Constitutional advocates line up to ask SCOTUS to hear man’s appeal against Denver police

Colorado Politics: Civil liberties advocates, scholars and others are lining up to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a Colorado man’s appeal, after a lower court decided the Denver police officers who allegedly retaliated against him for filming an act of brutality were immune from liability.

The ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit drew condemnation earlier this year. The panel not only refused to say whether the First Amendment protects a person’s right to film law enforcement in public, but decided the Denver Police Department’s own policies recognizing such a right were irrelevant.

“The respondent police officers knowingly violated Levi Frasier’s First Amendment rights by harassing, threatening, and illegally searching him, all because he recorded them making an arrest in public,” wrote the Cato Institute, a libertarian policy organization, in a brief to the Supreme Court.

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