Friday, November 7, 2014

No right to privacy in home w body cams?

Some heads of law enforcement agencies throughout Minnesota want body cameras. Based on public testimony at the Minnesota Legislature one head law enforcement official does not believe people have a right to privacy in one's own home.  It was very clear in testimony by Chief Ramsey, Duluth Police Department, in reaction to a question by Representative Mary Liz Holberg.

Rep Holberg outlined a situation if there was a call for service with the following question.

" want to enter my home in Duluth with body cams running.  Do I have a right as a citizen in your city, have a right to have you turn off the camera before you enter my home?"

Chief Ramsey's response:  "Madame Chair, right now, no you do not."

( at 3hr 12 minutes)

Do you have a right to say no in a non-emergency situation to body cam recording by police in your own home?  Is it a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure?

The Minnesota Legislature will be deciding these issues in 2015.  Start contacting your legislators.

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