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Man Files First Amendment Violation Suit Against Colorado Officers

Sexton was watching officers distribute speeding tickets in the city's downtown area on January 30, 2019, when he began filming and yelling obscenities and insults at officers, including "F*** the police."

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Know the Limits of Your First Amendment Rights

Law enforcement officers can be disciplined for speaking their minds. Here's a primer on how the First Amendment covers and doesn't cover you on the job.

Citizen Video Audits: Know Their Rights...And Yours

There are people who make a living off of filming you and baiting you into taking actions that violate their rights. Knowing the law is your best defense.

Governor Considers Bill that Would Subject BYU Police to Public Records Law

Legislation that would compel the Brigham Young University police to answer public records requests was passed by the Utah House of Representatives and is now under the consideration of Governor Gary Herbert.

Supreme Court Considering When Arrests Violate First Amendment

“You can think of it,” Justice Elena Kagan said, “as a case where an individual police officer, you know, decides to arrest for jaywalking somebody wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt or, alternatively, a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap.”

Supreme Court Bans Mandatory Fees for Public Employee Unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police officers, teachers, and other public employees cannot be forced to pay dues or fees to support their unions.

How To Understand First Amendment Rights for Public Employees

As a law enforcement officer, what can you say without negatively affecting yourself and your agency? 

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Public Has No Right to Record Officers on Duty

The ruling is only applicable in the Eighth Circuit, which encompasses: the Eastern District of Arkansas, the Western District of Arkansas, the Northern District of Iowa, the Southern District of Iowa, the District of Minnesota, the Eastern District of Missouri, the Western District of Missouri, the District of Nebraska, the District of North Dakota, and the District of South Dakota.

Amazon Hands Over Echo Data in AR Murder Case

Amazon agreed to hand over user data of an Amazon Echo speaker for a murder trial in Arkansas, after it spent months pushing back against a warrant for the information.

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Justices Divided Over N.J. Police Officer's First Amendment Case

Heffernan was demoted to patrol officer the next day and told it was because of his "overt" involvement in a political campaign. But was it a First Amendment issue?