Man asks U.S. Supreme Court to curtail officers’ immunity in Denver police case

Colorado Politics: A man who claims Denver officers retaliated against him for video recording an incident of police brutality is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to place guardrails on the legal concept of qualified immunity, after a lower court concluded that the officers were immune from lawsuit even though Denver’s training specifically covered the right of bystanders to record police.

Civil liberties advocates were outraged in March when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit not only determined that an officer’s training on the First Amendment is irrelevant, but refused to say whether the U.S. Constitution even protects the right to record police in public.

Levi Frasier, in his petition this month to the Supreme Court, called the decision “deeply misguided” and noted the videotaped murder of George Floyd and the 1991 beating of Rodney King as key examples of bystanders documenting police misconduct.

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