An officer with a large weapon came up to me and said, “Stop recording.”

I said, “Officer, do I not have the right to record you?”

He backed off but told me to hurry up. So I gathered my notebook and pens with my hand while recording him with the other hand.

As I exited, I saw Ryan to my left, having a similar argument with two officers. I recorded him, too, and that angered the officer. As I made my way toward the door, the officers gave me conflicting information.

One instructed me to exit to my left. As I turned left, another officer emerged, blocking my path.

“Go another way,” he said.

As I turned, my backpack, which was slung over one shoulder, began to slip. I said, “Officers, let me just gather my bag.” As I did, one of them said, “Okay, let’s take him.”

Multiple officers grabbed me. I tried to turn my back to them to assist them in arresting me. I dropped the things from my hands.

“My hands are behind my back,” I said. “I’m not resisting. I’m not resisting.” At which point one officer said: “You’re resisting. Stop resisting.”

That was when I was most afraid — more afraid than of the tear gas and rubber bullets.

In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest - The Washington Post

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Cops have been put on notice: Let the cameras roll.

Camera-shy cops across the city were reminded they can’t legally take action to stop someone from filming them while they’re on the beat, the Daily News has learned. The refresher was provided in a memo the chief of department’s office distributed to all police commands Wednesday.



GAZA CITY : Sammy Al-Sheikh (R) and his wife Maha (L) hold hands with their three-year-old daughter Assil as they walk past destroyed houses in the devastated neighbourhood of Shejaiya in Gaza City on August 7, 2014. Sammy who lives and works in Gaza City expressed hopes for peace and said peace would allow him to return to work. Fears rose that the Gaza conflict could resume as a temporary ceasefire entered a final 12-hour stretch and Palestinians accused Israel of stalling at truce talks in Cairo. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

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U.S. Treasury Proposes Rule Forcing Banks to Identify Beneficial Owners - Risk & Compliance - WSJ


The U.S. Treasury Department, in a bid to fight financial crime, issued a proposed rule that would require financial institutions to identify the beneficial owners of companies as they open accounts.

The proposed rule, promulgated by Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or Fincen, clarifies customer due-diligence requirements, adding a new element that mandates financial institutions know and verify the identities of the real people who own, control and profit from the companies planning to use their services, known as “beneficial owners,” Treasury said. It would help prevent the use of anonymous, or shell, companies that engage in or facilitate money laundering, terrorism finance or other illicit activity through the U.S. financial system, Treasury said.