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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 :::

Glenn Reynolds (i.e., Instapundit) has been putting up a lot of stories about police shutting down people who record them in public. Often this is a violation of the law, but sometimes (especially in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maryland, which have especially draconian anti-eavesdropping laws) people who record questionable behavior by the police end up being prosecuted themselves.

Here's an example of this kind of recording causing a bad cop to lose his job. Here is a case in which the police might have liked to have recording devices to prosecute quite a few cases of assaulting an officer. Police cars are generally outfitted with dashboard videorecorders, but I would think recording devices might be sufficiently small and cheap that a lot of an on-duty officer's day could be recorded for potential later use by a court, be it in support of the police or against them. There may well be something wrong with this suggestion that hasn't occurred to me - feel free to let me know.

::: posted by Steven at 11:55 AM

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