Videotaping Police

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Mon, January 30 2012 at 6:27 PM, Updated: Mon, January 30 2012 at 9:26 PM

Hundreds have been arrested across the country in occupy protests. Dozens of them taking video. Question: can you record police in action? Answer: Yes

 "are you recording, are you taking audio?"

  A new ruling says the same thing that earlier rulings said: you can't be arrested for recording an encounter with police on a public street, yet it still happens.

           "We will be looking at this case carefully and talking with our staff about it so it doesn't happen here."  

   In Medford, police are taking measures to bring the issue to the forefront of officers, to make sure it doesn't happen here...again.

     Attorney, Bill Mansfield, has  had other cases similar to this one.
     
     In this most recent case in Eugene which reminded police about the laws on public recording, the protester  was awarded more than five-thousand dollars in damages and given his recording back..

   The rule basically says, if you want to record a persons voice you need to have permission.You  do have the right to take photos and/or video if you're in a public place and you can see and hear it within your own own ears and eyes and you're not breaking any  trespassing laws.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

Catch Travis co-anchoring with Jennifer Elliott weekdays on NBC 5 News at Sunrise starting at 5:30am.

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