Don't shoot like the police.
June 5, 2010 5:35 PM Subscribe
"In at least three states (Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland), it is now illegal to record an on-duty police officer
posted by SixteenTons (83 comments total)
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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." Previously
. One of the illegal recordings
, embedded in an article.
So what happens to the city and community organization operated public surveillance cameras
? In the opinion of most legal scholars, the continuous video surveillance of public areas does not present significant legal obstacles. Although no court has directly addressed this issue, under current interpretations of the First and Fourth Amendment and California tort law, video surveillance appears to represent a valid use of the state's power to protect its citizens. In this view, continuous video surveillance is analogous to a mechanical police officer. It does not intrude upon an individual's sphere of privacy, but rather records events occurring in public space for which individuals do not have reasonable expectations of privacy.
Police and city systems "protect" us electronically, but when the police themselves become abusers it becomes illegal for citizens to "protect" ourselves in the same manner. I suppose it's nothing new for the police, but now the courts are upholding these charges and convictions
. SCOTUS, help!