Big Brother poster from the 1956 version of 1984
Cops have been put on notice: Let the cameras roll.
Camera-shy cops across the city were reminded they can’t legally take action to stop someone from filming them while they’re on the beat, the Daily News has learned. The refresher was provided in a memo the chief of department’s office distributed to all police commands Wednesday.
“Members of the public are legally allowed to record police interactions,” the memo states. “Intentional interference such as blocking or obstructing cameras or ordering the person to cease constitutes censorship and also violates the First Amendment.”
Cops can take action if videographers and shutterbugs “interfere with police operations,” the memo notes.
spread this like wildfire
when you see abuse, take out your phone and film that shit.
Post it on youtube, send it to the news, let the whole world hear about it.
Thanks … I’ll look into it.
CCTV for the birds
San Diego police say surveillance tape at a 7-Eleven in Rancho Penasquitos, Calif. shows a person dressed like the popular cartoon character Gumby telling a clerk he’s being robbed, then fumbling inside the costume as if to pull a gun, dropping 27 cents and leaving. Jacob Kiss, 19, and Jason Giramma, 20, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor burglary in November 2011 and both were sentenced to three years of probation.