US Supreme Court reaffirms right of people to videotape cops. …Freaking *Illinois*.

Nice to see that the ACLU isn’t completely useless:

The Supreme Court has rejected an Illinois prosecutor’s plea to allow enforcement of a law aimed at stopping people from recording police officers on the job.

The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that found that the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who tape law enforcement officers. The law sets out a maximum prison term of 15 years.

Here’s a really good, really useful rule of thumb for handling any Constitutional situation not explicitly spelled out in the document in question: if the question at hand is Would the Founders have trusted federal, state and/or local government to do X without some kind of oversight then the default answer is going to be The answer is going to not just be “No.”  It’s going to be “HELL, NO.” 


Moe Lane

2 thoughts on “US Supreme Court reaffirms right of people to videotape cops. …Freaking *Illinois*.”

  1. Had a long conversation with a co-worker who was originally from Belarus. The guy was concerned about his son taking photographs of police cars. I said it was legal.
    This would have been a decade ago, and .. I’m glad I’m still right.

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