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  1. JohnConner says:

    I’d like to hear what Washington LEOs thinks about this.

  2. Taking pictures and video of an officer in uniform is like taking the same of any public building or entity and is not illegal and shouldn’t be.

  3. Amazing- I think the Maryland Supreme court will have something to say on this matter, and at worst, it will to go the Federal Supreme Court. There is NO expectation of privacy in public.

  4. rgardner says:

    This isn’t an issue in WA State – as the Seattle Bus Tunnel videos of a couple of months ago prove. There are several states where there are conflicts in the law, specifically Mass, Maryland, and Illinois.

    Professor Glenn Reynolds (Law) of U of Tenn just wrote an article on this for Popular Mechanics, and Reason Magazine (Radley Balko) has been covering this issue for a couple of years (reason.com).

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/computer-security/taking-photos-in-public-places-is-not-a-crime?click=main_sr
    My favorite is “Not long ago, an Amtrak representative did an interview with local TV station Fox 5 in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station to explain that you don’t need a permit to take pictures there–only to be approached by a security guard who ordered them to stop filming without a permit. “

  5. sixpackjoe says:

    That cop needs to stop letting his authority go to his head. There was no need to pull out his gun yet try to intimidate the cyclist. He had both his hands on the motorcycle steering wheel and was obeying his command. I for one would like to see the requirement of a headset on camera at all times during shifts, so that the public can have video of the officers actions while patrolling or doing whatever they do when their not asserting their authority. This way, we can have evidence and the whole truth like the cop in Seattle that kicked the Mexican American, or when the white cop punched the 15 year old black child. We need to hold these crooks accountable for their actions, having faith in public servants of justice is not a right, it’s a privilege earned by the men and women in uniform. With the Everett cop that got away with murder and Paul Schene, we need to have documented video of all shifts whenever any officer puts on a uniform. I have seen cops do bad things, times for the citizens to take back their rights and hold rogue cops accountable and videoing them will only help put the bad one’s out in the public view for all to see.

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