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Illinois Cop Threatens to Arrest Man on Felony Charges for Recording Him in Public

Despite the fact that the Illinois eavesdropping law was determined to be unconstitutional earlier this year, police still continue to threaten citizens with felonies for recording them in public.

The Sycamore police officer was parked on the side of a busy road as the man walked up to him. The cop then stepped out of his car and the man asked him for his name.

The cop, in turn, threatened to arrest him with a felony if he did not stop recording. The man protested but when the cop threatened a second time, he stopped recording.

It is not clear what led up to the exchange, but it apparently involved the man’s father, who possibly was cited for a traffic violation or accident. Just speculating since there are no details in the video’s description.

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.