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Just Who Are They Protecting?

July 21, 2010 by  

For recording this video with his helmet camera of an irate and possibly out-of-control State Trooper, 25-year-old Maryland Air National Guard staff sergeant Anthony Graber is facing 16 years in prison.

Graber was cut off in traffic and stopped by the gun-wielding plainclothes officer after speeding down Interstate 95 in Maryland on his motorcycle. He was, rightly, charged with speeding. But state police didn’t like the fact that Graber posted his video on YouTube.

So in April state police raided his parents’ home in Abingdon, Md., and confiscated his camera, computer and external hard drives. Then he was indicted on a charge of violating state wiretap laws by recording the trooper.

Many of us were raised with the idea that the police are there to protect us. But the proliferation of hand-held recording devices is proving true what petty criminals, blacks and other minorities have maintained for years: All too often those sworn to protect us are nothing more than abusive, power-mad thugs with the authority of the state behind their actions.

And since the state doesn’t like it when its officers are made to look bad, the state is now twisting the original intent of wiretap laws to make everyone carrying a cell phone into a possible criminal.

Miami journalist Carlos Miller, who runs the blog “Photography Is Not a Crime” told ABC News he has documented at least 10 such arrests since he started keeping track in 2007. Miller himself has been arrested twice. One case he won on appeal and the other was thrown out after the officer twice failed to appear in court.

So what we are learning is it is perfectly okay for police officers to record their encounters with suspects using dash cameras in their patrol cars and hidden cameras in their interrogation rooms, but if a citizen being accosted by police or witnessing police abuse records the incident the state will treat him like he’s John Dillinger.

So much for the idea of “To protect and serve.”

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • DaveH

    With Government what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander.
    What would one expect from the biggest gang in the land?

    • independant thinker

      Given the number of instances of people impersonating an officer this guy is lucky he is not pushing up daisies.

      • Claire

        independent thinker– Very true.

      • David

        I don’t know what the motorcylce rider was doing, and maybe I’m not seeing something because of the limited view of the camera, but from what I see on this video, if a man approaches my vehicle looking and acting like that, there will be a shooting. I carry, (Legally!) and all I see is a man with a gun. There is no indication that he is a cop, until he says he is, but of course he offers no ID. May be he was right to stop the motorcycle, I don’t know. But coming out of a plain vehicle, in plain clothes, carrying a gun, no ID, no badge? In every “Deadly Force” training scenario I’ve ever conducted or participated in, he is an immediate threat, and that is a shooting situation.

        • THomNJ

          I agree with David – this trooper did not exit his vehicle with his BADGE out – he immediately drew his gun. I have only ever been stopped a couple of times in my life but never have I heard of someone being stopped by an officer who immediately pulls a gun and DOESN’T show his badge. Don’t know what the rider did before this, but if it was something for which the officer had a worry, then badge and gun should be out – the fact that he holstered his gun so quickly tells me that the rider was clearly not a threat to this officer.

          Maryland has two-party consent statute for voice recording, but it seems to me that public video recording and photography is not covered. But then, I am no attorney – nevertheless, I see no reason why a court would allow seizure of this man’s computer and camera.

          What should be happening is an apology and an explanation of why the officer did what he did. Sans an apology, it seems embarrassment and bad behavior and poor procedure was what happened…..oh, and a violation of the motorcylist’s rights.

          • Rick

            Well, if the motorcycle rider was black, the cop would be in deep troubel and obama would take them out for a beer.

  • Claire

    While I do not approve of the above situation if it is indeed true, I wish to point out the fact that many state troopers have been shot and killed when pulling over a speeder, a drunk, a criminal, druggies, etc. The job of a state trooper is not an easy one. In reality, with the way the world is today, they do risk their lives on a daily basis. A majority of them are alone while on the job and I do believe they need their cameras that are installed inside their vehicles.
    There are cops that are “rogue” cops, and some are and can be abusive. Plus the fact there are good cops/state troopers. There are a lot of nuts out there in this world. It is a job I would not want. I consider it to be a thankless job.

    • DaveH

      They do have the choice to not apply for that job, Claire. If they think it’s too dangerous, they should stay home. There is no excuse for the police to become more of a danger to the people than the criminals are. Who protects us from the police?

      • Claire

        DaveH–Many factors figure in when a person wants to become a cop/trooper. Yes, it is a choice. Just like people choose to their life’s work. As I said, some do end up bad, but there is still some good ones out there. However, The bad ones will tarnish the character/reputation of the entire barrel.

