Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Videotaping the Police

The most powerful weapon against police misconduct - taping cops with cell-phone cameras - is getting support from the courts, Adam Cohen reports.

When protesters gather in Chicago this week to express their views about the NATO summit, people will be able to videotape the police and post videos of any police misconduct. Recording the police used to be illegal in Illinois. But this month, a federal appeals court ruled that a state wiretap law prohibiting it conflicts with the First Amendment.