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Published on May 16, 2012
The First Amendment was created to give American citizens a voice and provide acheck on powers in the US. With police brutality stepping into the spotlight,many feel that recording police is guaranteed under the First Amendment. In Illinois, however, video taping police and obtaining an audio recording of officers on duty could have landed a felony charges for citizen journalists until only very recently. So do Americans have a right to record cops? Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason.com, helps us answer that question.