15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops?

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More and more people use their smartphones to record police misconduct. But laws against wiretapping are being used to intimidate and stop them.
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Over Memorial Day weekend this past May, residents of Miami Beach witnessed a horrific display of police brutality as 12 cops sprayed Raymond Herisse's car with 100 bullets, killing him. The shooting provoked outrage in the surrounding community, not only because of the murder, but because of what the police did afterward.

Officers on the scene confiscated and smashed witnesses' cell phones; later, when they were confronted by the media, the police denied trying to destroy videos of the incident.

But 35-year-old Narces Benoit removed his HTC EVO’s SIM card and hid it in his mouth. He later sold the video to CNN, placing the police in the awkward position of explaining why they lied about allegations of cell phone destruction. More importantly, the video showed at least two officers pointing guns at Benoit, demanding that he stop filming.

Police brutality takes many forms around the country on a regular basis, particularly in poor and minority neighborhoods. Sometimes, the only method of accountability is a victim’s word (if they are still alive) against that of an officer. Unsurprisingly, the police officer’s version of the story is often adequate for a judge to dismiss allegations of wrongdoing, unless there is hard evidence of misconduct, such as a video or audio recording, which can be useful to unravel conflicting versions of police-citizen encounters.

Due to advancements in technology, the average citizen carries a digital camera in his or her pocket or purse, creating a potential army of amateur videographers on every street corner. A quick YouTube search of "police brutality" lists endless videos, often cell phone footage, of what appear to be police acting with unnecessary and violent force. Some of those videos have served a crucial role in bringing charges against brutality that may have gone unaddressed had it not been for bystanders recording.

One would think the fear of videographers on every block would be a powerful deterrent to police misconduct. However, legislatures are not taking this newfound power against police abuse lightly. In at least three states, it is illegal to record any on-duty police officer, 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 is usually based on the warped interpretation of existing wiretapping or eavesdropping laws with statutes against obstructing law enforcement sometimes cited.

Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland are among the 12 states where all parties must consent for a recording to be legal. Since the police do not consent, the camera-wielder can be arrested and charged with a felony. Most all-party consent states (except Illinois and Massachusetts) include a "privacy provision" that says a violation occurs only when the offended party has a reasonable expectation that the conversation is private. This is meant to protect TV news crews and people who record public meetings — where it is obvious to all that recording is underway — from accidentally committing a felony.

Massachusetts and Illinois are the only states that do not recognize an expectation-to-privacy provision to their all-party consent laws. While courts in Massachusetts have generally held that secretly recording police is illegal, recording them openly is not. Illinois, on the other hand, is the only state where the legislature specifically amended the state's wiretapping law to make it illegal to record on-duty police officers without their consent, even in public.

Cases Keep Piling Up

Recording on-duty police officers has gained momentum in states around the country for some time now. But it's only in the last few years, after several high-profile incidents, that the topic has begun to generate nationwide headlines and debate.
So according to the sheeple the federal government can stop you and strip search you if you are in public because you have no expectation of privacy in public but you can't record cops breaking the law because they have privacy rights and the expectation of privacy in public places..... You can also record the slaves and fine them if they make a right turn too quickly. I wonder if you can record the cops if you carry around a sign that says you are being recorded... I doubt it.

Also if this was a real police state, you dumb shit. The guy video taping would have been killed or imprisoned and the video would have never made it to youtube.
According to sheeplepath we are in a police state.
 

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Yet another valid issue ruined by Kirk.
 

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Kirk, be honest here. You're even boring yourself at this point. aren't you?
 

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Infowars article again. Yawn.

Also, where are they getting the 15 years from? Nowhere in that article does it make any mention of that.
You're a fucking dolt.
 

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Infowars article again. Yawn.

Also, where are they getting the 15 years from? Nowhere in that article does it make any mention of that.
You're a fucking dolt.
The articles on infowars are a reading comprehension quiz, to see if anyone reads past the headline. Practically every article I've seen from there, and that Kirk has posted, feature an alarmist headline and articles that have nothing to warrant that alarmist headline. At the very least, you'd think they'd explain their conjecture path.
 

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I'm absolutely shocked that Kirk posted a thread with an alarmist headline that turned out to be completely unsupported by body of the infowars article he was parroting.

Shocked... flabbergasted. My gasted has been flabbered I tells ya.
 

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what about the countless privet security cameras?
 

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I found this picture on Infowars attached to the top story of the day.

 

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I found this picture on Infowars attached to the top story of the day.

The actual pictures on the site could be funnier.



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Sheeples are real!
 

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Ah, shit. I was hoping his absence from the board lately meant somebody had wised up and banned him. I guess he just couldn't get away from suckling Alex Jones' cock long enough to post.
 

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But 35-year-old Narces Benoit removed his HTC EVO’s SIM card and hid it in his mouth. He later sold the video to CNN, placing the police in the awkward position of explaining why they lied about allegations of cell phone destruction.
1. It's not a SIM card!!!
2. And it's pretty fucking impossible to covertly remove an SD card out of an HTC Evo with cops surrounding your car pointing guns at you and then stick it in your mouth. It's not like an old school camera where it just slips in on the bottom or in a door on the side.

You have to take off the back cover, then the battery, then flick a tiny little switch to disengage it, and THEN surgically remove the card with tweezers; which would be a pretty difficult task with a gun pointed at you and half a dozen cops watching you. Watch and learn:


[video=youtube;i-q3nyk0Xvk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-q3nyk0Xvk[/video]
 

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1. It's not a SIM card!!!
2. And it's pretty fucking impossible to covertly remove an SD card out of an HTC Evo with cops surrounding your car pointing guns at you and then stick it in your mouth. It's not like an old school camera where it just slips in on the bottom or in a door on the side.

You have to take off the back cover, then the battery, then flick a tiny little switch to disengage it, and THEN surgically remove the card with tweezers; which would be a pretty difficult task with a gun pointed at you and half a dozen cops watching you. Watch and learn:
Didn't we already have this discussion?

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I just want to know who KS REALLY is... who is the REAL screen name behind this retard alter ego?
 

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I just want to know who KS REALLY is... who is the REAL screen name behind this retard alter ego?
Im beginning to think that he is acting alone, he has very little support to back up being a troll account.
 

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Im beginning to think that he is acting alone, he has very little support to back up being a troll account.
It's strange. He's been here since 2005 and all of a sudden something snaps in his brain and he becomes this Crusader?
 

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It's strange. He's been here since 2005 and all of a sudden something snaps in his brain and he becomes this Crusader?
it just took him a little longer to "learn the truth" and now he is obviously trying to convert us sheeple. Maybe Kirk really cares about a radio show message board after all!
 

LiddyRules

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This is what I get running his IP:
it just took him a little longer to "learn the truth" and now he is obviously trying to convert us sheeple. Maybe Kirk really cares about a radio show message board after all!
Like I've said before. He's too perfect to be real, but too invested in the bit to be fake. And really, why would anyone waste their time trying to convince us, of all people?