There is a website that has a section, Photography Is Not a Crime. It is devoted to victims of police harassment after they shot videos of police actions.
Governments are placing surveillance cameras everywhere, but they do not want the public to return the favor.
One man was arrested for having a messy house. This was after he had posted a YouTube video of a local policeman. It was posted on Photography Is Not a Crime.
The arrested man has a long-term dispute with his downstairs neighbor, who calls the police frequently.
Two weeks ago, police banged on his door in response to another disturbance call. Nunez opened the door and encountered three police officers who demanded on entering the home to check on the welfare of his girlfriend.
He told them they would not be allowed inside his home without a warrant, but if they wanted to speak to her, they could walk around to the back porch where she was sitting smoking a cigarette.
Nunez said the officers then barged their way into his home, knocking him down and taking a swing at him.
Nunez raced into his bedroom where he turned on a camera and began recording the incident.
One cop can be seen standing in the doorway of his bedroom threatening to arrest him for recording them, which is not against the law in Massachusetts as long as you’re not being secretive about it, which he wasn’t.
Police apparently found out they had no grounds to arrest him on wiretapping charges, so they resorted to something they think would stick; maintaining a noisy and disorderly house.
The state law is vague about what a messy house entails.
The man was arrested. Why? Because the “prosecutor represents that accused may not appear unless arrested.” What is all this about? A $150 fine.
As video camera and cell phones become widely used, and with YouTube open to anyone, we can expect to see more police resistance. But I do not see how it can be stopped, short of martial law.