son, were deleted after he filmed Baltimore police officers roughing up a female friend of his in the Clubhouse at the 2010 Preakness Stakes. Video taken of the beating by another observer can be found on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWF3Dd...

The ACLU asserts that after Sharp recorded the police beating, he was detained and harangued by police officers, demanding that he surrender his cellphone as "evidence". Sharp politely declined, but police continued to demand that he give up his phone. Fearing arrest, he finally handed over the phone to an officer who assured him he would simply download the videos for evidentiary purposes, then return the phone to Sharp. Instead, police destroyed the police encounter videos and all other videos it contained -- about two dozen in all -- before returning the phone to Sharp.

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