Also the US Department of Justice stepped up today and issued a strongly worded 11-page page letter defending the right of people to record the actions of police offers. Police are important to maintaining a civil society, however, protecting the public safety does NOT put any cop above the law. They are required to observe the constitutional rights of the people and if a bystander sees a police officer violating the law they have the right to record that and blow the whistle on that officer.
Now if we can just get police to recognize the right to photograph public places and buildings and start locking up rent-a-cops for harassing anyone with a camera we'll be getting somewhere.
Justice Dept. Defends Public's Constitutional 'Right to Record' Cops | Threat Level | Wired.com
As police departments around the country are increasingly caught up in tussles with members of the public who record their activities, the U.S. Justice Department has come out with a strong statement …
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