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Recording Police

Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Crime
Timothy Karr

While the technology has changed, our constitutional rights haven't. But how do we translate long-standing free speech and privacy protections at a time when anyone with a mobile phone has the potential to engage in an act of journalism?

These Apps Are Helping People Document Police Abuse

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology

It's hard to imagine a more clear example of the power of recording on-duty police officers than the video that led to the arrest and charging of Nort...

Illinois New Eavesdropping Law Is A Terrible Idea

Dan Johnson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Dan Johnson

A major contributing factor to this new era of transparency has been a citizen's right to film the police, upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.

SCOTUS Inaction A Win For Cop Watchers

The Huffington Post | Radley Balko | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the enforcement of an Illinois eaves...

'Unconstitutional' Eavesdropping Act Upheld By State Lawmakers

Posted 03.23.2012 | Chicago

An bill that would have amended Illinois' controversial Eavesdropping Act to allow on duty police officers to be recorded in public spaces was voted d...

Woman Alleges She Was Wrongly Arrested For Violating State's Eavesdropping Law

Posted 01.16.2012 | Chicago

A woman acquitted last fall of violating Illinois's eavesdropping law after recording Chicago Police officers discouraging her from filing a complaint...

Oakland Police Officer Captures His Own Fatal Shooting On Video

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.03.2011 | San Francisco

Any time a police shooting is captured on video it's bound to cause a stir. In most cases, the video is recorded by a quick-thinking member of the...

Judge: Allowing Citizens To Record Police In Public Violates Cops' Privacy

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

On Tuesday, a judge indicated that the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge of the harsh Illinois eavesdropping law banning the audio recording ...

Matt Sledge

Charge Dropped Against Woman Who Videotaped Rochester Traffic Stop | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.28.2011 | New York

A Rochester, N.Y., woman who was arrested after videotaping police at a traffic stop had the charge against her dismissed Monday after the county pros...

Keeping an Eye on Law Enforcement

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

There is a big difference between interfering in an officer's ability to do his job, and recording what is going on from across the street.