Although the 57-year-old computer technician assumed he had a legal right to document the incident, Horrigan was arrested, handcuffed and taken away for a night in jail. He was charged with obstruction, but also with the rare crime of eavesdropping, a third-degree felony in Florida that carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.
With his arrest, Horrigan stepped into a growing national debate between law enforcement and everyday citizens who record officers performing their duties in public. The issue exploded onto the national scene in 1991, when four white Los Angeles Police Department officers were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King.
Sue the city.
Sue the chief.
Sue the watch commander.
Sue each cop involved.
Sue them for EVERYTHING they have.
Destroy them financially.
Not sure they are all gonna get the message without some economic damage being done.