Us Police officer plays Taylor Swift song to prevent activists from recording him.

by Helvine Achieng
July 12, 2021

A US police officer played a Taylor Swift song on his phone to prevent activists who were filming him from uploading the video to YouTube.Since streaming platform, Youtube regularly removes videos that break music copyright rules. The officer thought playing the song would hinder it from even getting to youtube; however, the officer's efforts were in vain as the clip of the encounter in Oakland, California, promptly went viral.

In the video, the officer says: "You can record all you want; I just know it can't be posted to YouTube."

When asked if playing music in this way is a procedure, the officer responds: "It's not specifically outlined."

Later in the video, he confirms: "I'm playing music so that you can't post on YouTube."

The Alameda County police told the B.B.C. it was not "approved behaviour".

 "We have seen the video and referred it to our internal affairs bureau. This is not approved behaviour. It will not happen again."

The video was filmed by members of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), which says it is a coalition that seeks to "eradicate police terror in communities of colour".