Video: Police in MA Dealt Major Blow in Privacy Battle

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In this News Shot, Joe Joseph discusses a major win for free speech and police accountability.

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Source: Federal Court Allows Lawsuit on Recording Police to Proceed

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  • Phil_Ossifer

    Allowing a lawsuit to get to federal district court hardly constitutes a “major win.” It would be a minor win if the federal district court rules against MA in favor of the plaintiffs and sets a precedent for the right of citizens to record police. Even then, MA could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and most probably would. If the Supremes ruled in favor of the right of citizens to record police then THAT would be a major win since the Supreme Court is as high as it can go.

  • jimmy joe

    Let me get this straight, filming the dinks is illegal, or so they want it to be?? Good, all cameras get shit-canned then, right?? ALL CAMERAS, EVERYWHERE, since, you know, they too, would be filming the dinks, thereby, “breaking the law”!!

  • ru__serious

    Massachusetts law enforcement officials visit Israel on Anti …
    http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/01/massachusetts_law_enforcement.html
    Jan 21, 2016 –

    “The Anti-Defamation League, a national non-profit that fights anti-Semitism and promotes civil rights, is sponsoring the 10-day trip.

    “Police in different countries still have the same priorities, and that is to provide safety and security for the people in their jurisdictions,” said Robert Trestan, New England regional director of the ADL. “Israel is a country that deals with a terror threat every single day, but the police there are also responsible for traffic and basic law enforcement that people all over our community are responsible for.”

    The 15 participants will include some of the top law enforcement officials in eastern Massachusetts: Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley; Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins; State Police Colonel Richard McKeon; chiefs of police from Malden, Revere, Lynn and Burlington; police superintendents from Lowell and Boston; and federal agents from the immigration division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among others.”

  • Good. Next, abolish the NSA and TSA.

  • SP_88

    There is no expectation of privacy in a public place. And that goes for the police as well as the citizens. There are cameras everywhere, recording our every move, using various technologies, facial recognition, etc. So nobody should expect to not be recorded on video while in public.
    Furthermore, the police are public servants. They work for us. Our tax dollars pay their salaries. So we have a right to record their every move while they are operating in public.
    The only reason the police would not want us to record them is because they don’t want to be the subject of every viral video on the internet every time they beat someone or do something outrageous that violates our rights.
    Their attempts to outlaw the recording of police activity is nothing more than damage control. They want to be able to stop people from gathering evidence of their criminal activity.
    In many instances, they disable or shut off their personal cameras right before they engage with someone. How many videos are there showing the aftermath of a police encounter with a suspect laying in the street full of bullet holes where the beginning of the video is nonexistent?
    If they don’t have anything to hide, what are they so worried about?