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Police: Pair recording officers arrested for blocking Portland police station driveway

Posted: Updated: Aug 10, 2016 01:51 PM
Robert Lee West, Sarabeth Rachel Long, jail booking photos Robert Lee West, Sarabeth Rachel Long, jail booking photos

A number of people were recording officers outside a Portland police station, which is not a crime, but officers said two of them were arrested for blocking the driveway.

Police said a group of people were standing in the driveway of the parking garage at East Precinct on Tuesday night.

They were filming officers as they entered the garage for a shift change.

Officers informed the group they could record as much as they wanted, but they could not block access to the garage and if they continued to do so, they may face arrest.

Police said all but two people moved out of the way. Officers formed to arrest the two suspects, identified as Robert Lee West, 51, and Sarabeth Rachel Long, 38, but police said they drove away.

They were stopped at Southeast 102nd and Washington Street at 9:45 p.m. and arrested without further incident on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct.

Long, the driver, was also given tickets for driving while suspended and failure to present proof of insurance. His vehicle was towed from the scene as a traffic hazard.

They were both released from jail on their own recognizance Wednesday. The district attorney then issued a no complaint order on the charges, meaning they have been dropped for the time being. 

"The Portland Police Bureau would like the public to know that filming officers, or any member of the public, is not a crime as long as the person filming is not committing a crime to do so, i.e. blocking a driveway, trespassing or other criminal activity," according to a Portland Police Bureau statement.

Earlier in the week, a man was arrested on charges including unlawful possession of a firearm and attempted assault of a public safety officers after police said he recorded officers at East Precinct for months and had an arsenal of guns and ammunition in his SUV.

Police said the suspect in that case is not connected to the pair arrested Tuesday. 

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