The problem with these checkpoints is that they're warrantless, arbitrary searches. This goes against all standards of civilized behavior and is not tolerable in a free society. Not only are checkpoints violating our rights they're not effective. "Traditional police patrols are three times more likely to locate genuinely impaired drivers than these suspicionless checkpoints," according to James Babb, founder of the Valley Forge Revolutionaries. "So not only are these checkpoints blatantly immoral and illegal, they're also a waste of police time and tax dollars.Read more »
WASHINGTON -- In a stunning break with First Amendment policy on Capitol Hill, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Republicans also denied the entrance of a credentialed ABC News news team that was attempting to film the event.Read more »
Press release for the upcoming trial of Benjamin and Russell Bartholomew for a "TAXES=THEFT" sign.Read more »
Mike, a 17 year old Junior at West High School in Manchester, NH, recently discovered CopBlock.org. Yesterday, while coming into the high school cafeteria, Mike noticed his friend was being questioned by the school police officer – Det. Murphy – and decides to film. He caught the use of excessive force.Read more »
"[I]s there a constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public? Basic First Amendment principles, along with case law from this and other circuits, answer that question unambiguously in the affirmative."Read more »
First Circuit Court of Appeals finds that a state law banning recording of police officers in public is unconstitutionalRead more »
Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland went on the defensive Thursday during a meeting with local journalists, saying officers have made recent traffic stops in which residents leave their vehicles to take pictures or shoot video — encounters he says could endanger officers and that have increased following the release of the Chad Holley beating footage.Read more »
Special Ed. High School student who videotaped a cop abusing a fellow student, charged with "lynching", held in jail over holidays on $155,000 bail, and offered a "deal" of 32 months in prison.
He never touched the cop.Read more »
In the midst of swirling controversy about cops and cameras, Luis Luna was put under arrest for filming police in action—not by a rogue patrolman misunderstanding official department policy, but by none other than the assistant chief of police.Read more »
good news from the Washington Post - you can film a cop in publicRead more »
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