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How do officers enforce the law and protect first amendment rights

AMRRP LEAP, in association with the Arizona Counties Insurance Pool (ACIP) and the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) hosted 93 of Arizona’s officers and risk management professionals for discussion of First Amendment Issues in Law Enforcement on August 14th.

Presenters Jim Jellison of Jellison Law ​Offices and Michele Molinario from Jones, Skelton & Hochuli offered strategies for performing law enforcement duties while upholding the constitution’s First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, of the press, to peaceably assemble, and petition the Government for redress of grievances.

Officers learned the many interpretations of speech created by case law, and its many forms – from video recording police officers doing their jobs, to First Amendment audits in municipal buildings. Jim and Michele exhibited real-life police arrests caught on video and discussed the First Amendment challenges associated. Those in attendance received practical recommendations at the end of each topic, and earned Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) credit.

LEAP events provide specialized legal advice on a wide variety of topics and court decisions affecting Arizona’s law enforcement community and are offered at no cost to AMRRP members.

For additional information on the AMRRP Members’ LEAP and AACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Programs, please visit our Resources page.

How Do Officers Enforce the Law and Protect First Amendment Rights? was last modified: January 31st, 2020 by AMRRP