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No jail for seizing cameras

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Citizens have a First Amendment right to videotape police officers while they're performing their duty, and not to be harassed while doing so. But arresting police officers who violate that right is unnecessary overkill to solve a problem for which there are effective solutions already available. A proposed ordinance under consideration in the city of Troy would make it a low-level misdemeanor for officers to interfere with the public's right to film them. A violation ...


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