I umpire leagur games. During one game a fight broke out and verbally abusive words were used. I took out my cell phone to document these. The abusive player knew that I may be videotaping him but did not stop from cursing etc. This incident took place in a public location with zero expectation of privacy and things were not being said in a private conversation. Is it ok for me to record this?
Yes, it's okay to record that.
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Yes. You were being prudent and documenting an incident which could have escalated into something more.
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Yes, this was fine.
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