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Keeping Truth Legal: It Is Our Right to Film Police

Without the video from the cases of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Walter Scott, these cases and many others would have gone uninvestigated and unnoticed; with many holding staunchly to the belief that whatever is written in a police report is fact. Still, even with these cases, large public outcry, and overwhelming evidence, there is still mistrust and demonization of the people decrying their treatment by law enforcement. The bias is so bad, in fact, that as opposed to doing further investigation into the claims of misconduct on a larger, more comprehensive scale, such as those seen in our video above, local law makers and states have attempted to curtail the filming of law enforcement that bolsters the claims.

That’s right. Instead of admitting that the state of policing in this country is hugely problematic and working with communities to fully uncover depths of the problem, many are systematically working to cover up any trace that a problem exists. Some of the more notable attempts as of late:

Just this March, Texas State Rep. Jason Villalba(R) tried to pass a law in Texas that would make it a class B misdemeanor to film police within 100 feet if they have their handgun out.

In Missouri, State Senator Doug Libla opposed a bill that required police to wear body cameras. Instead, he proposed his own bill, that not only didn’t require body cameras, but would have exempted all footage of police encounters from state open records laws.

Twelve states have adopted what is known as a two party consent eavesdropping law that police have successfully used to confiscate and arrest anyone filming them on duty. These laws simply mean that if someone, including police, has “a reasonable expectation of privacy” when they are filmed, they have to give their consent to be recorded.

The problem, of course, is that public servants, such as police, should NOT have a reasonable expectation of privacy while performing their public duties, in public spaces, amongst the public. It IS punishable to interfere with an arrest or their work, as it should be. But if all protocol is being followed, filming should not be considered interference.


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State police hunt for the McMath kidnappers in Cape Cod section (Photo credit: Boston Public Library)
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Andrew Jacobs / 20070811.10D.44761 / SML Skydive (Photo credit: See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

A police officer looks into the bag of one of the men who was at the abandoned house on Millsborough Avenue in St Andrew yesterday. The police were at the property where they evicted a group of alleged homosexual men from the premises. – Gladstone Taylor
A large group of self-proclaimed homosexuals was booted from an abandoned house in the upscale Millsborough community in upper St Andrew, yesterday.

The highly bleached men wept as a heavy contingent of police wearing dust masks monitored their removal.

The men told the police that they were prepared to point out members of the group who had been committing a range of criminal activities including robbery and assault.

Under the watchful eyes of members of the media and the police, the men walked slowly out of the compound, while another group left in a white Nissan Tiida, which was parked in the yard.

Commander of the Operation, Christopher Murdock, told The STAR that the house would be demolished tomorrow

Woman caught in high-speed chase gets bail extension

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English: 1993–1996 Mitsubishi Lancer (CC) Executive sedan, photographed in Woolooware, New South Wales, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: 2000-2002 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan photographed in Cainta Rizal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart photographed in Centreville, Virginia, USA. Category:Mitsubishi Lancer (eighth generation) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A woman who was involved in a police high-speed chase in March of this year had her bail extended when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate‘s Court on Monday.

She is 28-year-old Tahira Howell from Kingston 19. Howell is charged with malicious destruction of property.

Allegations are that, on March 21, Howell was driving a green Toyota motorcar along Mountain View Avenue when she allegedly hit a Mitsubishi Lancer and sped off. She was then chased by the police who were instructing her to stop. She continued driving.

She was eventually accosted by the police along Richmond Park Avenue. It is alleged that Howell refused to exit the vehicle and respond to the police. She was eventually removed and, while being questioned, it is further alleged that she stripped herself of her clothing.

She was then taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where she was admitted under police guard.

It is also alleged that during the car-chasing episode, she damaged several service vehicles.

A psychiatric evaluation was done and she was diagnosed with acute psychosis.

The vehicle, which belonged to Howell’s mother, was taken to the Elletson Road Police Station for safe keeping. Howell returns to court for mention on July 31.

Multiple shooting incidents rock downtown Kingston

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The Kingston Central Police Division yesterday had their hands full yesterday with a number of shooting incidents.

Crime fighters had to first step in after receiving word of a robbery in progress in the commercial district. Two alleged robbers were shot in that incident by the police. Reports are that two other men escaped.

Not long afterwards, panic gripped a section of East Queen Street, central Kingston, when two men were shot, one fatally, by unknown assailants.

The men reportedly ran into the Central Police Station before they collapsed and were rushed to the hospital. One was pronounced dead.

Later, another man with gunshot wounds was taken to the hospital in a brown SUV with three other occupants who released the injured man into the care of hospital attendants then sped out of the facility before the police could accost them.

Police rescue alleged thief

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Deutsch: Star Bicycle – Hochrad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Bicycle Party (Photo credit: Where is Clifford The Big Red Dog?)
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Working bicycle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Linstead police in St Catherine had to rescue a man who allegedly stole a bicycle from an angry mob yesterday.

It is revealed that about 8 a.m., the man was held along Fletcher’s Avenue in Linstead, St Catherine.

He was accused of stealing a bicycle that was parked nearby, and the mob started to beat him.

A police party was patrolling the town and rescued the man from the angry mob.

Persons told The Star that the owner parked the bicycle and the man allegedly jumped on it and rode it away.

When The Star called the police, it was revealed that the man was being held on suspicion of larceny. ‘

Court staff, cops clash – Civilians witness tracing match

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BAW’s Home Office (Photo credit: bayareabaw)

Senior police officers had to rescue one of their colleagues from the wrath of some members of staff at the Family Court on Wednesday after she was targeted and verbally attacked over a dirty sink.

THE WEEKEND STAR was told that the row exacerbated after other cops came to their colleague’s aid and exchanged indecent language aloud with those members of staff who targeted her.

A meeting has been scheduled for today between police and the court management service to discuss the disgraceful event.

The squabble reportedly took place in full view of civilians, other cops and staff.

“It happened around midday while court was in session and people a move back and forth in the court office doing their business,” a witness revealed.

Reports said the row emanated from disgust at a dirty kitchen sink in the court’s canteen. The female cop, who was having lunch in the canteen, was blamed for the mess and verbally attacked by some members of staff.

However, she kept her composure and ignored the insults until she reached boiling point and was forced to defend her honour – hurling her own taunts at her ‘attackers’.

“Dem go up inna her face like dem wah beat her and her superiors told her to come to the office and sit,” the witness shared.

The encounter soon worsened after the policewoman went into the office reserved for cops and the door was closed.

“When she go inna the office, dem start beat down the door and a bang it loud for a long while,” the witness said.

After a while, the enraged staff retreated from the door. Nobody involved in the encounter was charged.

The Home Guard Team

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So here we go folks Britten has now gone into reversed into Policing our streets.
Here comes the returned of the National Home Guard in replacing our regular Police Force, as we cannot afford to maintained our existing Policing Services.
Such a shame our Government has down graded what use to be the World once TOP Police Force to what one would now call a Pan Head Force.