Bystander sues over officer grabbing camera away

Published On: Mar 24 2014 10:46:46 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A bystander who was filming police officers making an arrest on an Orlando street has filed a lawsuit claiming his constitutional rights were violated when he was arrested for refusing to turn over his cellphone camera to an officer.

Alberto Troche filed the lawsuit against the officer and the City of Orlando last week in federal court.

Troche says he was standing more than 10 feet away from the arrest scene. He says he started recording on his cell phone because he felt officers were using excessive force.

He says the officer attempted to grab the phone away from him but Troche refused to turn it over, believing he was doing nothing wrong. Troche was then arrested on a charge of resisting arrest without violence.

Prosecutors later dropped the charge.

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