What To Keep In Mind When Recording Police

Before you pull out your phone to take a video of law enforcement officers at work, you should brush up of the legal ramifications of what you’re about to do and take care to protect yourself. A misstep could get you in trouble.

Gizmodo suggests several factors to keep in mind. Here are some standouts:

* Check your state law. Most states allow the recording of on-duty officers, but do your best to stay out of their way. You could face arrest or be asked to hand over your equipment.

* Don’t be secretive. If you’re hoping your evidence will stand up in court, be upfront about what you’re doing. Secret recording can land you in legal trouble.

* Don’t brandish your camera like a gun. Take a threatening pose and you’re putting yourself at risk. Be clear that you’re recording the scene and are unarmed.

7 Rules for Recording Police [Gizmodo via Boing Boing]