Free Speech

The Right to Photograph or Videotape Police

08.18.14

Since 9/11, a disturbing pattern of innocent people being harassed for photographing or videotaping police has emerged across the nation. In recent years, the ACLU and photographers groups have challenged restrictions against documenting police actions, and courts have agreed — what happens in public can be recorded by the public.

Unfortunately, some law enforcement still attempt to restrict the rights of photographers under the guise of “security” and a mistaken belief that photography is somehow connected to terrorism. In addition, many police fear improved technology that can often launch a small video to Internet infamy through viral marketing and social networking. The ACLU created a landing page for those interested in knowing their rights to photograph and videotape police. Read more about it here.