Can you record the police on the street?
Are you legally allowed to record the activities of police officers?
The Sun’s Joe Warmington reports today about a conflict between Newstalk1010 radio host John Downs and the police that involves this issue.
We are often on camera in public; at the bank, on the street, etc.
There’s nothing we can do about it, even if we carry a badge and a gun, but do the police have the power to order someone to stop recording what they’re doing?
Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack says, “Unless the public is interfering with the police, the public can film whoever they want,” in public.
McCormack says police may tell people to move back if an officer feels the individual doing the recording is interfering with the officer’s lawful duties, if the person could be hurt, or if he or she is disturbing evidence. People must give police officers room to do their jobs.
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