08/31/11 266 W - + 5 - 6 U.S. Appeals Court Ruling on Videotaping of Police

Statter911 yesterday posted this report on a U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston that issued an opinion on the 2007 arrest of a citizen who used his cell phone to record arrest activities. Simon Glik was charged with violating state wiretapping laws (audio recording without consent), disturbing the peace, and aiding the escape of a prisoner. The last charge was dismissed, and he was found not guilty of the other two. Gilk complained to the police and subsequently filed a civil rights suits, after they refused to investigate. Last week, the court agreed that his rights were violated.

Dave Statter's posting includes links to the entire opinion, a ZDNet article about the case, an ACLU video that includes the video that led to the arrest, and Dave's  previous coverage of stories of involving first responders reacting to cameras (and at times engaging in altercations with photographers and videographers). It's good reading and remains a useful and educational perspective. Cameras are everywhere. And public photography is not illegal.

What's the perspective like for the law officer, who's with a suspect or in a situation, who's trying to stay safe and control the outcome, and there's someone with a camera there? And what tactics might they employ, to interface with the camera holder? This PoliceOne.com column and its reader comments provide an exceptionally interesting perspective. The link is cited in the Statter story's reader comments.

September 4, 2011 update: See also this great Fire Law Blog posting about same, called The Public's Right to Take Photos at Incident Scenes.

thanks for sharing this Blog-100
Joe Brady (Email) (Web Site) - 08/31/11 - 08:35

Joe, there was an interesting debate on the PoliceOne.com comments, about the concept of public servants. What do you think, are police officers public servants? Or are they servants of the law, and not necessarily the same thing?
Legeros - 08/31/11 - 20:04

Updated with a great Fire Law Blog link, with a nice, plain-English review and recap of the ruling: http://firelawblog.com/2011/09/the-publi..
Legeros - 09/04/11 - 10:48

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