Colorado Journalist Handcuffed
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In this Thursday, July 5, 2018 photo provided by The Colorado Independent Denver police approach Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, an online news outlet, as she was taking photos of them standing near a naked man on a downtown Denver sidewalk. Greene says police told her to stop taking photos and, when she refused, handcuffed her. She was later released. Colorado law protects the public's right to photograph peace officer actions. (Susan Greene/The Colorado Independent via AP)

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DENVER — Body camera video of police detaining a Denver journalist photographing officers shows one officer taking her phone and another handcuffing her right after saying she would be arrested for interfering if she didn't stop.

Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, was put in a patrol car in July after trying to document police tending to a handcuffed naked man on a sidewalk.

An officer used his body and hands to block her. When she stopped to talk, he said medical privacy law trumped her First Amendment rights to record the scene.

She was handcuffed after she then tried to photograph his badge. Officers told her to stand up and "act like a lady" and to stop resisting and relax when she said they were hurting her. She was released after about 10 minutes.

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