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    Video/ audio recording police

    My google-fu is failing me. Does anyone know of a cite to the law about recording people/police in public in Minnesota? I need to know if I can record police legally.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish.40 View Post
    My google-fu is failing me. Does anyone know of a cite to the law about recording people/police in public in Minnesota? I need to know if I can record police legally.


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    From what I found, I believe that MN is a single party state.

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    Audio and or video recording of the police

    Quote Originally Posted by mohawk001 View Post
    From what I found, I believe that MN is a single party state.
    Check out the Photography is Not a Crime website. You will learn that the US Supreme Court has ruled that public employees (that includes police and fire as well as politicians) have no expectation of privacy in the performance of their duties. You have every legal right to record them whether they like it or not.
    They CAN ask you to move further away from a scene if you are interfering with the performance of their jobs or creating a safety issue.
    They CAN ask for your video or audio recording. But, you do NOT need to provide it (with some exceptions). In general, they need a warrant to seize your property.
    Many photographers have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace by standing their grounds on this issue.
    The Photography is Not a Crime website references instances of Minneapolis police violating users constitutionally guaranteed rights.

    In short....You CAN. And, you may be harrassed and jailed for doing so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWModel66 View Post
    Check out the Photography is Not a Crime website. You will learn that the US Supreme Court has ruled that public employees (that includes police and fire as well as politicians) have no expectation of privacy in the performance of their duties. You have every legal right to record them whether they like it or not.
    They CAN ask you to move further away from a scene if you are interfering with the performance of their jobs or creating a safety issue.
    They CAN ask for your video or audio recording. But, you do NOT need to provide it (with some exceptions). In general, they need a warrant to seize your property.
    Many photographers have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct or disturbing the peace by standing their grounds on this issue.
    The Photography is Not a Crime website references instances of Minneapolis police violating users constitutionally guaranteed rights.

    In short....You CAN. And, you may be harrassed and jailed for doing so.
    Understood, but having it already being legal in the state books without having to rely on the USSC would hopefully make it that much smoother since some states still want to believe they can have their own laws saying it's still illegal. Maybe not worded perfect, but I think you can get my meaning.

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