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Police: Snarling Red Line rider arrested for knocking woman's phone out of her hands

Transit Police report arresting a guy they say reacted to a woman videoing him being a jerk on a Red Line train by threatening her and then knocking her phone out of her hands.

Police say the incident happened around 8 a.m. on Aug. 3 on an inbound train that had pulled into Andrew:

Victim was on a red line train, as the train stopped at Andrew Sq. to allow passengers to board a male entered and began to threaten and intimidate other riders and pushed his way through. The victim began to video tape his conduct and the male threatened and then assaulted the victim knocking her phone to the ground. The assailant then exited at Broadway Station.

Police say that, armed with her video, officers caught up with Vincente Lomba, 25, at Andrew station yesterday and arrested him on charges of assault and battery, making threats and witness intimidation.

Innocent, etc.

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Exactly what the legalities are for filming people in public in Massachusetts? Two party consent only applies when you have a reasonable expectation of privacy? Or is that just for voice recording?

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Simple.

You're in a public space such as the T? No expectation of privacy, no consent needed, to film.

(There are of course restrictions on what you can do with that recording: you can't use the person's image to, say, promote a product in an ad.)

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n/t

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You can record video with audio all you like, in public, as long as you're not doing it *secretly*. Standing on a train recording someone with your phone, is not secret.

It's called a WIREtapping law, prohibiting SECRET recording, for a reason.

Don't play lawyer on the internet, kid. And read case history, not just statutes.

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A woman was taking video of the man, so why not post it?

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If you click on the Transit Police link, there are some still shots of the guy.

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Good for that brave woman not afraid of that coward

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What made the woman videoing him think he wouldn't react violently? She's lucky he didn't seriously hurt her; also, where there no other passengers able to intervene and

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Isn't attacking objects considered vandalism?

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About the phone being in her hands ...

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