Justice! Officer Suspended After Arresting A Citizen Who Video Recorded Him


Source: The Libertarian Republic

A Leland, North Carolina police officer was suspended for 28 days without pay for arresting a teenager who had committed no crime. Sgt. John Keel arrested the cameraman for recording him while he was interrogating the suspect in another crime. The Leland PD is now educating their officers on recording policy going forward.

Citizens do have the right to record government agents in the line of duty. Recording a police encounter can be critical to help defendants build a case if they are wrongfully arrested. It may even help the police if the suspect is indeed a criminal. Recording police is a constitutional right under the First Amendment and should be exercised as often as possible to protect individual’s rights.