Are You Allowed to Record the Police?
ARE YOU ALLOWED TO RECORD THE POLICE?
Yes! If you observe or have an interaction with a police officer, you may record them.
There is no expectation of privacy by a police officer who is conducting his work in public. If you are not interfering with an investigation, you can record the officer. The officer cannot make you delete the video unless he has a warrant. Searching your phone without a warrant is a violation of privacy.
Recently an iPhone shortcut called “The Police” made the news. The shortcut was launched 2 years ago but has resurfaced in popularity. After installing the shortcut, a user can say, “Hey siri, I’m getting pulled over.” The shortcut will then pause any music you are playing, turn down the brightness of your phone, turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode to block any calls, open your front facing camera and begin video recording.
It will also send a message to someone you have designated letting them know you have been pulled over.