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Affirming the right of citizens to record police activity
Affirming the right of citizens to record police activity

It is not a crime for Californians to use their smartphones to record police activity in a public place, as long as they do not “deter or prevent” officers from performing their duties. Maybe the deputy U.S. marshal who grabbed the smartphone out of Beatriz Paez's hand and smashed it to the ground was unaware of that fact. Or, given that he was participating in a police raid in her South Gate neighborhood, maybe he was afraid of ending up in a viral YouTube video like so many that have recently put police conduct under a national microscope. (If that was the case, then, ironically, he only ensured his notoriety, because another citizen recorded him smashing the...

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