Interacting with Authorities

Can I record video of my or other people’s interactions with police?


You may record conversations with the police when they are on-duty and it occurs in public spaces. That includes during a traffic stop or during an arrest. If your recording, however, directly interferes with an ongoing investigation or law enforcement duty, you may be arrested for obstruction or related charges. If you are told to stop filming and the officer seizes your recording device, remain calm and politely say that you do not consent to any seizure or search of your phone.

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