The police carry guns, and we carry cellphones. Today, we settled a case against a Portland police officer, who arrested our clients after they attempted to peacefully record and observe police activity on a Portland public street. You can read about the settlement here and here and here.
The most important aspect of this settlement is that the Portland Police Department has committed to using this incident as a training tool to prevent future incidents. Nobody should go through what our clients went through. This case was about making sure the police, and the public, understand and respect the first amendment right to observe and record.