WEST NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the West New York Police Department on behalf of a resident who claims he was detained for filming police officers.

Cesar Sanchez says that he witnessed West New York police officers using excessive force against teenagers. He says that when he took out his cellphone to record the officers from a distance they took his phone away and detained him for a period of time.

In the ACLU suit, the union claims Sanchez’s First Amendment rights were violated.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the West New York Police Department tells News 12 New Jersey that the department did not receive the lawsuit and declined to comment on it.