There was a time when police abuse existed and it was very difficult to prove because it came down to the officers' word against your own, which meant you lost. That was a dark time. In recent years, however, we've transitioned to everyone having cell phone cameras and point n' shoots available, and as a result there has been a pretty steady wave of videos posted online and used in courts depicting police officers abusing their authority. I perceived this to be a better time.
Unfortunately, we appear to be sliding back into the old ways. According to this
In at least three states (Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland), it is now illegal to record an 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.
This isn't new, however. Furthermore, outside of it being illegal in certain states to record officers, it's also 'unofficially illegal' in most, aka officers intimidate the person into giving them the memory/camera if they see them recording. So why am I posting this now?
Because of this
Reddit post. The poster recorded on his phone a video of two police officers assaulting two men, and now he doesn't know what to do
I am absolutely serious and completely scared right now. I have no idea what to do because I might be in trouble myself for recording it in the first place. There are so many of these "news" I have no idea how to act. What if I get arrested as well? What if they come to my house and beat me too? I've been thinking about this story non-stop and sometimes wish I had never recorded it.
I don't even know what to bold within that quote. The entire thing is so tragic on so many levels. His quote could be seamlessly inserted into any of dozens of books about totalitarian government in dystopian universes. Are you guys as upset by his (quite reasonable/natural) reaction as I am?
I don't know how these sort of laws get passed, or, more specifically, why there isn't a huge drive to change legislation and make it explicitly clear that recording of police officers should always be okay. I can see absolutely no downside to such a law existing, as it seems like the only people who would be hurt by it are bad cops. What do you guys think? How do these laws get passed to begin with (like what's the rationale presented?) and why isn't there a bigger populace/media push toward changing these laws?