Posted August 14, 2014 by Unique in Global

Know Your Rights: 7 Rules for Recording Police [Video][Photo]

Since the Ferguson incident a lot of videos of people being physically detained by police have been surfacing on my Facebook timeline. Most of the videos are footage from the camera a police officers dashboard. After watching a number of these you come to realize that those cameras only tells why side of the story.

It doesn’t show what is being said or how some arrest evolve into a full on struggle (resisting arrest), but instead the calm straight to the climax. There has been numerous incidents outside of what is going in Ferguson involving police and citizens with most just often  leading to settlements (aka a slap on the wrist).

What does one do? Record your encounter with the police.  If you see an incident, record it. If you get pulled over, record it. If you are in a protest, record it. The First Circuit Court Of Appeals has ruled that we have a “constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public.” One youtube blogger has made it a policy to film every police officer that stops to avoid being “brutally beaten” and arrested for no reason.

Still even this can be dangerous if you don’t cover your ass. Two years ago Steve Silverman, the founder & executive director of FlexYourRights.org and co-creator of the film 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, wrote 7 rules one should know when recording police for Reason Magazine.

YOU CAN READ EACH RULE IN THE GALLERY ABOVE. You can also check out Youtube Volger, Nates Volgs, comedic but educational  video on why you should video tape cops below.

Source: ATTP.org 

Photos: Twitter, AP, TIME