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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The Memphis Police Department is reminding its officers that citizens have a First Amendment right to record video of police.
 
The department released a new policy on public recordings this week. It tells officers not to arrest people who are shooting video and instructs them not to confiscate cameras or tell people to delete pictures or video files.

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The new policy comes after two incidents in October where people were arrested and cellphones were confiscated after people refused to stop taping officers. One of the incidents happened on South Main Street during a gathering outside the boutique Kpresha

Police Director Toney Armstrong said the policy is based on other police departments from around the country.

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