In a first for Colorado, federal judge rules First Amendment grants right to record police

Colorado Politics: Civil rights attorneys are cheering a federal court ruling that affirms, seemingly for the first time in Colorado, that filming police in public is a First Amendment right. 

However, a Lakewood officer who allegedly blocked two men from recording a traffic stop may not be sued because at the time, no judicial decision had clearly established that right.

The finding from U.S. Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang comes three months after the appellate court based in Denver explicitly avoided saying whether the U.S. Constitution granted the right to record police, even though other federal courts of appeals have answered the question in the affirmative.

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