[Eugene Volokh] A First Amendment right to record the police

From today’s decision in Fields v. City of Philadelphia (reversing a trial court decision that I blogged about and criticized last year ): This case involves retaliation. Richard Fields and Amanda Geraci attempted to record Philadelphia police officers carrying out official duties in public and were retaliated against even though the Philadelphia Police Department’s official policies recognized that “[p]rivate individuals have a First Amendment right to observe and record police officers engaged in the public discharge of their duties.” No party contested the existence of the First Amendment right.

Source: [Eugene Volokh] A First Amendment right to record the police

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