Police brutality is not new, it has been with us for a very long time, what is new is digital technology which has put video equipment into the hands of nearly everyone and the police do not like it — they don’t like it one bit.
The police have become accustomed to being able to do just about anything they please. As this video from The Injustice Report points out, they all know just how much their departments would let them get away with. Now that so many cameras are recording their behavior, they are using every tactic they think they can get away with to avoid being filmed in action.
It is not at all unusual for a police officer who observes a bystander recording a video of his actions to approach the videographer and demand that he cease recording, saying that it is illegal to do so. It is in fact completely legal to photograph the actions of a police officer in a public place as long as you do not interfere in any way with him.
Remember, when a police officer tells you that you do not have the right to film him in the performance of his duties, there’s a good chance that it means that he is doing something that he knows is illegal. You not only have a right to film the police, it’s your duty as a citizen.