John Romero shared the following article, originally posted at TheLibertarianRepublic.com, via CopBlock.org’s submit page. He commented, “You have every right to film any officer in any public place so long as you are not directly obstructing their duties. This officer stepped way out of line and tried to exercise her “authority” by threatening a knowledgeable citizen. But Carlos Miller was having none of it.”
Posted by Austin Petersen on September 4, 2013
Carlos Miller of the Photography is Not a Crime blog has a story out of Massachusetts where an officer threatens a cameraman who is filming her in the line of duty. Officer Gretchen Allen harasses a local reporter, Robert Bastille for taking her picture while she inspected a bag in a public place.
According to Bastille, her exact words, which prompted him to turn on his video camera, were, “I swear… take one more photo and I’ll take that camera and smash it in your face.”
Miller acquired the clip and story from Bastille’s website where he reports on local news and events. In his video you can clearly hear Officer Allen threaten to seize his camera as evidence as she grows more and more agitated that she is being recorded.
But officer Allen will need to get used to it. Officers in New York City have recently been ordered to wear video cameras while serving the public. Videotapes of police encounters are incredibly valuable tools for judges and juries to be able to determine the true innocence or guilt of accused criminals. They also hold police accountable while on duty. People should always take care to video record police encounters so as to protect their safety and their constitutional rights.
As Fox News Sr. Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano has often said:
THE CAMERA IS THE NEW GUN!