KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City officials have advanced a measure meant to protect people who record police interactions with the public even if they’re ordered by officers to stop. The move follows the conviction of a man who recorded the violent arrest of a transgender woman by Kansas City officers who have since been charged with assault in the arrest.
The Kansas City Star reports that 52-year-old Roderick Reed last year recorded of the arrest – video that was key to indicting the officers. But Reed was later convicted of failing to obey a lawful order after police told him to stop recording and leave. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the misdemeanor. He remains free during his appeal.