Thread: Body Camera Update
#1 Body Camera Update01-17-2017, 04:59 PMDC Police Prohibited From Having Body Cameras On At Inauguration Day Protests
All DC Police Officers have recently been outfitted with body cameras, but they will be in serious trouble if they have them on during the Inauguration Day protests.
NBC News 4’s Mark Segraves reported that it’s “against the law” for body cameras to be on while police are at protests unless the officer is required to take action. This means that officers can turn the cameras on when they want to arrest somebody, but they will be unable to capture what led up to the arrest
01-17-2017, 05:40 PM
Hmmm, what are these so called "protestors" so
afraid of???May the FORCE be with you!
01-17-2017, 06:47 PM
What are the politicians who passed that law afraid of?It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
01-18-2017, 06:25 PM
The Law Reads
MPD officers may record First Amendment assemblies for the purpose of documenting violations of law and police actions, as an aid to future coordination and deployment of law enforcement units, and for training purposes; provided, that recording First Amendment assemblies shall not be conducted for the purpose of identifying and recording the presence of individual participants who are not engaged in unlawful conductNOT A LEGAL OPINION
That explicitly allows for officers to have their body cameras on at the protests. It says that officers are allowed to record the protesters on the condition that the recording isn’t done for the purpose of identifying protesters who are engaged in legal activity. However, police officers wouldn’t be recording for that purpose, they’d be recording to identify people involved in illegal activity, and to document police actions, just as the law allows for.
The focus here is all on the actual purpose of the recording. If the intent of the police department is not to record legal protesters with the intent of identifying them, then it’s legal for the officers to have their cameras on.
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