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Police accused of arresting woman for filming other arrests

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Friday accuses two St. Louis police officers of slamming a woman to the ground and arresting her because she filmed others being arrested.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of Sharon Morrow, a homeless advocate.

The lawsuit said Morrow was in downtown St. Louis in April 2019 to provide food and supplies for the homeless when she saw police arresting two others. She began to use her cellphone to take video of the arrests. The lawsuit did not say why the two others were being arrested.

Morrow’s lawsuit said she had told police that one of the men “did nothing,” as one officer told Morrow and others to move back.

Morrow, described in a news release as a cancer survivor with mobility issues, got in her car and tried to leave, but two officers pulled her out and slammed her face into the asphalt, resulting in painful injuries, according to the lawsuit.

Morrow was charged with interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest. The ACLU said those charges were later dropped.

A police spokeswoman, citing pending litigation, declined comment.

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