Americans have the right to film police in public, court rules

Americans have the right to film police in public, court rules:

US citizens have the right to film police performing their duties, a three-judge panel of judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled, overturning a Philadelphia court decision against two people who filmed on-duty police.

Writing the opening opinion for Friday’s ruling was Judge Thomas Ambro, who cited the famous Rodney King case from 1991, when Los Angeles police were filmed beating King. Judge Ambro said that “filming police on the job was rare then, but common now.”

H/t reader squodgy:

“With the growing number of deaths and physical beatings by police, coupled with the evidenced threat to bystanders who film them, it is pleasing to see some common sense prevailing at last.”

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