Trucker Carl Eastman was recently pulled over in Georgia by a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy.
Eastman tried to film the encounter (video below), but The Free Thought Project reports that Deputy J. Rozier told Eastman to put down his camera.
Eastman informed Rozier he had the right to record him, but Rozier countered, “I’m gonna ask you one more time or you gonna be charged with disorderly conduct. I'm gonna ask you one more, I’m gonna ask you nicely one more time to put that up ... I'm gonna ask you one more time ... turn it off."
The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the right of people to record the police in 2010, noted RT.com.
According to the Chicago Tribune in 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal for an overturned Illinois law that banned people from audio recording officers.
In 2013, the U.S. Justice Department said in a court filing that people have the right under the First Amendment to record officers publicly, and are protected from having those recordings seized under the Fourth and 14th Amendments, reported Politico.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has not issued a comment.
(Note: Confrontation begins at :50 mark)