First Circuit: There is a Clearly Established First Amendment Right to Videotape the Police

The First Circuit just issued a sweeping and great decision, holding that there is a clearly established First Amendment right to videotape the police.  The plaintiff in this case was arrested for openly using his cellphone to record the police making an arrest on Boston Common.  He was charged with, among other things, illegal wiretapping.

Read more about it HERE.  Also, this decision can only bode well for the ACLU’s recent case against the Baltimore Police Department on behalf of a Howard County man who says that his video camera was confiscated at the Preakness last year after he recorded police officers arresting a woman.

 

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