On Saturday, April 9, 2022, Chasity Alva’s daughter was filming the LBPD. The officer that comes at the end tells the minor to stop filming. Violation of her First Amendment right. After the video was taken, They were given citations and told they had a court date and let go. Received two citations: Delinquency of Minor & Illegal resale of ticket
Chastity Alva’s daughter, was documenting the interaction her and her dad was having with the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers. Everything seemed routine until the end of the encounter when an unidentified officer walked up and instructed the minor to cease filming and sit down on the sidewalk. She tried to give her dad the phone so that he can continue recording. The officer that was standing next to her dad said, her dad was also being detained. Shortly after the video was cut off.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution, a fundamental right cherished for centuries, protects freedom of speech and expression. Central to this freedom is the right to record and document interactions with public officials, including law enforcement officers.
The incident involving Chasity Alva’s daughter’s encounter with the LBPD serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing debate surrounding First Amendment rights and the right to record public interactions with law enforcement.
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– Delinquency of Minor
– Illegal resale of ticket
Date of incident: Saturday, April 9, 2022
State/City: Long Beach, California
Department: Long Beach Police Department ( LBPD )
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