Maryland Judge Says It's OK To Record Traffic Stops

A Maryland motorcycle rider who recorded his confrontation with a traffic cop had the right to do so, a county judge ruled.

The Baltimore Sun reports the judge decided police aren’t protected from public observation:

“Those of us who are public officials and are entrusted with the power of the state are ultimately accountable to the public,” the judge wrote. “When we exercise that power in public fora, we should not expect our actions to be shielded from public observation.”

Here’s a YouTube video of the incident, in which the undercover officer pulled a gun on the biker:

Motorcyclist wins taping case against state police [Baltimore Sun]
(Thanks, Kurt!)

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