Sharpe v. Winterville

Brief Details

Date Filed
11/09/2021
Court
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Dijon Sharpe sued police officers in Winterville, North Carolina, after the officers prevented him from filming a traffic stop via livestream. Now, the Fourth Circuit will decide whether an officer who physically assaulted Mr. Sharpe while attempting to stop the recording can be held accountable for violating Mr. Sharpe’s First Amendment rights. IJ filed an amicus brief urging judges to give Mr. Sharpe his day in court by recognizing that the First Amendment clearly protects the right to record police performing their duties in public.