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Police fight cellphone recordings

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Dec 19, 2002
Corbett, OR USA
Simon Glik, a lawyer, was walking down Tremont Street in Boston when he saw three police officers
struggling to extract a plastic bag from a teenager’s mouth. Thinking their force seemed excessive for a drug
arrest, Glik pulled out his cellphone and began recording.

Within minutes, Glik said, he was in handcuffs.

“One of the officers asked me whether my phone had audio recording capabilities,’’ Glik, 33, said recently of
the incident, which took place in October 2007. Glik acknowledged that it did, and then, he said, “my phone
was seized, and I was arrested.’’

The charge? Illegal electronic surveillance.

There are no hard statistics for video recording arrests. But the experience of Glik highlights what civil
libertarians call a troubling misuse of the state’s wiretapping law to stifle the kind of street-level oversight that
cellphone and video technology make possible.

Police fight cellphone recordings - The Boston Globe
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