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Arrest of Black woman who recorded police detaining son in Florida is not overturned

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5/6/2021 Peter Sblendorio
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The 2009 arrest of a Black woman who recorded an interaction between police and her son was upheld Wednesday in a Florida court of appeal.

Tasha Ford had filmed officers detaining her son, who was a teenager at the time, after he was accused of sneaking into a movie theater, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The appeals court in Palm Beach County voted 2-1 in favor of upholding the arrest.

“In short, she obstructed their investigation and processing of her son’s detention — a lawful execution of their duty,” the judges wrote, according to the newspaper.

Ford hoped she could ensure police would be “honest” if she recorded the interaction on a digital camera, she said in her testimony.

“Well, as you know, I’m Black,” Ford said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “And in our community there are a lot of things that take place. And I don’t want to be a victim of those things. I thought if I had the camera, everyone would be honest and truthful.”

The appeals court’s decision comes less than a year after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death garnered widespread attention through a video that was recorded at the scene by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier.

Protests against police brutality and racial injustice have swept the United States and beyond in response to repeated incidents involving police.


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