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Officers tell driver it’s against the law to record the police. No it’s not.


A Wilmington, North Carolina police sergeant is shown on video telling a citizen (who was pulled over for a traffic stop) that he is not allowed to record the police due to a “new state law” prohibiting the recording of police interactions.

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Shortly after that, a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy agrees with the officer that there is a new state law. There is no such law in North Carolina.  Click her for a link to the story and the video.

The video comes from defense attorney Jesse Bright, who also drives for Uber in his spare time. Bright said he was making a round trip for a customer in late February and was stopped shortly after the passenger got back into the vehicle.

The passenger was asked to exit the vehicle and submit to a search. The location where Bright stopped was described as a “drug house” by an officer heard on the video.

When Bright kept recording the interaction, an unidentified officer with the Wilmington Police Department, confronted him and told him to stop recording.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon and Wilmington Police Chief issued statements after this story became public stating that the officers were wrong when they told Jesse Bright he could not record them while they were on duty.

If you are pulled over by the police or encounter the police in some other situation there is no law the prohibits you from recording the interaction.  If you are charged with a crime in Wake County, North Carolina contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC to discuss your case.  Many patrol cars have dashboard video cameras that record what happens in the front of the car and everything that you say when/if you are placed inside of the patrol car.  You can reach us at our Cary, NC office at 919-585-1486 to discuss your case.

Kristi Haddock