"An 18-year-old Lawrence man is charged with unlawful wire tapping for using his cellular phone to record a conversation he had with a police
officer, police said. Police said Officer Daniel Lannon was questioning a group of shoppers while responding to a false 911 call made from a payphone
outside the Market Basket at 350 Turnpike St. about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Lannon reported that Luis D. Dominguez, 47 Chelmsford St., repeatedly interrupted
the conversation. Lannon told Dominguez that police did not need to talk to him. Dominguez then accused Lannon of being a racist and became combative,
police said. As a 'loud verbal discussion' began between Dominguez and Lannon, the Lawrence teen used a feature on his cellular phone to record what
was happening, said Detective Lt. Paul J. Gallagher. Lannon told Dominguez that recording the conversation was illegal, and asked him to stop. When
the teen refused Lannon arrested him... Essex County District Attorney Mary Alice Doyle said unlawful wire tapping carries a maximum fine of $10,000
and five years in jail."
Unbelievable. Should the LAPD have arrested the videographer of the Rodney King beating? If anything, it should be illegal to prevent a citizen from
recording a uniformed police officer in a public space.
The cop knew he was being recorded. I do not believe any laws were broken. Yes the cop asked the guy to stop. But if you call a tech support company,
and they say your call may be monitored, you have 2 choices. Hang up. Continue the call and possibly get recorded.
The cop had two choices. Accept the recording. Leave.
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