On Thursday, I met George Thompson who was arrested by a Fall River police officer for recording him with his cell phone. I was able to examine several documents related to the case. I didn't have access to a scanner, but I took some photos of the documents which you can view below. Click on a page to enlarge it.
Officer Thomas Barboza's arrest report
This is the report Officer Thomas Barboza wrote after arresting Thompson. Note that Barboza concludes Thompson was secretly recording him even though he said he saw the cell phone and was told he was being recorded twice.
Supplemental police report
In the police report, Thompson is accused of remotely accessing his phone to reset it and erase its contents.
Thompson's complaint against Barboza
This is the formal complaint that Thompson made to the Fall River Police Department after he was arrested.
Acknowledgement of the complaint
Thompson received this letter from the Fall River Police Department acknowledging his complaint.
Notice that complaint was sustained
Thompson received this letter from the Fall River Police Chief saying that his complaint was sustained. Although the letter doesn't say how Barboza was disciplined, the chief later confirmed that Barboza was given with a one day suspension and prohibited from detail work for 15 days for talking on the phone and using inappropriate language.
Fall River police training document about wiretapping law
This is a Fall River police training document which explains that the wiretapping law only applies to secret audio-recordings. It also says that openly recording police is protected by the First Amendment. Barboza signed the document in 2011, indicating that he understood the law.
Motion to dismiss
This is the motion to dismiss that Thompson's attorney, Daniel Igo, filed with the court last Monday.