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Video: Is it okay for you to film police? Apparently not

A man in California who saw police activity started filming it with his smart phone. But that didn't sit well with an officer, who arrested him.

In Florida, police often use the state's wiretapping statue, 934.03, which bans "the interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communication."

But according to a report in the Sun-Sentinel of South Florida, they shouldn't. West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer David Pleasanton, a former chief of the major crimes unit for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, said he doesn't think the majority of these charges will stick because prosecutors usually drop them once they find out the taping happened in a public place.

Watch the video, then take our poll and tell us what you think of the situation.

Filming police officers in public

Do you think people should have the right to record police activity if they aren't interfering with the officers?

Yes. It's in a public space and helps keep the police honest.

No. It's a distraction that could hinder the officers and put them at risk.

Don't know. It should be handled on a case by case basis.

Video: Is it okay for you to film police? Apparently not 07/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:23am]

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