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  1. Question Use of Audio/Video recorders

    How many of you have given any thought to using an audio or video recorder if and when pulled over or stopped by a LEO? I personally think this may be a good idea. A do not think most LEO's have any problem with just doing thier job, but once in a while?

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    Is it legal?

    There are some jurisdictions that consider recording or taping an officer as obstructing the officer from doing his duties and they will arrest you if you don't cease & desist when ordered.

  4. It depends on the state. Your state may be a one-party consent or an all-party consent state. If your state is a one-party consent state then you can legally record without the officers knowledge.

    Can you cite the "obstructing" law? Simply having a recorder on and not turning it off is not interfering at all with a cop doing his job. The only way it could be remotely stretched into "obstructing an officer" would be if you are videoing some traffic stop as a spectator and do not leave when told to do so.

    I was a victim of a police incident in Houston about 1995. I was pulled over by a deputy in precinct 5 in SW Houston about 3 AM. I was a security guard doing patrol at various apartment complexes and had a pistol on me. The deputy took my weapon, unloaded it, and dissasembled it and searched my vehicle, all the time my recorder running, unbeknowsnt to him. Then he gave it back to me at the end of the traffic stop in about 15 pieces. He had something against security guards. He was talking **** the whole time.

    When I went to the constables office and spoke with the constable. After telling my story he called the deputy in off the street. When he got there he told a different story. He told the constable I was using abusive language and being a smartass when In fact I was just yessir, nosir, etc. After the deputy finished his story I took out my recorder and laid it on the chiefs desk. Then I asked him if he wanted to stick with that story. His face turned beet red and he got up and walked out.

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    Good for you Anthony. Would like to hear about what happened to him after he walked out. Seems like you had him backed into the corner with no way out. The LEO community would be better off without those “bad apples”. If the LEO is respectful and professional then more power to him or her. If not then you have documentation for abuse and need to report incident. After all don’t they have cameras installed in their cars for the very same reason? I have considered keeping a small video and audio recorder in my car for just the same reason. Haven’t purchased one yet but considering it. Many states consider your car an extension of your home.
    When I was in Australia last year for a business trip I noticed that every taxi cab had video and audio recorders installed on the roof of the vehicle (both sides). When I asked the driver about them he said they were required by law and recorded persons entering and exiting the vehicle as well as any conversations taking place inside the taxi.
    Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress;
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  6. I have seen most OCers always using audio and video of their right to open carry firerarm in their states. LOL I loved them.
    NRA Life Member

  7. These following states require the consent of all the parties being recorded for it to be legal. If your state is not listed here than you can legally record in public without the consent of the other parties.

    ALL PARTIES IN THE CONVERSATION MUST CONSENT:
    California
    Connecticuit
    Florida
    Illinois
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Montanna
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    Pennsylvania
    Washington

    ONE PARTY IN THE CONVERSATION MUST CONSENT
    All the others







    Source: "Can We Tape?"

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    That was great Anthony, kudos!

    Thanks for the list of states too.

    I've thought about taking the whole idea to the hilt. Something along the lines of a DVR along with an inverter and multiple mini cams and audio recorders at strategic points around the car. Keep the DVR locked in a metal box mounted to the car, in the trunk, so there can be no removal of evidence by an unscrupulous LEO. It would also be beneficial in a SD scenario involving your vehicle, if you are charged.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Unfettered Might View Post
    That was great Anthony, kudos!

    Thanks for the list of states too.

    I've thought about taking the whole idea to the hilt. Something along the lines of a DVR along with an inverter and multiple mini cams and audio recorders at strategic points around the car. Keep the DVR locked in a metal box mounted to the car, in the trunk, so there can be no removal of evidence by an unscrupulous LEO. It would also be beneficial in a SD scenario involving your vehicle, if you are charged.
    My dad has something like that in his truck. He does escort service for oversize loads across the country. One recorder faces backwards and the other faces forward and there is audio recording. He communicates by CB radio with the oversize load truck driver. The audio recording protects my dad in case he tells the driver the bridge or power lines is too low, or something like that. If the driver causes a mess and then claims my dad didn't tell him, there is evidence.

    The video recorders cover his ass in case of an accident, he has it on video. He had one of those magnetic signs made for the back of his tailgate that says "Smile, you're on camera."
    He actually used it once when a lady in a Buick tried to pass him and the tractor trailer hauling the oversize load. she run off the road into the ditch, no personal injury luckily. Then she claimed he ran her off the road and filed a claim against his insurance. He emailed the video to his insurance company and never heard from her again.

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    A close friend of mine, ret U.S Army Special Forces, keeps a small tape recorder with him at all times when carrying openly.

    You should hear a couple of his encounters on that little audio recorder.
    "When a government robs Peter to pay Paul it will alway's have the support of Paul" George Bernard Shaw

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    about the states that require duel conscent. Think of it this way, if the courts won't use it the press most definetly will. Either way the bad apple will be exposed and I don't know of anyplace that will ignore the public outcry and push for charges. You could always say your press, 1 Amendment etc...

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