Saturday, August 31, 2013

Police Sgt. suspended 28 days without pay for arresting man for video recording

Man was arrested, for recording another arrest. 

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By Adam Wagner
StarNews Online

A Leland [North Carolina] Police Department officer was suspended for 28 days without pay after arresting a teenager who was video-recording another arrest.
"(Citizens) can't interfere with what (police) have going on. You may ask them to step back a certain distance from a scene, but you can't prevent videoing or taking pictures," David Hollis, Leland town manager.
Sgt. John Keel arrested Gabriel Self, 19, on Aug. 18 while Self filmed him questioning a suspect outside the Buy & Go gas station, 9413 Ploof Road S.E.

Self's arrest spurred Leland Police Chief Mike James to conduct a department-wide workshop about its recording policy to avoid future incidents. Keel will receive additional training.

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