If this is a free and open society, police must permit recording of their public actions
If ours is a free and open society — it is not fully free, but still has strong civil liberties forces continuing to push in such a direction — police must permit recording of their public actions.
Here is Arstechnica’s article on the new D.C. Metropolitan Police policy generally allowing civilians to tape police in public. Thanks to the listserv member who posted this link, which includes a link to the actual D.C. police policy. I have more time left to review the policy.
The District of Columbia is swarming with plenty of federal police agencies, as well as the Metro Transit police. This includes the Secret Service, Park Police, and Capitol Police. I urge them to adopt policies no more restrictive on the public than the D.C. Police policy, and for all police throughout the nation and the world to do the same.