To film a cop..


I happened to hear a fascinating debate about the felony charge for filming police.  It is currently legal for police to film you while apprehending or stopping you for a traffic violation.  But it is a felony to film a police officer in the execution of their duties.  So let’s run this to it’s extreme  end.  You are sitting in your home and the police knock at the door.  You get your camcorder and answer the door.  In rush a swarm of cops with two camera men and a producer from the show COPS right behind them.  The producer then broadcasts your false arrest on his show with the disclaimer that you are innocent until proven guilty.  You post the video and the  next thing you know the cops are knocking again. Taking your camera and charging YOU with a felony.  Does this make sense to anyone?  If the police are acting appropriately why do they have anything to worry about.  More importantly why is it legal for these TV shows to film the police if average citizens can not?

The first amendment is under fire here gang and your freedom is at stake.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”

Here is a news story on a Maryland case

watch?v=QNcDGqzAB30&feature=related

The entire vidoe of the rider on the highway:

watch?v=RK5bMSyJCsg&feature=related

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