Court: Police Erred In Cellphone Video Arrest

A federal appeals court has ruled that Boston Police officers violated a man’s civil rights by arresting him for taking a cellphone video of them making a 2007 arrest on Boston Common.

The judges ruled Simon Glik was exercising his First Amendment rights by filming in a public space.

The officers argued that the state’s wiretap law bans audio recordings without both parties’ consent, but the court concluded the recording was not “secret” within the meaning of the law.

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