Issues & Resources

YOUR RIGHTS WHEN RECORDING THE POLICE

The question about our right to film and take pictures of police officers in the line of duty has resurfaced in the aftermath of the Walter Scott’s killing in North Charleston, South Carolina.  The answer according to multiple courts across the country is yes.  Federal Courts have continuously held that the First Amendment protects our right to take pictures and/or digitally record police officers engaging in their official duties.  See Smith v. Cumming, 212 F.3d 1332, 1333 (11th Cir. 2000); Fordyce v. City of Seattle, 55 F.3d 436, 439 (9th Cir. 1995); and Robinson v. Fetterman, 378 F. Supp. 2d 534, 542 (E.D. Pa. 2005).  As with all protected speech, the government can place reasonable restrictions on this right, but cannot ban the right entirely—or arrest a person who complies with the restrictions, if any exist in the first place.  

If you are in a public space—such as on the sidewalks, streets and locations of public protests— or any other place where you have the legal right to be, including the common areas of private businesses, then you have the right to film and/or take pictures of the incident.  This right is limited in so far as you are not interfering with the officer performing their duties or placing the officer or public in danger.  (You should check your local police or governmental rules for their policy, if one exists). 

More importantly, the officer and/or the government at large, does not have the right to threaten, harass, or otherwise prevent you from exercising this right.  If a reasonable request to leave the area due to a potential harm is made by the officer, you should comply in manner that would eliminate the threat.  Your right to film/record an officer does not allow you to break the law in an effort to capture the images—including, for example, trespassing on another’s property.

We have an incredible power in the palm of our hands to help hold all of our public officials accountable, including the police. 

 Voting Rights

Voter Suppression Hotline Flyer

This flyer provides information about the NC NAACP hotline to connect North Carolinians who will be affected by the Voter Suppression Bill to NC NAACP attorneys.

Vote Your Dreams Not Your Fears Fact Sheet

Democracy NC Study on Impact of Election Law Changes

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This study by Democracy NC gives county-by-county data on the dramatic impact of Election Law changes on NC voters. It is a great resources for showing how voter suppression and HB 589 will impact your community. 

Democracy NC Resources

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Here is a list of resources developed by Democracy North Carolina. 

Healthcare For All

Wrong Choices For NC on Health Fact Sheet

Cone Health Foundation Study on NC Medicaid Expansion

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Authored by reasearchers at George Washington University, this study includes data for all 100 North Carolina counties and provides information on how many people would be eligible for coverage, how many jobs would be created, and how much economic growth and revenue would be brought to each county if NC expanded Medicaid.

NC Left Me Out

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This user-friendly website includes everything from personal stories of North Carolinians who fall in the Medicaid coverage gap to additional data on the county-by-county impact of denying Medicaid expansion.

Who Would Benefit From Medicaid Expansion?

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FamiliesUSA has compiled information on the top 9 occupations of the employed but uninsured in North Carolina who would benefit from expanding Medicaid. 

Economic Justice & Labor Rights 

Wrong Choices for NC on Economic Justice Fact Sheet

Wrong Choices for NC on Workers' Rights Fact Sheet

Wrong Choices for NC on Taxes Fact Sheet

NC Justice Center Brief of Raising the Minimum Wage

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This brief from March 2013 reviews the economic impact that raising the minimum wage to $9.00 would have on North Carolina. It provides important information on why the current minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough to meet the basic needs of North Carolinians. 

Criminal Justice

Racial Profiling in North Carolina Fact Sheet

Innocence and Capital Punishment Fact Sheet

Equal Protection Under the Law

Wrong Choices for NC on Equal Protection for LGBT Community Fact Sheet

Wrong Choices for NC on Immigration Fact Sheet

Wrong Choices for NC on Women's Rights Fact Sheet

Public Education 

Wrong Choices for NC on Education Fact Sheet

Environmental Justice

Environmental Deregulation, Coal Ash, Poisoned Drinking Water and the Rush to Frack Fact Sheet

Youth Fact Sheet

Legislature vs. the People

Lowlights of the 2014 Session

Forward Together Lectionary 

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Wrestling with the Crises in our State Through Scriptural and Theological Lenses.  The policies that have been advanced by the NC General Assembly are both extreme and immoral, but they are not new. They reflect human practices of oppression and humiliation that are as old as human society itself. In their attempt to limit access to power to the hands of a select few, to undermine public services and public response to the needs of the most vulnerable, and to generally establish a system of inequality, the current GA agenda resembles that which God decries throughout the Scriptures. It is in this regard that this lectionary has been composed. It is an attempt to provide the context for a response to the issues of the day in the Scriptures that are key to many believing communities.

2013 Legislative Report Card

This 8 page Legislative Report Card from Democracy NC provides information about the 20 worst bills passed by the extremist majorities in the NC House of Representatives and Senate and the way that each member of the NC General Assembly voted. The final page includes ways to take action and information about the new voting laws passed this year. If you would like copies of the report card to distribute in your community, email forwardtogether@naacpnc.org with a request. 

Nope to Pope Fact Sheet 

This fact sheet from Democracy North Carolina shows the cycle of injustice connected to Budget Director Art Pope, the stores he owns (Roses, Maxways, and others), and the extremist candidate campaigns he funds. 

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