You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

1

2

Final

Editorial

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.

Continue reading below

The initial police investigation in 2008 backed up the officers; it was only after Glik filed a federal lawsuit that the department reversed course. Now, the two officers will face discipline ranging from an oral reprimand to suspension.

The spread of cellphone cameras means police are under a microscope like never before, and some have bridled at the increased scrutiny. But when every citizen is a photographer, it provides a powerful check on misconduct. Officers need to get used to it.

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
or
Please enter a valid email
BostonGlobe.com will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com