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Illegal to film police?


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The dude copped a plea in order to get the drunk and disorderly charge dropped.

 

"Magistrates can bind over a person to be of good behaviour or to keep the peace, any person, such as a defendant, witness or claimant. This may happen where the case involves violence or the threat of it. Sometimes the prosecution will drop such a charge if the defendant agrees to be bound over in this way."

Edit: Additional - What the fuck are the police doing bringing that to court? There's a few bad eggs in the police force over here ruining it for the rest of them.

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I guess he could have be bound over for being drunk and disorderly while reading a book, the filming seems a nothing point but it does suggest to others that it isn't allowed, they don't want you gathering evidence against them even if it is legal to do so? they must be 'filmed' on cctv all over the place and I guess that is legal?

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Freedom to photograph and film
Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.

 

It's probably crap journalism. You can film the police as long as you are on public property and don't let them tell you otherwise. They also can't make or force you to delete or destroy any footage without a court order that specifies deletion.

 

This guy was drunk and disorderly which is probably all that should have been reported.

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Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.

 

You try filming a cop in a public toilet and see how well that stands up to scrutiny.

 

Well you'd be charged as being some sort of pervert I guess, but if that's your bag...

 

Full rules here: http://content.met.police.uk/Site/photographyadvice

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Of course it's not illegal to film the police, this guy was arrested for Drunk and Disorderly so he would have been doing something else while filming the police maybe swearing at them etc.

 

However if you do film the police as they are dealing with something be prepared to possibly have your phone seized as it may contain potential evidence of the crime being committed.

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