By Susan Sharon | MPBN News
Mar 30, 2015
PORTLAND, Maine - The ACLU of Maine and attorneys for Portland Police Officer Benjamin Noyes have settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple arrested for using a cell phone to record a police encounter last year.
As part of the settlement, the couple will receive an undisclosed financial sum, and Portland police will be trained to avoid similar incidents. Zach Heiden is the ACLU's legal director.
"This was a case about two people who were observing and videotaping the police doing their job in public," says Zach Heiden, the ACLU's legal director. "That's a right that's protected under the First Amendment and it's an important check on the police potential for abuse of power."
I'm massively disappointed in the ACLU. Why would they agree to keep the settlement amount undisclosed? The only way to stop these out-of-control criminals is to shine a light on every aspect of their behavior and the outcome.
ACLU ..... You did not do the public any favors in this case.