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National Guard Man Faces 16 Years In Jail For Videotaping Police Officer

Posted By admin On August 5, 2010 @ 8:30 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Should Videotaping the Police Really Be a Crime?

Time Magazine [1]
Thursday, August 5, 2010

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).

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[1] Time Magazine: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2008566,00.html

[2] Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police: http://www.prisonplanet.com/growing-number-of-prosecutions-for-videotaping-the-police.html

[3] Man Arrested, Faces 5 Years In Jail For Reporting Firearm To Police: http://www.prisonplanet.com/man-arrested-faces-5-years-in-jail-for-reporting-firearm-to-police.html

[4] Shackled U.S. citizen faces 15 years in jail after admitting online insult to Thai royal family: http://www.prisonplanet.com/shackled-u-s-citizen-faces-15-years-in-jail-after-admitting-online-insult-to-thai-royal-family.html

[5] Man Faces Life In Jail For Recording Police: http://www.prisonplanet.com/man-faces-life-in-jail-for-recording-police.html

[6] Four detained after videotaping DIA security checkpoint: http://www.prisonplanet.com/four-detained-after-videotaping-dia-security-checkpoint.html

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