First Amendment Audits; from Protagonist to Antagonist

 

The early beginnings of the First Amendment Audit movement were mainly aimed at police.  Auditors were either silent or very cooperative and polite, as to not incite any type of police action.  During the early stages, these audits shocked the conscious of the public due to the police over-reacting to a cordial and professional auditor.  The purpose of the audit was almost always in sight, and educating the police and public was clear.  But some have changed behaviors.

In reviewing audits on YouTube lately, I have seen a movement of highly aggressive, foul mouthed, and confrontational auditors moving in on not only public agencies, but private persons business.  Aggressive tactics and antagonistic behavior is now yielding shocking confrontations between auditors and the general public.  It seems that these auditors (I wont mention any names) are trying to trigger emotional and negative responses from those who likely used to support their mission; education.  Now, comments on their pages range from outright disdain from those who hate government and police, to negative feedback from others who dislike the approach of the auditor.  A divide is now occurring.

I hope that the good auditors, and there are many still out there working professionally, are going to keep their audits professional. Others who seem to play for the “likes” on YouTube appear to be in it for money more than education. I have always supported the auditors and their mission but now, warily advise those swaying into the confrontational and negative role, to return to the purpose you started and clean it up.  You were way more convincing with kindness.

Regards;

Sergeant Brett

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Sergeant Ryan Brett

Sergeant Ryan Brett is the Vice President of CALRO and works for the Corona Police Department in Riverside County, California.

2 Comments

  1. Maria Teresa Gregory on January 27, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    I have watched these people on You Tube. I had never heard of them until a few months ago, which was when I first watched YouTube. They are a disgrace. I have never heard such language used in public – for no reason whatsoever. The disrespect is outrageous. Why can’t legislation be passed to put a stop to this. I am in fear for my country. How far is this going to be permitted to go? They claim they are working for the rights of all the people. Yet, they do nothing but blatantly disrespect the general public not just the police and court officers. They seem to be using the law to circumvent the law. They do not understand the spirit of the amendments to the Constitution and the fact that it was written hundreds of years ago in a time which had no video or audio devices. These people ARE NOT journalists. It seems to me that these people are emotionally, spiritually and morally bankrupt. Imagine spending one’s precious time in such activity? This is just speculatory on my part, but I’ll guess that the majority of them are uneducated (no college and high school drop-outs). They probably have criminal records (hence their refusing to identify). Isn’t there anything we can do to stop this? It is bogus activity and has absolutely nothing to do with the Bill of Rights, the Constitution as a whole or the Four Freedoms.

    Thank you for letting me vent. I needed that. God Bless.

  2. Alexander Kelley on March 17, 2021 at 4:39 am

    There needs to be a law passed to counter these 1st Amendment Frauditors from acting like assholes to the public and to the police for the sole reason to cause a negative reaction and sometimes ruins business or someone’s career. They’re hiding behind the Constitution and acting like they’re the Press, or some kind of News Media (which they are clearly not) to basically harass businesses to try and Sue somebody for financial gain.

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