It’s Perfectly Legal To Film The Cops. HuffPo, 8/13/14.
“There are First Amendment protections for people photographing and recording in public,” Mickey Osterreicher, an attorney with the National Press Photographers Association, told The Huffington Post. According to Osterreicher, as long as you don’t get in their way, it’s perfectly legal to take photos and videos of police officers everywhere in the United States.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DEVELOP APP TO DOCUMENT POLICE BRUTALITY. Madame Noire, 8/15/14.
To change the dynamic between law enforcement and communities, Caleb Christian, a 14-year-old Georgia high school freshman created an app that will allow citizens to rate and leave reviews of their police districts. Named Five-O, Christian along with his two sisters programmed the app so citizens can input details of every interaction they have with the police officers they encounter.
For Harriet reports, the app allows for citizens to rate individual police officers based on their professionalism. The app review allows for “citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”
The app debuts on the 18th for iOS and Android. This video is way too long, though. And too loud.
I hope it works. As Michelle Alexander posted on Facebook, “WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING IS NOT WORKING.”