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Legal analyst explains rights in lieu of reporters in Ferguson

Know your rights (Source: MGN Online) Know your rights (Source: MGN Online)
Law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo. has been telling reporters to stop video taping or photographing officers on the scene. 


WAFF 48's legal analyst Mark McDaniel weighed in on what your rights are, whether you're covering the news or whether you want to record an interaction with a police officer.

“Certainly you have the right to make any recording you want to,” McDaniel said.

It's legal for any person to record the actions of a police officer. If police ask you to stop recording, you can inform them it infringes on your constitutional rights. 


Police also cannot take your phone without probable cause or a warrant.

“Police can get a search warrant and search the contents of your phone,” McDaniel said. “but they don't have a right just to seize your phone and search it without any probable cause, this is America.”


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