A Manhattan federal lawsuit says people should have the right under the First Amendment to record police working in public places.
The suit cites arrests of people who photographed or videotaped police confrontations. It was filed Tuesday on behalf of a person who was arrested and seeks a permanent injunction barring New York City employees from retaliating against those who record them in public.
The city Law Department says it hasn’t seen the lawsuit but that the NYPD’s policy clearly states people can record officers as long as they’re not interfering with their duties.
However, the lawsuit asserts there is a widespread practice of police instructing people they’re not permitted to record them and arresting those that do.