video: Providence’s John Prince Alleges Police Unlawfully Confiscated Phone During Videotaping
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Prince, a community organizer, spoke with about 15 supporters behind him at the Providence Safety Complex, before going in to testify at an internal affairs hearing Monday afternoon.
Calling it a "modern day house invasion," Prince spoke to what he said which involved officers "taking my phone, apprehending me in my own hallways, without being arrested, for no reason."
According to Prince, who is being represented by Shannah Kurland, the incident took place on Wednesday, September 10, at 265 Elmwood Avenue. Kurland cited "important cases affirming the public's right to videotape" including Glik v. Cunniffe (1st Cir. 2011) and Gericke v. Begin (1st Cir. 2014).
Organizers Back Prince, Cite Ferguson
Prince said that he was taping officers "confronting two women" on a street corner by his house, before he was confronted by the officers, and pursued back to his house, where he said the phone was taken in a struggle in his hallway -- and the video deleted. Prince named Sgt. Roger Aspinali, Det. Francisco Guerra, and Det. Louis Gianfrancesco in his complaint.
Community organizer Mary Kay Harris, who was recently elected to the Providence City Council, was one of the supporters who spoke out Monday for Prince.
Kurland noted that a verdict was not expected on Tuesday in Prince's complaint.
Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association Executive Director Ray Watson drew parallels on Monday afternoon to Ferguson, which was still awaiting a verdict at the time of the rally.
Watson noted the recent actions in Providence by law enforcement officials concerned about reaction to the Ferguson verdict, and how to respond.
"We just asked they be professional and responsible, whether they agree how we're demonstrating whether we're videotaping with what we're doing our not," said Watson. "If we're not doing anything illegally, then you don't have any right to step beyond your boundaries.
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