It's Black-letter Law!

Posted 7/24/2015

You have a right to record the police, says King County (elected) Sheriff John Urquhart.  Two of his deputies got into a dispute with a Metro Transit bus driver, and later filed written complaints that the driver yelled and used profanity at them.  What the deputies didn't know was that the driver was wearing glasses with a built-in camera which recorded the altercation (and evidently reflects the bus driver's version, that he didn't).  As to why the recording was legal, the Seattle Times quotes the good Sheriff:

Urquhart said Kirkpatrick’s recording fell within legal bounds because people are allowed to shoot video and audio of police officers on the job. “That’s black-letter law,” he said.

 That may be a little surprising to some lawyers, but I'm sure Glenn Reynolds will be happy!