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Police Allegedly Beat a Woman for Filming another Beating

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Baltimore police are under fire for allegedly beating a woman for recording them during a violent arrest.   The police are accused of beating the woman, smashing up her camera and telling her, “You want to film something b-tch? Film this!”  All of this is according to the woman’s claims, which are being presented in court right now.

Makia Smith has sued the Baltimore Police Department, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and police Officers Nathan Church, William Pilkerton, Jr., Nathan Ulmer and Kenneth Campbell in Federal Court.

Smith says that she was stuck in traffic and saw officers attacking a defendant and arresting a young man at the same time.  She says that when she pulled out her camera, that’s when the officer came at her.

“Officer Church saw plaintiff filming the beating and ran at her,” the complaint states. “He scared her and she sat back in her vehicle. As he ran at her, he yelled, ‘You want to film something bitch? Film this!’

“Officer Church reached into plaintiff’s car and grabbed her telephone-camera out of her hand, threw it to the ground and destroyed it by smashing it with his foot.

“Officer Church pulled plaintiff out of her car by her hair and beat her. Officers Pilkerton, Ulmer, and Campbell then ran to plaintiff’s car and joined Officer Church in beating plaintiff and arrested her using excessive force. At all times described herein, plaintiff’s two year old daughter witnessed her mother’s beating and arrest by the Officers, as did others.”

Smith says that the officers also threatened to take her child away and refused to call her mother during the incident.

“The officers, despite the pleas of plaintiff, refused to call plaintiff’s mother. Instead, the officers tormented plaintiff by telling her that her daughter would be taken from her and sent to Social Services. Seeing plaintiff’s distressful reaction to these tormenting threats, they continued,” the complaint states.

Smith says that she was then arrested on the false charge of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, neither of which she says she did.  She says that since the officer didn’t appear in court, the charges were dropped.  But she had to hire an attorney and pay for her car being impounded.

She is suing for $1.5 million.