Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police
Prosecutions Draw Attention to Influence of Witness Videos
By RAY SANCHEZ
July 19, 2010
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Arrests such as Graber’s are becoming more common along with the proliferation of portable video cameras and cell-phone recorders. Videos of alleged police misconduct have become hot items on the Internet. YouTube still features Graber’s encounter along with numerous other witness videos. “The message is clearly, ‘Don’t criticize the police,'” said David Rocah, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland who is part of Graber’s defense team. “With these charges, anyone who would even think to record the police is now justifiably in fear that they will also be criminally charged.”
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Isn’t this the beginnings of a police state, where the equivalent of the Gestapo, can work in secret to put the serfs in fear of their lives, freedom, or reputation. Or even those of their friends and families.
Sorry, but any supposedly “public servant” should be working in a crystal box. And, if “privacy” is required then some business process reengineering needs to be done to eliminate it.
The politicians and bureaucrats should always be on their best behavior and we should be able to video and audio record them to ensure it.
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