Miami Beach police allegedly confiscate video of police shooting

After Miami Beach police shot and killed a suspect on a public street, they allegedly confiscated a video devise from a witness Narces Benoit and roughed up him and his girlfriend in the process. The police said Benoit was seized as a witness and denied that they stomped on his cellphone.

Free press supporters say unless Benoit had posted it on YouTube, the public would never have known the details of the police shooting since new Florida law passed June 2 exempts  photographs, video and audio recordings depicting or recording the “killing of a person” from public records disclosure laws.

From The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, June 8, 2011, by Clara Hogan.

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