Posts Tagged 'recording police'

Formerly Jailed Journalist Takes On Police Recording

“Police Tape,” by Josh Wolf, is a film that examines the impact of police recordings in our society over the past 20 years, from the Rodney King beating captured by a bystander to the killing of a 7-year-old Detroit girl under the watch of reality TV cameras.

This is the same Josh Wolf who was arrested and jailed for almost a year because he would not hand over his video of a 2006 anarchist demonstration to a federal grand jury.

Wolf has the project listed on Kickstarter, and he’s already exceeded his financial goal with 11 days to go, so presumably this is a subject that captures the public’s interest.

To read more about his project and see the trailer, go to the Kickstarter page here.

IL Takes Several Steps Back, Won’t Protect Recording Police

People in Illinois are looking at fifteen years if they audio-record police activity. Or should I say “still looking”? Because the Illinois Eavesdropping Act makes recording someone in public without their consent a felony. Last year the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the law, but a few weeks ago Federal Judge Suzanne Conlon dismissed it, saying there is no First Amendment protections there.  

Although law-enforcement officials can legally record civilians in private or public, audio-recording a law-enforcement officer, state’s attorney, assistant state’s attorney, attorney general, assistant attorney general or judge in the performance of his or her duties is a Class 1 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

As Reason magazine’s Radley Balko writes, unfortunately, “the law is used almost exclusively against people who attempt to record on-duty police officers.”

While absurd, this makes some sort of sense because allowing citizens to record police activity would likely cause all kinds of grief for that very jackbooted state that is known to be very corrupt.

Source: New York Times

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