Tuesday, July 20, 2010

WARNING: Videotaping cops can be hazardous to your freedom

(Via the Drudge Report)

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.

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.


The article goes into a long discussion on how police across the country are using wiretapping statues to try and keep us civilians from videotaping them as they work on the public's behalf in public spaces.

We're often told that if we have nothing to fear, then don't worry about government intrusion into our lives and our privacy. I have to wonder if these police think they have something to fear from us?

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