ACLU: Philly cops continue to arrest civilians for lawful photography

By Daniel Denvir (City Paper) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania today filed its latest lawsuit accusing Philadelphia police of illegally arresting civilians who observe or record them in action. The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of Temple University student Rick Fields, who was detained and cited for disorderly conduct in 2013 after he took an iPhone photo as a large group of officers stood outside a party, which they were apparently dispersing.

“I was shocked when this happened to me, and more upset when I learned that this has happened to many other people,” said Fields, now a junior, in a statement released by the ACLU. “I think it is important that all officers of the law keep in mind that their duty to the citizens is to serve and protect, not harass innocent bystanders.”

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