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The cat got out of my yard and went to a neighbor's yard. The neighbor called the police and called me. When I got there the police woman had already put my cat in a carrier. So, it was on private property...but not mine. I did not like how the police treated me, so I wrote a letter to the editor about it. In editing and working on the letter with the editor, he told me that he was going to view a video that the police had of the incident.
Made me very upset. I told the editor if he didn't believe my account of what went on to not print the letter and that I am through with his newspaper.
But, I decided I would like to know if in this country of ours one can be videoed by the police anytime the police feel like it without letting us know.
They had permission from the neighbor to be on his property where my cat had wandered to. No, they did not cite me, because I volunteered who my veterinarian was and that they could check with him, which they did by phone, and my veterinarian backed me up that the cat was old and suffereing from thyroid disease and was on medication. They did not provide a receipt to me for the cat which they had captured in their carrier.
Yes, they returned the cat to me because they called my veterinarian and he backed me up...that the cat was not being abused; it is ill with thyroid disease which I am doctoring. They wanted to cite me; I could see it in their bullying manner, but they didn't thanks to my vet.
They returned the cat to me, but I never knew about the videotape.
I don't want to put a claim against the police. I wanted to know what the rules are for videotaping people without telling them. I guess from what you say they can do it because their car would be parked in the street and the wheels would be touching a public street, Are the video cameras on the police cars or are they secretly attached to each police officer?
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