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They assured him he was at a safe distance.  Safe for them.


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Nov. 7th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
It is now illegal in Washington State to record or photograph police actions for the purpose of police accountability. CCTV and surveilance are admissible in court, but not bystander video. Anyone who attempts to submit the same may be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.
Nov. 8th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
Nov. 8th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Here in Massachusetts, the state supreme court ruled that the police may be videotaped or photographed at any time that they are performing official duties. They did carve out an exception that while the police do not have this expectation of privacy while on duty, that the private citizens they are interacting with might have privacy rights that apply. As in with cases involving sexual assault, or making allegations about crimes.

As a matter of policy, very few massachusetts police agencies allow TV crews to ride along on patrols, and very rarely release dashcam video unless it is being submitted to court as evidence. This after a state trooper was involved in a bad shooting, and the dashcam video released to the media was used in the lawsuit against the police.

But in general, the police hate it when random people are videotaping them. They suspect that the associates of the cameraperson are setting up a situation to make the police look bad. Sometimes they are even correct in that suspicion. See Rodney King beating videotape.
Nov. 8th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Aww Dale, you had to see the whole RK beating tape, its about 25 minutes long from the start. Correct parts, yep, absolutely no training is given to boot someone in the head or beat the crap out of them while cuffed, agree on kiss the job goodbye and face charges. But you get to miss where Mr. King picks up one of those officers overhead and throws him clean over his cruiser. Also you don't hear anything about the three other persons in RK's car. I'm all for video if its available not edited! sure show a clip but make the complete segment available.

Getting shot in the leg, yep, that'll leave a mark! Officers are testing personal recorders built into eyeglass frames. More video evidence is what we need, shorten court trials and keep everyone honest.
Nov. 9th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
I should have cited different incident, but that was the one that popped into my head. Yah, RK pretty much deserved the beating he got, but the police were not the proper authority to administer that punishment.

I was trying to make the point that most police only hear about the incidents where someone videotaped the police behaving badly and they the tape, often selectively edited to make the police look even worse, makes the news inciting riots, or is used in the lawsuit against the police.

There is also the recent case of the black college football player who was shot and killed by a police officer. And mysteriously all the dashcam videotape records in the multiple police cars on the scene malfunctioned and didn't record anything, or were erased after the internal police investigation cleared the officer.
I'm blanking on the kids name. Parents are from Mass, and they were interviewed on talk radio last week.
Nov. 20th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
I hope they didn't get away with this!
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