A Boston man was wrongly arrested and prosecuted for using his cell phone to record police officers forcefully arresting a man on the Boston Common.
He was forced to defend himself against criminal charges of illegal wiretapping, aiding the escape of a prisoner, and disturbing the peace. After the charges were dismissed he filed a a civil rights suit against the arresting officers and the city of Boston.
The settlement follows a landmark ruling last August by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, declaring that the First Amendment protects the right to record police carrying out their duties in a public place, Glik v. Cunniffe 655 F.3d 78 (2011). The First Circuit’s ruling is binding only in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico, but its persuasive reasoning has been cited by courts and lawyers nationwide facing the recurrent issue of police arresting people for filming them.
H.R. 347 is a bill to criminalize any unauthorized persons presence in any area that is controlled by the U.S. Secret Service. This bill further abridges the peoples constitutional right to assemble for dissent about unjust law and corrupt politicians. It further opens the door for abuse by the government to legally disappear people. This bad bill that has passed the House and Congress and is waiting the presidents signature absolutly needs to stopped. Protect your rights and call The White House (202-456-1111), email the President, and tell him to do not sign H.R. 347.