Film The Police Everywhere – Including Illinois

Published On November 13, 2013 | By Pete Eyre | Videos

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Despite claims by Anita Alvarez, the Cook County state attorney, who tried to maintain that the First Amendment doesn’t protect those recording police officers in public places, juries, courts, and the court of public opinion have sided with logic – that individuals in Illinois are free to record police employees.

Alvarez’s ally in the campaign to deter people from capturing the truth – objective records of police interactions – was unsurprisingly the union which those police employees belong. The rationale stated by those involved with the Fraternal Order of Police was that people might only post excerpts of police interactions. Well – even if that happened, if those wearing badges acted professionally and with integrity what do they have to hide?

Remember, we’re talking about individuals who have chosen an occupation founded on double-standards. Despite claims of “serving and protecting”, their very salary is paid for with stolen money. The police institution simply lacks the proper incentives for its agents to be accountable. That’s why filming their actions is so key.

As Harvey Grossman, legal director of the ACLU noted:

…individuals and organizations must be able to freely gather and record information about the conduct of government and their agents – especially the police. In an age when almost everyone carries or has access to a smartphone, the recording and dissemination of pictures and sound is inexpensive, efficient and easy to accomplish. In short, the technology makes almost anyone a citizen journalist, deserving of protection under the First Amendment.

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A streaming app can help protect you as the content is stored offsite, which means the truth – the evidence captured – is preserved, and can’t be deleted should you or your device be snatched-up by someone eager to hide their misdeeds.

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About The Author

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, Eyre seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He later hit the road as co-founder of the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour and now calls Keene, in the 'shire his homebase.
  • ThirtyOneBravo

    First!

  • Common Sense

    Second, shit…

    Be cautious Jr activists, I think there are still some forms of wiretapping on the books in Illinois.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    Stolen money? Lay off the dope man. You weren’t that smart to begin with and the dope is making it worse.

  • Keith

    …actually, it’s not illegal anywhere. The supreme court has affirmed this twice. As long as you are recording public officials in public, you are protected. The cops try to use it to get their way, the wiretapping thing, but the SC shot that down quite handily. You cannot, however, in some states, secretly record audio in public. I.E., talk to a cop or any other public official with a recording device in your pocket, and not notify them. In some states, this is a legit felony. As long as you do it in the open, in public, and to a public official, you are safe.

  • THE AUTHORITY

    THE COPS ARE PAID WITH STOLEN MONEY. THE GOVERNMENT TAKES THE PROPERTY OF THE PEOPLE BY AGGRESSION. THE GOVERNMENT IS A PREDATORY CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE.

  • EvilRadicalDude

    ^^^^^^^^^^^NUT JOB ALERT!^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • John Q Public

    That’s just CENTURION in disguise.