Monique Quashes 1st Amendment
- First Chicago police arrested Mike Anzaldi for videotaping a crime scene while standing on private property with the owner’s permission.
Then they deleted more than 500 images from his still cameras before releasing him from jail nine hours later.
And now they are refusing to return his video camera along with the tape inside, claiming they need it as “evidence” to justify the arrest against him.
Anzaldi was charged with obstruction against a peace officer after he refused to stop filming an investigation of an incident involving an off-duty police officer who shot and killed a man trying to rob him Tuesday night.
But the initial order for him to stop filming came from a civilian, a police spokesperson named Monique Bond who is not even a police officer. A flack without a badge.
[...] Anzaldi’s photos also show that he was clearly across the street, close enough to photograph the investigation but far enough not to interfere with it.
- By that time, Bond had arrived on the scene to disseminate the news to the media. Instead, she did her best to censor the news.
“She told me to stop shooting, that you can’t shoot a crime scene that is under investigation.”