According to my understanding of WV code 62-1D-3, it seems like it is legal to film and record police in a public space where there is no reasonable expectation to privacy so long as you do not get in the way of them performing their official duties. Would any of you legal eagles tell me if I am reading that correctly?
Just something I was thinking about as I was renewing my ACLU membership and realized I had not printed out a copy of “Know Your Rights” and had not yet laminated a copy of the things to ask (“Am I free to go, am I under arrest, etc.”) for my new ride.
Potty trained at gunpoint, but I hate dealing with cops. They are usually wannabe commandos, are underpaid, usually (in my experience) undereducated fools who spent most of high school bullying people but weren’t hard enough to actually do military service, and now have a god complex and a gun. So I always have a printout of my rights in the car, and in the odd circumstance I get pulled over, I always park the car all the way off the road so they are not in the way of traffic, put on my hazards, turn off the engine and drop the keys outside the door, and then stick my hands out the window. I don’t want some trigger happy bubba being nervous.
I’ve only ever had one ticket, but I have thought through things because I don’t want to get shot by the side of the road by some ignorant hick with a badge and a bad attitude.
NWA was right, IMHO. I got pulled over twice in one hour in New Jersey and the second time was thrown to the ground at gunpoint and had a pig step on my neck. Our sin? Long hair, dead stickers, and WV plates. Got pulled over in Hagerstown, MD one time and delayed for an hour and a half while a K-9 unit was called to search the car. Why? I was driving my sister’s car with dead stickers to Washington College on the Eastern shore of MD to pick up my brother for Thanksgiving, and there was a Dead show at RFK that weekend so the fucking bacon was just pulling everyone with Dead stickers over to search for drugs. It didn’t matter they had no probable cause and I wasn’t speeding, because what do the fucking police care? They can do whatever and their Dept. will cover it up, and should shit go really downhill, fat Tony Scalia and the Supreme Court are in their pocket and have been since the war on drugs started.
It also didn’t matter that I had a high and tight and my military uniform with NCO stripes and a combat patch in the back of the car (as soon as I was done with taking Seth home I had to go to drill, so being stopped for an hour and a half was another kick in the dick). Douche canoes.
Fuck the police. You want to change the situation? Pay them more, require a college education, and demilitarize the mother fuckers. Half the assholes on the police forces all over the nation shouldn’t be allowed within a country mile of a weapon.