Charges Dismissed Against Man Who Videotaped Cop

Posted on October 7, 2010

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In another great win for photographer’s rights and the first amendment prosecutors in Massachusetts dropped the charges against Eli Damon, who had faced charges of “secretly” recording a police officer during a traffic stop on a bike back in March.

MA law makes it a crime to secretly record others, even in a public place, apparently. But Mr. Damon’s camera was mounted to his head, just like the Maryland case involving motorcyclist Anthony Graber. Graber’s case was recently thrown out after a judge found that the officer in his case had no expectation of privacy during his public traffic stop.

For those interested, you can watch the video Damon recorded in four parts on youtube below.

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