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Is it illegal to film police in California?

Police broke in my apartment, scared my girl. They were messing all sorts of stuff up, looking for something, and I asked them if they could be careful with my stuff. I took out my cell phone and used it to record how violent they were being with my stuff and one of the cop grabbed my phone and took it from me.


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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    It is completely legal. The police have no right to prevent their actions from being videotaped.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/23/2013
    Terry Nelson | Nelson & Lawless
    2134 Main St., #130
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 960-7584
    It is if they tell you to stop.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/22/2013
    John W. Bussman | Rizio & Nelson
    1801 Parkcourt Pl., Bldg.
    Santa Ana, CA 92833
    (714) 505-2468
    You have a right to film police, but you don't have a right to interfere with them while they're doing their jobs. If you can film them without interfering in any way, film away, my friend. Of course, cops are always going to try to intimidate you. They're going to threaten you and make your life miserable, but you haven't broken any laws if all you did was film them in a public place. That being said, you may not use a hidden recording device to film anyone. Make sure the recording device is in plain sight and remember not to interfere with the police in any way.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/22/2013
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