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Student Arrested After Recording Another Arrest

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    A student is arrested after fillming police.

    On Saturday night, a Quinnipiac University student was arrested after filming the arrest of a fellow student.

    In the days since, the arrest of Kenneth Hartford, 21, has created controversy and raised a debate of students’ rights and allegations of police brutality, the Middletown Press reports.

    The altercation happened outside Toad’s Place, a popular New Haven club.

    Police said someone reported that Ryan Lally hit him in the face and they went to arrest Lally, who was standing in line at Toad's Place. 

    As police arrested Lally, Hartford recorded. On the video, you can hear him asking police what they were arresting his classmate for and police told him to turn off the camera. Police said he became beligerent and yelled at officers. The Quinnipiac Chronicle posted the video on Vimeo and you can watch the whole thing here.

    The Chronicle reports that within minutes of Hartford starting to film the arrest, an officer tackled and handcuffed him.

    Hartford was charged with interfering with an officer/resisting and disorderly conduct.

    Two Quinnipiac student publications have brought up Connecticut law and the issue of whether people are prohibited from filming police officers.

    The Chronicle and Quad News both reported that no laws restrict people from doing this.

    New Haven police spokesperson Officer Joe Avery told the Chronicle that Hartford “kept interfering with officers and was asked to back off.”

    “All I wanted to do was record the arrest, so if there were any inconsistencies later, it could be used to help [the student] out,” Hartford told the school paper.