JT Rule of Law: A 1st Amendment right to record the police does exist, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.
This right is based on a ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on February 16, 2017 in the case of Turner vs. Lieutenant Driver.
In September 2015, Phillip Turner videotaped the Fort Worth Police Station from a public sidewalk across the street from the police station. He was unarmed. While videotaping, Turner observed two Fort Worth Police Officers pull up in a patrol car in front of the station, get out of their patrol car, and approach him. The police asked for his ID. When Turner refused, he was hand cuffed and put into the back of the patrol car. Turner was detained and released. Following the incident, Turner sued claiming his Constitutional Rights were violated.
848 F.3d 678 (2017)