Free Speech and Recording of Police in Public

Can Colorado Police Officers Stop You from Recording?

No, police officers cannot stop a person from publicly recording police actions if that person does not interfere with their investigation. You have a First Amendment right to record police officers in the line of duty. Police do not have an expectation of privacy when performing official duties in public.

Additionally, officers cannot take the recording device from you without consent. Interference or seizing of a recording device, like a cellphone, could be in violation of your Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. In fact, officers who take recording devices or delete recordings without justification are subject to criminal charges. You might also have a basis for filing a civil lawsuit against police who violate this right.

It is important to know your rights. Contact attorney Jill Jackson at the Law Office of Jill M. Jackson to evaluate your case.