Guilty Policeman Will Sue for WiretappingAdded: Thursday, August 25th, 2011
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A policeman, known for being disciplined after being caught beating up some suspect, is planning to sue a woman armed with a video camera, who was the one responsible for catching him.
A policeman named Michael Sedergren seemed to get into all sorts of hotwater after being caught on video while beating a man named Melvin Jones. The victim had bones all over his face broken. Moreover, Jones became partially blind in one eye. A policeman was disciplined only because there was evidence of his doings – the video, which was made by a woman named Tyrisha Greene. After being disciplined, Sedergren has taken a decision that the woman is responsible for all his woes and that she has violated some of the US wiretapping laws.
In fact, all those wiretapping legislations seemed to be stacked in favor of the authorities anyway. Indeed, right now it seems that any policeman is able to listen in on everyone’s phone calls just by suggesting that the suspects were terrorists.
According to media reports, now the accused policeman believes that his basic rights under the American constitution have been threatened by a person who is a good citizen and stopped him pummelling a perp. For some reason, the constitutional rights of his victims are not supposed to count in this case. The matter is that under the law of the United States, he might have a case and undoubtedly has an attorney.
The policeman claimed that Greene should have asked his permission to make a video of him beating up a poor guy. Therefore, if Michael Sedergren had given his permission, such lawsuit would have never been launched. The policeman has already filed a criminal complaint against the woman. This means that if the policeman wins, Tyrisha Greene could receive a jail sentence for literally providing evidence of his criminal doings!
Ridiculous as it is, the situation remains the same under the US laws. Aside from the absurdity of the complaint, the industry observers point at another cause for concern – if the policeman does win, this court decision will put more than just those who made a video of Rodney King being beaten up behind bars. It would also mean that all CCTV footage, provided it wasn’t filmed with the permission of the criminals, would also be classified as unauthorized, and its creators would face jail terms.
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Thursday, August 25th, 2011
|Some laws are just plain stupid and this is 1 of them, i would guess this video was recorded while he was in a public place, I dont know about us but in the uk anyone is free to film in a public place (within reason of course), therefore he should have no case against her|
Thanks for the read sam, good as always
|then the government or anyone can not put video cameras out in public unless they get everyones permission first.|
|Looks like he was denied the suit. I found this posted a couple of days ago:|
A Springfield police officer was denied a criminal complaint against a woman who videotaped him standing by as a colleague allegedly brutally beat a black motorist with a flashlight during a traffic stop in 2009.
Tyrisha Greene, 29, of Springfield, was summonsed to Chicopee District Court Wednesday for a hearing to explore whether an illegal wiretapping charge against her was warranted - at officer Michael Sedergren’s request.
Sedergren filed an application for a criminal charge against Greene for videotaping the Nov. 27, 2009, alleged beating of Melvin Jones III, through her window on Rifle Street.
Technically speaking the officer was in a public area and is a public servant so I don't think he had much to go on anyway.
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