N.J. Court Reaffirms Right To Record Cops

The First Amendment, oddly enough, trumps delicate police sensibilities


Just over a year after a New Jersey judge threw out a lawsuit on the basis that cops shouldn't be expected to know the law when it comes to recording them in public, a panel of appellate judges threw the suit back in his face, ordering him to review the case along with the First Amendment.

The suit involves a filmmaker named Kelly Ramos who was harassed repeatedly and eventually arrested by Trenton police officer Herbert Flowers in 2006 while working on a documentary about a violent street gang.