You can now listen to the recording of my appearance on NPR’s “On Point” here.
I thought it was a good discussion, though there was very little disagreement. Even the police union rep they had on seems to have changed his mind about this issue.
What’s interesting—and unfortunate—is that despite the lopsided public support for the idea that citizens should be permitted to record on-duty cops, legislatures around the country still aren’t doing much to clarify the law, and the cops and prosecutors who violate the law by wrongly arresting, jailing, and charging people aren’t held accountable.
Politicians are usually way behind the public on this sort of thing, but this issue really isn’t even close. I think part of the problem is that Democrats tend to get a lot of support from police unions, and Republicans are still loathe to stake out any position that appears even vaguely in opposition to law enforcement. So there’s no really upside to taking a stand—except for good government, sound public policy, and respect for individual rights. But those generally aren’t the sorts of priorities that lead to success in politics.
UPDATE: Link fixed.