Because of the abuse of many law enforcement officials toward citizens today, I plan to purchase either a
body or dash cam to record police in ' action ' ; particularly for my own safety and legal rights.
Is it legal in Oregon, to record public officials---namely law enforcement officers? For instance, if I was stopped by police on a public road, am I legally allowed to record the encounter?
If you are a participant in the encounter and consent to the recording, you should be fine. If you are not a participant in the conversation, you are required to specifically inform all of the participants in the conversation of the fact that you are recording them. See ORS 165.540 If you record conversations without the participants' knowledge, you could be charged with a misdemeanor.
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