reply to post by hawkiye
Ok, now that you all have vented, lets get real here.
Yes, I agree with you all that a police officer acting in an official capacity should have no expectation of privacy. There are very few instances
that a police officer, while working can have an expectation of privacy, but not while out in public and acting in an official capacity.
So, if a police officer has no expectation of privacy when conducting official business, people should not be charged with eavesdropping or
wiretapping when vidoetaping them.
Lets look at the root of the problem though. The response of charging people who videotape them while working is stemmed from numerous videos that
are posted on the internet that are edited or only show certain parts of the encounter with police that are only meant to paint the police in a bad
There are countless videos that only show a police officer's use of force without showing the event that precipitated that use of force. There are
countless videos in which the amature videographer approaches the police and attempts to goad a negative reaction out of them by either interfereing
in their busines or worse. There are countless videos that only show one angle of the encounter where you can clearly see something that the officer
could not clearly see when he or she decided to act.
This shoddy and irresponsible camera work causes an unfair atmosphere for police officers to perform their job. The officer could be using an
appropriate amount of force for the situation but shoddy camera work takes the action out of context and allows people to make a knee jerk reaction.
The officer could be fed up with the cameraman's constant badgering that he says something unprofessional. The officer only has a split decision to
make a decision to shoot or not while the viewer, sitting comfortably in front of the computer or television has all the time in the world to review
the actions of the suspect and can clearly see after pausing and rewinding the video that the supposed "gun" or "knife" was really a cell phone or
wallet. The viewer can then extrapolate this and turn it into a situation where the officer "just wanted to kill someone" and all officers are
fascists and we live in a police state.
Should people be charged by the police for simply videotaping them while conducting official business? No. Should people take all video of police
officers they find on the internet at face value and condemn those or possibly all police officers? Also, no.
It is a case of action-reaction. Is it right? No. Is it fair to subject a person to criminal prosecution and potential jail time for videotaping?
Well, let me ask you this. Is it fair to subject a person, who is performing a job that society demands is performed to the best of their ability, to
such degradation, slander and general hatred for the service that they provide because of a knee jerk reaction spawned from an out of context
irresponsibly taken video?
edit on 31-8-2011 by areyouserious2010 because: Edit to add