For the last several days and weeks we’ve reported that State and law enforcement agencies are trying to make it difficult, if not impossible, to record the actions of police officers when they interact with the citizenry.
Some states have moved to outlaw a citizen’s ability to audio or video record police activity in public places. Another recent story involved a Texas police officer who arrested a man for taking a picture of the officer when the officer illegally entered his home.
The following video should cast no doubt as to why the public needs legal protections for recording police officers and other government officials without consent from all parties.
The man in the video is Walter Harvin, an Iraq war vet. The officer, David London, is currently on trial for assault and falsifying a police report. Had this video tape not been available, we can say with 80% certainty (the conviction rate in America), that Mr. Harvin would likely be sitting in jail right now for resisting arrest, assault, and a host of other crimes.
Now, if we could just get cameras and microphones into every office and committee meeting in Congress, we’d be well on our way to liberating the American people from tyranny.
Cross checking government employees, be they police officers or elected officials, is essential to maintaining a free society. We have the technology available. Instead of turning it on the American people, it should be facing those who implemented it in the first place.
Again – if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about. Sound familiar?