Posts Tagged ‘Taking pictures of police’

Do You Have the Right to Videotape the Police?

Posted By Levi

August 14th, 2014 7:05pm

Category: Civil Liberties By now you may be aware of the tense situation between police and citizens protesting the shooting of a young unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The circumstances of the shooting is still unclear but during one of the protests, police demanded that citizens in the crowd turn off their cameras and stop taking pictures of the police. Police generally do not like when we take pictures of them in the public. But with the proliferation of camera phones, many of us find it irresistible not to take pictures or turn on the video recorder when we see the police engaged in some kind of activity. Time and time again we have read stories of police demanding citizens who try to videotape them to turn off their cameras and even threatening to seize their phones. Is it legal to take pictures of the police while they are carrying out their official duties? Yes, you have a constitutional right to do so even if the poli Read More