Increased Risk of Going to Jail if You Film Police Officers

How sad that officers are becoming more and more power hungry.  There was already some fear of being targeted if you’re filming an incident, however they increasingly want to charge people for bogus crimes and try to destroy evidence for filming.  If police weren’t doing something wrong then they shouldn’t care about being recorded.  However, with the ACLU app, they can’t destroy video anyways and I urge people to continue recording.  Don’t let fear win.  Here’s a piece of the AP article,

Civil liberties experts say Demint is part of a growing trend of citizen videographers getting arrested after trying to record police behavior.

It’s a backlash that comes as smartphones have made it easier than ever to make such recordings, which have become key evidence in high-profile cases of alleged excessive force, including the shooting of a fleeing suspect by an officer in South Carolina, the dragging of a Baltimore man into a police van, and the chokehold death of a New York City man on a Staten Island sidewalk.

“By all accounts the situation has gotten worse,” said Chris Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. “People are more inclined to pull out their phones and record, but that is often met with a very bad response from police.”

Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, said he hears of “almost four incidents a week” in which police either harass, interfere or arrest citizens — not journalists — for shooting video. He notes this is occurring at the same time many police departments are deploying body cameras on officers.

“There is no reasonable expectation of privacy on either side,” Osterreicher said. “Citizens can record police and police can record citizens when either is out on the street in a public place.”

What makes the situation hard to define, civil libertarians say, is that no one is ever arrested on a charge of recording police because that has widely been upheld as protected under the First Amendment. Instead, they are being hauled into court on obstruction, resisting arrest or other charges.


In some cases, the arrests are costing taxpayers money.

Earlier this year, the city of Portland, Maine, paid $72,000 to settle a lawsuit by a couple who were arrested after they filmed police questioning a suspected drunk driver.

In New York, a freelance videographer arrested after a Long Island police sergeant ordered him to stop recording the arrest of a suspect settled a federal civil rights lawsuit last year for $200,000.

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Whether or not you agree that police brutality exists, these bogus charges for filming police, the wrongful arrests of the victims of police brutality, and those murdered by cops are costing YOU a lot of money that the state loses to lawsuits.  Therefore, no matter what side you’re on there needs to be a collective effort to fix the system and get rid of the prison industrial complex.

Here’s another example of how wrongful arrests and police brutality is costing the taxpayers.  14 police officers taking down a one legged man.  How did most of these officers waste time and money? By standing around trying to block the cameras from seeing the arrest.  They’re just collecting a pay check and demonstrating that at least 10 of those cops are wasting taxpayer dollars.

Don’t let fear win, keep filming.


4 thoughts on “Increased Risk of Going to Jail if You Film Police Officers

  1. You might want to consider amending the title of this post to something like, “Increased Risk Of Getting Shot While Filming Police Officers.” It hasn’t happened yet but cell phones can look like weapons, can’t they and some police are getting trigger happy aren’t they?

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  2. Absolutely ridiculous… How many cops does it take to hold down a man with a prosthetic leg? You know they’re in the wrong when that many cops roll in on a situation… Ugh.

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