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Sometimes, Justice Prevails!

(Courtesy of Irish)

Woman charged with wiretapping for filming cops wins $57,000 payout

 As long as you don’t interfere with them doing their job it should be legal. Videotaping would
help keep everyone in line.

A local New Hampshire police department agreed Thursday to pay a woman who was arrested and charged with wiretapping $57,000 to settle her civil rights lawsuit. The deal comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the public has a “First Amendment” right to film cops.
The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night traffic stop. Although Gericke was never brought to trial, she sued, alleging that her arrest constituted retaliatory prosecution in breach of her constitutional rights. The department, without admitting wrongdoing, settled Thursday in a move that the woman’s attorney speculated would deter future police “retaliation.”


There is that part mentioned without admitting wrongdoing which does disturb me, however…

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


7 thoughts on “Sometimes, Justice Prevails!

  1. It’s simply amazing that after this has been ruled on by the 7th Circuit and thus is precedent for everywhere else in the states, that every 2 bit Leo out there thinks they can walk up and seize your phone and arrest you, leaving the tax payers on the hook when they inevitably get sued in court and lose.

    The cops (simply put) have no expectation of privacy when they are out in the public performing their duties.

    To use a version of their on illogical statements against them (like when you say no to a vehicle search)….. “If you’ve nothing to hide why are you afraid of being filmed on camera?

    Posted by Matt | June 19, 2014, 9:43 am
  2. They only admitted they got caught… NOT that they were wrong… sigh

    Posted by Old NFO | June 19, 2014, 1:10 pm
  3. I suspect that videos have probably saved a lot more LEOs careers than they have jeopardized……………
    As to whether or not it should be legal to film them, the use of video by LE has long been supported by courts, so long as they are filming from a place they have a legal right to be, same as applies to security cameras etc. So as long as the Citizen is in a place he has every right to be, there should not be an issue.

    Posted by GomeznSA | June 20, 2014, 2:22 pm
    • “So as long as the Citizen is in a place he has every right to be, there should not be an issue.”
      But, some misinformed cops have made it an issue – especially those afraid of being caught at something.
      Akin to all those legally open carry folks who are continuing to get harassed by LEOS after the law has
      been changed in their favor.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | June 20, 2014, 5:13 pm

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