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Criminal Justice & Legal System

ACLU: Right to record police “critical” to bringing about reform

An Occupy Wall Street protester records police in 2011.
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An Occupy Wall Street protester records police in 2011.

We likely would not know about the killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge or Philando Castile in Minnesota if not for the video recordings. 

In April, MLive published a story that dives into the question of whether police can order you to delete a recording on your phone after you've captured video of a police action.

The story refers to a case in which two of the officers who are accused of beating and falsely arresting the wrong person were undercover. A uniformed officer told people who'd recorded the scene to "delete it for the safety of the officers."

ACLU of Michigan Legal Director Michael Steinberg joined us today to talk generally about whether or not police can order you to delete a recording or seize your phone or camera. 

GUEST Michael Steinberg has served as the Legal Director for ACLU of Michigan since 1997.

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