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  •  I have no idea what this means. (1+ / 0-)
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    Pi Li

    The point was that this is NOT an issue for the President of DOJ.  If you think there is a civil claim based on the 14th amendment or anything else, then sure.... any American citizen can try to show how they were harmed by this and bring a lawsuit against the State.

    But this is NOT what the DOJ does. That is simply NOT how the system works.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 12:07:51 PM PDT

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      In January 2012, the Department of Justice got involved in the case. Contrary to what might be expected, the DOJ was not supporting the police department – instead, it filed a "Statement of Interest" in support of Sharp's position in the case, stating:
      This litigation presents constitutional questions of great moment in this digital age: whether private citizens have a First Amendment right to record police officers in the public discharge of their duties, and whether officers violate citizens' Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights when they seize and destroy such recordings without a warrant or due process. The United States urges this Court to answer both of those questions in the affirmative. The right to record police officers while performing duties in a public place, as well as the right to be protected from the warrantless seizure and destruction of those recordings, are not only required by the Constitution. They are consistent with our fundamental notions of liberty, promote the accountability of our governmental officers, and instill public confidence in the police officers who serve us daily.

      Like the DOMA case, a private plaintiff filed, but the DOJ supported the plaintiff with the court. The case involved the 14th Amendment.

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