A 60-year-old artist is facing up to 15 years in prison for recording his own arrest. Chris Drew was charged with eavesdropping under Illinois state law, a Class 1 felony, because he didn’t get permission from the Chicago officers who were busy arresting him reports the New York Times. And he’s not the only one.
All across the country, police departments are cracking down on citizens that capture footage of their arrest. You may recall the guy on the motorcycle with a helmet cam who was pulled over by a gun-wielding cop in an unmarked car, luckily the charges against him were dismissed. So let us get this straight. It’s okay for law enforcement to install an Orwellian amount of surveillance cameras in public spaces, mount dashboard cameras and soon deploy military-derived drones, but it’s illegal for a citizen to film their own arrest? That’s terrifying.
15 years in prison for this? Really? Really!: