Victims & Heroes: The Fight for Our Right to Record Police

Our friends at Flex Your Rights made a timeline that depicted “A recent history of notable arrests and litigants whose court cases are poised to unravel unjust wiretapping laws.”

It includes many incidents of which you’re likely already aware, and some that might be new. And though the exact circumstances in each situation differed significantly – from cash settlements to those wronged (such as Antonio Musumeci) to murder (such as Oscar Grant) – the unifying thread was simple: that no one has extra rights.

The surest way to ensure there are no more Oscar Grant’s or even folks like Ademo and myself who spent a night in jail and over a year in and out of courtroom legal land, is for each of us to stop granting authority to strangers simply because it’s claimed. Stop acting as if those wearing badges have extra rights – they don’t. You know this. Don’t be afraid. If you see them doing something wrong for you or me, call them out, record and share. Failure to do so at every opportunity means the double-standards only become more entrenched and harmful.

This is even more true since individuals who wear badges purport to serve you yet in true hypocritical fashion, they first steal your money, and if you question them or attempt to hold them accountable, some resort to the only tool in their arsenal: force. That is the epitome of poor service. And it won’t cease until the entire monopolistic framework erodes as we each individually decide to withdraw our consent and look to other, consensual solutions.

 


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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he 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. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.