Don’t Film a Cop Pointing a Gun at You

Posted: April 25th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian

by Karen De Coster

Autoblog has this interesting story and video of a speeding motorcyclist pulled over by a plainclothes cop who drew a gun on him. The crazy, little man cut off the motorcycle and ran from his (unmarked) car drawing a gun on the rider. What happened afterward was even worse:

We won’t be crossing the Maryland State Police any time soon. As Anthony Graber recently found out, exceeding the speed limit and showboating on your bike can easily end with having a gun pulled on you, your personal property confiscated and a trip to the clink. Graber was enjoying the weather on his bike, admittedly speeding and popping wheelies, all the time recording his exploits via a helmet cam. When he slowed for a stoplight, a car pulled in front of the bike, and the driver exited the vehicle with a gun drawn, demanding Graber get off of hismotorcycle.

Talk about needing a new set of leathers. As it turned out, the gun-wielding individual was a Maryland state trooper, though he took his sweet time letting Graber know that little piece of information. Here’s where things go from bad to worse. Graber gets his citation and heads home, only to have the state police show up a few days later with a warrant for four computers, two laptops and his camera. Why? Turns out there’s a law against audibly recording someone without their consent. It’s a felony.

The motorcyclist, Anthony Graber, spent 26 hours in jail. Read the rest of thisremarkable story here. Carlos Miller has a good website if you have never been to it: Photography is Not a Crime. Thanks to Ymbel Diaz for the link.


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