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Article posted Oct 14 2011, 12:48 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

"DELETE IT NOW!" -- Raging Cop Threatens To Arrest Ron Paul Supporters For Videotaping, Demands They Delete Video Or He'll (Falsely) Charge Them With Wiretapping

Chris | InformationLiberation

A Pennsylvania police officer threatened to falsely charge two Ron Paul supporters with wiretapping for videotaping him making an ass out of himself. After threatening to arrest the men for wiretapping because they dared to stand up to his "authority," the activists pointed out videotaping police is not wiretapping and it is not a crime. Well, that made the cop fly into a rage, he demanded they delete the video or he will have them arrested.

Here's how the incident went down. The man in the video was apparently standing in the median of a street holding up a Ron Paul sign, the cop felt it was against the law to stand where they were standing and told them to move. He said the sign may have been blocking drivers' line of sight, the activists dispute that, but still, it's not entirely unreasonable for the cop to ask them to move.

Nonetheless, the cop was being rather rude to them, so one of the activists said he doesn't appreciate the cop's mean attitude, to which the cop responds "I don't care if you appreciate it or not, I'm telling you what to do."

The activist then quips, "well, that's why we're forced to record you."

Those words apparently made the cop fly into a rage.

"'Forced to record me', do you want to get locked up for wiretap? Go ahead and use that."

"Oh, the courts actually ruled that..."

"O.K., so now you're a lawyer? Now you're a lawyer?"

"No, I just read case law."

"Oh, do you?" the cop responds condescendingly, "I can act anyway I want."

After some more minor squabbling about where they can stand, the cop looks to the videographer and orders him to delete the video.

"I'm telling you right now, you recorded this whole thing, you better delete it right in front of me or I'm going to get my detectives and we're going to have a problem, because you're recording me right now and you don't have my permission."

"But you're a police officer."

[The cop orders the activists to move.]

"Am I legally binding to [delete the video], like do I have to?

"Delete it now or my detectives are coming up here and you guys are all going [to be arrested], I'm telling you delete it now for the wiretap!"

The activist turns his video off under threat of jail, but instead of deleting the video, he uploaded it to YouTube.

Here's some more on the video from CopBlock, they're urging people to contact the police station:
The Philly Tyranny Response Team was participating in the Nation wide Ron Paul sign wave – which took place on Oct 10th – when they had a little run in with an Exton, PA police officer. Below is video of that encounter – raw video here.

There you have it, more proof that the police aren’t concerned with protect you. This officer says, “I don’t have to be nice to you. That’s not in my job description.” He even states that he can tell you what to do and doesn’t care if you appreciate it or not. The men in the video did a great job of standing their ground against this jackboot thug.

If you’d like to remind the Exton, PA police that filming public officials is NOT A CRIME feel free to call them.

Stephen J. Meacham -Chief of Police
Police, Non-Emergency - 610-363-0200
This cop should be in a jail cell, threatening to file false charges against someone is a crime (and a particularly vicious and vindictive one at that). Of course, because he has a magic badge, he can break the law all he wants.

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Posted: Oct 14 2011, 7:53 PM

67131 It's completely the cop's fault for going overboard. Their job description doesn't say "Behave professionally until you think someone is being disrespectful to you." Cops are expected to do their job under ALL circumstances, not just when they feel like it.

Posted: Oct 14 2011, 9:27 PM

688 what,s with all the anonymous write ins?gotta say some sure sound like typical chicken shit punk ass COPS!we got our whole dept. transfered out her and can,t wait to do it again.of course words out they[sheriffs] got designs for be it .many in town are worried for my health.I say fuckem LIVE FREE OR DIE!!! small govt.,50% less cops,, capitalism works follow the constitution and bill of rights

Posted: Oct 14 2011, 9:28 PM

206123 Living in Pennsylvania (and several other states in my life) I have to say that it is the only state I lived in where it is a state law that requires BOTH parties to consent to being recorded prior to being recorded. It is why all of our street cams have big flashy lights on them and all stores, buses, etc. have to post that they are videoing you prior to your entry. While it helps us in many ways, not recording police is one downside to it. Law applies to them to, they are citizens like the rest of us. Albeit, I admit it is gray since he is a public servant on duty and there is case law against it. However, it is a wiretapping law:

"Pennsylvania's wiretapping law is a "two-party consent" law. Pennsylvania makes it a crime to intercept or record a telephone call or conversation unless all parties to the conversation consent. See 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 5703 (link is to the entire code, choose Title 18, Part II, Article F, Chapter 57, Subchapter B, and then the specific provision). "

Posted: Oct 14 2011, 9:29 PM

206123 Law applies to them to, = Law applies to them too,...

Posted: Oct 14 2011, 9:54 PM

7693 Key words in your Penn law: " intercept or record a TELEPHONE call or conversation." It's about WIREtapping, not VIDEOTAPING.

