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Crowley police can ban audio, video recording

1 year 11 months 1 week ago November 13, 2014 Nov 13, 2014 Thursday, November 13 2014 November 13, 2014 2:14 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

CROWLEY, La. - A Louisiana attorney general's office opinion says Police Chief K.P. Gibson can prohibit audio or video recording at the Crowley police station.

KATC-TV reports Gibson asked for a ruling after a resident complained about the policy, which bans audio or video recording in the station's lobby and waiting areas.

The chief says the policy is designed to protect victims, witnesses and others who might be waiting to speak to an officer. He says the department maintains video surveillance throughout the building.

While the opinion favors Gibson, it also says the chief should consider whether safety, security or privacy concerns warrant restrictions on the public's right to gather information on government activities.

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