US cops attack on photographers leads to $1.7m civil rights payout

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Chris Elliott
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US cops attack on photographers leads to $1.7m civil rights payout
Mar 6, 2008

After all the sensationalist posts about alleged wrongdoings by UK police and support workers affecting photographers (All posted by those living in N. America) I thought a little balance was required. This tale makes their UK counterparts look like choirboys on any view!

From the Houston Chronicle.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5587245.html

The action of 4 deputies cost Harris County Texas $1.7m. They assaulted two brothers who filmed them during a drugs raid on their neighbour's home. When the brothers refused to hand over the film the deputies broke into their home next door demanding it and confiscated both that film and the video that the brothers took of the break in to their own home. Upon refusing to hand over film and video the brothers were arrested for resisting arrest and spent 3 days in custody. The brothers were eventaully acquited of resisting arrest. Along the way police destroyed the film and video tape allegedly on instructions from the DA who was forced to resign when compromising emails of a sexual liason came to light when disclosure of his emails was ordered as a result of the deputies allegations that they were acting on his instructions when destroying the film and video!

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