Sixteen years in jail…for videotaping a police officer in Maryland

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Sixteen years in jail… for videotaping a police officer

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A motorcyclist in the US is facing up to 16 years in prison for filming a state trooper who pulled him over for speeding.

The incident took place in March this year when Anthony Graber, an Air National Guard staff sergeant who had never before been arrested, was filming himself driving his motorbike (albeit, over the speed limit). When a non-uniform officer pulls him over, he continues to film.

Graber’s potential sentence has sparked criticism around the country. Civil rights groups say that filming police officers is not an offence, and argue that in this case, Graber is being punished for revealing poor behaviour on the part of the trooper concerned (who brandished his gun without identifying himself).

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