Livestreaming police protected by First Amendment

The First Amendment protects livestreaming police officers making routine traffic stops, ruled the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A citizen in a North Carolina town attempted to livestream his encounter with police. (Washington Examiner, February 7, 2023, by Rachel Schilke)

The police claimed there was an “officer safety issue” in banning the recording, but the Fourth Circuit said that livestreaming produced information that contributed to public discussion of important issues. (Reason, February 9, 2023, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown)

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