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After Freddie Gray death, cop-watchers film police to prevent misconduct

After Freddie Gray death, cop-watchers film police to prevent misconduct

On a sultry West Baltimore night, six police officers walked down a concrete courtyard of Gilmor Homes — while self-styled "cop-watcher" David Whitt held up his camera and pushed the record button. One officer confronted him, asking, "Do you have I.D.?" "Am I being detained?" Whitt shot back. As the heated confrontation continued, the officer took out a cellphone camera, held it up to Whitt and repeated, "Do you have I.D.? Do you live here? Because if not, you're trespassing." After Whitt responded, saying he had a right to film police, the officer walked away, telling him, "Thank you for putting my safety at risk. I...

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