The Cato Institute is holding a policy forum, “Recording the Police: Is Citizen Journalism against the Law?” From the Web site: Should it be illegal to record the police? Several high-profile cases of police brutality have been exposed by citizens who recorded police actions with cell phones. Yet some state wiretapping laws, written before the age of ubiquitous recording devices, prohibit recording these events and then further criminalize the publication of the recordings on the Internet. Does the First Amendment protect citizen journalism, or do police agents have a right to privacy while performing public duties?
Featuring Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition; Joseph I. Cassilly, State’s Attorney, Harford County, Maryland; and David Rittgers, Legal Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
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Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Noon (Luncheon to Follow)
Location: The Cato Institute; 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20001
For more information: http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=7427