A Las Vegas officer accused of beating a man for videotaping police was fired, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Officer Derek Colling was terminated after an eight-month probe into a confrontation between him and videographer Mitchell Crooks. Crooks, 37, was videotaping police from his driveway as officers investigated a burglary across the street from his home.
Crooks said that when he refused to stop filming, Colling beat him, with much of the altercation recorded by the camera. Crooks was arrested for battery against an officer, trespassing and resisting arrest, but the charges were dropped. The long investigation has been “driving me crazy,” Crooks said. “This is a little vindication.” Crooks’ lawyer filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Colling in U.S. District Court last month.