Why is motorcyclist in trouble for recording traffic stop?

May 11, 2010

I don't condone all of the actions of Anthony John Graber III, the Harford County motorcyclist now facing charges for videotaping a police officer who stopped him for traffic violations, nor do I know him. But what's the difference between a camera in a police car and the person being pulled over recording a traffic stop?

Let's imagine that the trooper struck Mr. Graber with his weapon. Would Mr. Graber be facing wiretap charges? I don't think so.

I don't think that we can assume that Mr. Graber was trying to entrap a police officer. The artistic aspect alone is good enough reason to want to film while on a motorcycle.

Roger L. Kegley, Abingdon

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