Posted by Hazel Stone | Filed under Public Servants?
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.