Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Videotaping Cops is Now Illegal in Three States

I cannot tell you how pissed I am that police are getting away with arresting people who videotape or record them in public by using felony wiretapping charges.

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.

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.
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.

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.

4 comments:

  1. That is ridiculous. Cops need to be held accountable, just like anyone else. (Just glad that California wasn't one of those states!)

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  2. Completely agreed. I think not being able to record police is a violation of our civil rights.

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  3. do you know the other 12 states this is illegal? or at least, is it illegal in california? mcjustmatt@gmail.com

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  4. This comment is really old, but I thought I should respond anyways.

    From what I know in all other states it is perfectly within our rights to videotape or photograph any police officer. When a person is in public they have no expectation of privacy and therefore you're within your rights to record them. I'd still look up the laws in your individual state though to be sure of all the details.

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