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Reminder: You Have a Right to Record the Police

A suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, has been under a dramatic siege since Saturday, when a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. In the wake of the killing, protests have engulfed the community — drawing a heavy-handed police crackdown with St. Louis County police officers armed with assault weapons and outfitted with military equipment. Many of the striking images have come from reporters on the front lines, but also from citizens and their smartphones. Full Article

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  1. Q

    Main » First Amendment » Filming Police—Legal or Not?
    Filming Police—Legal or Not?

    7 Rules for Recording Police
    Courts are expanding rights but cops are cracking down. Find out how to keep your footage, and yourself, out of trouble.

  2. Nicholas Maietta

    We may have the right to record police, but all too often they are getting away with their crimes against the civilians.

  3. One Day at a Time

    As tragic as the murder of Michael Brown is, this has brought great attention to how out of control law enforcement is. The tides are turning and its just another crack in the dam that LE has been allowed to build in this country.

    This event also showed a glaring double standard as the police department initially refused to release the officer’s name, even though it is required to by law, for fear of his safety. What about my safety? What about my family’s safety? Law Enforcement is not exempt from obeying the law. If the DA in that county had any backbone, they should file charges against the department just for that. Even if the guy did steal a pack of cigars, being shot multiple times in the back is not acceptable. No one deserves to die over something that cost less than 10 bucks.

    • Nicholas Maietta

      Funny you should bring that up. Apparently, now the area has a declared emergency, curfew for everyone between 12am and 5am. No different from when i was on parole. I can’t wait to see the lawsuits from that.

  4. sérviam

    If you’re not on parole or probation, and you’re not barred from having a video camera, smart phone, etc…then what prevents a registrant from videoing police officers on compliance checks? Or anybody else for that matter?

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