Cop Blatently Violates First Amendment Rights (Video)

Published On January 31, 2013 | By John Freeman | Articles

 

Police don’t generally understand First Amendment Rights. The stereotype holds true in this video.

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  • rick

    Cop means behind police lines–I get what he’s saying
    The firewoman, wrong!!

  • t.

    The officer is right

  • Gordon Freeman

    @rick.

    Rick is correct. The officer was referring to going places the ‘general public’ could not go. So if you wanted to go to a media only briefing, even (very boring most of the time) the cameraman would not be allowed in. (Assuming anyone gave a damn and the place wasn’t 90% empty like most of the time).

    BUT, if you just want to film cops, go ahead, at least this officer gets that. He won’t let you cross the yellow tape, however, and even with ‘proper’ credentials he probably wouldn’t either. A detective or Sargent might.

    The Firegirl? She needs to be a security guard.

  • wiguy

    A “press pass” affords no special access according to recent supreme court decisions. Of course, cops don’t have the fortitude to study case law…just orders.

  • Dan Sayers

    Other than the policeman passing along misinformation (unintentionally, though that’s not exactly excusable), I saw nothing wrong with the policeman’s actions. I think the title is sensationalized.

    Wiguy nailed it. Your membership card to the club known as the human race is all the pass you need to go wherever you please, so long as you’re not violating the rights of others. Then there’s the nifty Bill of Rights that ensures your pursuit of liberty, among other relevant aspects.

    I feel sorry for the female fire fighter. So desperate for control… tsk tsk.

  • Common Sense

    Non-incident

  • BluEyeDevil

    I agree with the cop, but he should actually know the law when he tries to tell someone that what they are doing is unlawful, LOL. Like I always cops are not that smart.

  • Blister

    Reasonable cop. Now compare his actions to the Milwaukee cop who threatened to arrest a citizen for “loitering.” Good job CopBlock…and people…if you haven’t already…check out Barry Cooper on YouTube. He does a great job at breaking things down.

  • Blister

    Reasonable cop. Now compare his actions to the Milwaukee cop who threatened to arrest a citizen for “loitering.” Good job CopBlock…and people…if you haven’t already…check out Barry Cooper on YouTube.

  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    Wish more LEO’s would act like this one..

    Props to him…

    Fire chick needs some more training

  • underoath

    So the cop was polite, cooperative, and provided information that was requested, yet he still gets thrown under the bus?

    It just goes to show that most “activists” cannot be satisfied. That cop could have given you a bag full of gold and you probably would have bitched about how heavy it was.

  • BobN

    Nothing the police officer did in any way violated the filmer’s first amendment rights. He may or may not be wrong about press pass giving more access but he was nice, polite and reasonable to the filmer and shouldn’t be smeared with the title of this post.

  • G. Asher

    The cop was patient and a pro. I see no fault in his words or actions. The cameraman was a football bat and a grievance seeker.