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Report: NYPD Memo Reiterates Bystanders' Right to Film

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New York City Police Department officers are receiving notices that blocking or obstructing cameras - or ordering a person to stop filming - violates the First Amendment.

The Chief of Department's Office sent a memo to all precincts on Wednesday, according to The Daily News.

The memo notes that unless a person is interfering with police operations, they cannot legally take action to stop someone from filming them.

The Daily News reports that the reminder says, in part, "Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions. Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment."

Because video played such a significant role in reactions to the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died when an officer put him in an alleged chokehold, more public interactions with the city's officers are being circulated.

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