While the police don’t like it and officers across the country repeatedly intimidate and even arrest those who do it, courts have ruled that citizens can indeed record police activities. Now Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston is asking the public to put away their recording devices for their own safety.
Pinkston told CBS DFW that it’s a safety issue. He made the recommendation after a woman from the police accountability organization Cop Block was spotted following a Dallas officer around recording his activities.
“It’s creating a major officer safety issue,” Pinkston said. “We don’t know who it is pulling behind us. We don’t know they’re there to videotape, they might be part of… if that guy has has just done a kidnapping they could be part of the kidnapping. You don’t know.”
Who knew kidnapping was rampant in Dallas? And who knew kidnappers recorded their kidnappings?
I suspect the real reason Pinkston and other cops are more concerned that videos like this will get out:
Many of those who regularly record police activities think so as well.
And if a police officer is unable to distinguish between a recording device and a weapon, perhaps that police officer needs to find another line of work.