Radley Balko and Carlos Miller interviewed on NPR

Posted June 16th, 2011 by motogeek

Radley Balko and Carlos Miller interviewed on NPR's Talk of the Nation about recording the police.

From the website:
July 8, 2010 The Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King resonated, in part, because it was caught on video. Now, most modern cell phones have video cameras. Many police departments struggle to draw the line between citizens' and journalists' rights to film arrests, and their officers' rights to privacy.

Citizens taping police

LoveFreedomAndL... 4 years 10 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago

If a person is standing on a public street filming something happening in public, what does it matter whom is holding the camera? I have noticed that there are cameras on some roadways, intersections, shopping centers, businesses, etc. When these recordings have caught illegal activity, or solved other questions, I have even heard the owner of the camera referred to as a responsible citizen. Aren't we getting awfully close to being something other than a free country where ALL are equal? Isn't it discrimination to say one person can record something but another person is not allowed to? When I go online, I have no right to privacy...even in my private residence on my private computer. When I go to work, I might be subject to audio/video recording and other monitoring to see what my activities are on the computer. If I go shopping, or buy groceries there might be a card I must use to get store specials, and I might be recorded on audio/video during my shopping trip at the store. Yet, when I hear non-government people complain about an invasion of privacy the citizen is told things like "Cameras shouldn't bother you.....if you have nothing to hide." So, if police have nothing to hide, maybe cameras shouldn't bother them? If the average citizen/employee will be held accountable for their actions, shouldn't every citizen be held accountable for their actions, regardless of occupation or status? We even had a President that knew the importance of photographically documenting things as he went to Europe after World War 2 and said to take pictures because one day someone might try to deny what happened there. Pictures and honest history are important so that we as humans have the opportunity to learn from our past mistakes. Thanks for allowing me to share my humble opinions.

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