Dr. Dre Defends Right to Film Cops

From James Joyner over at OutsidetheBeltway.com:

Under the clever but misleading headline “Rap is in the house at the Mich. Supreme Court,” I see that an unlikely figure is making a stand for an important Constitutional principle:

Rap and hip-hop veteran Dr. Dre is on the docket at the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court plans to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit by a Detroit councilman and others who say they were illegally videotaped backstage at a 2000 concert at Joe Louis Arena. Gary Brown was a police official at the time. He warned concert organizers that power would be turned off if they showed a sexually explicit video. The confrontation was taped and later included in a DVD of the “Up In Smoke” tour, featuring Eminem and other artists.

Brown says his privacy was violated by the video. Dr. Dre lawyer Herschel Fink says there’s no privacy when police are doing their job. Dr. Dre is a defendant but won’t be attending the Supreme Court arguments.

This would seem like a no-brainer. Government officials acting in their official capacity in a public space ought to have no expectation of privacy.

Not too surprising considering Dre released Fuck Tha Police when part of NWA

Props to Stephen Macaskill of Amagi Clothing for putting this on our radar.


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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.