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Cell phones become evidence

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

It's become a regular thing for people to record police encounters whether they are involved or watching nearby.

The cell phone with its convenient and high definition camera has become another layer of protection and a third eye on interactions with law enforcement.

"You can record. Whip out your cell phone, turn on your high definition camera and start recording the interaction because sometimes what happens is that interesting things happen when the cameras rolling," attorney Phil Ellison said.

Ellison said the laws are different in different parts of the country. The issue in Michigan is there is no law that gives you explicit permission to record police, but at the same time there is no law that says you cannot record.

"Now, of course as an attorney I would always advise that you don't get in the way of a police officer doing his duty. But there is no law against recording a police officer conducting his business on behalf of the public," Ellison said.

With the ever growing list of national controversies, for some the cell phone has become the silent witness.

"If I thought that I could bring some kind of justice through video, I would do it in a heartbeat," said Jesse Vasquez, resident.

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