Cellphone Video Can Be Used to Curb Police Abuse of Power

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Tue, Jul 30th, 2013 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although police could use intimidation tactics to prevent their actions from being recorded, according to Antonia Zerbisias, citizens have a "right to document police" as long as they are in a public space.

The videos of the shooting, taken by YouTubers “Marko G,” Martin Baron, and later, of the aftermath, by “CaplinGrey,” made it to social media without interference from police, perhaps because they were shot from a distance, in the shadows.

But legal experts say that even if the videographers had been standing closer to the scene, they had every right to record those pictures without fear of confiscation of their cameras or intimidation by police.

That’s because there is no law, says Halifax-based lawyer David T.S. Fraser, that stops citizens from taking photographs or video in a public place. That includes shopping malls, airports, retail outlets and subway stations — unless management, not police, prohibit photography.

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