Jason from Amagansett Press strikes again - and my commentary on the dysfunction of public services in the United States
What many people don't know is that filming in public spaces is a protected first amendment right in the United States. That includes public offices (in public areas), lobbies, in and around government buildings, etc. This ALSO includes public sector employees during the due course of their duties!
The behavior of one of the Las Vegas DMV employees, as well as some of the clients, was absolutely appalling. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that I've observed U.S. public sector employees behaving poorly in public.
The U.S. has some of the most well paid (exceptionally well if you include government health insurance plans, pensions, perks, etc.) public sector employees in the world - on both the State and Federal levels. In turn, I believe that public sector employees should be held to a higher standard of code and honor than us private sector, rank and file folks - they are truly "servants of the people!"
The video, for me, at least ended on a positive ending. "Lisa," the supervisor at the Las Vegas DMV, has a nice and cordial chat with Jason before he leaves. I hope that the worker who was out of line is not relieved, but rather receives remedial training from the supervisor on shift. All in all, another great "first amendment audit" from Jason and his son. As a civil rights attorney - I approve of all stress tests of our first amendment rights!
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