March 26, 2014
A man was filming a street march in Norfolk, VA when an unmarked police car pulls into the camera frame. A high-ranking cop becomes furious and threatens the citizen, and another cop breaks the camera when he knocks it out of the citizen's hand and it falls to the ground.
Filming cops is not illegal.
Get a camera, always film, and if you can, get an app that streams the video to another location so even, if your phone is seized, you will still have the evidence.
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Alton Robinson went on to sue these cops and won. A Norfolk General District Court judge ruled that even though he continued to videotape a public demonstration after police asked him to stop could not be convicted of disorderly conduct.