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Videotaping a cop can get you a felony

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Gzus, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Gzus

    Gzus portland-ish Member

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  2. ZachS

    ZachS Eugene/PDX Active Member

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  3. Decidion

    Decidion Washington county, Oregon Member

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    Is there someplace that shows what the laws/rights are on a state by state basis? I'm interested specifically in what they are for Oregon & Washington.
     
  4. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    IIRC Oregon was not a two party state.

    and my memory is shorter than my... #*&#@ so if that tells you anything.
     
  5. ZachS

    ZachS Eugene/PDX Active Member

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    To the best of my knowledge, there are no Oregon laws about videotaping somebody without their consent (unless they're naked and certain other conditions are met).

    There are plenty of laws regarding audio recording... Here are the relevant ones you'd need to know for making an audio and video recording. I'm too lazy to look up the case law, so remember that courts might interpret the following language differently than you do:


    Regardless, some local officers will not hesitate to attack videotapers

    Video of the incident (start watching at 2:00 or so)

    The officer was found to have used unnecessary force, and the videotaper received a $55,000 settlement from the city.


    This kind of thing also happens at just about every protest (the police often claim that video cameras are weapons that can be thrown at them).

    One might wonder if they have something to hide, but I don't think that could be possible for such brave upholders of law and justice.
     
  6. pdxjohann

    pdxjohann Portland near Tigard Member

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    screw that noise. Video and Audio all public persons now more than ever, I say. Geesh, what cowards that police force must be for the fear of their own actions being seen. Sniveling cowards hiding behind lawyers, cowering, shaking, pissing in their pants. 'Don't let them see what I do. Please protect me Mr. Lawyer.' Explain this in plain English. Pols, Cops, Reporters, I urge you to be professional at all times and run the bilge pumps to purge the stink. Think of it, calling in government and lawyers to hide what is done as a professional civil servant.

    <rant over>
    Johann
     
  7. kaoboi503

    kaoboi503 Gresham, OR Member

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    I believe that it is considered illegal to record police in states that have a 2 party law. In Oregon, we have a 1 party law in which only one of the parties involved in a conversation needs to know they are being recorded. I may be wrong though.