Virginia Police Force BBC Reporters To Delete Camera Footage Of Police Pursuit Of Shooter
from the hello-first-amendment dept
Two BBC reporters covering the police pursuit of Vester Lee Flanagan said that cops threatened to seize their car and camera if they didn't delete footage of site where the Flanagan shot himself. "Was too far away to get any good footage. One officer threatened to tow my car and take my camera," reporter Franz Strasser tweeted. "Watched me delete my one file, and let me go. Other officer apologized and said we have to understand." His colleague, Tara McKelvey, filmed the encounter.It appears that the cops used the same bullshit excuse we've seen them use in the past: that it's "evidence."
Officer Clark says: "that could be evidence and seized." He was telling us about our camera. The suspect is reported dead.— Tara McKelvey (@Tara_Mckelvey) August 26, 2015
But why they are then okay with deleting 'evidence' makes one question their reasoning.— Franz Strasser (@franzstrasser) August 26, 2015