Its seems that, almost on a daily basis, cellphone recordings of questionable police encounters are being broadcast far and wide on television and the Internet. One recent and particularly jarring example of such an encounter involved cellphone footage of a police officer shooting and killing an unarmed man as he attempted to flee on foot after a traffic stop.
In this case, video footage of the incident tends to show that the officer used excessive and unnecessary force. The police officer was subsequently arrested and charged with the murder of the 50-year-old man.
North Carolina citizens are leglaly entitled to record any encounter as long as it does not interefere with the law enforcement process. They may also do it secretly as no permission is needed.
It should also be noted that under NC law, one party may record a conversation that they are party to, without the knowledge or consent of any other party or parties to the conversation. This is distinguishable from other states which require all participants to consent to the recording.