LITTLE CANADA, Minn. - A Ramsey County man who videotaped a sheriff's deputy in public is now fighting a citation for obstruction and disorderly conduct.
A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says the deputy was loading another man into an ambulance, and 28-year-old Andrew Henderson videotaped the action.
Sheriff's deputy Jacqueline Muellner confiscated the camera, saying Henderson was violating the other man's privacy rights. Henderson says when he got the camera back the next day the recording was gone. Muellner cited Henderson for obstructing legal process.
The American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to represent him free. Henderson's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 30.
Ramsey County sheriff's spokesman Randy Gustafson says it's not the department's policy to take people's cameras. He says people are within their rights to record deputies' activities.
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