Minneapolis Police Filming Their Own Work

Friday, June 15, 2012


When demonstrators from the Minneapolis occupy movement posted video depicting what looked like a series of unprovoked arrests, the Minneapolis Police Department posted their own video showing several warnings to the crowd. Bob talks to incoming police chief Janee Harteau about the department's decision to post video of their own officers at large public events.


Janee Harteau

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Bob Garfield

Comments [7]

@alex -- we did talk about it, but it didn't make it into the final cut. There are some things to consider w/r/t that law.

1. It only covers audio recording.

2. A 7th circuit court judge granted an injunction making it unenforceable at least during the NATO summit in Chicago. There are several challenges currently being made to the law. It is likely to be repealed.


Jun. 19 2012 07:59 PM
Alex from Chicago

I was surprised you made no mention of the even more chilling Illinois eavesdropping law that disallows any recording of police.

Jun. 19 2012 05:00 PM
MrJM from Chicagoland

One of the reasons for law enforcement's discomfort with citizens videotaping police-work is that they are used to having a total monopoly on evidence in criminal matters. From fingerprints to lab work to recordings, throughout our history, only the police and prosecutors controlled the evidence in criminal investigations. Now the monopoly is broken and the watchmen are being watched -- and they don't always like it.

Rest in Peace
Rodney Glen King
(April 2, 1965 – June 17, 2012)

-- MrJM

Jun. 18 2012 03:42 PM
Mark Laskowski from Longmeadow, MA

Listened to the podcast of the most recent show during this morning's rigorous walk (hup hup hup). And when I heard the initial clip of the Minneapolis Police Department's "warning by bullhorn" from their youtube video, my mind instantly made the association of it to the nat sound clip at the beginning of the Replacements' "Kids Don't Follow" from their 1982 EP "The Replacements Stink." And then at the end of the piece ... well, you know. I expect radio that's really good from OTM. But radio that reads my mind surprised me a bit.

Jun. 18 2012 10:59 AM

who will protect the public from the police?

Jun. 17 2012 05:45 PM

Too bad you missed the story of Oakland PD's recent prodigious efforts at transparency in the face of damning cell phone videos being posted all over YouTube. Earlier this year, OPD posted hours of raw footage on their website (with potential "evidentiary" portions excised) from the larger Occupy Oakland demonstrations: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/OPD/a/PublicReports/OccupyOaklandPublicRecords/index.htm#video . Officers of varying ranks had small Flip-style cameras mounted on their chests (you could have had a nice turn of phrase coming out of the "big brother watching over their shoulders" line) that were manually activated by the officers themselves, which is obviously problematic.

The first person views are pretty uncanny and really a genre unto itself. You get officers making fun of protestors, complaining about how their faces are burning because they can't wear gas masks while giving dispersal orders, and reminding each other to turn off the cameras before urinating. Would have made for good radio.

Jun. 16 2012 02:29 PM

The police answer to the public, the city, the department, their colleagues and the media.
The Occupy protesters answer to nobody; least of all the media which is there to give them every benefit of the doubt while the police get no such courtesy while protecting the public.

Jun. 16 2012 07:54 AM

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