Filming the Police: The First Amendment Retaliation Claim

Production Date: January 24, 2017 Practice Areas: Civil Rights and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3708 minutes

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With the advent of high powered video cameras in personal cellular phones, police misconduct is increasingly captured on camera. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials often react negatively to being filmed. This section will cover what to do when your client has been the victim of retaliation for filming law enforcement.

This presentation will investigate the First Amendment ramifications of filming the police. This will include a review of how First Amendment retaliation claims operate, what is needed to make a showing of retaliation, and how filming the police fits into the claim.


Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the elements and practical uses of a First Amendment Retaliation claim, including overcoming qualified immunity defenses
  2. Review the state of the law, including which circuits have found a “right to film” to be clearly established
  3. Explain suggested strategies to argue that filming the police is a traditionally First Amendment protected activity
Robert H.
San Diego, CA

Love the speaker's passion!

Timothy T.
Austin, TX

video only. no written materials utilized. EXCELLENT speaker

Patrick K.
Bridgewater, NJ

interesting and very informative

erick w.
el paso, TX

fantastic

Lasean C.
Richmond, TX

Very interesting topic, and the speaker was genuinely interested in the subject matter.

James A.
Austin, TX

A great and timely presentation! We are seeing more interaction between govt officials and citizens with the proliferation of mobile devices.

Peter A.
Hazlet, NJ

Superb presentation

George R.
Bellaire, TX

A useful and well presented topic. Thanks.

Oscar P.
Laredo, TX

We need more lawyers like Rankin to keep the cops honest.

Otis C.
Cleveland, TX

Hot concept, but presentation was hard to follow

Ryan A.
Heber City, UT

Germane topic, well done.

Kevin O.
Grand Ledge, MI

David Rankin is one of the most intelligent and erudite speakers I have ever heard. Wow!

Andrew P.
Manvel, TX

Good speaker and informative topic.

Jaime C.
Austin, TX

Excellent presentation!

Melanie C.
Austin, TX

Good speaker: practical & realistic.

christian p.
Placitas, NM

More like this!

Ify U.
HOUSTON, TX

FANTASTIC LECTURE

Chris R.
Las Vegas, NV

Outstanding and very informative seminar

Andrew P.
Lawndale, CA

Very interesting!

Thomas N.
Floral Park, NY

Good course on an interesting and timely topic.

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI

The presenter’s style captures listener’s interest and makes the subject comprehensible. Additionally, the program delivers sound, practical, commonsense advice pairing it with a 144-page resource supplement consisting primarily of relevant cases.

Michael S.
Mint Hill, NC

Very informative!

VENUS S.
Charlotte, NC

The speaker is passionate about the importance of these civil rights.

Thom G.
Wilmington, NC

Motivating!

Holly R.
New York, NY

Timely topic. Great presentation. Thank you!