First Amendment victory in federal appeals decision on filming police at work

Police in Massachusetts use the state’s wiretapping law to arrest citizens recording video of arrests and other law enforcement activities. But the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that since the recording of an arrest was not done secretly, the wiretapping law did not apply.

The court upheld the citizen’s First Amendment right to film a police arrest using what the citizen thought was excessive force. -db

From a commentary in techdirt, August 29, 2011, by Mike Masnick.

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