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Why the public needs equality with the police over the control of surveillance.

A reporter says she filmed an act of police brutality, the officer filmed took her camera and deleted the key footage.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/ex-reporter-sues-alleged-police-brutality-deleted-off-110116123--abc-news-topstories.html

This kind of thing is what I was talking about in a recent column, "How to Stop Cops from Abusing Technology."

http://www.datamation.com/security/how-to-stop-cops-from-abusing-technology-1.html

I'm not saying her accusations are correct. I'm saying both the police and citizens and media should have the right to film everything, and each maintain control over what they captured, and let the courts settle these things with all evidence un-tampered with.

Citizens and media do and should have the right to film the police. Police officers should not have control over everything filmed in their vicinity.
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What about "How to Stop Cops from Abusing Citizen's Rights?" Heck with the technology. The Technology has no rights.
 
Live upload fixes everything. Transparency in these situations is inevitable.
 
Let's see. They can put drones in the air to monitor us in many ways but we can't film their treatment of the public. How crazy is that?
 
There was a court finding, published about 3 months ago that said citizens have the right to film any public official in the commission of their job. Guess the officer didn't get the memo.
 
Furthermore, anything filmed in the public is public. Period.
 
They get away with this because they can.
 
If I'm not mistaken in pretty much all the instances where this has happened, the police have actually not only violated their own guidelines but broken the law too.

The tricky bit is being in a position to do anything about it.
 
+Joseph Jackson if you violate someone's rights when you arrest them you violate everyone's rights - period. I didn't say just because you arrest someone you have violated their rights. Of course you can arrest someone if you have the legal grounds and arrest powers granted by the state.
 
I happy there are people like us fighting the this issue.
 
Lopez later admitted she took the camera home, viewed the tape and did not tag the camera into evidence with the police department.

That is all I needed to read.
 
+Joseph Jackson well, if you tried to take a piece of technology from me whereas I was filming you in public you would have a sore fight on your hands to get it from me. It wouldn't be a reasonable request. I've never been arrested, I've never given the law a moments trouble. But, they've tried with me and I have won every time, because they were trying to take advantage of me and intimidate me.
When a citizen exercises their rights they are not against the law (or law enforcement), they are for the law.
 
I was on a cruise with Royal Caribbean and took a few pics of their security doing wrong and they were deleted when I got the cam back...heh
 
There are jerks in every occupation that make things difficult for those who try to do their job correctly.
 
+Alex Balcázar yes, the chain of custody for evidence was broken. However, how much trust could she have in the PD after what had just happened. Courts have ruled many times that you have no expectation of privacy while in public. These rulings should absolutely apply to law enforcement as well. It should be used as any other system of checks and balances.
 
Rodda now works for the New Mexico Dept of Corrections...
 
+Joseph Jackson , perhaps it is media bias, however, the cases that have made news lately, the citizen was clearly a good distance away or in their own yard. You have to admit that these officers arrest or sieze cameras, because they know that they have been caught violating the law.
 
+Bean KKBspace I'm sorry, I'm afraid I am not following you.

Lopez is the cop. How much trust could she have in the PD? I dunno. Up to her. She works there. She still took the film home and claims she didn't tamper with it.

I do agree though with the point you are trying to make in the rest of your post.
 
There has been a lot of talk about this for years. Just google "photography is not a crime".
 
My bad +Alex Balcázar I lost who's who in the article and was under the impression the video was deleted and the camera returned on the spot.
 
If a person is serious about documenting police activity in this day and age, it is apparent that it is going to become increasingly necessary to resort to covert tactics and better equipment than a friggin' camera-phone. Telephoto lenses and shotgun microphones should become de rigueur soon...
 
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+Joseph Jackson I believe 95% of police officers are honorable, valiant public servants that do a job many won't do, for little gratitude. However, the power of life & liberty in the hands of a few nut jobs is very scary. The only defense the public has against these rogue miscreants, is public exposure. With police unions, in recent cases here in Las Vegas/Henderson, even public exposure is not enough.
 
+anders irigaray if you are going to spam a post with something completely unrelated to what is being discussed at least post a link to some site with free iPads.
 
google plus automatic upload for the win.
 
+Juan Collins if you have an android, you may want to check out an app called Autoboy Blackbox. It records video & audio, your mapped travel & speed. Could come in handy as evidence you weren't doing anything wrong when stopped.
 
This happens all of the time! There's a case in Florida right now and the reporter has been able to recover the deleted video to help with his case.
 
who is that and what is the point of this?
 
Police brutality is already and major violation on the trust the public has placed in law enforcement officers. The fact that they also deleted some video footage seems like a footnote here. Police officers have tremendous power and it is prone to be misused at times. Yes, it should be legal to tape police doing their duty in public in all instances. However, it is never going to be received well even by an honest officer and it is all to easy to find an excuse to harass and individual if a police officer wishes too.
 
I have a great deal of respect for our men and women in blue. They do much to protect us and the law. But when an officer is breaking the law we have a right, perhaps an obligation, to document it because the burden of proof is so difficult when an officer is involved.
During the giant redwoods protests in Northern California, many video cameras and tapes were confiscated illegally by police. One solution was to covertly shoot videos of the police confiscating cameras.

IMHO, the bottom line here is truth and accountability.
 
Police need the right to control what is filmed for a number of reasons & scenarios; such as protecting the identity of agents, or operational integrity like an assault to end a siege. A better solution is to give journalists the right to break the law and then let the courts decide who should of relented, a la England's public interest defence.
 
Easy enough to recover a deleted file if the card had not been used or formatted after
 
This must be illegal!! He should be suspended or fined or something!! It's not right that police abuse their power of authority to do things like this. If it truly was police brutality, he should be investigated!!
 
If I am not mistaken, the courts have upheld the rights of citizens to film police officers. (google: supreme court right to film police)
 
I wonder where can citizens complain about police using too much power against innocent people?
 
Glad that #srilankan cops aren't thaaat smart yet. Especially with smartphones!
 
I agree + Mihai. Cloud is the best.
 
depending in the state she live, she may very well have legal case against the department. Hope she knows her rights and defend well. A certain state just past law where cops can be filmed in line of duty...it would be the citizen right to catch the action for monitoring any wrong doing; in both sides.
 
The courts have ruled that citizens have a right guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution to film the actions of police officers in public. States cannot legally infringe upon this right. Any state where this behavior is "illegal" it's simply because that particular state's law has not been legally challenged.
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