Holy Wireless Recording Devices Batman!
Richard Rynearson has gone all out in his to protect himself from police abuse. Rynearson’s black bulletproof Mitsubishi Eclipse comes equipped with SpectraShield fabric inside, bulletproof glass, and a RadioShack worth of recording devices. The car has a wide-angle camera in the front, back, and under both side view mirrors with separate microphones that feed into a hard drive in the back of the car. And that’s just the start of the recording devices in Rynearson’s batmobile. The car’s hard drive not only streams everything it records to an online server, it records how fast the car drives, it’s GPS position, and whether the turn signals are on, the doors are open or the car is braking.
All told, Rynearson spent $50,000 prepping his ride. So what drives a man to spend 50K gearing up against law enforcement?
Kansas Capitol Police Sergeant Terry Golightley figured he could easily intimidate Addison Mikkelson from video recording in the state capitol earlier today, even though there is no law against it.
But the 17-year-old Topeka resident did an impressive job of not falling for any of it.
An Indiana cop was under the impression that “city property” was different than public property, giving him the authority to demand identification from a man video recording him from across the street.
The man reluctantly complied to avoid arrest. The interaction begins at 1:30 in the video.
Broward Sheriff’s Attorney Ron Gunzburger berates me for not mentioning “the good cops” when discussing the “bad cops.” Photo by Bill Wisser.
Less than 24 hours after an attorney from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office sat on a panel and assured us that his agency has been thoroughly trained in how to respect the rights of citizens to record in public, two deputies confronted PINAC’s Jeff Gray about him recording a detention facility from across the street.
Apparently, those deputies did not get the memo that Ron Gunzburger kept waving at the panel or more specifically, the training guide he said they introduced last year to ensure deputies are aware that citizens are allowed to record in public.
If all goes as planned, we’ll be live streaming today’s right to record panel where I will be joined by a Constitutional law professor and an attorney from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
I say that because nothing ever goes as planned when you’re depending on technology. Especially the way things have been going this week.