Illinois citizens are still being arrested under the state’s controversial Eavesdropping Law even though police were ordered not to make these arrests after the law was deemed unconstitutional last year.
A woman was arrested Thursday in Naperville on an eavesdropping charge as she video recordered her friend getting arrested trying to block city workers from installing a smart meter in her home.
Malia “Kim” Bendis was charged with misdemeanor eavesdropping which indicates they may have kept the law intact but reduced it to a misdemeanor from a felony. Or more likely means the newspaper wasn’t very clear in their reporting.Jennifer Stahl was arrested for standing in front of her old meter, blocking city workers from installing the new meter.
According to the Blaze:
Stahl estimated at the rate the city is going installing smart meters that they’ll be complete with 100 percent compliance by the end of the week. The Tribune reported 57,000 homes (99 percent) have them so far.
“It’s not acceptable that the city can choose for me on my behalf to install this meter that I don’t think is appropriate for myself,” Stahl said. “I choose to keep my analog meter because of all the issues. I can’t believe the city is not providing an alternative option.”
The controversy over smart meters has been seen in cities around the nation. Some have concerns about the type of data the smart meters will allow to be collected (and how that data will be used). Others worry about the health risks associated with transmitter in the smart meter, including headaches, insomnia, tinnitus and DNA breakdown.
Bendis was arrested on the eavesdropping charge when she insisted on video recording the incident from Stahl’s own backyard. Towards the end of the above video, you can hear the cop ordering her to turn it off because he hadn’t given her permission to record him, which she does.
He not only arrested her on the eavesdropping charge, but for resisting, even though the state eavesdropping law is considered dead.
A day before the arrests, the Illinois legislature introduced a “technical change” to the eavesdropping law that is so minor, I can’t even spot it, so perhaps one of you readers can.