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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Police Tape

Is Chicago really planning on detaining anyone who records protestor arrests at the G-8 summit?

In three months, thousands of reporters from around the globe will descend on Chicago for the G-8 summit. Part of what they will chronicle is the protests and police crackdownsthat have made each annual meeting so newsworthy. Sadly for all these reporters, and for all the American journalists with plans to film the protestors and cops, any effort to audiotape police activity on public streets or in parks is a crime in Illinois—a crime punishable by 15 years in prison.



Anonymous said...

Criminals do not want to be documented breaking the law.
Whether or not they wear a badge.
They are cowardice bullies that lobby lawmakers under false pretense to cover their crimes and brutality.
Wake up people! Police are not the good hearted benevolent civil servants protecting our rights we have been brainwashed to believe in as our protectors. Quite the contrary. Corruption reigns with the badge.

lmclain said...

Haven't the courts ruled, while the police (who love to take pictures of citizens and film them in public) CHEERED, that NO ONE can expect "privacy" while in public areas? It's the basis of so much police work that I'm amazed and astounded that "we, the people" can't film the police while they are beating and tear gassing American citizens. Bet your life that each and every one who is reading this blog have AT LEAST a couple of dozen photographs of themselves stored on various police computer systems. INNOCENT of any crime, but STILL photographed. Why? Well, there is no right to privacy in public. Unless you are a Public Master beating and killing those you don't like. Then its all good. I know its too much to hope for, but you wanna-be Nazi's should hang your head in shame....