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Turning the Camera Around

Albert Fox Cahn

Turning the Camera Around explores the public’s right to record police officers in public spaces. The proliferation of smartphones and other recording devices have given this longstanding question new prominence.

Turning the Camera Around:

  • examines the statutory and constitutional protections for recording police officers,

  • documents instances of police interference with public recorders in New York,

  • examines measures that other jurisdictions have adopted to protect civilians’ right to record,

  • highlights certain technological solutions that assist in documenting police conduct, and

  • proposes recommendations to strengthen public oversight of police activity and the ability of individuals to record police conduct.