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Police and cameras: Get used to it

Police officers need to get the message that photographing or videotaping them in public isn’t a crime. The belated recognition by the Boston Police Department that two officers showed bad judgment by arresting a bystander who was taping them on Boston Common in 2007 is a step in that direction - but now officers need to take it to heart.

The bystander, Simon Glik, filed an internal complaint after his arrest. He had pulled out a cellphone camera to tape the two officers, John Cunniffe and Peter Savalis, because he believed they were using excessive force against a suspected drug offender. Glik was arrested and accused of unlawful wiretap and aiding the escape of a prisoner - charges that were subsequently dismissed.

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