Filming Law Enforcement
Filming a Law Enforcement-I always thought that if I’m on a shoot and something happens what I would do.My natural instinct would be to pan my camera over and shoot what’s going on. As U.S. citizens we have the right to video tape law enforcement actions as long as it’s in plain view.If you interfere in what’s going on with the cops,you no longer have the right to video tape. The cops also cannot confiscate your media without a search warrant.
I remember video taping the killer that shot all those people in the Aurora theatre.I was assigned to cover his apartment and shoot B-roll.Even though I was behind the yellow line I did feel eyes of law enforcement on me at all times,watching me as if I would not obey their rules and try to walk over and get a better view.But I am not an idiot it’s not worth it.I’d rather be on their side than against it.If they told me to move I would.What I am saying is know your rights but use logic when your’e in the public and shooting law enforcement.
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