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Film a cop in Maryland and get arrested
An individual in the US state of Maryland is facing felony charges for filming and posting online a video of an aggressive unmarked police officer pulling him over for speeding.
Anthony Garber was pulled over while on his motorcycle by a non-uniformed police officer driving an unmarked car. The officer got out of his car, pulled his gun and aggressively approached Garber before identifying himself as state police. Garber recorded the incident with a camera that was attached to the top of his motorcycle helmet and posted it on YouTube.
Days after posting the video online the police showed up at Garber ‘s home and arrested him for violating the state’s wiretapping laws. It is illegal in Maryland to video tape anyone without their consent.
“It’s obviously an attempt by the police to strong arm him, to strong arm this guy you know. He did nothing wrong. He did nothing criminal. All he did was expose a cop, an overly aggressive cop, and he embarrassed a cop and now they’re cricking down on him. It’s really out of line on the police department for pursuing this charge against him because the wiretapping law is meant for telephone conversations, not for being videotaped in public when you have no expectation for privacy,” said blogger Carlos Miller of Photography Is Not A Crime.
Read more: RT
Originally posted by nine-eyed-eel
reply to post by FortAnthem
If I was on that jury, the motorcyclist would not lose...and if he countersued the cops for violating his rights with this wrongful charge, and I was on that jury, the motorcyclist would win...
"Just give me a jury!"...hee-hee-hee.
Originally posted by Ozzy Mandias
i had thought there was no law against filming people in public places or settings, but i may have been mistaken. can anyone else shed some light on this?
Originally posted by hotpinkurinalmint
Upon viewing the longer clip, it seems the guy on the motorcycle did no wrong. He was just going down the road and came to a stop when two cars in his lane were standing still. The cop's car inexplicably pulls up out of nowhere and the cop comes out waving his gun.
What is interesting is that none of the two cars that came to a stop appeared to be police cars. Maybe I have been on ATS too long, but this might not have been a routine traffic stop. Maybe the car that was pulled over was not the average Joe who got caught going a few clicks above the speed limit.
Originally posted by Raustin
He didn't seem to be slowing down until he came upon the two cars in front of him. To me it looked like he was about to run. When the cop got out, he started backing up. If I had been the cop, I would have thought he was fleeing. I do not think this biker was innocent at all. Note that the article only states he was pulled over for speeding. It does not say how fast he was going.
Basically I think they scared the crap out of each other.