Ferguson, MO — A federal judge has issued a court order that specifically prohibits Missouri police from stopping the media and others from recording officers.
According to the Associated Press, the court order follows a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union that said police tried to stop journalists from recording in Ferguson, where protests have been ongoing since 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August.
This ruling is great news considering the fact that over the last several months we’ve witnessed police pepper spraying, tear gassing, and even pointing weapons at individuals and journalists alike, for the simple act of recording their actions.
Perhaps the most defining moment of police refusing to be filmed was the case of “Officer Go F**k Yourself.”
The clip shows a Ferguson officer with his gun raised pointing it directly at Free Thought Project’s live streamers, Rebel Z, who was live streaming at the time.
“Oh my God, gun raised, gun raised,” states the journalist, before Biggs remarks, “gun pointed.”
“My hands are up bro, my hands are up,” states the journalist before the cop responds, “I’m going to f***ing kill you, get back, get back!”
“You’re going to kill him?” asks another individual before the journalist asks, “did he just threaten to kill me?”
When the cop is asked for his name he responds, “go f**k yourself.”
Now the real question is, will police abide by this ruling?