#1
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of rapper Dr. Dre in a case involving a very important legal principle — whether the police have a right to privacy while performing their duties. The state high court said no.

The suit was filed by Gary Brown, now a Detroit City Councilman but formerly a high-ranking police official. He and other officers were videotaped while threatening to shut down a concert featuring Dre and Eminem if they showed a sexually explicit video. The video was then included in a DVD produced about the tour.

The court, in a 6-1 ruling, dismissed the suit, saying that there is no right to privacy for police while on the job. The implications of this ruling are far more important than they may seem initially because it explicitly makes it legal in the state of Michigan to record the police while they perform their duties.

This is incredibly important because cell phone videos of police officers have revealed misconduct, abuse and lying on reports in case after case around the country. But in some states, like Illinois, it is illegal to videotape the police in the performance of their duties.

Michigan now has a clearly established legal right for what has become a crucial watchdog on police misconduct.


http://michiganmessenger.com/47523/michigan-high-court-rules-for-dr-dre
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#2
Does this mean I can search police cars for weapons and drugs without their consent? And thanks Dr. Dre and Michigan, keep fighting the power
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Good. I can't believe there are laws prohibiting it.
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mother****as act like they forgot about Dre.
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mother****as act like they forgot about Dre.

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#12
sounds good to me, the police have a lot of power, seems only fair that there should be measures in place to make sure they don't abuse it.
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#13
Why was there a doctor at the concert?

And isn't it legal to film anyone in public?
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#14
Oh, alternate title for this thread:

Dr. Dre: "Fuck tha Police"
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So it's legal for the police to film someone but not for someone to film the police? Oh, America.
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#18
That's excellent. As much as I respect the police, they need to be observed and held to the same standards as everyone else. It would be stupid to think that they never do anything wrong. It's good to know that it will be easier for the average person to ensure they're properly doing their job.
#21
I don't see how this helps the grand whole of Americans. It seems to me it only makes it so that Michigan citizens benefit. And that's assuming that the ruling even stands.
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I don't see how this helps the grand whole of Americans. It seems to me it only makes it so that Michigan citizens benefit. And that's assuming that the ruling even stands.



Yes, but some States already have the same laws in place.

Plus the more places that allow it the more likely someone in a State that doesn't can fight for it. It's easier to convince the court in your State to rule a certain way when many other States already have similar rulings.
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Yes, but some States already have the same laws in place.

Plus the more places that allow it the more likely someone in a State that doesn't can fight for it. It's easier to convince the court in your State to rule a certain way when many other States already have similar rulings.

Yes, but unless you're fighting a court battle over whether you can film the cops or not, it's not like this is gonna help you. If my state doesn't allow me to film the cops, I'm pretty sure I cannot present any film of the cops searching, as a way to prove my side of it. Since most of us don't have the resources to be suing the police department, this only helps Michigan citizens (and obviously the citizens in states that have similar laws).

However, my biggest issue is that it was a court who made this law, not a legislative body. I've never much liked laws being made by proxy because a judge ruled on something. Or even public policy being made that way.
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i came in here to say exactly this. but good on dre.
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**** yeah Dre holdin it down for the Constitution
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I don't see how this helps the grand whole of Americans. It seems to me it only makes it so that Michigan citizens benefit. And that's assuming that the ruling even stands.

Ya, obviously only Michigan people benefit, but they are Americans, hence my sensationalist title designed to make you click on the thread stands.
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Nigga you crazy, Dre has done more good than Ghandi
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#33
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Good. I can't believe there are laws prohibiting it.

This.

If the cops are doing their jobs then they shouldn't be against being video taped
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#34
Well, you know what they say. "Fuck the police."

edit: I'm waiting for the follow-up, "However, Dre was made to pay a heavy fine and do community service for impersonating a doctor."
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So it's legal for the police to film someone but not for someone to film the police? Oh, America.


Like your country does it any better.
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