Video Recording The Police In Action

Following a lawsuit from a citizen, aided by The American Civil Liberties Union, Washington DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier issued a refreshingly clear policy statement on the rights of citizens to record the activities of police officers in the execution of their duties - "Yes, you can".

Perhaps because of the popularity of YouTube and other similar sites, and the proliferation of video recording devices in phones and the like, there has arisen an at times adversarial relationship between some police departments and the public in this matter, notwithstanding our expected rights under the Constitution.

It would be nice to think that this public policy statement will be followed by other Police departments - we'll see.

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