- Mar 27, 2011
I'm in complete agreement with you.I'm not looking forward to it at all. I don't want to give the government any more advantages over me. We all do bone head crap from time to time... j-walk, drink in the street in front of our house, drive with registration that is a month over due, etc... The more common public cameras become, eventually we will just be getting citations in the mail. So I say no thank you.
The problem is the government already has an overwhelming advantage over you, and at present, you have little chance of recourse.
Any situation where it's your word against say a corrupt, or incompetent cop's, you lose.
If you have a camera that's taping the encounter form start to finish though, and one where they know just taking away the device is not enough, you suddenly have an advantage, because it's not longer a question of he said she said, it's on record.
These devices, they wouldn't erode your privacy more than it's gone already. What they would do is equal the playing field, because let's face it, right now, no one really watches the watchers.
SCOTUS has consistently ruled that it is in fact fully legal to film any public servant, in a public location, in the execution of their duties.Disconcerting that you can be arrested for videotaping LE now :thinking:
Unfortunately there is nothing to prevent cops from arresting you anyway, and coming up with a charge later. Even when the charge is dropped, your life gets turned upside down. Bear in mind, less than half of all arrests result in conviction.