POINT MARION (AP) — A western Pennsylvania police department has paid $65,000 to settle a lawsuit from a man who was arrested last year for using his cellphone to audio record an officer.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania represented Gregory Rizer in the case.
The suit alleged that the Point Marion Police Department filed charges against Rizer after he complained about an officer who confiscated his cellphone and detained him for recording the officer’s aggressive questioning of his disabled friend.
The charge was withdrawn by the district attorney and the cellphone was returned, but without the recording.
The ACLU says they hope the case educates other police departments about the right of citizens to record police officers on the job.