The 21st Show

How To Film Police Misconduct Safely & Ethically


Editor's Note: this segment first aired on The 21st in June 2020. 

By now you have probably heard the name “George Floyd” mentioned many times over the past few weeks.  But have you heard the name “Darnella Frazier”? She is the 17-year-old bystander who filmed the killing of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. Without her video, we might be in a very different place than we are now as a country.

We know that cases of police misconduct are not simply happening more, but rather the technology is now widely available to record it more, with video capability on cell phones in the pockets and hands of nearly every American.  But what are your rights when it comes to recording police? And how do you do it safely, and ethically? We received answers from WITNESS, a non-profit organization that supports the use of video and technology to protect and defend human rights. 


Sam Gregory, program director of WITNESS


Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi.

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