By Annelise Yackow, Vol. 21 Staff Writer The summer of 2020 was a pivotal time for the United States, particularly for the future of the criminal justice system, but also for First Amendment rights. Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, national protests broke out calling for improved police accountability … Continue reading Now Trending Nationally: States Limiting First Amendment Rights to Film Police Despite Explicit Right from the Supreme Court.
Our Asshole System: Contempt of Cop Charges and the First Amendment
By Brianne Megahan, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Contempt of Cop Charges Theoretically, those in the U.S. are protected in expressing opposition to law enforcement officers. In reality, those who express this kind of disrespect to law enforcement officers are often arrested on “contempt of cop” charges. When an officer does not like what a subject … Continue reading Our Asshole System: Contempt of Cop Charges and the First Amendment
“I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me”: Police Infiltration of Protests
~Photo by Niv Singer, (public domain - https://unsplash.com/photos/LkD_IH8_K8k) By: Wilson Greene Director Spike Lee’s newest film, BlacKkKlansman, dramatizes the true story of how Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, led a police infiltration of a local branch of the Ku Klux Klan. The operation was simple: Stallworth contacted … Continue reading “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me”: Police Infiltration of Protests
Coping With Unprecedented Connectivity: Citizens and Police
By Alexander (Alex) M. French, Staff Member (Vol. 14) On April 4, 2015, a North Charleston Police Officer shot and killed Walter Scott. Michael Shlager, the responding officer, reported that he pulled Scott over for a broken tail light. Scott fled on foot and Shlager pursued. Shlager claimed that Scott grabbed Shlager’s Taser and that … Continue reading Coping With Unprecedented Connectivity: Citizens and Police