Sanity Comes to New Haven : Dispatches from the Culture Wars

Posted: March 12, 2011 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

by Ed Brayton

Balko has been all over a couple of appalling incidents of people being harassed and intimidated by the police in New Haven, Connecticut after videotaping officers making arrests. An internal affairs investigation, remarkably, actually did criticize the officers involved — including an assistant police chief.

The second report addresses an incident between then-New Haven Assistant Police Chief Ariel Melendez and Luis Luna, a student who attempted to record two police officers in the process of making an arrest. (My post on that incident here.) Melendez ordered subordinate officers to arrest Luna, to confiscate his camera and to delete the video. The second report is actually quite critical of Melendez, concluding that he behaved in an “intimidating” matter, and that the arrest, confiscation, and destruction of the video were all unlawful.

via Sanity Comes to New Haven : Dispatches from the Culture Wars.

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