ACLU asks for documents after BPD video goes viral

ACLU asks for documents after BPD video goes viral »Play Video
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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - ACLU of Idaho is asking for documents regarding policies on how officers should deal with people recording their encounters. This comes after a video of a heated encounter with an officer went viral.

The ACLU wants to see what documents have been sent out, or regulations the department has on the books dealing with officers encounters with citizens recording police.

The organization wants to make sure there are rules in place and that officers are trained not to interfere with people who are recording. A right the ACLU said has been upheld several times as freedom of speech.

Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson released a statement that there is an internal investigation into the incident.

The ACLU said they have helped departments update their policies on citizens recording police activity to make sure officers are trained on the matter.

In the video the officer states she has no problem with the person recording video, though the man who took the video and posted in on YouTube believes this wouldn't have happened if he wasn't recording the stop.