Category: Recording the Police

Illinois Cop Claims It’s “Now Illegal to Record” Cops After Caught Sleeping in Car

Illinois Cop Claims It’s “Now Illegal to Record” Cops After Caught Sleeping in Car

An Illinois cop told a man it was "now illegal to record a police officer in public" after the man claimed he had caught him sleeping in his car on Friday. It is not illegal to record cops in Illinois, as we explained here, but it used to be under the state's Draconian Eavesdropping B ...
California Cop Watchers Offer Cash for Video Leading to Firing and Arrest of Violent Cops

California Cop Watchers Offer Cash for Video Leading to Firing and Arrest of Violent Cops

Like a wanted poster out of the Old Wild West, the names of police officers in Stockton, California were posted around the city recently in an effort to clean up the police force. A group of police watchers listed 15 officers as wanted, including at least 10 cops who have reportedly b ...
Washington Cop Fails to Intimidate Man Recording Traffic Stop by Claiming he Could Seize Camera as “Evidence”

Washington Cop Fails to Intimidate Man Recording Traffic Stop by Claiming he Could Seize Camera as “Evidence”

A Washington cop pulled a man over for not having mud flaps on his truck, then proceeded to tell him to turn off his phone when the man began recording the traffic stop. When Michael Wallace continued recording, the Port Orchard cop told him he could seize it "as evidence," which is a ...
South Florida Cop Claims It’s a “Safety Issue” to Record Him During Traffic Stop in Miami

South Florida Cop Claims It’s a “Safety Issue” to Record Him During Traffic Stop in Miami

A South Florida cop told a man he was not allowed to record him during a traffic stop because it was a "safety issue," reaching into the car and swatting the camera. Citizen Journalist Manuel Prades But the man with the camera wasn't sold. "May I record, I mean, you're not allo ...
Newspaper Editor Fired After Arrest For Taking Photos, Even Though Dashcam Proved Cops to be Liars

Newspaper Editor Fired After Arrest For Taking Photos, Even Though Dashcam Proved Cops to be Liars

Vince Lovato was the editor of the Lake County Leader in Polson, Montana...until this happened. At 53 years of age, with over three decades of journalism experience, Lovato lost his job after being arrested on October 1 for obstruction, resisting arrest and belligerence for daring ...
Virginia Teen Found Guilty in Cop Recording Arrest (Updated)

Virginia Teen Found Guilty in Cop Recording Arrest (Updated)

A Virginia teen whose video went viral last year, showing cops ordering him inside a home while he was trying to record police activity in his neighborhood, was found guilty Thursday morning for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, even though the video shows he was doing nothing mor ...
Case Dismissed Against Man Arrested for Video Recording Public Caucus Three years Ago

Case Dismissed Against Man Arrested for Video Recording Public Caucus Three years Ago

It took nearly three years, but a bogus trespassing charge was dismissed against a Missouri man who refused to stop recording during a republican caucus in 2012. Kenneth Suittor was arrested at the St. Charles republican caucus, where they were planning on selecting delegates to send ...
NJ Man Arrested for Refusing to Hand Over Camera as “Evidence” After Cop Veers Off Road

NJ Man Arrested for Refusing to Hand Over Camera as “Evidence” After Cop Veers Off Road

A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday after refusing to hand over his video camera to a cop, who insisted he needed it as "evidence," even though case law makes it very clear that citizens do not have to give up their footage unless their camera was used in the commission of a crime. ...