- Associated Press - Sunday, September 21, 2014

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Civil libertarians are questioning why police officers have been recording images of people attending public events and protests.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Sunday (https://avlne.ws/1tMXf4A ) that police in that city have spent the last decade recording video of public gatherings under a seemingly unorganized system that now has officials working to comply with state law.

At least some of the gatherings have been political. Asheville police have given conflicting explanations for the practice, from saying the videos aid in training to saying they could be part of criminal investigations.

American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina spokesman Mike Meno said the recording could have a chilling effect on legal protests, allowing police to keep track of an individual’s politics or what types of rallies or events they like to go to.

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