Despite a federal court ruling explicitly saying that recording the police while they perform their duties is protected in Massachusetts, the police at the University of Massachusetts obviously don’t care. When a student tried to record them breaking up a brawl, he was threatened with violence:
He decided to shut it off rather than end up beaten up or arrested. Hard to blame him. Here’s the video:
“Shut that fucking thing off before I slap you!”
Those are the words that UMass Lowell student Brendan Brown heard shortly after he trained his cell phone camera on several campus police officers last Saturday.