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ACLU Sues Arizona Over 8-Foot Restriction on Filming Police

The law states that people cannot record the law enforcement activity if they know or reasonably should know that the activity is occurring. They are also are prohibited from recording if an officer has warned them about capturing the incident within 8 feet.

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Point of Law: Responding to First Amendment Audits

In most cases, people have a right to video officers on duty. Agencies must be prepared to deal with these “auditors” in a constitutionally sound manner.

AZ Bill Could Prohibit Filming Officers from Less than 8 Feet

House Bill 2319 was initially introduced by State Representative John Kavanagh, a former police officer. He says the bill would protect police officers and those recording.

Point of Law: First Amendment Audits and The Law

Every law enforcement officer needs to know what the courts have said about the public’s right to video you performing your duties.

After-Action Reports on the Riots of 2020

The unrest after the death of George Floyd overwhelmed many agencies and resulted in injuries to thousands of officers. What needs to be done before the next incident ignites protests and riots?

Arizona FOP Asks YouTube to Remove Auditors who Harass Police Officers for Profit

"The auditors then use YouTube channels like 'Pigs Under Pressure' to post and livestream their profane rants, monetizing the videos through YouTube clicks and advertising," the union said in a statement. Auditors are also funded by donations from their viewers.

LAPD Officer Suing City Over Discipline Related to His Social Media Posts

According to the complaint, Sydanmaa was disciplined three times for separate posts on Hussle, the allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and how Japan deals with the practice of Islam.

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."

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.

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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.

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