US: the right to photograph police officers activities

Started Jul 28, 2012 | Discussions thread
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James Van Artsdalen
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Re: US: the right to photograph police officers activities
In reply to faterikcartman, Jul 28, 2012

faterikcartman wrote:

That doesn't work out too well in many jurisdictions. I'm sure they're well aware the taxpayers will pay for any lawsuit and even resulting fines for violating someone's rights.

No, the police officers are also personally liable in such civil right cases, unless it involves a matter of unsettled law. However, every appeals court - except the 8th (Chicago) - that has heard the issue has found it to be well-settled law, and even the 8th circuit agreed such recording is constitutionally protected (and hence it is well-settled even there now).

The city gets sued because that's where the deep pockets are but the officers involved may also have to hand over some personal money.

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