D.C. police told to respect citizen photographers

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Washington Post reports that the District of Columbia police chief has directed officers not to interfere with people who take pictures or video of officers performing their duties in public.

The six-page order resembles one issued by Baltimore police last year, the Post says, quoting it as saying that “a bystander has the right under the First Amendment to observe and record members in the public discharge of their duties.”

In the 2012 State of the First Amendment survey released this month, 85% of respondents said people should be allowed to record or photograph police activities in public as long as they don’t interfere with what the police are doing.

Related:

Public has a right to keep an eye on police
Photography & the First Amendment

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