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What are your rights as a citizen journalist?

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - 9 is on your side letting you know your rights as a citizen journalist.

Attorney Tyrell Clemons says no matter what your role is behind the camera, when the police are involved you should always think twice before you pull out your camera. “If you get stopped and you pull out your video camera and the police run up on you, you will get shot if you pull out your camera right in the middle of an investigation and they don't know what you're reaching for," he said. 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right.

Police can't take your video or pictures without a warrant and they generally can’t confiscate or demand to view your photographs or video without a warrant.

Clemons adds, depending on the situation, police can ask you stop video tapping if you’re hindering their investigation.

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