Film The Police Everywhere – Including Illinois

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Despite claims by Anita Alvarez, the Cook County state attorney, who tried to maintain that the First Amendment doesn’t protect those recording police officers in public places, juries, courts, and the court of public opinion have sided with logic – that individuals in Illinois are free to record police employees.

Alvarez’s ally in the campaign to deter people from capturing the truth – objective records of police interactions – was unsurprisingly the union which those police employees belong. The rationale stated by those involved with the Fraternal Order of Police was that people might only post excerpts of police interactions. Well – even if that happened, if those wearing badges acted professionally and with integrity what do they have to hide?

Remember, we’re talking about individuals who have chosen an occupation founded on double-standards. Despite claims of “serving and protecting”, their very salary is paid for with stolen money. The police institution simply lacks the proper incentives for its agents to be accountable. That’s why filming their actions is so key.

As Harvey Grossman, legal director of the ACLU noted:

…individuals and organizations must be able to freely gather and record information about the conduct of government and their agents – especially the police. In an age when almost everyone carries or has access to a smartphone, the recording and dissemination of pictures and sound is inexpensive, efficient and easy to accomplish. In short, the technology makes almost anyone a citizen journalist, deserving of protection under the First Amendment.

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Right-To-Record-CopBlockVisit CopBlock.org/Apps to learn about, download, and utilize streaming apps to protect yourself and others.

A streaming app can help protect you as the content is stored offsite, which means the truth – the evidence captured – is preserved, and can’t be deleted should you or your device be snatched-up by someone eager to hide their misdeeds.

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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.