We've noted recently that police and the courts have been regularly abusing wiretap laws
to arrest people who are videotaping or recording police, claiming that they're violating two-party consent laws. The most famous case, of course, is the motorcycle rider
with a helmet cam, who is facing jailtime for recording an off-duty, ununiformed police officer who jumped out of his car with his gun drawn. These situations are clearly not what such laws are designed to protect. Instead, it appears that the police are using them to intimidate and block people from legally recording police activity in public places.
Apparently all that press attention is starting to get noticed. Michael Scott
points us to the news that Rep. Edolphus Towns has introduced a Congressional resolution protecting those who film or photograph police in public
It's just a resolution, rather than an actual law, but if it passes, hopefully, it will give the courts the ammo they need to toss out these ridiculous lawsuits.