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High Court Shrugs Off Police Taping Ban

November 26, 2012  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file

The U.S. Supreme Court signaled its approval of citizen recording of police officers by rejecting an Illinois prosecutor's appeal for enforcement of an anti-eavesdropping law.

The decision leaves in place a lower court's ruling that the law violates free speech rights to record officers performing their duties. The law set out a prison term of 15 years.

The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit in 2010 against Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to block prosecution of ACLU staff for recording police officers performing their duties in public places, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Related:

Federal Court Upholds Right To Record Video of Officers

Officers Can't Expect Communications Privacy, Maryland Judge Rules

Motorcyclist Faces Wiretap Charge for Videotaping Off-Duty Maryland Trooper

Tags: First Amendment, U.S. Supreme Court, Wiretapping, Citizen Video


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Capt David LACO Retired @ 11/27/2012 7:55 AM

We can film and record the public but they cannot do the same to us? Do we have something to hide?

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