The Boston police department dropped a felony complaint against Miami blogger Carlos Miller for witness intimidation.
Miller, author of Photography Is Not a Crime, blogged last August about how Boston police harassed a photographer, then posted a phone number where readers could call the city and complain. The result: a barrage of phone calls to city officials demanding answers.
Miami journalism student Taylor Hardy was one of the callers. He recorded part of a phone call with Boston public information officer Angelene Richardson and put it on YouTube. After learning of the video, Richardson on Aug. 14 filed a criminal complaint against Hardy for wiretapping, a charge that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Miller, a photographers’ rights advocate, also received a complaint for witness intimidation, a crime that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
Charges against the two were dropped on Nov. 15 after an agreement was reached with the Boston police.