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Woman says Baltimore police beat her up for recording them with her phone

According to the Baltimore Sun, Makia Smith "claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that city police destroyed her camera and arrested her because she was recording officers who she observed beating someone else."

Makia Smith, a 31-year-old Baltimore woman, “claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that city police destroyed her camera and arrested her because she was recording officers who she observed beating someone else,” according to the Baltimore Sun.
From the Sun story:

The lawsuit, first reported last month by WBAL-TV when it was filed in Circuit Court, seeks $150,000. The plaintiff, Makia Smith, said that on March 8, 2012, she was driving on Harford Road when she witnessed officers beating a young man, according to the complaint. She said she took out her camera phone and started recording.

The lawsuit says three officers pulled Smith out of her car by her hair after a different officer reached through her car window, grabbed her phone and smashed it on the ground. Smith was taken to Central Booking downtown and charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest, among other charges, all of which were dropped when the arresting officer didn’t appear in court.
Read the full story at the Baltimore Sun.

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