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Published August 31, 2012, 06:21 PM

Advancements in technology put law enforcement under constant surveillance

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We're in a day and age where one mistake can turn you into YouTube sensation -- in a bad way. Police especially deal with this, as people target them to find a mistake and capture it on a camera phone. A St. Paul officer is on leave right now, for just that reason.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We're in a day and age where one mistake can turn you into YouTube sensation -- in a bad way. Police especially deal with this, as people target them to find a mistake and capture it on a camera phone. A St. Paul officer is on leave right now, for just that reason.

This YouTube clip is being played over and over across the country. That's a St. Paul police officer. He just pepper sprayed the man on the ground and then, a kick. That officer is on paid leave right now. You can hear the person shooting the video telling the man kicked he got it recorded and he can sue.

Looking at it again, you might think officers wouldn't ever want a camera rolling on them right? Local police say just the opposite, encouraging people to roll on whatever they want.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: “We've had talks with our personnel about everything we do we should be able to put on the 6 o'clock news."

This clip from Oregon is now circling around Police Departments across the country; enough to give officers a smirk as the person taping tries to bait the officer into a mistake, and the officer just handles it perfectly.

We're not here to decide whether this was called for, but another glaring reminder that someone is always watching and with today's technology - always rolling.

Lt. Vettel says there are much fewer complaints against police officers in Fargo, compared to other parts of the country.

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