George Thompson was shoved to the ground and arrested in January by a Massachusetts cop for the crime of standing on his porch and recording a police officer with his iPhone. The cops then deleted his footage.

Now it’s payback time.

Thompson has filed a federal lawsuit against Fall River police officer Thomas Barboza with the help of attorney David Milton. Milton previously helped establish the right to record police officers in public by suing the Boston police on behalf of Simon Glik, winning a $170,000 settlement in a landmark decision.

According to the lawsuit:

While Mr. Thompson’s smartphone was in the custody of the Fall River police, all of the data on the phone—including the video he had taken of Defendant Barboza’s belligerent and improper behavior—was deleted.

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