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The Justice Department recognizes First Amendment right to videotape cops

May 18, 2012 The Justice Department recognizes First Amendment right to videotape cops

Yesterday I posted about the Baltimore cop fired three years after a civilian videotaped his misconduct, Coincidentally, a few hours after I uploaded the posting, I received this link on a lawyers’ listserv to the Justice Department’s detailed recognition (May 14, 2012) of civilians to videotape police in public. The eleven-page Justice Department position is addressed to the parties involved in settlement discussions in a lawsuit alleging that in 2010, "Baltimore City Police Department officers seized, searched and deleted the contents of [Christopher Sharp’s] cell phone after he used it to record officers forcibly arresting his friend."

I skimmed over the Justice Department letter. It is another weapon against continued abuse, arrest, and prosecution of too many innocent civilians shining a light on police actions by video, who are here to serve the public, and not the other way around.

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