Fucking learn to speak your own language. Fuck.

Posted: Oct 14 2011, 10:25 PM

1739 I just wrote to the cheif - but heres a note for everyone.

If anyone does, please remember that demanding the termination or punishment is not the way to go and will only make the chief think every email is being sent from a group of morons.

If we want change from the officers, we need to be as respectable to them as we want them to be to us. Well thought out emails will always get more attention from the chief and hopefully have an effect we all want on their entire department.

Good luck!

Posted: Oct 14 2011, 11:05 PM

80203 The police man gave the kid direct instructions on what to do, and he was being a smart ass.. disgusting behaviour from the dude with the mouth and the guy with the camera. Trying to force the police officer to snap. He was acting calm untill the kids started running they're mouth to a man in uniform.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 12:12 AM

68224 They should of just got off the island holding up big banners blocking peoples vision. All of you saying the cop over re-acted are fucking retarded. Those lil cock wranglers wanted to start a scene, which is why he said he was recording out of the blue. Was completely unnecessary.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 12:25 AM

20989 I think the kid was inciting the cop. That cop wanted nothing to do with the kids. He told them to stay off the road, where they were creating a driving hazard. If they had moved to the side of the road, there would have been no problem, the cop would have left, and they could continue what they were doing.
Hay Mikey, he likes it

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 12:26 AM

2461 The revolution has begun. And it cannot be stopped. The baby-boomers will soon realize that their golden years will not be so golden. Hay baby-boomers, what was it like to grow up in an actually free, non-nanny-state country, huh? Did you think that your generation would get away with wrecking freedom with no consequences?

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 1:20 AM

18656 If filming an officer is a wiretapping fellony they should immediately detein those guys thet filmed those officers biting Rodney King ASAP.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 1:21 AM

69161 Uhm, that cop is in the right. You guys realize that he came over, and simply told them to relocate because they were causing a traffic violation. He even went so far as to say he was called there. While his reaction to being recorded was wrong, the location they were in could indeed make it difficult for people to merge, so in that sense he was in the right.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 2:19 AM

76171 The kid instigated it. He was being a total jerk. If it was brought to my attention that my sign waiving could cause an accident I would apologize and possibly thank him for making me aware of this. If he claims to be a Ron Paul fan, gain some respect. The cop was argumentative and there's not excuse for that either.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 3:09 AM

1962 Kids today. You were obstructing the traffic !! and now it's about wiretapping and aggressive police.

They were absolutely being arrogant and smug, pushing this cop for they're own amusement. They want the cop to react. And yeah, it's obvious they policeman isn't the smartest and doesn't know what he's saying but he's rattled. Probably just saying whatever to get you guys to stop messing around with him. Why can't you just leave the guy alone and stand somewhere else. The kids were causing the trouble, not the cop!

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 5:09 AM

6755 As a Ron Paul supporting libertarian, I can say this wouldn't have happened if that were me. If anyone (cop or motorist) pointed out that I was impeding visibility to drivers, I'd say, "Oh, sorry man. We'll move."
Now if the cop showed up and said, "Hey fuckwits! I'm going to taze you if you don't go home." or some other power tripping shit, right off the bat; different story.
He didn't. It sounded like he made a legitimate request and the kid decided to have a pissing match with him. Two stubborn personalities and this happens.
Was the cop a dick about the taping issue? Sure. Was he out of line? Sure. Did he maybe have a personality disorder? Sure. After the pissing match started. Had the guys simply said what I suggested I doubt there would have been any more to it than that.
This still doesn't excuse his "delete it now" rant, but it's not like he was making an outrageous request that needed to be postured against.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 5:21 AM

6519 640 owned 98235.

There are other cases that validate and extend that ruling, like the one in Chicago that even extends the right to private areas when you have reason to believe a crime is being committed.

Also, when you record with a visible device wire tapping laws no longer apply, even when objected too. This includes cell phones and I should state this is only sound legally when in public.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 8:12 AM

65160 Dude Anon 98235, its already over, they have it posted, so why back off. If cops wanted to arrest him for felony wiretap, then they would have done it when the video was posted.

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 12:26 PM

9319 The kid was a dick first

Posted: Oct 15 2011, 8:03 PM

69207 It sure looked like the kids were no longer on the island so why did the cop keep on saying to stay off when it looks like they already left it?

Posted: Oct 16 2011, 2:15 PM

7473 When are they going to start testing cops for steroids? It's pretty obvious this is a 'roid rage. Steroid users are the last people you want armed!
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