Matt Sledge reports:
If a San Francisco man wins a lawsuit filed Wednesday, keeping your cell phone conversations private could could become a First Amendment right in the state of California.
The man, Bob Offer-Westort, was arrested for pitching a tent in a public plaza during a January 2012 protest against new regulations in San Francisco that he argued would make life harder on the homeless. It was a peaceful act of civil disobedience — but he said that when police took him back to the station house, their actions were invasive. One police officer, Offer-Westort claims, took his phone and started reading through the text messages on it.
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