WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

ACLU Defends Maryland Citizens' Right To Record Police

Play associated audio
Videotaping police actions is permitted under Maryland law.
Pedro de Matos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lograi/5879598541/
Videotaping police actions is permitted under Maryland law.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says it wants police officers statewide to know citizens have the right to record their actions.

The ACLU chapter is asking law enforcement agencies statewide for clear policies and training to ensure that officers know the public can record them as they conduct official business.

The civil liberties group is representing a man from Owings Mills who is suing Baltimore police over the seizure of a cell phone he used to record officers making an arrest at the Preakness.

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to side with the plaintiff, Christopher Sharp. The Maryland ACLU says recent federal appeals court rulings in Massachusetts and Illinois have upheld the right of citizens to record public police actions.

NPR

A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.
NPR

In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand

Clam-digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam-diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of fifteen clams.
NPR

In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event

Even as technology and social media transform politics, some traditions still live on — like the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield. It's a must-attend event on Virginia's political calendar.
NPR

Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.