Protect? Nah. Serve? You What?

Handicapped, handi-capable, whatever.  I don’t particularly care what this guy requires to get through his day, I’m more interested in the bit about being tackled, arrested, and put on bloody trial for recording a conversation with a police officer:

About a month before the incident no-parking signs were erected. One of the officers, who recognized Ballance from a previous interaction days earlier, instructed Ballance to turn off his recording device. He refused and an altercation ensued in which the officers tackled Ballance to the ground and handcuffed him, drawing blood on his wrists. The encounter was recorded on video by Ballance’s teenage son.

Last year, a jury acquitted Ballance of resisting arrest without violence.

Why would they have instructed him to turn off the device?  As the (*spit*) civil rights attorney quoted in the article says:

“State law says you can’t orally record someone who has a reasonable expectation of privacy. Public officials performing official duties in public places don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Nor *should* they have anything to hide.

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17 Responses to “Protect? Nah. Serve? You What?”

  1. Madrocketscientist Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    If the police insist on not being recorded, citizens will get sneaky, and record them surreptitiously. I can use my cell phone to record the audio of a public servant, and I can make sure the audio is uploaded to the phone co. server or to a secure server I own. The police may get a warrant to seize the audio copy, but not before I can make a phone call and get another copy made.

    Just like digital music piracy, fighting it is like sticking your finger in the Dyke.

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  2. Hazel Stone Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    Ok, let’s keep this PG-rated… :)

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  3. MadRocketScientist Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    I…errr….huh?

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  4. Hazel Stone Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    >>fighting it is like sticking your finger in the Dyke.

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  5. MadRocketScientist Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    How old ARE you?!

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  6. Hazel Stone Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    Mother of god, lighten up.

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  7. Drumwaster Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    This from the lady who uses the word “sod”. ;-)

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  8. MadRocketScientist Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    The curse of the written word, sarcasm is lost far too easily.

    Hazel,

    When you pointed out my bit about putting a finger in the Dyke, I could just hear you doing it in a Butthead voice (“huh-huh, you said Dyke, huh-huh”).

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  9. Robert Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    Heh, I thought I was coming by to read comments about the post.

    I think nowadays “sod” is considered only mildly offensive in the UK, so we may have to find something stronger to characterize the idiocies that get pointed out here from time to time. Schiesskopf is a useful word because 99 percent of Americans don’t know what it means so it gives no personal offense while satisfying the need for linguistic precision. It’s strictly a noun however, and not as versatile as “sod” (sodding, sod off) so it won’t fill the bill completely.

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  10. Drumwaster Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    And of course “bloody” or “bleedin’” are strictly adjectives. (And I’m one of the 1%, fwiw. I can say “F*ck ‘em if they can’t take a joke” in six languages.)

    I could also recommend “TANJ” as a general-use epithet (id est, “tanjit!” or “Tanj it to hell!”). TANJ = There Ain’t No Justice.

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  11. Hazel Stone Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    Well, you boys have gone off on quite the tangent here. Personally, I don’t give two craps what language is used. Ted and I tend to keep it PG so as not to be caught by overzealous filters, we’re nice to our readers that way.

    This entire bit of jackassery started when I made a juvenile joke based on what MRS said above. There is no question of appropriate language. If something is fuck-worthy, you can bet your arses I will bust it out.

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  12. Drumwaster Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    *slinks away really fucking quietly*

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  13. Hazel Stone Says:
    May 2nd, 2008

    I heard that. :)

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  14. Morgan Says:
    May 3rd, 2008

    And lots of people over here (UK)think that the people over there (USA) have no sense of humour …
    :D

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  15. Gregg Says:
    May 4th, 2008

    Here I always thought that the wall, or mound of dirt holding back the ocean was a DIKE and the other DYKE referred to a woman of a certain bent.

    OTOH, I have also heard diagonal cutters called that same word, but not sure which spelling would be appropriate.

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  16. MadRocketScientist Says:
    May 4th, 2008

    Awww CRAP! All this over a spelling mistake?!

    Sorry folks… :-(

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  17. Nortius Maximus Says:
    September 16th, 2008

    If something is f*ck-worthy, you can bet your arses I will bust it out.

    Well, I always say, if you’re going to f*ck, f*ck worthily.

    On topic: any word on how the case is progressing? Here in CA the gotcha does seem to be about the sound recording, visual is OK. And I seem to recall decisions here that say that yes, the cops have a reasonable expectation of privacy, but you don’t, vis-a-vis patrol-car cams, etc. Which needs to be dealt with (by which I mean corrected) judicially, toute de f*cking suite.

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