“Are Cameras the New Guns?”

by Walter Olson on June 4, 2010

“In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.” [Gizmodo]

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1 Scott 06.04.10 at 8:19 pm

Being a motorcyclist I’ve been following these cases. The one in Ohio was from a dash cam’ in the officer’s own car.

The Maryland one is from the helmet cam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7PC9cZEWCQ

Ohio is shocking. Without the dash cam it would have been “I saw something in his hand and he did not comply with orders” and swept under the rug.

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvg/story?section=news/local&id=7433661

Here’s another one from Maryland where the cops cover up their behavior but only because the victims parents could hire a detective was the surveillance camera footage found.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/04/12/VI2010041202595.html

2 captnhal 06.05.10 at 5:45 pm

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but each of the three states mentioned voted blue in the last five presidential elections. I would have guessed otherwise.

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