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By Allison Bybee - bio | email

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A mother files a lawsuit against Boynton Beach Police after she was arrested for recording her own son's arrest.

"I am passionate about communicating how I feel about the situation," said Tasha Ford in February 2009. Ford says she was called to the scene when her son was put in handcuffs for allegedly trying to sneak into a movie.

When she arrived, she pulled out her camera and started rolling. "It's a camera with a video option, and I immediately start recording."

Ford says that made the officers mad. Those officers claim Ford did not tell them she was recording; however, she says, she did.

Tasha Ford says things escalated after officers asked her if she was recording, and, eventually, she too was put in handcuffs. Now, she's accused of a host of things including recording the officers with audio.

A Florida statute says: "You cannot record conversations with people who have a reasonable expectation of privacy."

"They gave me the criminal experience for something that I shouldn't have been through that," said Ford.

"We think it's important that citizens have a right to record interaction between citizens and police, said ACLU attorney Jim Green. He filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Ford against the Boynton Beach Police Department.

Though all of Ford's charges were dropped, he states, Ford was wrongfully arrested, and she had the right to record the interaction.

Boynton Beach Police say they cannot comment on the pending litigation.

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