Camera Shy Cops

Balko is furious at officials in New Haven for prosecuting a man who recorded police:

Here’s the thing: It’s all well and good for Mayor DeStefano to state that it is perfectly legal for citizens to record on-duty cops in New Haven. But if New Haven police are permitted to arrest and jailand if prosecutors are permitted to charge and convictcitizens for doing precisely that, it pretty clearly isn’t legal, by any definition of the word.

It’s also about damned time that cops who delete citizen-shot video that may incriminate them or their colleagues get the same punishment a citizen would get for doing the same thing.