Ars Technica | Photography Is Not a Crime | Miami New Times
Miami photojournalist Carlos Miller was acquitted Wednesday of resisting an officer, after police tried to prevent him from covering an Occupy protest in January. Timothy B. Lee reports:
After Miller’s January arrest, the police confiscated his camera and deleted some of his footage, including video documenting his encounter with the police. That may prove to be an expensive mistake. Miller was able to recover the footage, which proved helpful in winning his acquittal. He says his next step will be to file a lawsuit charging that the deletion of the footage violated his constitutional rights.
Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin testified he’d been at the scene alongside Miller, and that arresting officer Nancy Perez had told Garvin he wouldn’t be arrested. Lee writes that “An e-mail disclosed during the trial showed the police had been monitoring Miller’s Facebook page and had sent out a notice warning officers in charge of evicting the Occupy Miami protestors that Miller was planning to cover the process.” Read more