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Your First Amendment right can be terminated

This video is from NBC Chicago, published Monday, March 19, 2012.

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If one Chicago police officer is to be believed, American citizens can lose their most fundamental rights simply by standing near an irritable cop.

That’s what two members of the press found out on Sunday, when an angry police officer told them they would be arrested if they did not stop filming in front of the Mt. Sinai Hospital. They were attempting to cover a tragic story of a little girl who was shot and killed over the weekend.

Security guards at the hospital reportedly called police and claimed that a reporter had tried to push past them and get into the hospital. When police showed up, reporters with NBC Chicago claim they respected their request to move across the street and into a median, away from the public sidewalk in front of the facility.

But that was not good enough for one officer, who argued with reporters in the road’s median, telling them that they must move. When they refused, he insisted: “Your First Amendment right can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever.”

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Comment by truth on June 5, 2015 at 3:24pm
Comment by noblsht on March 19, 2012 at 10:04pm

It's time to start whacking cops there useless imbeciles

Comment by DTOM on March 19, 2012 at 5:42pm

I see all Chicago cops receive the same scholarship in Constitutional law as Barry...

Comment by Christopher on March 19, 2012 at 3:02pm

The nerve of some of these rambunctious (NBC Chicago), "Sovereign [dangerous] Citizens"!

Don't they know that these CORPORATE OFFICERS POLICING STREETS [COPS], can "terminate" their (your) First Amendment Rights whenever 'they' feel like it, and for "whatever" too?

Not only that - But COPS-CORPORATE OFFICERS POLICING STREETS, take it upon themselves, to bestow upon themselves another very unique right and therefore; these civil servants can grant themselves, the supreme power, and ability, to render a country, no longer a country - example - "This ain't CANADA - There are no Civil Rights".

Comment by guest_blog on March 19, 2012 at 2:20pm

Steve Watson
March 19, 2012

Two NBC journalists were handcuffed and threatened by Chicago police after attempting to report on the murder of a 6-year-old girl yesterday, NBC Chicago reports.

Another NBC journalist was also detained by police outside Mt. Sinai Hospital, where the girl had been taken following a fatal shooting during city wide violence over the weekend.

Police were called to the hospital shortly after reporters arrived on the scene. The journalists said they has already moved away from a public sidewalk and across the street at the request of the police.

One police officer was then caught on camera telling other members of the media “Your First Amendment right can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever. Your First Amendment right has got limitations.”

When the reporters asked for clarification on how they were creating a scene, the officer replied, “Your presence is creating a scene.”

“This is what we do for a living!” one reporter replied, before another added“You’ve got a lawsuit coming.”

“I don’t care about no damn lawsuit!” the officer fired back. “F*ck a lawsuit. Just ’cause you sue doesn’t mean you’re going to win.”

Photographer Donte Williams and WGN Reporter Dan Ponce were then handcuffed and briefly detained by the officer, who threatened them with trespassing charges.


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