I just commented on an interesting blog by sirnickdon here which talks about whether people should be able to record police interactions and whether we’re a police state if people can have their camcorders or camera phones taken away or shut down by the cops – an interesting subject for discussion.
I left a comment and then looked at other peoples’ remarks. I just found the contrast between my comment and trunthepaige’s comment just above mine kind of funny:
“Simply yes” (no period, I didn’t leave it off)
“If a police officer is questioning you and you whip out a camcorder or other recording device that should be perfectly legal – using a concealed recording device however arguably violates the cop’s civil rights just as walking into your business and recording a conversation with you secretly would violate your rights. Basically people should just keep it above-board. But we know there will always be some asshole cop who will, regardless of the law, tell you to put away your camera or take it away or threaten to fine you for some bogus charge or whatnot – but this is more due to human fallibility – it’s the same reason your order will sometimes get fucked up at burger king or some kids will be bullies. And of course often cops will lie or look the other way to protect the cops, but this also is due mainly to human tribalistic “us vs them” thinking, bonding and other aspects of human psychology which have positive and negative impacts on many aspects of the world and aren’t likely to change soon – though they can hypothetically be overridden by other factors like any instinct.“
Haha : )
And trun before you go behind my back claiming I’m persecuting you, I’m honestly laughing with, not at.