Should videotaping the police be a crime?

TIME.com featured a story on the increasingly accessible video technology available to the public and how it affects law enforcement in the field. The article was prompted by Anthony Graber, a Maryland Air National Guard staff sergeant, who faces up to 16 years in prison for videotaping a state trooper who pulled him over for speeding. He later posted the video to YouTube:

According to prosecutors, videotaping law enforcement is a violation of wiretap laws. TIME argues that bystander video can keep out-of-line law enforcement officers in check. What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Should videotaping the police be a crime?”

  1. NO, NO, NO! Why is it a crime to videotape the police or any other local, state or government official who is NOT upholding the basic laws or who is guilty of breaking the very laws that they are tasked to uphold? No – the police office had NO justified cause to draw his gun on the motorcyclist. Where is the outcry from the ACLU or other liberal “watchdogs” of law enforcement? Far to many citizens simply look away or ignore such violations of civil rights by law enforcement official, often out of fear of reprisal and targeted harassment by the very OFFenders (NO, not DEfenders) of the laws. Such a society that lives in fear of its own government is NOT a free society at all.

  2. For a society that prides itself on individual freedom and rights, Americans, ad nausea, are incessantly reminded that their rights are continuously eroding away — ceding to “Big Brother” like governmental entities. This case in Maryland exemplifies that appalling reality. Gestapo-like “governments”, such as in place in Maryland and Virginia, embody the basic “rule” and doctrine as past infamous leaders — Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, etc — ruthlessly imposed on its citizens.
    It’s time Americans reunite and retake control of their governments and country with deliberate and responsible casting or their votes, starting with local and regional elections. Stop the erosion of America and the rights of Americans — vote to eliminate and erradicate the scourge of
    our society.

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