You Have a Constitutional Right to Take Photos of Police, Federal Court Affirms
We can all bear witness to the world around us the second things get out of hand. These days, we simply must to put right the balance of power between citizens and authorities. And criminals for that matter. Putting them away ends the threat, but only if convicted.
“Every Circuit Court of Appeals to address this issue […] has held that there is a First Amendment right to record police activity in public,” the judges write in their opinion. “Today we join this growing consensus. Simply put, the First Amendment protects the act of photographing, filming, or otherwise recording police officers conducting their official duties in public.”
“The First Amendment protects actual photos, videos, and recordings, […] and for this protection to have meaning the Amendment must also protect the act of creating that material.”