Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cell Phones - Secret Weapon

Weapon Against Tyranny
You cell phone is a strong weapon! It has a camera and a video recorder! Video recordings by citizens have been used in court trials across the USA. However, there is a new trend in eliminating your Rights and personal freedoms.

13 States Trample Your Rights
Currently there are 13 states who have passed "laws" to protect public officials - including the police. Protect them from WHAT? If they are performing their respective duties lawfully - then what's to protect?

The states who have trampled your rights are as follows: AR, CA, CT, FL, IL, LA, MA, MD, MO, NH, OH, TX, and WV. Is yours on the list? If it is, you'd better be careful about video recording the police or public officials. These states IGNORE your Constitutional right to free speech, and illegal search and seizure! They say you cannot video record police or public officials. If you do, you will be arrested! This is no joke!

You will be arrested, camera confiscated, evidence destroyed and you will be held for various "trumped-up" charges. In all these cases throughout the USA, individuals usually are never convicted! Instead, they are treated like criminals and spend at least a night in jail. That's false arrest and harassment!

No Accountability
In states that have these "laws", there is no accountability for police who exercise their power incorrectly or falsely arrest people on "bogus" charges. There are never any investigations - even though your RIGHTS have been trampled on and ignored. Police often delete or destroy the "evidence" that can be used against them. There are never any follow-up investigations because until the advent of the cell phone camera, the police narrative used to be the "official" narrative.

What's Wrong With This Picture?
The laws should protect innocent citizens - NOT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS! Citizens should be allowed to continue using this technology instead of being harassed and/or arrested. In fact, a citizens' video should be helpful to the police, if they are doing their job correctly (and legally!).

The circuit Court of Maryland recently dismissed the case of recording of police action resulting in a citizen's arrest for using the camera. They stated: "Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted with the power if the state... should not expect tour actions to be shielded from public observation. 'Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?'" (Meaning: Who watches the Watchman?)

Action To Take
Hold public officials accountable in public. Record their actions - including police officers. They have no legal right to prohibit you for video recording them in public. You do NOT need their permission. That's a violation of your Constitutional rights! These "laws" are unconstitutional.

You can live-stream the video to QIK.COM for archiving so the police cannot destroy the evidence. Use it, and it will verify your side of the story!

Refuse to be bullied!

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