Man Faces 75 Years For Videotaping the Police

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Man Faces 75 Years For Videotaping the Police Empty Man Faces 75 Years For Videotaping the Police

Post by NotRepublicanOrDemocrat on Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:57 am

This shows you what a police state we have become. Ander Brevik who killed 77 in a rampage in Norway received 21 years, the max allowed by law in Norway. This guy faces 75 years in prison for filming? Even Russia or China isn't that bad.

The Peoples Republic of California is in on it too!

THIS is why we need the freedom to record in ANY public place:

In Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland, wiretapping and
eavesdropping laws have been used to prosecute individuals who have
recorded police activity in a public location. In Cali there is no law but they
arrest you anyway on some other charge.

“[In three states - MA, MD, IL] it is now illegal to record an on-duty
police officer even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary
to your defense
, and even if the recording is on a public street where
no expectation of privacy exists
.” YET the police in these states can record YOU
without your consent on their dashcams! There is no freedom left in the USA!
In one example case, motorcyclist Anthony John Graber III was stopped for reckless driving.
A plain-clothes police officer stopped him, jumped out of his car
waving a gun and screaming, and issued a ticket. Graber had a video
camera mounted in his motorcycle helmet; he posted video of the encounter to youtube. Ten days after the police encounter, after police found the video on youtube, Graber was arrested and charged under felony wiretapping laws,
which could result in up to 5 years jail time.

In December 2009,
street artist Christopher Drew found himself in a similar situation in
Chicago. Drew was arrested
while selling art on the streets of Chicago as a test of the cities
anti-peddler law. During the arrest, police officers found a small
audio recorder that was recording and charged Drew under felony wiretapping laws;
Drew faces 4-15 years in prison. As the Freeman reports, not everyone
in the legal realm agrees with these policies: Massachusetts Supreme
Court Chief Justice Margaret Marshall dissented to a 2001 ruling
upholding charges stemming from recording police activity, “Citizens
have a particularly important role to play when the official conduct at
issue is that of the police. Their role cannot be performed if citizens
must fear criminal reprisals….


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