Eighth Circuit: Citizens do not have a right to film public officials in public

(From 13 KRCG)

Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled that Akins, and by extension, any citizen or the press, has no right to record the activities of public officials on public property. The Eighth Circuit affirmed this ruling.

Wyse has filed a motion for the Eighth Circuit Court to reconsider its ruling. If it refuses, Wyse said he will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal the ruling this fall.

He said that right now, the seven states of the Eighth Circuit do not have the same first amendment rights that all other citizens enjoy. “The First Amendment is a core American value,” he said. “The right to free speech and a free press are central to our liberty and our ability to hold our government accountable.”

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