The First Amendment appears to be under siege in the United States.
Only one week ago, I shared a report about an Ohio congressman — a Republican, to boot — who had cops seize cameras from constituents attending a town hall meeting at which he was speaking. Below, I share a rather-lengthy video — more than 14 minutes long — about the case of 41-year-old Michael Allison of Robinson, Ill., who is facing the possibility of spending 75 years in prison because he filmed on-duty police officers.
This disturbing news comes barely six weeks after I shared news about the Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling that makes it illegal for someone to give someone else a referral on an apartment without government approval, barely a year after I reported on the First Amendment being suspended on the Gulf Coast and 27 months after a Tea Party organizer was muzzled at a city council meeting in Quincy, Ill. [FYI: The Quincy thing backfired. For details, See Quincy Tea Party Turns Table on City Council].
Hat tip: Alex Jones
UPDATE 9/01/11 at 10:53 p.m. Central: Appeals Court Rules It Is Not Illegal to Film Police.
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