marinepilot81 wrote:First you will want to know what is legal in NC, and how many parties to the conversationmust give their consent. Its almost a given that some aspect of it will be illegal. The problem is to find where the legality starts. Sometimes all parties must consent to a recording. Sometimes, only one party (meaning yourself in this application).I suggest Googling the NC legislature's homepage to find a path to NC statutes, or just Google the statutes themselves. Once you've found the statutes, try keywords, "oral" and "intercept".SNIP What I'm looking for is advice on:
1. Whether or not it's smart to try and record the police encounters?
2. Tactics on how I may do it.
3. Should I let the police officers know?
4. Start it only when they arrive or just leave it running the entire time I'm out of my car?
5. Since I'm military, any one think dealing with cops and OC might make my life hell in my command?
Journalists are very interested in recordings. I've come across journalist-interest websites that had info. You could hunt for something like this in NC.
You could also just call a private detective out of the phone book. Theymay beable tosteer you to the relevant statutes.
Having the recorder on at all times kills batteries fast.
Practice Condition Yellow and activate it at the first sign of police presence. Also, activate it at the first sign of a store manager approaching with their attention fixed on you. I would also turn it on at the first hint of a sour, outraged, or antagonisticexpression from a stranger in public (not counting criminal-type antagonism), since there is a chance they might approach you for an argument, or call the police or a manager.
And if you do have a confrontation with an anti- be sure to casually follow them outside and get their license plate number if possible so you can identify them if they anonymously make a false statement or alarm to police.