Is it legal to film police officers when they are on duty? 11 Answers as of March 25, 2013

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Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
There is no law against it but if it interferes with their duties it may result in obstructing charges.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/25/2013
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
This is not my area of expertise, however I would need further information to answer such as are the police out in public or are they at their headquarters or at a private -lace etc. You should consult an attorney familiar with this type of situation.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/24/2013
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Nothing wrong with it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/21/2013
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
Yes generally if they are in public.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 3/21/2013
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 3/21/2013
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    The police are subject to the same rules you are. If you can tape them, they can tape you. IF you are uncomfortable being taped, then assume they will be.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
    In a public place? Why not? A lot of problems and grief would be avoided if all law enforcement actions in the exercise of their duties were recorded.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC | Thaddeus Furlong, Esq.
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Under Illinois statute, it is illegal to do so, however, several courts recently have ruled that this law is illegal, and dismissed charges against accused parties. This is, however, not the governing law here, and other courts may have differing opinions, or perhaps our legislature will resolve the controversy by repealing this asinine law.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    Rizio & Nelson
    Rizio & Nelson | John W. Bussman
    In California, yes, as long as you do not interfere with them in any way. You may not obstruct or delay the police, but film away.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2013
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    Yes. So long as you are not interfering with the officer conducting his duties.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/21/2013
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