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Your First Amendment Rights – New rulings states you can’t get arrested for videotaping police, politicians, and other government officials.
You’ve read many stories right here in Videomaker and other publications about someone with a camcorder witnessing a confrontation with police and these witnesses holding that camcorder do what anyone would – they record the act. They might not know what or why the confrontation is about, but by recording the action, in some cities or states, they were considered accessories to a crime or participating in criminal activity. Some states, such as
An excerpt from the August 26, 2011 Appeal From the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruling, states:
“In this interlocutory appeal, the defendant police officers challenge an order of the district court denying them qualified immunity on Glik’s constitutional claims. We conclude, based on the facts alleged, that Glik was exercising clearly established First Amendment rights in filming the officers in a public space, and that his clearly-established Fourth Amendment rights were violated by his arrest without probable cause. We therefore affirm.”
Originally posted by wiandiii
Originally posted by Helious
I read the article but I'm still confused, it said Federal ruling but then I seen it came from a MA court. Illinois has wiretapping laws as well and is one of the handful of states you can not voice record, does this mean I am free to film now as well?