TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Dec 20, 2013

The Memphis Police Department released an official policy instructing officers not to interfere with civilians who film them in public, the Commercial Appeal reports. The policy comes after two incidents in October in which several people accused Memphis Police officers of violating their First Amendment rights by ordering them to stop filming, confiscating their cellphones and arresting them for disorderly conduct. The policy, signed by Police Director Toney Armstrong, states that civilians have the right to video record, photograph, and audio record MPD members while they are performing their duties in public spaces “unless such recordings interfere with police activity.”