A First-Amendment right to record the police

A federal appeals court is ruling that the public has the right to film cops in public and reinstated a lawsuit against a local New Hampshire police department brought by a woman arrested for filming a traffic stop.

The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night traffic stop. Although she was never brought to trial, she sued, alleging the arrest constituted retaliatory prosecution in breach of her constitutional rights.

As Glenn would say, there is also a due process right. But this is a good start.

This entry was published Wed May 28 15:39:12 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-05-28 15:08:30.0. [Tweet]

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