What to Do When Police Tell You to Stop Shooting

June 23, 2010 discussion, lead

From: Al Tompkins / Poynter.org

A recent Gizmodo story, “Are Cameras the New Guns?,” created quite a stir in journalism circles recently. Gizmodo found that there appears to be an increase in the number of citizens arrested for filming abuse by police, or just police in action:

“In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.

Read the Full Story (including an interview with media attorneys Robb Harvey and Richard Goehler.)

One comment

  1. Doug Wiggins says:

    We are lucky in NSW Australia. If it is a taped off crime scene, we have to stay outside the tape, but other than that we can shoot any and all activities. If there are Special Ops officers or the scientific guys on scene, they don’t like to be filmed. Obviously, they need to keep their anonymity and any professional stringer will honour that.
    I would be interested to hear from any one using Sony’s new NXCAM the NX5 for news.
    We just took delivery and have so far been impressed with the capabilities of this little rig.

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