Susan Greene, editor of The Colorado Independent, an online news outlet, was approached by police as she was taking photos of them standing near a naked man on a downtown Denver sidewalk on July 5, 2018.

Susan Greene/The Colorado Independent via AP

An editor for a Colorado online news publication says she was handcuffed by Denver police after she started photographing them standing around a handcuffed man sitting naked on a downtown sidewalk.

Susan Greene of The Colorado Independent reported Friday that an officer told her to stop shooting photos. She says she was handcuffed and put into a patrol car Thursday.

Greene said the officer ignored her assertion that she had a First Amendment right to take photos on a public sidewalk.

Colorado law protects the public's right to record the actions of peace officers.

She said she was released after the officer consulted with someone on his cellphone.

Denver's police department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.