It’s Our Right to Videotape Police, Says ‘Time’

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Time magazine gets in on the photographers’ rights debate with an essay by lawyer Adam Cohen in this week’s issue that asks, ” Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime?” (I believe the answer is “Hells no,” but I think this is a rhetorical question.)

…the police can do a lot of damage just by threatening to arrest and prosecute people. “We see a fair amount of intimidation — police saying, ‘You can’t do that. It’s illegal,'” says Christopher Calabrese, a lawyer with the ACLU’s Washington office. It discourages people from filming, he says, even when they have the right to film.

And the money shot, the irrefutable argument, as Cohen writes, is: “If the police are doing their jobs properly, they should have nothing to worry about.”

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