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Federal Court Rules Citizens Have NO Right To Film Politicians & Police In Public

• by Clair Bernish

Contradicting the rulings of six other federal courts, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals annihilated free speech rights in upholding a district court decision stating citizens do not have the right to film public officials — politicians, police, and others — in public.

In affirming the decision of the lower court to dismiss, the Eighth Circuit effectively ended free speech activist Matthew Akins' challenge to the Columbia, Missouri, Police Department, which he accuses of unlawfully stopping and arresting him on multiple occasions — though nearly all charges were later dropped — as he filmed their encounters with the public, in public.

Akins says the spate of arrests and harassment from law enforcement is brazen retaliation for the nature of his activist work — filming officers on the job.

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Comment by PureTrust
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A citizen might not have right, but a man or woman might. If there is damage or threat to the man or woman, or their property, there is no Government reduction of the rights of the man or woman. People are way above citizens in class. People are the highest form of Government in the land. Citizens are paper-backed entities. We all dabble in being citizens at some point in out lives. But if we stand as men and women, Government has no authority over us. If we as men and women demand a jury trial, the jury must be made up of men and women, not citizens. Amendments 6, 7, 9, and 10.