Another great piece from James Bamford of Wired MagazineRead more »
Illinois man faces five felony charges and 75 years in prison for recording on duty police officers.Read more »
Greenfield, MA wishes to go another round with CopBlock. Beau Davis: "The law states that if I'm convicted, I'll be facing up to 5 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine."Read more »
CHICOPEE - A Springfield police officer was denied a criminal complaint against a woman who videotaped him standing by as a colleague allegedly brutally beat a black motorist with a flashlight during a traffic stop in 2009.
Tyrisha Greene, 29, of Springfield, was summonsed to Chicopee District Court Wednesday for a hearing to explore whether an illegal wiretapping charge against her was warranted - at officer Michael Sedergren’s requestRead more »
The woman who filmed the alleged November 2009 beating of Melvin Jones III by Springfield police has now found herself the victim of a criminal complaint. The Republican's Stephanie Barry reports:
One of four police officers disciplined for the incident on Nov. 27, 2009, Michael Sedergren, has filed an application for a criminal complaint against videographer Tyrisha Greene. Sedergren, who was suspended for 45 days, claims it was illegal for Greene to videotape him without his consent.
SPRINGFIELD – Charging the amateur videographer who captured the alleged police beating of Melvin Jones lll during a 2009 traffic stop with illegal wiretapping sets a dangerous precedent, local activists say.
“I think it would be dangerous if this person were to be charged with a crime,” said the Rev. Talbert W. Swan, Springfield branch president of the NAACP. “It would say to the public that we don’t have the right to hold law enforcement accountable for their actions.”Read more »
US intelligence agencies complain the country’s “Creation and Internet Law” – Hadopi – will only encourage Internet users to arm themselves with same encryption tools used by criminal networks, making their job of detecting threats and illegal activity that much harder.Read more »
The 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals has ruled that recording an in-person conversation without the knowledge of all parties is only a violation of federal wiretapping law if the person making the recording intends to use the recording for illegal purposes. At least in the states that do not have explicit laws against recording cops, this should nullify the abuses of wiretapping laws against people recording in public.Read more »
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