Do You Have To Tell A Cop You Are Recording Them?

Is it lawful to videotape a police officer?

The law in 38 states plainly allows citizens to record police, as long as you don’t physically interfere with their work.

Police might still unfairly harass you, detain you, or confiscate your camera.

In other words, it’s technically legal in those 48 states to openly record on-duty police..

Do cops have to be visible?

In all circumstances, you have the right to ask the officer why you are being arrested/investigated/approached and the officer must tell you, unless the situation is obvious (Example: if the crime is visible). Just Remember, You always have the right to remain silent!

Do you have to tell a cop your age?

No, you are not required to tell a cop your age. Inform the officer that you are not going to answer any questions and politely ask if you are free to go. … The only mandatory question you have to answer is your name.

What states is it illegal to videotape police?

Laws in 38 states plainly allow citizens to openly film the police in public. However, there are 12 states–California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington–where wiretap laws prohibit citizens from secretly recording police.

What do you do when someone is filming you without permission?

If you are not happy that someone has filmed you then you politely tell them and politely ask them to delete the images/film. If they don’t then there is not a lot you can do about it.

Why do cops take pictures of tattoos?

these photographs can also be used as possible identifiers of an individual at a later date and time. On many occasions the victim of a crime may only be able to see or remember a tattoo. This may be the only information provided to Law Enforcement.

Why did the police take my phone?

Under PACE, officers can search, seize and retain data from a mobile phone belonging to anyone who has been arrested on suspicion of committing an offence, provided that they have a reasonable belief that it contains evidence of an offence or has been obtained in consequence of the commission of an offence.

Do you have to tell a police officer you are recording?

In the state of California, you are allowed to record police while on duty, but there are some restrictions. … Even if you are recording an officer of the law in plain sight, he or she might still feel the need to confront you. If you are confronted, just explain that you are asserting your First Amendment rights.