Know Your Rights: Recording Police Conduct

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In April, we watched as a police officer was convicted of murdering George Floyd – a rare but important occurrence that must be viewed as a springboard to police accountability, not a panacea.

Few would doubt that the trial for Mr. Floyd’s murder might have ended differently if not for the bravery of Darnella Frazier, the brave young woman who recorded the police brutality.

With our partners at the ACLU-NJ, the Institute recently released To Record and Protect, a short policy brief calling for a statewide First Amendment policy in New Jersey to protect the right to record police conduct without intimidation.

Today, we released our new Know Your Rights webpage alerting community members themselves of their right to record – what is protected, what is not and the details of Newark’s own First Amendment recording policy, which was created as part of the Consent Decree process for which the Institute sits on the Independent Monitoring Team.

We believe that community awareness and engagement in a problem must always be central to its solution.

Police violence is one crack of structural racism of many that weaken our foundation. Learn about the Institute’s plan to repair the widespread cracks in our Action Agenda for 2021-2022.

As always, you can find more opportunities to do social and racial justice here, and donate to our work here.


Brooke Lewis

Associate Counsel