Redmon police officer William Corson is the latest cop to try to intimidate a citizen from recording him, threatening him with jail if he continued recording.
Perhaps Corson was referring to the state’s wiretapping law but that only applies when people do not have an expectation of privacy.
The citizen knew his rights but didn’t want to go to jail, so he turned the camera off.
That was when Corson became even more unprofessional
This is how the citizen explained it on Reddit:
After I stopped recording, the officer was argumentative, disrespectful, and gave me a warning for breaking two laws that did not apply (more below). In fact, the officer originally wasn’t going to tell me what laws I had allegedly violated and I had to press him for him to even write it on my warning citation. My drivers license was also demanded (again after I protested), even though I was not operating a motor vehicle.
Thanks to the City of Redmond’s website, we are provided contact info for Corson. I’m thinking we should probably send him the 11-page guidelines the U.S. Department of Justice sent to the Baltimore Police Department regarding this same issue.
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