BALTIMORE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is threatening to sue Baltimore police over their actions at last year’s Preakness Stakes, where a man says officers took his cell phone and deleted his personal videos after he tried to videotape officers during their encounter with a female friend.

The ACLU says Christopher Sharp was detained after the arrest of his friend. A separate video of the arrest shows officers pinning the bleeding woman to the floor.

Sharp says officers demanded he give up his phone and then deleted all the videos from it, including many of his son.

The ACLU and Sharp’s attorneys are asking Baltimore police to stop interfering with citizens’ rights to record officers.

A Baltimore police spokesman says the department does not comment on threats of litigation.

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  1. Audrey says:

    I would love to know how this one plays out. And I’d also like to know (if any lawyers care to answer this one)-how does it work if the administration at a private high school confiscates a student’s phone and looks at everything on the phone-photos, videos etc. (if the student is caught using it during school hours, which IS against their policy). I can’t imagine during this day and age that such things are happening and that the cops in the story are able to get away with this.

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