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A MAN detained and threatened with arrest under the Terrorism Act for filming police on his mobile phone says police abused their powers.
Nick Holmes a Court, CEO of web-based media companies BuzzNumbers and ShiftedPixels, was walking to his home near Kings Cross in Sydney about 10pm on December 19.
He said police forcibly took his BlackBerry phone and threatened him with arrest both under the Australian Anti-Terrorism Act and for allegedly disobeying a police directive.
Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Michael Cope said police did not have the authority to confiscate cameras or stop people from taking pictures of them performing their duties.
"It's not appropriate for the police to be stopping people taking pictures of them," Mr Pope said.
"They've got no power to do that, none whatsoever, and they've got no power to confiscate cameras.