posted on Sep, 1 2011 @ 12:13 PM
Originally posted by cosmicexplorer
Originally posted by hawkiye
Man Faces Life In Jail For Recording Police
(visit the link for the full news article)
41-year old Illinois mechanic Michael Allison faces life in jail for recording police officers after authorities hit him with eavesdropping
charges based on the hoax that it is illegal to film cops, a misnomer that has been disproved by every other case against people filming police
officers being thrown out of court.
Ive been a cop for 5 years....in Illinois...it is illegal to AUDIO record someone without them knowing... there are certain stipulations either way
for and against this stupid law but its there, it does exist...and people get arrested for every now and then. So the quote above is wrong.
It is quite valid to audio record someone in a public place.
ignorance of the law is no excuse.
otherwise every live newscast with random background conversations would be subject to liable suits/eavesdropping charges unless they got a signed
releasze form every single individual.
They do not.
what about those audio mics on the front of cop cars?
LAPD doesn't have them... so I have no expectation that every PD has them.
Ive never seen a cop exlain to someone that there is both audio and video recording devices present.. before they ask you for ID. so where is the
The courts say one thing.. cops profess another.
again, ignorance of the law is no excuse right?
( BTW I hate that phrase more than a cop hates hearing we pay his salary.. which is 100% true.)
OUR ( all of us) expectation of privacy is limited in public places.
BTW, in your 5 years of service, how many times have you reported a corrupt officer, and how many times have you seen police corruption and not
reported it immediately?
Just be honest. we already know after 5 years, you are either an IA dept officer or you have ignored a cop breaking the law.
Not an attack on you at all, just making a very overlooked point, because you openly posted your profession as a LEO.