The Freedom To Observe

The Freedom To Observe

Abby Zimet

In a major First Amendment victory, the city of Boston last week agreed to pay lawyer Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 arrest - bizarrely, under Massachusetts’ wiretapping statute - for using his cell phone to videotape police roughing up a suspect. Until police figure out that we are, in fact, allowed to openly record their public actions - or as Glik put it, until they "learn the laws they were supposed to know in the first place" - Gizmodo offers seven tips for recording police, from knowing state laws to giving non-threatening answers, without getting (illegally) busted.


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