Is this even legal?
Admittedly I remain rather perplexed that the general public, referring specifically to the camera handlers, seem to be far more schooled on the state and federal laws that govern such activity, as well as the protections provided under the United States Constitution, than are many officers themselves regarding the matter filming in public.
Filming police officers on duty has become almost common place with the advent of the smart phone. The Internet is well fertilized with video of police officers and sheriff deputies performing their duties. New YouTube accounts are being generated monthly, loaded with video posted by people often referred to as “cop chasers.”
The legality and legitimacy of capturing video of these public servants, when done by the media or a well-established entertainment outlet, seldom if ever creates controversy of any kind.
The equation changes dramatically however, when private citizen John Doe wields a video camera or smart phone anywhere near an on-duty officer.
A very cursory glance of YouTube yields hundreds of videos made and posted by would-be, amateur journalists. Opinions as to whether or not anyone should so much as even engage in such activity, runs the gamut.
While I won’t necessarily join the debate by jumping in with both feet, I’ll likely put my toe in the water by the end of this article.
Oral board question – Being filmed while on duty…?
In the event that being filmed on duty, by a member of the public, should come up in your interview, how will you respond?
Chances are [Read more…]