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Qtec
08-08-2010, 04:41 AM
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Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime?
Time.com

By ADAM COHEN Adam Cohen Wed Aug 4, 6:35 pm ET

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.

It doesn't sound like much. But Graber is not the only person being slapped down by the long arm of the law for the simple act of videotaping the police in a public place. Prosecutors across the U.S. claim the videotaping violates wiretap laws - a stretch, to put it mildly.

These days, it's not hard to see why police are wary of being filmed. In 1991, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) beating of Rodney King was captured on video by a private citizen. It was shown repeatedly on television and caused a national uproar. As a result, four LAPD officers were put on trial, and when they were not convicted, riots broke out, leaving more than 50 people dead and thousands injured (two officers were later convicted on federal civil rights charges). (See TIME's special: "15 Years After Rodney King.")

More recently, a New York Police Department officer was thrown off the force - and convicted of filing a false report - because of a video of his actions at a bicycle rally in Times Square. The officer can plainly be seen going up to a man on a bike and shoving him to the ground. The officer claimed the cyclist was trying to collide with him, and in the past, it might have been hard to disprove the police account. But this time there was an amateur video of the encounter - which quickly became an Internet sensation, viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube alone. (Read about the hidden side of the NYPD.)

In the Graber case, the trooper also apparently had reason to want to keep his actions off the Internet. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>He cut Graber off in an unmarked vehicle, approached Graber in plain clothes and yelled while brandishing a gun before identifying himself as a trooper.</span> </div></div> link (http://www.dailypaul.com/node/141664)

Where is the outrage?

I remember seeing a Docu about a guy who went round the world filming [ he was at Tienanmen Square] and the only time he got arrested was in New York.......filming the Statue of Liberty without a license!



Q

Where was the outrage from the TP ,so-called US Con protectors, the GOP[ or the Dems for that matter] when BP restricted access to public beaches?

LWW
08-08-2010, 09:10 AM
No, it shouldn't be ... and I can't ever remember this happening before the regime took over.

LWW

Sev
08-08-2010, 09:59 AM
What happens in the public domain is public domain.

Chopstick
08-09-2010, 11:24 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Where is the outrage?

<span style="color: #3333FF">In the Maryland Attorney General's Office. They agree with Graber.</span>

link (http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/08/06/maryland-attorney-general-sides-with-anthony-graber/)


Where was the outrage from the TP ,so-called US Con protectors, the GOP[ or the Dems for that matter] when BP restricted access to public beaches?

<span style="color: #3333FF">BP is a foreign national corporation. They can no more restrict access to US property than McDonalds can restrict to the Hague. Obama did that.</span>



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LWW
08-09-2010, 03:17 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Chopstick</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Where is the outrage?

<span style="color: #3333FF">In the Maryland Attorney General's Office. They agree with Graber.</span>

link (http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/08/06/maryland-attorney-general-sides-with-anthony-graber/)


Where was the outrage from the TP ,so-called US Con protectors, the GOP[ or the Dems for that matter] when BP restricted access to public beaches?

<span style="color: #3333FF">BP is a foreign national corporation. They can no more restrict access to US property than McDonalds can restrict to the Hague. Obama did that.</span>



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Be careful telling the truth to the O-cult ... you know it angries their gizzards.

LWW

bobroberts
08-09-2010, 04:25 PM
Of course it should be legal to film the police.What are they hiding? We really need nov. to come soon. At least we will get away from big brother.

Even you liberals should agree with freedom in the public domain.

Qtec
08-10-2010, 12:28 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">BP is a foreign national corporation. They can no more restrict access to US property than McDonalds can restrict to the Hague. Obama did that. </div></div>

It doesn't matter who gave the order. The point is that the from TP, so called constitutionalists, there was no outrage.

Q

LWW
08-10-2010, 01:17 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Qtec</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">BP is a foreign national corporation. They can no more restrict access to US property than McDonalds can restrict to the Hague. Obama did that. </div></div>

It doesn't matter who gave the order. The point is that the from TP, so called constitutionalists, there was no outrage.

Q </div></div>

The point is that you believe there is no outrage because you only accept the heavily filtered "TRUTH" delivered by the party during spoon feedings.

The TPM has been arguing against the state using surveillance for quite some time. It is common knowledge that the state has been using surveillance at TP events for well over a year.

The fact that you pay no attention is nobody's fault but your own.

LWW