Federal Court: Videotaping Police in Public is an Unambiguous Right
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that videotaping police officers in the course of their normal public duties is an unassailable constitutional right protected by the First Amendment. This is good news for lovers of the transparency that viral video and internet activism brings, as well as all citizens who prefer not to have the shit beaten out of them by the police. It finally puts the rest of us on the same level as the government itself, which has had the right to videotape us in our regular duties since 2001.
The ruling pertained to the case of Simon Glik, who was arrested in 2007 after openly videotaping three officers with his cell phone as they performed an arrest in Boston Common. He was charged with aiding the escape of a prisoner, disturbing the peace, and violating a wire tap law. The charges were dismissed, but the secular terrorists at the ACLU helped him sue the police, and now we’re allowed to videotape cops.
Someone should tell that to the cops.