In one word, YES.
As the New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Legal Director, Ed Barocas said, "holding that camera up to police officers is very much protected by the First Amendment and common law."
According to Robert W. Fox, president of the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police, police should face the realities of cellphone footage.
"We tell our officers...that, anything they do, consider themselves being filmed," Fox said. "No matter where you are anymore, there is some sort of video on the incident - whether it comes from a building camera or an individual cellphone or things like that."
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Mr. Peyrouton is a Criminal Defense Attorney in Bergen County, NJ.