#42 – 1st Amendment Auditors

Happy New Year!!! In this episode, we dive headfirst into the 1st Amendment of the Constitution and discuss a growing internet phenomenon called, “auditing.” Maybe you’ve seen one of these videos? They typically go something like this. A person starts filming in a public space or building and waits for a response from those around them or possibly law enforcement. Often times this leads to the situation escalating and one or more people being educated on the legality of filming in public and, more broadly, receiving a lesson on Constitutional Rights. During this episode, we question the motives behind these audits and ask whether or not they achieve the goal of protecting the civil rights of Americans. We also question the tactics deployed in order to better understand if and how these interactions cross the line of normal filming in public into something more suspicious.