The Laws Shown In The 12 States Below Are Unconstitutional And Illegally Being Enforced By Corrupt Public Officials For Merely Recording Public Officials. Not One Case Has Ever Been Upheld For Legally Recording The Police In A Trial! Prosecutors And Judges Know These Laws Are Unconstitutional Which Is Why Defendant’s Charges Are Always Dropped Or Plea Bargained To Avoid A Jury Nullification or Not Guilty Verdict For These Unconstitutional Laws In Some States.
The 14th Amendment Applies To All States For Equal Rights Meaning That You Can Legally Record Public Officers Doing Their Jobs In Florida Just Like The 38 Other States Regardless Of The Unconstitutional And Bogus Law On The Books…However, You Need To Overturn The Law If You Break One Of These Bogus Laws By A Constitutional Challenge For A False Arrest. These Are Our Public Officials Paid By Tax Payer’s Dollars And They Need To Always Be Recorded In Public. If They Have Nothing To Hide, They Have No Reason For Not Letting You Record Them For Their Official Duty.
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Rule #1: Know the Law (Wherever You Are) by Jason Bassler
If you choose to record the police you can reduce the risk of terrible legal consequences and video loss by understanding your state’s laws.
The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don’t physically interfere with their work. Police might still unfairly harass you, detain you, or confiscate your camera. They might even arrest you for some catchall misdemeanor such as obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct. But you will not be charged for illegally recording police.
There are 12 states (In green above) in total that enforce an all-party-consent law, but only three interpret it to include public places of gathering with absolutely no expectation of privacy.
However, In Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland (In blue above) wiretapping and eavesdropping laws have
been used to prosecute individuals who have recorded police activity in a
In one example, motorcyclist Anthony John Graber III was stopped for reckless driving. A plain-clothes police officer stopped him, jumped out of his car waving a gun and screaming, and issued a ticket. Graber had a video camera mounted in his motorcycle helmet; he posted video of the encounter to youtube. Ten days after the police encounter, after police found the video on youtube, Graber was arrested and charged under felony wiretapping laws, which could result in up to 5 years jail time (the charges were later dropped).
Conceived at a time when pocket-sized recording devices were available only to James Bond types, most eavesdropping laws were originally intended to protect people against snoops, spies, and peeping Toms. Now with this technology in the hands of average citizens, police and prosecutors are abusing these outdated laws to punish citizens merely
attempting to document on-duty police.
In most circumstances, officers will not immediately bum rush you for filming them. But if they aren’t properly trained, they might feel like their authority is being challenged. And all too often police are simply ignorant of the law. Part of your task will be to convince them that you’re not a threat while also standing your ground.