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Courthouse security officer handcuffs Syracuse court reporter, seizes his phone

Incident Details

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June 14, 2017

Syracuse Post-Standard court reporter Douglass Dowty was briefly detained by a security officer in the Onondaga County Courthouse in upstate New York on June 14, 2017, the Post-Standard reported.

Dowty reportedly took a photograph of officers arresting a man in the courthouse hallway. Another officer then approached Dowty, ordered him to hand over his mobile phone and handcuffed him. 

Dowty was then escorted to a security office, where he waited for a few minutes before being released. The security officers returned his equipment to him and Dowty told the Post-Standard that it did not appear that his phone had been searched.

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