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07-26-11, 01:46 AM
Just noticed a local cop watch group is positioning themselves at local malls and challenging code of conducts and following local guards. Correct me if I'm wrong but Property owners have the right to refuse service and determine how customers will conduct themselves while on the property. What can be done regarding video taping of mall employees in cases such as these? This is not public property and most shopping centers have a no still / video photography policy. Can the guard or client force deletion of the video to prevent YouTube or other disturbution? This is California but interested in other opinions of the law.
07-26-11, 07:36 AM
The mall owners probably don't want the publicity and that's what these groups are striving for. If they get no response, they'll eventually move on to something else to draw attention to themselves. Cop Watch here used to always be trying to stir up incidents. If we confront them and it gets in the news, they win. Mostly they're just a pain and really don't cross the line into criminal conduct. Once we started ignoring them, they lost all their power, now the news media pays little attention to them.