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Boston settled police videotaping lawsuit

March 27, 2012
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BOSTON—The city of Boston has paid $170,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who said his civil rights were violated when he was arrested for recording police with his cellphone.

Simon Glik claimed he was wrongly arrested and prosecuted in 2007 for using his phone to record police as they allegedly used force while arresting a man on Boston Common.

Glik was charged with violating the state's wiretap law, which bans secret voice recordings. A Boston Municipal Court judge threw out the charges because Glik's recording had not been made secretly.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which assisted Glik in his lawsuit, announced the settlement Tuesday. The settlement requires the city to pay Glik damages and legal fees.

A message was left with the mayor's office.

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