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Detroit News Protests Police Seizure of Camera

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Detroit News Protests Police Seizure of Camera

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Detroit News protests police seizure of camera

The Detroit News said it will file a complaint with the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners about the confiscation of a camera from a News photographer trying to get a picture of the former city police chief.

Photographer David C. Coates said he was standing with a television camera crew outside the home of former Police Chief William L. Hart when he put the camera down to make a call to the newsroom.

When Coates returned, a police officer identified by the News as William Trasher had taken the camera. Trasher told Coates he was taking the camera to the 11th Precinct police station for "safekeeping," according to Coates.

Officer Thrasher then told Coates and the tv crew that their presence outside the police chief's house was loitering. He ordered them into their cars.

Very soon after that, Coates said, then-Police Chief Hart - who had been replaced after being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of stealing $2.6 million from a secret police fund - left his home. Coates, who had another camera around his neck, was unable to get out of his car in time to take a picture of the former official. …

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