Why “Criminals” Should Have Rights

What happens when cops treat us as criminals with no rights?

Radley Balko summarizes how the victim’s rights were repeatedly violated:

The first instance was when he told her she was committing a felony by recording him, and he demanded she turn over her phone. That was a violation of her First Amendment rights. The second instance is when he physically assaulted her when she had committed no crime. The third was the illegal arrest. The fourth was the illegal detention in a jail cell. A fifth may have been the false charge of resisting arrest. (Although in some states, it is unlawful to resist even an illegal arrest.)

A private citizen would not get away with dragging someone out of their car and slamming them against the hood for objecting to being recorded. Why the hell should a cop be able to do the same without facing legal repercussions?


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