Before I launched my blog, I didn’t think I could agree with conservatives about anything because I was a self-described Raging Liberal, which also meant I didn’t agree with the passivity so many liberals possess either.
But after I launched it, I learned a lot of conservatives believe the same as I do when it comes to recording cops; many who became my strongest supporters from the very beginning.
It didn’t change my political views, but it made me realize we are not as divided as a country as we are sometimes led to believe.
Or maybe the real division is between the cops and the citizens they are sworn to protect, but that is a division only the cops can mend.
Here’s a guy named Wild Bill for America, who spent 20 years as a cop, before becoming a founding member of the tea party and posting videos titled “How to hurt a liberal” and “Curing liberals.”
On the surface, I shouldn’t have anything in agreement with him, but I completely agree with everything he says in this video.
He recommends asking two questions if confronted by a cop because you are recording:
1. Why does it need to be turned off?
2. Am I doing anything illegal by recording?
If pushed, he recommends telling cops that your camera is collecting evidence for a possible criminal or civil proceeding, reminding them that it is a crime to tamper with evidence.
Today, I am pretty much apolitical, not seeing a huge difference between the two parties, not describing myself as a Raging Liberal anymore.
When asked, I describe myself as a liberal with libertarian leanings, but that is not as catchy as the former for a t-shirt.
UPDATE: There are reports that this guy is a fraud because he has never revealed his real name, so there is no way to verify whether he is a former cop or not. Regardless, he gives good advice, so I’m leaving it up.
UPDATE II: So it turns out his real name is William Finlay and has an extremely active Facebook page where he is followed by more than 27,000 people.