Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?
From Carlos Miller’s blog, “Photography is Not a Crime — It’s a First Ammendment Right,” he states:
Seconds after BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, police immediately began confiscating cell phones containing videos that have yet to see the light of day.
In fact, the only videos that have been seen by the public were filmed by people who managed to leave the scene before police confronted them.* [Carlos Miller]*
If you felt threatened because a Police Officer was trying to take your camera what would you do?
“Cops may be entitled to ask for people’s names and addresses and may even go as far as subpoenaing the video tape, but as far as confiscating the camera on the spot, no,” said Marc Randazza, A First Amendment attorney based out of Florida and a *Photography is Not a Crime *reader.