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Turning the camera on police is legal, but don't go too far, expert says

Posted On: Jan 23, 2022   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

Wary motorists who recorded being pulled over by a rogue ex-state trooper who is still under an internal affairs investigation raise serious questions about the rights of the officer and driver.
A Herald public records request on why former Trooper Matthew Kelley was kicked off the force shows “Citizen Response Forms” filled with reports of furious drivers who say they were treated harshly.
“I am outraged at what he did, he violated my rights as a citizen and sexually harassed me,” said one heavily redacted complaint. “I have video.”
Another entry states: “Trooper Kelley snatched my nephew out of the car... I asked why... told me to not ask questions.”
Those motorists add that they've been “stopped before” and were treated respectfully every time by other officers.
Kelley, assigned to the gang unit, was not always dealing with choir boys, the reports reveal. But his interview on these allegations - investigated to the fullest by state police brass - was “hampered” by his sudden resignation this past June....

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