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Dangerous Crossroads Ahead: The Intersection of the First and Fourth Amendments
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Webinar

The interaction between citizens and law enforcement officers is nothing new. However, as technology has evolved and created the ability for anyone to share personal recordings widely online, these interactions have become the topic of ongoing national conversations—for better or worse.

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The Dangerous Crossroads course examines the intersection of the First and Fourth Amendments with regard to police-citizen interactions and provides practical tips for dealing with situations where citizens legitimately exercise their constitutional rights, as well as those instances where the goal is capturing a negative reaction from officers. Participants in this webinar will learn:

  • What a constitutional activist is and techniques they may use with law enforcement.
  • What it looks like when First and Fourth Amendment rights conflict.
  • How to recognize “baiting” tactics used during traffic stops.
  • What the law says about filming police activity and police facilities.
  •  The constitutional protections around profanity and other speech towards civilians and police. 

This course is designed primarily for law enforcement officers; however, municipal elected officials and staff can also benefit from participating -- mayors, council members, managers, clerks, risk managers and others are welcome to attend. 

This webinar is free for members of the League's Property & Casualty Trust.   For Non-Pool Municipal Members the webinar is available for $45, plus applicable taxes.

​Disclaimer: This contents of this presentation, provided by the North Carolina League of Municipalities, is intended for educational and informational purposes only, and it does not constitute legal advice.  Accordingly, no attorney-client relationship is created by this presentation. Members of the audience for this presentation are directed to consult with their respective municipal attorney from their city, town, or village when seeking such advice. N.C.G.S. § 160A-173​