ACLU rejoices: Andrew Henderson acquitted of charges he faced for filming paramedics

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Andrew Henderson
In October 2012, Little Canada resident Andrew Henderson was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct for filming paramedics and deputies loading a mentally disturbed, handcuffed man into the back of an ambulance outside his residential building.

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The ACLU, concerned about city prosecutors' attempt to criminalize passively filming emergency responders and law enforcement officials in a public space, agreed to help Henderson with his legal defense. And yesterday, they scored a victory as a jury acquitted Henderson of all charges.

"We are incredibly pleased with this result," Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the Minnesota ACLU, said in a statement. "The ACLU-MN has long maintained that the First Amendment protects an individual's right to film police and other public officials engaged in official duties in public spaces."

Henderson, whose camera was confiscated during the incident, echoed Samuelson's satisfaction.

"I feel incredibly relieved and excited that I was acquitted of all charges," Henderson said in the statement. "This is an important victory not only for me, but for other individuals like me who think recording interactions with the police are an important part of our First Amendment rights."

CORRECTION -- An earlier version of this piece incorrectly identified the agency that brought charges against Henderson. We apologize for the error.

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midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

That is a big victory. I love and hate the ACLU at the same time. A few issues I think the ACLU is just idiotic about but then they redeem their value on issues like this. Hey police officer, I'll be watching you! I have friends and fam that are cops and they are the first to admit there are plenty of corrupt meat head cops out there. Always record the police when they pull you over or talk to you!


And let me guess, absolutely zero consequences for the city prosecutors who either don't understand the law, or just don't care.


Cops are out of control in so many ways. Judge jury executioners.... steal kidnap falsify , plant evidence ,lie. This whole state is crooked all the way to the Minnesota supreme court. Mobbed up and cops get off and away with murder ... because they know where the skeletons are buried!

midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@greenthinks Not for long. Now they make recording apps for phones that upload vids to the internet as they are recorded so even if an officer takes your phone and erases the memory everything up to that moment is already online for the world to see. I always record all interactions with law enforcement for my safety and theirs.

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