"What difference" "does it make?"
The problem arises from a few things. First is the potentially prejudicial handing out of justice. Do these cops always make vandals do push ups? probably not so they dispensed justice differently based upon their own bias. That is a problem. The second problem I see is that by condoning this activity you encourage police to take punishment into their own hands. This can go very wrong. Who is to say tomorrow these cops won't decide to give the next vandals a beating, or to fine the criminals themselves and pocket the money? It is outside of their authority for a reason.
My local police are notorious for beating up people who film them acting like total assholes. This ruling will no doubt cause many tears to be shed by these swaggering bullies in uniform.
Po;ice aren't supposed to be "only human". They are licensed to kill and should be held to the highest of standards. They aren't though. And their Union defends them vigorously no matter how egregious their behavior.
I'm sure there are a few good apples in the rotten apple barrel. You know, just like in the movies. But for the most parts, these are the big kids who slammed you around in High School and now they have guns and badges.
Florida has an anti-audio recording law too. It is a law specifically meant to protect commercial and governmental fraud and criminal conduct, plus protecting private sector fraudsters, government officials and police from potential perjury charges. All those laws should be declared unconstitutional or otherwise eliminated.
The court case has exactly NOTHING to do with teens doing pushups.
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Obama's legacy - National Debt / Credit Downgrade / Obamacare Failure / Economic Failure / Foreign Policy Failure / Liar of the Year Award / The Rise of ISIS
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
From the article:
Holy shiite! Yet another reason I am thankful that I do not live in IL.Illinois' eavesdropping law is one of the harshest in the country, making audio recording of a law enforcement officer — even while on duty and in public — a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
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