Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I am pretty pro Police, but not this pro police.

Apparently many people in the US are being prosecuted for filming police actions. That is ridiculous. The police are civil servants and I think allowing filming them is justified. How is this different than journalists videotaping police. these prosecutions seem unconstitutional to me. I hope they will not happen in Canada.


Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police
Prosecutions Draw Attention to Influence of Witness Videos

By RAY SANCHEZ
July 19, 2010


That Anthony Graber broke the law in early March is indisputable. He raced his Honda motorcycle down Interstate 95 in Maryland at 80 mph, popping a wheelie, roaring past cars and swerving across traffic lanes.
Anthony Graber was arrested for posting a video of his traffic stop on YouTube.

But it wasn't his daredevil stunt that has the 25-year-old staff sergeant for the Maryland Air National Guard facing the possibility of 16 years in prison. For that, he was issued a speeding ticket. It was the video that Graber posted on YouTube one week later -- taken with his helmet camera -- of a plainclothes state trooper cutting him off and drawing a gun during the traffic stop near Baltimore.

In early April, state police officers raided Graber's parents' home in Abingdon, Md. They confiscated his camera, computers and external hard drives. Graber was indicted for allegedly violating state wiretap laws by recording the trooper

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is also a current topic of discussion in GB too nowadays. Frankly, it should be allowed because security now films much of the public in urban areas without their consent and without cause in most cases. Videos have been instrumental in as of late in finding corrupt, incompetent cops and even in assisting policing to improve by forcing policy changes. (real conservative)

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