Man Records Police, Arrested For Violating Healthcare Law

This strikes me as being a fairly clear case of a cop being a bully. I hope this young man sues the city, the PD, and the officer and wins a fortune! Maybe the PD will tell it’s officers not to seize private property from citizens.

Andrew Henderson watched as Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies frisked a bloody-faced man outside his Little Canada apartment building. Paramedics then loaded the man, a stranger to Henderson, into an ambulance.

Henderson, 28, took out his small handheld video camera and began recording. It’s something he does regularly with law enforcement.

But what happened next was different. The deputy, Jacqueline Muellner, approached him and snatched the camera from his hand, Henderson said.

“We’ll just take this for evidence,” Muellner said. Their voices were recorded on Henderson’s cellphone as they spoke, and Henderson provided a copy of the audio file to the Pioneer Press. “If I end up on YouTube, I’m gonna be upset.”

Henderson calmly insisted he was within his rights to do what he was doing. He refused to give his name.

His is the latest in a string of cases nationwide involving citizens who record police activities.

“I wish the police around the country would get the memo on these situations,” said Jane Kirtley, professor of media ethics and media law at the University of Minnesota. “Somebody needs to explain to them that under U.S. law, making video recordings of something that’s happening in public is legal.”

The courts have been “pretty clear” on the issue, Kirtley said. “Law enforcement has no expectation of privacy when they are carrying out public duties in a public place.”

Randy Gustafson, spokesman for the Ramsey County sheriff’s office, declined to discuss details of the case, saying it is an “ongoing investigation.”

But, he said, “It is not our policy to take video cameras. It is everybody’s right to (record) … What happens out in public happens out in public.”

One exception might be when a law enforcement officer decides that the recording is needed for evidence, he said. In that case, the officer would generally send the file to investigators and return the camera on the spot, Gustafson said[…]

Henderson was charged with obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors[…]

The deputy wrote on the citation, “While handling a medical/check the welfare (call), (Henderson) was filming it. Data privacy HIPAA violation. Refused to identify self. Had to stop dealing with sit(uation) to deal w/Henderson.”


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One Response to Man Records Police, Arrested For Violating Healthcare Law

  1. messup says:

    Don’t think anybody is following this, just thought it should be posted for comparison purposes,i.e., centralized planning of a country’s health care system with healthcare investments…USA’s Obamacare vs. China Central Committees healthcare efforts.

    Review of china’s healthcare system updates, modernizing efforts and degree of healthcare investments.

    Where to start? Let’s view current “backshoring” now underway first!
    1)Remember all those manufacturing jobs that went overseas (mostly to China) in the late 2004’s? well, 2012 New Prime Minister Xi Jinping raised all Chinese wages astronomically. Net result, Yep! You guessed it…backshoring. All those manufacturers are returning to their countries of origin.
    2) Did you know there are 180,000 protests per year across all of China’s mainland?
    3) Ever hear on Bloomberg TV (or any where else, for that matter) about the increasing flight of capital from China to the West?
    4) What about those plane full and boat loads of Chinese flooding to the west? Example: Texas alone (Huston) in 1980’s had a population of 32,000 Chinese…this has exploded to some 180,000 new immigrant Chinese just in the last few years.
    5) Out-and-out rampant corruption at all levels of Chinese society and government.
    6) And the granddaddy of them all…China’s Healthcare system
    a. 1/3 of world’s smokers are Chinese
    b. 1million Chinese tobacco related deaths per year
    c. Cardiovascular death rates are higher in china than USA
    d. An estimated 100 million Chinese suffer form diabetes
    e. In 2010, 17,000 violent attacks against hospital doctors and healthcare workers were registered
    f. Increasing reports of tainted food and drugs are rampant
    7) Chinese citizens state their healthcare, education and social security are now equal or worse than 1930-1940’s imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic-capitalism used by the cultural revolution to oust Chiang Kai- Shek
    8) Management of China’s three greatest healthcare threats: HIV/AIDS, SARS and Avian Flu were at best woefully botched beyond belief.
    9) Current Premiers’ pledge, as well as the Chinese Central Committee, to more than triple “healthcare investments” by 2020 to more than $1 trillion dollars through its Ministry of Health has all but fallen upon deaf ears.
    Story by: CNN’s Jason Miks 1/9/2013
    Just wondering, any of this sound familiar? “Are-we-there-yet?” Pray. Amen.