Judge Rules Against UCPD Camera Theft

June 24, 2010

From the Chronicle:

 

“A judge has ruled that the University of California police illegally searched the camera of a photojournalist covering a protest outside the chancellor’s campus home, attorneys said Monday.

 

Alameda County Superior Judge Yolanda Northridge on Friday invalidated the search warrant used by UC Berkeley police to review photographs taken by David Morse at the Dec. 11 demonstration, according to the Oakland-based First Amendment Project, which represented him.”


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This is great news! Copwatchers were present for much of that night, but we bailed for fear of just this kind of repressive police response. May have been the wrong thing to do…? Anyway, it’s good to see that they won’t be able to use the photos for any further investigation — although who knows what kind of info they’ve already gleaned from them.

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