The state of Illinois has a law that prohibits citizens from recording police who do things such as violate civil rights. The government said that the cop had to give permission.
A local judge has struck down the law as unconstitutional. It is way too broad.
The police are saying nothing. Maybe that is because they can be recorded and wind up on YouTube if they do say something.
The police are under the gun — digital guns. What they do in public can wind up on YouTube. This will embarrass them. That possibility always terrifies agents of the state. Why? Because it can lead to budget cuts. It can lead to investigations. It challenges their perceived autonomy.
Across the nation, law enforcement agencies are trying to make it illegal for citizens to monitor what they do in public. They want to Rodney King-type videos online.
The cell phone and YouTube are major threats to the police. They are major threats to politicians who speak at Town Hall meetings. They can be embarrassed for all to see.
They are fighting back. Let’s hope that the courts will overturn these laws against photographing or recording agents of the state..