Hidden Camera? Judge Says Ok For Motorist to Tape Cop During Traffic Stop

A Maryland judge has dismissed wiretapping and other charges against a motorist who recorded his traffic stop via a video camera. The motorist was pulled over on his motorcycle for speeding, but taped his encounter with the state trooper via a helmet camera. The county attorney charged him with wiretapping and using a device designed to secretly capture oral communications.

The judge dismissed both charges, noting that state troopers have state powers and are accountable to the public and their actions should not be shielded from the public. The judge also said, in Latin, "Who watches the watchmen?" It is not yet known whether the state plans to appeal the ruling.

Charges dismissed against Md. man who taped traffic stop | The Washington Post


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