Opinion: U.S. Supreme Court has chance to affirm citizens’ right to record police

The Denver Post: From civilian cell phones to bodycam footage, recording police performing their duties has become one of the most common and effective ways to publicize abuses of power. But for millions of Americans, their right to film police officers has been severely jeopardized due to a deeply misguided federal court ruling in Denver from earlier this year. To enshrine this fundamental First Amendment right, a broad, bipartisan coalition is now urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn this decision.

Back in August 2014, Levi Frasier was in a Denver parking lot when he witnessed a disturbing scene of police brutality. Two officers had wrestled a driver, David Flores, out of his car, after they saw him stuff a sock in his mouth. Officers then forced Flores to the ground and pinned his hands behind back as they tried to pull the sock out, which they thought contained drugs. Suddenly, another officer began punching Flores in the face, pummeling his head so hard Flores had to be hospitalized.

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