March 29, 2012

RECORDING THE POLICE: Cops in a jam after cell tape contradicts arrest report. “Felony charges have been dropped against a Florida woman after a cellphone tape of her arrest sharply contradicted two police officers’ version of events.”

More support for my forthcoming piece (in the Washington University Law Review) on a due-process right to record the police.

UPDATE: Reader John Lunde writes: “In addition to a ‘due process’ right to record the police, isn’t the ‘right to petition government for a redress of grievances’ also involved? I can’t think of a more convincing way to petition government for the redress of police misconduct than a recording of the actual activity, or even another way as likely to work.” Good point!

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