Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Support Your Right To Record

We need to see more commentaries like this one by Glen Reynolds standing up for the right of people to record police in the course of their duties. A recent court ruling affirmed the right of people to do such things but many police departments and prosecutors have ignored that right in the past and continue to.

Radley Balko, over at The Agitator, has covered the issue extensively for some time. Here's his latest piece on citizens being harassed, beaten, arrested (or all three) for simply recording instances of what they believed to be police abuse.

I certainly agree with Balko that the police actions in this and other instances amounts to criminal behavior. We really need to turn this around and pass specific laws at the state and federal level criminalizing police interference with peaceful recording of their actions.


At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are out of the way of a "police action" by all means you are allowed to record something occurring in public. Where most of these nitwits get into trouble is when they insist on inserting themselves into the incident and getting in the way with their crappy phone cameras, or instigating something in hopes of getting their "gotcha" moment on a cop.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Alexander said...

You are right. I totally agree with you.

At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have no right to record the police. You are putting the lives of the officers in danger. Put down the camera and act like a man.


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