WHO ARE THEY PROTECTING?
This 25-year-old Maryland Air National Guard sergeant Anthony Graber is facing 16 years in prison, Just because he posted this video on YouTube. Graber was cut off in traffic and stopped by this gun-wielding plainclothes officer after speeding down Interstate 95 in Maryland on his motorcycle. He was, rightly, charged with speeding. But state police didn’t like the fact that Graber posted his video on YouTube.
So in April state police raided his parents’ home in Abingdon, Md., and confiscated his camera, computer and external hard drives. Then he was indicted on a charge of violating state wiretap laws by recording the trooper.
Many of us were raised with the idea that the police are there to protect us. All too often those sworn to protect us are nothing more than abusive, power-mad thugs with the authority of the state behind their actions.
So what we are learning is it is perfectly okay for police officers to record their encounters with suspects using dash cameras in their patrol cars and hidden cameras in their interrogation rooms, but if a citizen being accosted by police or witnessing police abuse records the incident the state will treat him like he’s John Dillinger. So much for the idea of “To protect and serve.”
One more thing...maybe I'm missing something, because of the narrow view of the camera...and i don't know what the motorcycle rider did (except the obvious...speeding) but if a man approaches my vehicle looking and acting like that, there will be a shooting!! I carry, legally...and here he is pulling a gun at me and there is no indication whatsoever that he's a cop. May be he was right to stop the cyclist... I don’t know. But coming out of a plain vehicle, in plain clothes, carrying a gun, no ID, no badge? In every “Deadly Force” training scenario I’ve ever trained & participated in, he is an immediate threat, and that is a shooting situation!