Oh dear…felony for using a GoPro?
April 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm #26072JackTradeParticipant
this winter here in the D.C. area.
Bunch of idiot hipsters decide to have an impromptu street-corner snowball fight during one of our big blizzards…sure enough, things get somewhat out of hand, and passing cars get hit with snowballs.
One of them contains an off-duty cop, who angrily jumps out, weapon in hand. Uniformed cops show up, with their guns out (since they’ve received reports of a man with a gun). It was not a pretty picture.
The District huffed and puffed about charging the snowball throwers (or something…not sure how they’d know who it was, given how many people where there), but once publicity and rationality took hold, they just quietly dropped it.
The Maryland State Police will, I bet, do the same I this case (I see they’re still mulling things right now). Otherwise the ACLU will spare no expense defending this guy (even though he’s a total nitwit) to get the “no taping” law struck down, forcing Maryland to spend tons of taxpayer money and keeping the spotlight on a case where the common-sense view is that law or no law, the police acted out of proportion to the situation.September 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm #28579JackTradeParticipant
A small but important triumph for personal liberty and the idea that we’re all equal under the law…a judge decided against the State of Maryland on whether one can tape the police performing their duties.
Esp. relevant bit I thought:
“…took place on a public highway in full view of the public. Under such circumstances, I cannot, by any stretch, conclude that the troopers had any reasonable expectation of privacy in their conversation with the defendant which society would be prepared to recognize as reasonable.”
Guy’s no longer going to ride, which is probably a good thing, given what he was doing to get himself in this mess (the judge upheld the traffic penalties he got for being a stupid squid).October 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm #28643owlieParticipant
Thanks for the update. I had wondered what happened with this one…
I’m glad that common sense ruled the day.November 1, 2010 at 6:05 am #28726kirkParticipant
That’s a first. Usually common sense takes a back seat to stupidity.
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