A guide by WITNESS
In the USA it is legal to film police in public as long as you don’t interfere and comply if you’re told to back up.
You can film things that are plainly visible from public spaces, but property owners set the rules in private spaces.
Police can’t search your phone without your consent or a warrant. They should never ask you to delete your videos.
Having a camera at a protest can make you a target for police. Stay out of arm’s reach of the police. Wearing something that identifies you as a livestreamer or media can be helpful.
Livestreaming can expose people’s identities, protesters’ tactics and other sensitive information far more easily than recorded video that you can edit. Evaluate the security risks before filming.
Try anonymizing protesters by filming their feet or backs or capturing very wide shots.