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Being videotaped has become a common occurrence for law enforcement

“Often times, they actually collect evidence as well while they’re videoing some of those incidents”
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 4:55 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — There have been many instances nationwide where someone videotaping law enforcement has made headlines. Now the situation has reached the Magic Valley.

Anthony Hall is the grandson of John Hall, the 75-year-old man tazed in the Gooding County incident last week. He filmed much of the interaction after his grandfather was stunned and posted it on social media. When Anthony was interviewed about the incident earlier this week, he was asked why he decided to pull out his phone.

“The reason I went and grabbed my phone is because I know in any of these situations just for the court case, not because of, in case, of a chance of police brutality,” Hall said. “It’s always good to record to show what happened.”

Shawn Applewhite, with the Twin Falls Police Department, said officers with the police department are well aware they can be videotaped.

“It’s a daily, common occurrence,” Applewhite said. “Every one’s carrying a phone, they want to video or view or be a part of that incident,” Applewhite said.

In certain situations, having video of an incident helps law enforcement.

“Often times, they actually collect evidence as well while they’re videoing incidents,” Applewhite said.

However, if videotaping interferes with an investigation, the action is illegal.

“Maybe other officers will call us out because there is multiple people trying to record a particular incident,” Applewhite said. “We just make sure they are at a safe distance and obviously we welcome the fact that they’re recording, we just want to make sure that the officer is not put in danger or that they are not impeding an investigation.”

Cameras, cellphones, etc. are not allowed to be confiscated without a warrant and any recordings are not allowed to be deleted by law enforcement.

For more information on video rights in the state of Idaho, click here.

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