posted on Aug, 4 2010 @ 01:13 PM
As a member of Law Enforcement here in the States I have no objection to being on camera. The agencies I have worked for all have dash mounted cameras
as well as body mics. We are not (in most departments for chain of custody reasons) allowed access to the camera / audio footage. Usuaully it has to
be retrieved by a supervisor or designated control officer.
With this being said, keep in mind there is a right and wrong way to do this. Pulling your cell phone camera out to video, while ignoring the officers
commands, can get you in trouble. Google the internet for cell phone guns and you will see why we get uneasy. Traffic stops are one of the most
dangerous things an officer can do. We do not know what we are walking into(escaped murderer, granny who just killed her hsuband, paranoid drug mule
who thinks we stopped him for the 200lbs of marijuana in the trunk instead of speeding).
You do not hvae an expectation of privacy in public, so these agencies getting pissed about video ending up on youtube need to shut the hell up and
sit down. If you are that concerned over your officers action, then maybe you should think twice about hiring officers of that caliber. It gives the
rest of us a bad name.
The one thing you guys need to research though (after reading a lot of comments about Police action) is your rights under the law. A traffic stop is a
detention, so you cant just leave.
I have had incidents where I was working a call (Traffic Control, Motor vehicle accident, backing up another agency) and people (Media and private
individuals) would walk up close to the scene and start doing their thing. The issue we have with this is if its still a fluid scene, you guys are
getting in the way. Does this mean you have to leave? Not exactly, but back away and give us time to do our thing without interuption. The moment
someone who is not involved in my scene causes me to focus on them, they are at that point interfering, which is an officer safety issue.
I have come close to arresting news media for refusing to move to a different location on a traffic accident. I got the argument they were media and
could do what they wanted. People fail to understand that while something may be news worthy, we still have a job to do. Having people walking around
a scene can contaminate any evidence, making it possible to have that evidence thrown out since it was compromised (chain of custody).
While I support private citizens keeping an eye on Government, including actions by Police, please excersize common sense. If we tell you to do
something, generally its not because we are being recorded, but because you are interfering.
In the end, if you feel you were treated badly, then contact the appopriate agency and fill out a complaint. Internal Affairs are generally required
by statute / ordinance to investigate those claims.
If you feel you were unfairly charged (speeding ticket etc), do NOT argue with the officer ( I have had people do this to me - The issue comes down to
enforcement of law. We enforce the law using application of. Just because we charge someone with a crime does not mean it will stick (updated case
law, Attorney General Opinions of how a law should be intended to be enforced, opinions of Prosecuting attorneys).
The Judge is the person you want to make your case to if it gets to that level.
Are there moron cops out there - Absolutely
Remeber though there is a time and place for everything.
Edited for Lysdexia... err Dyslexia
[edit on 4-8-2010 by Xcathdra]