Man Faces Life In Jail For Recording Police

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September 1, 2011 by tristan savage

[Addition: Here’s a nice video about police filming laws]:

And check out this nice write-up suggested by Daniel: Chicago State’s Attorney Lets Bad Cops Slide, Prosecutes Citizens Who Record Them

And I usually try to steer away from news sources dominated by the libertarian right, but this particular piece that deserves a view:

8 thoughts on “Man Faces Life In Jail For Recording Police

  1. Daniel says:

    Here’s a write up for those who don’t want anything to do with Alex Jones.

    • tristan call says:

      Thanks! Jones has a healthy skepticism of the government that is nice to see from the right, but on most other issues, like workers’ rights and the right to migrate, he ends up going much more toward fascism.

      • I disagree. Jones is a very vocal critic of fascism; in fact opposition to Corporate/Government collusion is pretty much what he is all about. You may have judged him by unfair media reports. I’d give him a closer look.

      • tristan call says:

        Ultimately this is much less a discussion of Jones and more a discussion of what Jones and we (hopefully) have in common: that we both believe the government should be accountable to its citizens and civil liberties shouldn’t be infringed. But the reasons I think Jones is a fascist (using the broad definition rather than the historically-specific mid-20th century version) is because of his opposition to the rights of migrants (institutional racism and a defense of white privilege) and his support of libertarian capitalism (low government regulation but unhampered power for the rich to accumulate property at the expense of their neighbors). Perhaps I’ve misjudged him, but those two things qualify for me as being the essence of current fascism in the US, even among people who are otherwise libertarians (that is, who believe liberty should be extended without limitation to white middle-class and upper-class citizens).

  2. Just yesterday the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in U.S. v. Glik that it is NOT illegal to videotape police.

    Here’s the piece, courtesy of, you guessed it, that “fascist” Alex Jones:

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/appeals-court-rules-it-is-not-illegal-to-film-police.html

  3. Yes Tristan, I like that link. This is also a very highly readable account of the Glik case:

    http://www.citmedialaw.org/blog/2011/victory-recording-public

  4. I have also blogged about this Illinois story at http://www.wellthisiswhatIthink.wordpress.com – well done for raising such an important issue. Cheers, Yolly

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