If you’ve ever visited an RV dealership, you know it doesn’t take long to get noticed by a salesperson. However, suspiciously recording RVs may speed up the process. Check out one YouTuber who encountered the police when he did just that. Let’s take a look!
YouTuber Tests First Amendment Right to Record in Public
In this video, “NastyNathanial” tries his luck by recording Sky River RV dealership in Pismo Beach, Calif. He performs a “First Amendment Audit” to test if employees or individuals will attempt to obstruct his right to record in public.
After about 10 minutes, “NastyNathanial” doesn’t get the reaction he wants. He considers leaving. As more employees notice him loitering, they continue to ignore him.
Finally, a police officer approaches “NastyNathanial.” The officer, called by the dealership, asks what “NastyNathanial” is doing. However, he does not arrest “NastyNathanial” or tell him to leave.
Ultimately, “NastyNathanial” doesn’t get the reaction he desired.
Who Is Nastynathanial?
“NastyNathanial,” of Los Angeles, Calif., describes himself as an “Actor, First Amendment Auditor, Cop Watcher, Scientology Investigator, and Gaytheist.” He’s amassed more than 45,000 subscribers on YouTube, where he posts his “First Amendment Audits.”
What Is a “First Amendment Audit?”
Individuals conduct a “First Amendment Audit” by recording on public property. They test whether an individual or business will ask them to stop.
People often pick secure locations or places where someone will notice them quickly. They hope to film a confrontation or violation of their rights. These videos tend to perform even better when there’s a confrontation.
These self-declared “auditors” often refuse to identify themselves and may open-carry firearms. This creates an even more uncomfortable situation and can lead more easily to a confrontation. Frequently, the police intervene.
Is It Illegal to Record in Public?
Though potentially incredibly annoying, it is legal to record in public. Several courts, including the Supreme Court, have ruled that individuals can record in public places. If the “auditor” remains in a public place, they may record.
Despite having different motives, these “auditors” are no different from anyone else recording in public. It may be uncomfortable, but it is not illegal.
This style of video garners popularity through conflict, often conflict with police. The best way to discourage these videos is to ignore them. If these videos stop gaining views, YouTubers will stop creating them.
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