From The Freeman:
In at least three states (Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland), 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.This doesn't make any sense to me. So since these recordings show police officers breaking the law and physically attacking people, people are no longer allowed to video tape them? What kind of bull shit is that? These people are basically giving immunity to bad cops.
The legal justification for arresting the “shooter” rests on existing wiretapping or eavesdropping laws, with statutes against obstructing law enforcement sometimes cited. Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland are among the 12 states in which all parties must consent for a recording to be legal unless, as with TV news crews, it is obvious to all that recording is underway. Since the police do not consent, the camera-wielder can be arrested. Most all-party-consent states also include an exception for recording in public places where “no expectation of privacy exists” (Illinois does not) but in practice this exception is not being recognized.
Here are just three examples of cops losing their shit:
Another problem with all of these cases is that they show how police officers routinely lie in order to avoid reprimand.
It's completely ridiculous.