I bet those Maryland state troopers and that nameless judge who signed the warrant to allow them to raid Anthony Graber’s home never thought it would become a national issue.
It has. And it doesn’t appear that public opinion is falling on their side.
Not only has USA Today, The Washington Post, NPR and ABC News reported on the case in which Graber is facing 16 years in prison for uploading a video of a plainclothes cop pulling a gun on him during a traffic stop, MSNBC will be reporting on it today.
I am scheduled to be interviewed on MSNBC at 11:30 a.m. at the local studio, which is not the same building I used to work before I parted ways with NBC Miami.
The reason I am getting so much attention in this case is because I was the only reporter to have interviewed Graber after his 26-hour stint in jail. By the time the rest of the media picked up on the story – around the time my story had received more than 400 comments – he was no longer publicly speaking on the case under the advice of his attorneys.
I’m not sure if the interview will be live or if it will be aired later in the afternoon, but I’m sure it will be aired several times throughout the day as they do with most stories.
On Monday, I was interviewed on KGO Radio ( 11 minutes into the show) in San Francisco, where the big story is the Oscar Grant case – a perfect example of why citizens should be allowed to videotape cops without fear of getting intimidated or arrested.
Had Bay Area Rapid Transit police confiscated everybody’s cell phone as they tried to do, we probably would have seen a completely different outcome in that case.
The KGO Radio segment also featured Rich Roberts from the International Union of Police Associations, one of the officers who penned the laughable response to the USA Today editorial.
Roberts, who happens to live in Sarasota, made the same lame arguments he made in the article. Almost word by word.
But then he finished the segment by saying he believed people should have the right to videotape cops.
So I guess he’s no different than many cops in the way he double-talks.