Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

*FYI. It’s important. VL

By Hansi Lo Wang, Code Switch

The arrest of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston this week, came shortly after the release of a cell phone video recorded by an eyewitness.

The filming of police by civilians has also sparked controversy, and often causes confusion about what is legal.

For eyewitnesses of police activity, the law is crystal clear, according to Mark Graber, who teaches constitutional law at the University of Maryland: “You can film police on duty as long — as you’re not interfering with their activities.”

“Interfering” is the key word word when discussing the legality of recording encounters with the police.

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[Photo by Paul Stein/Flickr]
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