Civilians seeking to video record their encounters with cops inside NYPD precincts should hit pause — the practice could land them in cuffs.
A day after a civilian posted video of himself launching into a vulgar tirade against a 28th Precinct sergeant inside the Upper Manhattan station house, the department issued new guidelines directing cops to arrest those who won’t stop recording.
Anyone videotaping inside these facilities will first be asked to stop recording, according to the memo, released on Wednesday and citing a recent update to the department’s patrol guide. If a person won’t stop recording, they will be asked to leave — and those who still refuse can be arrested, the document states.
However, recording police activity in public spots — streets, parks and private property — is a First Amendment right, the memo reminds officers. Read more at the NY Post.