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US Marshal Smashed Cell Phone of Woman Recording Him (Video)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 07:44 PM

A deputy U.S. marshal is the subject of an investigation after reportedly smashing the cell phone of a South Gate, California, woman who was filming the officer responding to reports of a biker gang.

"He threw everything on the ground. He stomped on my phone with his boots several times, violently, and then he kicked my phone. When he came toward me, I was terrified. I thought he was going to beat me up. I feared for my life," Beatriz Paez told KABC-TV.

The incident was filmed by a neighbor and posted on YouTube.

Paez’s lawyer, Colleen Flynn, claims her client's constitutional rights were violated, and the U.S. Marshal Service is investigating the incident, KABC-TV said.

"Everyone has the right to videotape and document police activity in public," Flynn told the station.

The incident occurred while officers had guns pointed at young men lying face down on the lawn, KABC-TV said.

"Especially with what's been happening nationwide, I think that the cops should always be watched," said Paez, who is a teacher. "It's every person's right to film the cops."

Multiple agencies were involved in the raid, and six arrests were made, KNBC-TV reported.

“There are First Amendment protections for people photographing and recording in public,” Mickey Osterreicher, an attorney with the National Press Photographers Association, told The Huffington Post.

Bystanders recording officers must not interfere with investigations.

"They have that right to record police officers without being bullied or intimidated," California State Sen. Ricardo Lara told CBS News.

Lara is proposing legislation to reinforce that right.



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