Joe Anybody Wins Case
on Filming Police on Duty
It looks like the ability and the "right to film" the police is being honored in Portland.
The City Attorney just passed along his agreement that there is a new policy change that will be clear that you can film the police while they are on public duty.
It was a surprise for me that they were agreeing and the policy looks good .
From the very beginning I never thought what I was doing should or would be illegal.
Filming the police is and should be a community service that everybody benefits from.
It provides an insight into the going-on's of the community at large and the actions and interactions of the police with their community they are serving.
So you no longer need to yell "I'm recording audio" while filming the police
By being in view with your cell phone or video camera (not hidden) you can freely with liberty film all you want of the public servants in action
Its black and white... . Complete with flow chart
I came away from this whole ordeal in a good mood about the outcome and the progress. There are still some small concerns like these two for an example
(1) The need to stipulate clearly that all police activity while on duty is considered Public and can be filmed by the public (within certain confines of the law)
(2) The lack of assurance that this "policy will not be forgotten and not respected or followed due to not being firmly implanted" in procedures and training. Like the 1991 Potter memo that was all too soon forgotten
While out on the streets or even on private property (with property owners permission) filming all that is happening is perfectly OK & legal to do. It seems that this new change will be in the current trainings and will be explained to the force. I am somewhat concerned as I mentioned that this could get forgotten over the years. If so it would be an error of the Portland city police and they would most likely be held fully accountable.
(more info on this will be forthcoming very very soon) 12/3/08
The PDF file (with a cool flow chart) that I received from the City of Portland can be downloaded on the attached link or from my webpage that has all the history and issues of this case: http://zebra3report.tripod.com/joeanybodyshome/id116.html
To see the original video filmed click this YouTube link: