I run the blog, Photography is Not a Crime, where we try to hold police accountable for violating the rights of citizens who record them in public.
On August 14, 2013, I posted a video of a detective from the Boston Police Department threatening to arrest a citizen for battery on a police officer for video recording him in public.
I listed the number to the Boston Police Department encouraging my readers to call and voice their complaints, which is protected by the First Amendment in the "right to petition government for redress of grievances" phrase.
The following day, a journalism student who works with me called the media spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department asking her to comment on the video. She had no comment.
He had told her he was recording the conversation and posted the video online. They filed a complaint against him for wiretapping.
I wrote about the complaint on my site, suggesting that my readers call her and ask her to drop the complaint. They filed a complaint against me for witness intimidation.
Now we're both facing prison time.
It's a convoluted story and details can be read on the link below. This is a First Amendment issue, yet they are trying to turn this into a criminal matter.