The Washington Post

Local police department discovers First Amendment

Talk about slow response times: The District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on July 19, 2012 issued this “policy”:

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recognizes that members of the general public have a First Amendment right to video record, photograph, and/or audio record MPD members while MPD members are conducting official business or while acting in an official capacity in any public space, unless such recordings interfere with police activity.

Now please insert your favorite MPD-Bill of Rights joke. Washington City Paper’s Will Sommer wonders how long it’ll be before the department quarters troops in D.C. homes, a Third Amendment riff. Sixth works, too — it guarantees jury trials.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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