You have a right to record the police And maybe a duty, tooSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:07
August 13, 2014 10:15 pm
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.
Tonight, around 10PM ET, a St. Louis County Police line demanded that a crowd of protesters turn off their cameras. Minutes earlier, the police had ordered what appeared to be a peaceful crowd to disperse, firing smoke grenades and rubber bullets. But none of them have to turn their cameras off.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE SHOULD READ THE CONSTITUTION
Here's the deal: as a US citizen, you have the right to record the police in the course of their public duties. The police don't have a right to stop you as long as you're not interfering with their work. They also don't have a right to confiscate your phone or camera, or delete its contents, just because you were recording them.
PS #Ferguson Police Chief Tim Fitch Studied Counter-Terrorism in Israel with IDF: https://twitter.com/YourAnonNews/status/499762962077196288