With the advent of the cell phone camera, our world has changed. We’ve all heard stories of authority figures abusing power, only to be exposed by a cell phone camera. It seems the Massachusetts establishment wanted nothing of the sort.
The state passed a law banning the filming of police officers while on duty. Of course, “public safety” was their first concern (it was not about keeping their buddies’ secretes safe, really).
Fortunately, a federal appeals court saw through their games and struck down the law. The judge noted that “Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting “the free discussion of governmental affairs.”
Good job to that judge! Way to keep those with power accountable!