Sunday, November 07, 2021

SCOTUS declines to review a case which could lock in a First Amendment right to film police.


Minneapolis 2019-9

Steve Lehto discusses a Nov. 1 article by Billy Binion in Reason, regarding SCOTUS not taking a case as ti whether there is a First Amendment right to film the police doing their jobs in public places.  

Odd numbered circuits have ruled such, and even numbered haven’t, as chance or history have it. Minneapolis is in the 8th Circuit, so theoretically the teenager who filmed Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd might not have had the right to do so.

There was an incident in Denver where a cop beat a suspect and a bystander filmed it, and the cop destroyed the video.  The 10th Circuit allowed his “qualified immunity” to stand because of a lack of legal precedent in the circuit (10th) .   

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