Oregon woman files a lawsuit over right to film police

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PORTLAND, OR -- Carrie Medina says she's been live-streaming police activity for a few years. But this was a first.

As she was rolling on police activity on the street, an officer approached her and demanded that she handover her camera. The interaction grew hostile from there, and video shows the officer ultimately tore the phone from Medina’s hand.

Medina and her lawyers filed a lawsuit after Gresham police sent her a letter saying the officer didn't do anything wrong (even though not long after, the chief reportedly sent an internal memo discouraging officers from seizing property when they're being recorded).

Medina is looking to win $1,084. She says money isn't the point.

“I want accountability. I want retraining of the police. And I want the public at large to know it’s a right to film on a public street corner. It's a right to film the police.”



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