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A Right to Film Police?

Darn right we do. We've just gotta' get judges to agree.

The right to film police officers in the course of their official duties is a common sense defense for citizens against the one-sided power of the badge and all the force of the state which stands behind it. Despite – or perhaps because of – this fact, many police officers routinely harass, intimidate or assault citizens who film them in action, and corrupt DA’s charge them for violating unconstitutional interpretations of wiretapping laws, which were never intended to protect civil servants acting in public.

It is against this backdrop that a recent ruling by an Illinois judge should be seen as a victory for basic civil liberties.
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