The Bay State Examiner
George Thompson has filed a federal lawsuit against Fall River Police Officer Thomas Barboza, who wrongfully arrested him earlier this year for video-recording.
“There was no excuse for Officer Barboza to arrest me. His actions showed a blatant disregard for my constitutional right to videotape police officers in public. Police officers need to be held accountable when they violate the law,” Thompson said in a press release.
David Milton, the attorney representing Thompson, said: “Recording the police is a critical, well-established First Amendment right. Officer Barboza’s unhappiness that he was being recorded does not make Mr. Thompson’s exercise of this fundamental right a crime.