Court allows filming of police on official duties

| by Jerome McCollom

 Police in the U.S. are arresting people for filming them while they are engaged in their official duties. Well, sometimes justice and our constitution are actually respected. A lawsuit against the rappers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem by former Detroit police commander, and current Detroit city council member Gary Brown, was dismissed. He sued the rappers because they openly taped him (and used it in a later video) telling them they couldn't air a sexually explicit video at a concert in the Joe Louis Arena. Brown stated he asked them not to release his comments. Brown though of course was acting with the authority and capacity of the government and his using that authority in an official capacity is basically a matter of public record. The idea that the government (which he was in this capacity) can order you to do something but you cannot report or inform your fellow citizens what the government just told you to do, is of course, scary.

A second issue, though not directly addressed in this case, is that should the government be telling someone not to air a video they find too sexually explicit? Lenny Bruce and George Carlin are comedians (among less famous others) who were arrested under obscenity charges, not for sexually explicit or violent footage footage but for certain words. Why should the government be able to censor what you as adults see and hear, be it by a comedian, movie or a concert? There might be questions when children are involved, but I am not sure why anyone would take or allow a 10 year old to go to one of these concerts. Obscenity charges are part of the criminal code that allows the government (and people who want and support the government to do so) arrest and ban adults for viewing and creating things that others don't like. It's censorship, pure and simple. The government should be involved in stopping people from harming another, be it with a fist or polluting their drinking water.