Ferguson cops “routinely” block public from filming them, DOJ says

By David Kravets

The Department of Justice issued a scathing report Wednesday concerning Missouri’s Ferguson Police Department, the agency that was cleared in this summer’s shooting death of an 18-year-old African-American boy named Michael Brown. The DOJ investigation in the aftermath of the shooting found systematic excessive force and racism—but it also discovered that the police department took a constitutionally suspect hard line against people trying to film officers in the field—all in the name of “officer safety.”

One man in a wheelchair filming a protest was arrested, the DOJ report said. Attorney General Eric Holder labeled the DOJ report “searing.”

“FPD officers also routinely infringe on the public’s First Amendment rights by preventing people from recording their activities,” the report said.

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