US DOJ sends letter to police

The U.S. Justice Department has made a strong statement supporting the First Amendment right of individuals to record police officers during the public discharge of their duties.

The Justice Department’s interference in the local civil case was surprising yet significant in that it put not only Baltimore but also every other city police department around the country on notice that interference in such recordings was unconstitutional. It was sent to Baltimore days after several media and civil rights organizations sent U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a letter insisting that the Justice Department take action against agencies that arrest people who record officers.

Link to the letter.

via Wired