The Supreme Court is Asked To Confirm That Recording Cops Has First Amendment Protections

If you’re tired of censorship and dystopian threats against civil liberties, subscribe to Reclaim The Net. In a battle for the sanctity of the First Amendment, the Supreme Court is once again being petitioned to affirm that recording police officers while they perform public duties is a constitutional right, one that directly opposes censorship and forges the path for accountability. Despite the digital age having turned everyone into potential citizen journalists, there seems to be an unsavory trend among law enforcement to suppress this fundamental form of free speech. This bitter resistance is especially odd when we consider that police officers themselves have been known to argue that there exists no expectation of privacy in public spaces. Related:  Philadelphia Cops Fired Over Social Media Posts Can Proceed With First Amendment Lawsuit, Appeals Court Rules The silence of the Supreme Court on passing a defining ruling on this palpable First Amendment issue has added to the confusion. The judiciary’s failure to address this concern headways until now is concerning as we find ourselves amid a fierce debate on censorship, free speech, and the public’s right to know. Now, the Supreme Court is being gifted a chance, once again, to set a nationwide precedent that could potentially resolve this dispute. The test case revolves around Dijon Sharpe and his battle against Winterville’s police department. The core of the issue dates back to a 2014 traffic stop where Sharpe, a passenger in the car, was threatened with arrest for attempting to livestream the…The Supreme Court is Asked To Confirm That Recording Cops Has First Amendment Protections