Department of Justice Warns Police Against Violating Photographers’ Rights

May 18, 2012

By David Walker

video frame grab ©ACLU

Christopher Sharp from a video in which he recounts how Baltimore police erased the contents of his cell phone after he recorded them making a forcible arrest.  

The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice doesn’t mince words in a May 14 letter to the Baltimore Police Department. Citizens have a constitutional right to record police carrying out their public duties, and it is illegal for police to seize and delete the recordings, the letter says. The DOJ goes on to give the BPD a...

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