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FFH
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USSC lets citizen in Illinois to secretly audio tape police

The USSC refused to hear an appeal from a lower Federal Court that blocked enforcement of an Illinois law that made it a crime to audio record police secretly during police stops. So, for now anyway, if you live in Illinois you won't be prosecuted for secretly taping police during traffic stops.

»www.politico.com/blogs/under-the···290.html

But, as always, caution is the watchword here. If the police catch you recording them during a stop, they may not arrest you for doing that. But you can almost bet your life that they will throw every charge in the book against you they can dream up if they can. And instead of getting a speeding ticket and going on your way, you can be delayed for a very long time as they look for ways to punish your impertinence. My suggestion would be don't record them. Or at least don't get caught doing it.
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angussf
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mattmag
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reply to FFH



So, what's your point? What do you think is the advantage of having an audio recording when many if not most agencies already do the same thing plus video? Do you expect them to recite some ancient secret police voodoo ritual or something???



FFH
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said by mattmag:

So, what's your point? What do you think is the advantage of having an audio recording when many if not most agencies already do the same thing plus video?

As non-police controlled proof for internal affairs that you may have been harassed by police on a traffic stop. Of course, like I pointed out, there is a risk involved in making a recording if you are observed doing so.
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NormanS
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said by FFH:

As non-police controlled proof for internal affairs that you may have been harassed by police on a traffic stop. Of course, like I pointed out, there is a risk involved in making a recording if you are observed doing so.

On the one hand, I have never been harassed during a police stop. On the other hand, if the officer is doing his job in a professional manner, a citizen recording the encounter should not be a problem.

"Character" is how you behave when nobody is looking. And from my observation of citizen behavior in downtown San Jose, California, the SJPD has a piss poor pool of citizens with sufficient character to take on the job of being a cop.
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Norman
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