Originally Posted by c3shooter
Taking video- from enough distance that you are not interferring with the officer- no problem for me.
For the person that THINKS they are an attorney and wants to become PART of the discussion/ interaction- that person may not know as much law as they THINK they know- and may be about to learn about interferring and obstruction charges.
I'll admit... I did see one video where the "sidewalk lawyer" got to join the perp for a ride downtown... and I enjoyed it.
Kid was mouthing off to the officer and telling the suspect that he did not need to cooperate with the officer.
Now... technically he was right... but we certainly was not the guys attorney and were I the officer, I'd have felt threatened "enough" to arrest him as well.
On the flip side... I've seen several when the officer is acting WAY to aggressive toward a citizen... bordering on abuse and intimidation... IMMEDIATELY change his demeanor when he realizes cameras are present... which tells me the guy who really needs to be filmed constantly... knows darn well how to turn off his equipment... and get away with it.
Sunshine really is the best "disinfectant".