The Anne Arundel County Police Department is investigating a case of officer misconduct. A police officer is accused of attempting to grab a recording device from someone who was recording him.
The incident happened on Aug. 5 at approximately 4:15 p.m. Corporal Wolford responded to a customer dispute in the 8200 block of Sebring Court in Severn. While the officer was discussing the incident with the involved parties, he realized another person was recording him. He approached the person and attempted to grab the recording device from the person.
Anne Arundel County police say their policy is that the general public has a First Amendment right to video record, photograph, and audio record officers while they are conducting official business in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity.
"The Anne Arundel County Police are 100 percent committed to providing courteous service and protecting the rights of the citizens we serve. When we see these standards not being met, we will deal with violations of our policies forthrightly and with integrity. We are doing so in this case," said Chief Timothy Altomare.
Corporal Wolford's police powers have been suspended pending an investigating by the Internal Affairs Unit.