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  1. Destee

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    Serious jail time for recording cops

    March 15, 2011 8:32 PM
    By ANDREW THOMASON

    If you're thinking about recording police or other law authorities working in Illinois, you better think twice. It could cost you 15 years in prison.

    Sekiera Fitzpatrick was arrested in July after Anthony Edwards, who was wanted on a warrant, used her apartment to hide from the police. Police said they responded to the apartment after receiving a tip. Before she was put in handcuffs, officers allowed Fitzpatrick to call her mother. But instead of making the telephone call, she used her phone to record her arrest.

    Illinois' penalty for knowingly recording audio of anyone without their consent is a Class 4 felony. It is punishable by up to three years in prison. When someone like Fitzpatrick decides to record law enforcement performing their job, the charge gets ratcheted up to a Class 1 felony and carries with it a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A Class 1 felony is the same class as someone who is charged with having more than 11 pounds of marijuana.



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    http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/police-51631-case-charge.html



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    Of Course....

    Criminals [Cops] never want their crimes caught on tape....
     
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    Jun 2, 2010 5:00 PM
    Are Cameras the New Guns?


    ... In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.

    Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.

    The legal justification for arresting the "shooter" rests on existing wiretapping or eavesdropping laws, with statutes against obstructing law enforcement sometimes cited. Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland are among the 12 states in which all parties must consent for a recording to be legal unless, as with TV news crews, it is obvious to all that recording is underway. Since the police do not consent, the camera-wielder can be arrested. Most all-party-consent states also include an exception for recording in public places where "no expectation of privacy exists" (Illinois does not) but in practice this exception is not being recognized.....


    http://gizmodo.com/#!5553765/are-cameras-the-new-guns
     
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    So the Rodney King video will now be illegal 20 years later?
     
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