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Newark Police Illegally Detain Honors Student Over Cellphone Footage

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice (CSJ) filed a lawsuit today against the Newark Police Department for illegally handcuffing and detaining a Newark high school honors student who captured video footage on her cellphone of officers responding to an incident on a New Jersey Transit bus.

The lawsuit (61k PDF), filed in United States District Court in Newark, New Jersey, alleges officers violated the constitutional rights of Khaliah Fitchette, 17, by arresting her, seizing her cellphone, and deleting the video footage. The search and seizure was illegal and violated the student’s right to free speech.

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Comment by Powell Gammill
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Bad cop support network oped: 

ACLU Wrong, Police Right In Holding of Videotaping Teen

Be sure to read the comments [above link hat tip to Radley Balko on his "The Agitator."]

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