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Source: Indepent News / End the lie
March 14, 2012
It would be interesting to see if this makes it to the supreme court for a ruling. Go ahead and tape me as I don't care. I carried a pocket recorder for 30 years and it kept me on a better behavior.
There are smartphone apps now that allow video to be recorded directly to online storage. Eventually every video recorder will have this capability. The idea of confiscation for evidence will become a lot more complicated (and unenforceable). And in line with my pro-surveillance stance, the way it should be.
Huge bump to chrismiller2420! This is exactly how incidents of this nature should be handled!
If you are doing your job properly and within the law, there should be no problem with anyone filming in a public place.
I've had simmilar cases and I simply walk up to the individual and hand him/her one of my cards and ask that they email the clip to me. It has worked every time. As far as the criminal case this guy needs to plead guilty to the resisting which will attach jeopardy and they won't be able to go forward with felony charges. Then he can sue the department and then get the charge expunged.
They should have seized the phone as evidence and left it at that. Unless the officers had something to hide. There is a reason we are expected to not only act, but BE professionals. If you're professional in your actions, and you observe someone recording an incident you're involved in, finish your business and then approach the individual recording. Inform them that you would like to seize their phone for evidence, since the video they took can be used in court. That's usually enough to make most people delete what they recorded. If not, then seize it. Either way, you should always be aware of your surroundings and act accordingly. When all else fails, always assume you're being recorded.
The Florida man should have not got into the middle of the arrest.
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