Obviously the answer to that question is no, but I know people will debate…
In an article from Time.com, “Anthony Graber, a Maryland Air National Guard staff sergeant, faces up to 16 years in prison. His crime? He videotaped his March encounter with a state trooper who pulled him over for speeding on a motorcycle. Then Graber put the video — which could put the officer in a bad light — up on YouTube.”
I mean come on people– we like to think we have choices but when incidences like this occurs there should be no doubt in our minds that words like “choice” or “freedom” really are illusions. The article continues in part; “Graber spent 26 hours in jail even before facing the wiretapping charges that could conceivably put him away for 16 years.” If I’m not mistaken, haven’t they let child molesters bond out of jail faster than 26 hours only to find out that they were on the “Most Wanted” list from time to time?
Why wouldn’t cops be okay with a citizen videotaping them in a public place while performing their civic duty? And in states where it’s required to give consent prior to a recording is a lame ass argument that cops site. Really? That’s just bullshit. I shutter at the thought of not being able to see Rodney King take a thorough beating. I suppose my point is; we should have the right to apply a little ‘citizens arrest’ approach against our servants because this is now a two way street. They can tape us during a stop so we shouldn’t we record them if it becomes necessary? Especially if there’s a hint of abuse on that ‘officer’s’ part. I don’t think I need to site the many examples of police abuse, do I? This subject is not really a debate for me. This is more or less a subject that only deserves one reaction; “You must be out of your monkey ass mind if you think I’m letting this shit go down!” Oh well… click HERE for the full article.