Excessive Snooping?

Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down a unanimous ruling in the Simon Glik case. That case held that Glik had a “clearly-established” First Amendment right to record the actions of the police on the Boston Common, and that police officers should have known this when they arrested him. Civil libertarians are hoping a second ruling in Illinois will help cement the principle that audio recording is an activity protected by the First Amendment.

Read More: Judge worries recording police will lead to excessive “snooping around”. Also see: Police Immunity from Cell-Phone Recording Overturned by Court of Appeals


  1. I think it’s kind of interesting that we can be recorded pretty much anywhere we go but the police feel they shouldn’t be recorded. Ask the homeless guy in CA that they tasered and beat to death what he thinks about recording police. If they are acting in a public capacity then recording them should be fair game. If they are in a private situation then they should have the same rights as we do in the same situation. Going to the bathroom – no recording. Questioning or arresting someone – record away. Hey, if their not doing anything wrong then what are they worried about.

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