Many cops still believe that they have the right to not be photographed as they engage in taxpayer funded work in public places. Some get violent.
A man who was tackled by a cop and placed in a chokehold while video recording a traffic investigation won a $1.4 million settlement this week.
Michael O’Brian said the 2009 incident left him brain-damaged and unable to return to work as a corrections officer for the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
The Boston police officer who tackled him, David Williams, was fired in January.
Not that justice was done. O’Brian was forced to defend himself against an array of felony charges including, absurdly, wiretapping for openly filming an event in public space. Furthermore, it took three years to get to this settlement.
My enthusiastic support for law enforcement does not extend to thuggery.