Authorities Trying To Give Man 75 Years For Video Recording Police
Illinois authorities are trying to charge a man with 5 counts of wiretapping, after he video taped a police incident.
Michael Allison, a 41-year-old mechanic rejected a plea deal that would have required him to serve no jail time at all, stating “If we don’t fight for our freedoms here at home we’re all going to lose them.”
The charges each carry a maximum penalty of up to 15 years.
Earlier this summer, WBLK Staff brought you the story of 28-year old Emily Good, a Rochester, NY woman who was arrested for filming city police during a traffic stop. That case was immediately dismissed according to CNN – leaving Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards, City Council President Lovely A. Warren and Police Chief James Sheppard issuing a statement saying “Police officers must be able to cope with a high degree of stress while performing oftentimes dangerous duties, relying on their training and experience to guide their behavior […] We want to make clear that it is not the policy or practice of the Rochester Police Department to prevent citizens from observing its activities — including photographing or videotaping — as long as it does not interfere with the safe conduct of those activities.”
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