DC officers cannot record inauguration demonstrators?
WASHINGTON — Officers patrolling during the inauguration and days after will not be allowed to turn on their body cameras until they make an arrest.
A law bans officers in D.C. from recording demonstrators unless the officer has to take action and make an arrest, according to WJLA.
The ACLU said the camera shouldn’t be on because police shouldn’t be able to surveil first amendment activities.
“Our concern is around the availability of body cameras, what is done with that data, who looks at that data and what that data’s used for,” ACLU Spokeswoman Monica Hopkins-Maxwell told the news station.
While police won’t be allowed to film demonstrators, the ACLU is encouraging citizens to film police. Along with citizens watching the police, federal law enforcement will be monitoring DC cops as well, the news station reported.Does this sound like a set-up?