Recording Police Activity

Story Date: 
Apr 17, 2015

On July 24, 2014, Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission (FPC) approved Standard Operating Procedure 755: Recording Police Activity.  The policy provides guidance to the Milwaukee Police Department for situations in which they are being recorded by members of the public or media, which is a constitutionally-protected activity.  This right has been upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals as recently as 2012 in ACLU vs. Alvarez, a case in which individuals and organizations that wanted to monitor police activity in order to detect police misconduct were prosecuted under the law.

Is Milwaukee Police Department taking this FPC directive to heart?  Standard Operating Procedure 755 does not appear on the department's website where nearly all other SOPs have been posted.  Has MPD incorporated it into training?  Has it presented officers information about it at their roll call?

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