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On this day, September 30, in the year 1961, dozens of Colorado law enforcement officers from the Denver Police Department were arrested, stripped of their badges and firearms and hauled to jail for running a massive police burglary ring.
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of a Massachusetts district court that denied immunity from suit to police officers for arresting a man who video recorded their arrest of a person on the Boston Common. Given the public nature of their job and the public setting of the arrest that was being filmed, the federal appellate court spurned their claim that they should be immune from suit for arresting and jailing the videographer for a felony.