Evidence of prior arrests irrelevant to claim of police battery of woman who filmed another’s arrest – Fourth Circuit
Smith v. Baltimore City Police Dept. I’m way behind the calendar on this one. The TL;DR version: this woman was beat up by Baltimore police for filming the arrest of a juvenile. She sued the police. At trial, the trial court allowed evidence of her prior arrests to be admitted. The Fourth Circuit said this was error. It was irrelevant to her claim. Even if it were relevant, any relevance was outweighed by the prejudicial effect of the evidence. The judgment was reversed and the case remanded.