An Overview of Freedom of Speech for Law Enforcement Officers

Green Clock Hours: 1.00

The freedom of speech and to lawfully assemble to express and debate differing opinions are fundamental rights of all U.S. citizens guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. These rights are fairly broad and far reaching. However, there are parameters set by the courts that define when these rights can be restricted. As a law enforcement officer, you need to understand and respect citizens’ rights to exercise their right to free speech, while at the same time assuring that it is done in a manner that is safe and lawful. This course, provides a high-level overview of how free speech is defined by the U.S. Constitution and how the courts have interpreted rights related to free speech. You will be introduced to standards which the courts use to determine if rights to free speech are violated. Finally, you will be introduced to some key issues to consider before terminating an unlawful demonstration. This course material is presented from a broad, general perspective. Consider (and always defer to) what you learn in context with your state’s laws and local ordinances, as well as your department’s policies and procedures.

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The freedom of speech and to lawfully assemble to express and debate differing opinions are fundamental rights of all U.S. citizens guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. These rights are fairly broad and far reaching. However, there are parameters set by the courts that define when these rights can be restricted. As a law enforcement officer, you need to understand and respect citizens’ rights to exercise their right to free speech, while at the same time assuring that it is done in a manner that is safe and lawful. This course, provides a high-level overview of how free speech is defined by the U.S. Constitution and how the courts have interpreted rights related to free speech. You will be introduced to standards which the courts use to determine if rights to free speech are violated. Finally, you will be introduced to some key issues to consider before terminating an unlawful demonstration. This course material is presented from a broad, general perspective. Consider (and always defer to) what you learn in context with your state’s laws and local ordinances, as well as your department’s policies and procedures.

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