Don’t Film a Cop Pointing a Gun at You

Sunday, April 25, 2010
Posted in category police state

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. Note what took place a few days after the rider received his citation:

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 his motorcycle.

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 this remarkable 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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3 Responses to Don’t Film a Cop Pointing a Gun at You

  1. Michael says:

    April 26th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    So can Graber seize all the computer, cameras and monitors from the police station? Don’t police audio-record their confrontations with civilians all the time?

    One of these days, these plain-clothed officers are going to get shot by a CCW-carrier who thinks they’re getting robbed by some thug who’s really a cop, but I repeat myself.

    Then we’ll have to hear Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow rant and rave about cop killing CCW permit carriers.

  2. Iluvatar says:

    April 27th, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Before I end up reading & digesting all of this – let me offer a more postive story in a more positive day. The year was <

  3. M. Terry says:

    April 28th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Another thug with a badge. This guy appears to be unbalanced. Who let this psycho on the MD PD? Looks like the guy is just itchin to shoot someone.

    Gun control for government agents is the answer.

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