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Thread: Court says public has right to video police in public places

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    Court says public has right to video police in public places

    A Boston lawyer suing the city and police officers who arrested him for using his cell phone to record a drug arrest on the Common won a victory today when a federal appeals court said the officers could not claim "qualified immunity" because they were performing their job when they arrested him under a state law that bars audio recordings without the consent of both parties.

    In its ruling, which lets Simon Glik continue his lawsuit, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said the way Glik was arrested and his phone seized under a state wiretapping law violated his First and Fourth Amendment rights:

    The court noted that past decisions on police recording had involved fulltime reporters, but said the First Amendment does not apply just to professional news gatherer

    The court continued that while exercise of these rights do come with limits in certain circumstances, an arrest on the Boston Common, "the oldest city park in the United States and the apotheosis of a public forum," is not one of them.

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    Bill Clinton 'kicked off' beach by cop after ignoring Irene warning
    September 05, 2011 1:06AM

    FORMER President Bill Clinton was nearly in the doghouse with the East Hampton police while he walked one of Hillary Clinton's pooches in the wake of Irene.

    The Georgica and Main beaches -- located nearby the Clintons' rented Lily Pond Lane house in East Hampton, N.Y. -- were cordoned off to bar pedestrians following the storm, the New York Post reported.

    But despite the cordon, Bill Clinton decided it was safe to stroll on the sand anyway and he was soon stopped by a cop who "kicked him off the beach," according to a source.

    A Clinton rep did not return calls for comment.


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