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The Price of Filming Police Violence

• https://motherboard.vice.com, Dragana Kaurin

"Seeing it now, it's surreal. I don't believe it sometimes." Kevin Moore paused for a long time, then added "I can't get past the screams. It's the first thing you hear in the video, Freddie screaming. When they showed the video in court they played it on mute."

I had watched the video again, right before our interview. Freddie Gray's agonizing cries for help as he is being carried to the police van, his legs dragging on the ground, are haunting. The prosecution had argued that the audio was irrelevant to the case.

The violent arrest of Freddie Gray on April 12th, 2015 was caught on camera by several people, but it was Gray's friend Moore who filmed the video that would later be shown by media outlets and in court. What Moore didn't know then was that this was just the beginning of his encounters with Baltimore police. What followed was months of police harassment, intimidation, doxing, and a false arrest after filming the Freddie Gray video.

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