As cops continue to arrest citizens on wiretapping charges for recording them, judges and prosecutors continue to dismiss these cases.
The latest comes to us from New Hampshire where a judge dismissed charges against William Alleman, who was arrested earlier this year for recording a cop during a traffic stop.
In making his determination, Judge Edward Tenney referenced the recent Glik vs Cunniffe decision that clarified any doubts on whether recording cops in public was illegal.
According to the New American:
“Glik leaves no doubt that engaging in an audio recording of a police officer in the course of his official duties in a public place is protected speech under the First Amendment,” Tenney wrote. The judge also found that Alleman had in no way interfered with the officer in the performance of his duties.
“The fact that Officer Montplaisir may have been unwilling or unhappy being recorded does not make a lawful exercise of the defendant’s First Amendment rights a crime,” Tenney wrote.
But until cops are personally held liable for these unlawful arrests, it doesn’t look as if they will slow down.
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