Once again an Illinois Citizen has been arrested for having the audacity
to film Police Officers on Private Property. This time the arrest
occured the day after a woman uploaded a video recording police officers
who were hired to escort a pair of Smart Meter installers who jumped a
locked gate to install the electronic spy device at her neighbors home.
The homeowner in this video is clearly distraught because she is an
informed parent with genuine concerns for her ill daughters health which
may be negatively affected by the high frequency electromagnetic waves
that Smart Meters are well known to put out.
puzzling about the Police Officer's decision to return to this
neighborhood after their Departments discovery that this video was
uploaded to the internet is that the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals made a
ruling last year that blocked the enforcement of the law on the grounds
that it was unconstitutional.
The irony of citizens being
arrested for supposedly "eavesdropping" on cops in public where there is
no expectation of privacy, while simultaneously the government forcibly
installs devices on people's property that really do eavesdrop on them
in total violation of the 4th amendment, is staggering. Remember -- this
is a state that threatens to send people to prison for life for
recording police officers.
Bendis filmed her friend's
confrontation with city workers and police but at no time attempted to
interfere in their actions. The video clip shows an officer asking
Bendis not to film him, an order with which she immediately complies.
the Chicago Tribune reports that Bendis was arrested and "Charged with
two misdemeanors — attempted eavesdropping and resisting a peace
The state of Illinois is still directing its police officers to enforce a law that has repeatedly been found unconstitutional.
the PINAC blog notes, "Bendis was charged with misdemeanor
eavesdropping which indicates they may have kept the law intact but
reduced it to a misdemeanor from a felony. Or more likely means the
newspaper wasn't very clear in their reporting," adding that the
Illinois legislature introduced a "technical change" to the law a day
before the incident, but that no one seems to be aware of what exactly
the change is.
In May 2012, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of
Appeals blocked the enforcement of a law that made it a felony to film
police officers in the state of Illinois. This followed a case involving
Illinois resident Michael Allison - who at one point was facing life in
jail for recording cops.
"The Illinois eavesdropping statute
restricts far more speech than necessary to protect legitimate privacy
interests; as applied to the facts alleged here, it likely violates the
First Amendment's free speech and free-press guarantees," wrote Judge
In: Regional News
Tags: Woman, Arrested, for, Posting, Video, of, Armed, Goons, Escorting, Smart, Meter, Installers,
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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