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January 28, 2011

Chicago Artist Could Get 15 Years for Recording His Own Arrest

Posted by Dave Blount at January 28, 2011 10:58 AM

Chicago artist Chris Drew got his point across better than he ever intended when he protested government oppression by getting himself arrested for selling silk-screened patches without a permit and filmed the event:

An artist who used a video camera to record being arrested by police is facing up to 15 years in prison.
Chris Drew has been charged with Class 1 felony under the Eavesdropping Act in Chicago, Illinois.
The bemused activist said he did not know anything about the law when he was protesting about restrictions on where artists can sell their work.

Drew expected to be charged with a misdemeanor and released. But it turns out Big Government can be more repressive than he had realized.

Under the Eavesdropping Act, which applies in 12 states, all parties must consent to a recording being made.
Maryland, Illinois and Massachusetts are the only states where it is illegal to record conversations with the police.

What a coincidence: all three of are so totally dominated by Democrats as to be virtually one-party states.

The maximum penalty is three years for a first offense…

But anyone recording a judge, attorney general, state attorney or police officer can be sent to jail for up to 15 years.

All animals are equal. But agents of The State are far more equal than those they rule.

On a tip from wingmann.