Nice try. This is yet another hallmark of total tyranny: the police state can conduct surveillance on anyone they presume guilty until proven innocent, but when the cameras are turned on these public servants . . . by the public, they use the color of law to lock you up. Things are becoming difficult. We are trying to be peaceful; trying our hardest to guarantee that the Second American Revolution is peaceful . . . but this system is completely out of control, wants violence, and must be totally resisted. Again — clog the system, they can’t arrest everyone. Grab your camera and keep ’em busy!
If you plan to videotape police officers at work in public, just be sure you’re not in Massachusetts — or you might end up in jail.
A report from the New England Center For Investigative Reporting has chronicled a pattern of what civil liberties advocates say is a misuse of police powers: Massachusetts police are using the state’s stringent surveillance laws to arrest and charge people who record police activities in public.
It’s a situation that is pitting new technologies against police powers. With recording equipment now embedded into cellphones and other common technologies, recording police activities has never been easier, and has resulted in numerous cases of police misconduct being brought to light. And that, rights advocates argue, is precisely what the police are trying to prevent.
In October, 2007, Boston lawyer Simon Glick witnessed what he said was excessive use of police force during the arrest of a juvenile. When he pulled out his cellphone to record the incident, he was arrested and charged with “illegal electronic surveillance.”
In December, 2008, Jon Surmacz, a webmaster at Boston University, was attending a party that was broken up by police. Thinking that the police were being unnecessarily rough in the encounter, he pulled out his cellphone and started recording. He, too, was arrested and charged with illegal surveillance.