The cop tells this man (the cameraman) he “just lost” his First Amendment, even though the man was not being detained and hadn’t violated any laws:
The First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that:
“The filming of government officials engaged in their duties in a public place, including police officers performing their responsibilities, fits comfortably within these principles [of protected First Amendment activity].”
Filming the police doing their duties in public is completely legal, with the exception of Illinois (but this is being challenged). So the police officer in the video above quite frankly deprived the cameraman of his constitutional rights, even though no one is supposed to be deprived of those rights without “due process of law.”
Just another reminder that the police state isn’t coming, it’s here…
Hat tip to Cop Block!