Two Denver police officers have been disciplined after an investigation into an incident during which they handcuffed a journalist who was filming an arrest from a sidewalk.
The incident happened on July 5, 2018 in Denver, when Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene began filming an arrest on a sidewalk. Officers Adam Paulsen and James Brooks told her to stop filming, and when she persisted, they handcuffed her and placed her in a police car, insisting that HIPAA laws (though the officers incorrectly stated what HIPAA stands for) superseded her First Amendment rights that she repeatedly asserted vocally. While handcuffing her, one of the officers told Greene to "act like a lady."
After a seven-month investigation, the two officers were docked two days of pay, and the police department has said it has "reiterated to officers policies involving First Amendment considerations" in a training bulletin, though it's strange (to say the least) that a police department would have to issue a refresher on basic constitutional rights. The Denver district attorney did not press charges against the officers. It's unclear at the moment if Greene plans to file any sort of civil suit against the officers or the department, though she expressed mixed feelings, saying she was "encouraged" by the disciplinary action, but disappointed by things like the length of the investigation and its failure to address other issues like the officers' remarks.