First Amendment Under Siege: Illinois Man Faces Up to 75 Years in Prison for Filming Police Officers (Update)

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].

See also Photographers’ Rights for Citizen Journalists.

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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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

One thought on “First Amendment Under Siege: Illinois Man Faces Up to 75 Years in Prison for Filming Police Officers (Update)

  1. When EVERY AMERICAN MANIFESTLY LOOSES THEIR SPEECH RIGHTS. perhaps then they shall be moved to action. “mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable” We small business owners suffer the abolition of our commercial speech rights BY ALL LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES from Maine to California. Small businesses provide aprox 70 % of jobs. Commercial speech must proceed commercial transaction. Recession? no jobs? Hmm? Its not rocket science or intellectually sexy. Limit commercial speech you get less commerce. Allow commercial speech you get more commerce. Moreover, the southern border is wide open while government restricts the use of our own energy reserves and our status as the worlds reserve currency is under threat. Maybe we need to be brought down to third world status so people will wake up.

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