        • William

          Claire. with good supervision the bad ones are weeded out so as not to spoil the barrel. I was given a speeding ticket in Virginia by a bad cop.he was abusive, I am from N.C. when I got home I sat down and wrote the Gov. of Virginia a letter. it was Gov. Wilder. it didn’t take long for me to get a call from the first sergeant of that troopers district, and he assured me they were well aware of the fact they did get some bad apples but they would not let one bad apple spoil the barrel. yes the trooper was fired,

          • Claire

            William: Good for you. If the bad ones are weeded out, that is great. I still support the good state troopers and cops. I often wonder about the fact that it is rather “hard” for them to protect themselves in this day and age. Sometimes it seems like the laws were made for the criminals. Heaven help the honest policeman that shoots/kills some of these creeps. To me, sometimes the laws/judges are unfair, and too lenient.

        • Ellen

          Claire: still that nagging question…….who protects us from the police and how do we document anything when they deny everything and protect each other? It is well known now that the police are much more abusive, brutal, and thuggish. We are, for the most part, living in a police state. Now what do we do???

          • Claire

            Ellen– Police state? I don’t quite go along with that. To me it seems there is more crime: criminals, terrorists, illegals, druggies than ever before. How is the world can an honest cop protect himself/herself? They get into trouble if they kill a criminal, they really have to prove their innocence. As I said, laws seem to protect the criminal and the judicial system needs a damn good overhaul. The rapists, pedophiles, drunks, etc. sometimes come out smelling like a rose. Where is the justice in some of these cases? This matter concerns me.
            I have never been in “trouble” with the law. The only dealings I have had is if I got lost going to a dog show. I simply flag down a trooper, a cop and ask them the correct way to where I want to go. They have all been super nice. I was stopped once on I55 headed for a dog show–a state trooper pulled me over- I was only doing about 7-9 miles over the speed limit. But I think he pulled me over because I have a full size Chevy van. It is huge. He did look inside, and when the dogs saw him they gave him hell. He probably thought I had a bunch of illegals in the van. Instead I had 5 dogs. He really laughed and told me to drive safely and do the speed limit and that was it. I guess he could have searched for drugs but he didn’t.
            Back to the subject at hand–Me, I would probably be in jail if I were a cop. If a criminal pulled a gun on me, I would try and make sure I was not going to be the one to die. I have no tolerance for criminals. None whatsoever. I cannot imagine living a life of crime. God has given all of us a lifetime to be the best we can be. We all have choices in life. I simply cannot understand why a person chooses to be a criminal.
            I still say being a cop/state trooper would be tough. Can you imagine some of the horrific scenes they have seen? A person would have to have a cast iron stomach.
            I will never do nothing to provoke the law, but then again, on the other hand, they best not do anything to provoke me. I won’t put up with it. This may sound self-righteous and braggardly, but I have lived a good and decent life, and I will not step on their toes just as long as they don’t step on mine.

        • Ceddy Bear

          I agree Claire. Just as with any organization you have your good with the bad. Overall I appreciate what our law enfircement officials do for us. There was an officer where I live several years ago who was killed in a routine traffic stop by an illegal alien. They face danger on a regular basis and no telling what stress they face balancing work with family issues. I didn’t really feel that video was as bad as it was made out to be. Probably could have done without weilding the weapon at the guy, but maybe that’s standard practice (I don’t know). Perhaps he wouldn’t have been in this situation if he just wouldn’t have broken the law in the first place. Whenever you break the law you are saying that you are willing to suffer the consequences. Over all appreciate what the guys in blue do for us and put up with daily despite the few exceptions.

          • Claire

            Ceddy Bear–I am going off the subject, but now with the upcoming Arizona law, I am concerned that people will have a fit and claim racial profiling. This we do not need. Let the officers do their job. As I said before, if I get stopped, I will gladly show my ID. I will not consider it to be an infringement against my rights. I just want the illegals out of here. How else will officers be able to get them all? How will they be able to do anything if people start screaming “racial profiling.”

      • Peg

        Dave I so agree with you…….police are out of hand..something needs to be done!!!

        • soldier

          First of all, you can’t just smash into someone’s house without PROBABLE CAUSE and a WARRANT. Were either of these two factors met before they smashed into his home? If not, then why wasn’t this case thrown out? Whoever this staff S’s lawyer was, he or she must be the absolute most pathetic lawyer known to man for not being able to get this thrown out if the evidence was illegally obtained.

          Secondly, the jury can throw any case right out the window. Of course the brain dead public would never realize its power as a jury.

          • Dr. Mabuse

            Right on both accounts, specifically what you refer to is called jury nullification. Simply, it means that if the jury feels that the charge is unjustified they can rule that the defendant is not guilty.
            This is in spite of “the letter of the law.” However in real time, the judge nor the prosecutor will make a jury aware of this fact and in most cases neither will the council for the defendant do so because of the threat of covert admonishment and sanction.

          • vicki

            SO we have to do it by telling everyone we can about which works to pass laws requiring Judges to tell the jury their FULL duties as jurors.

            This of course would be the jury box that I mention from time to time :)

          • csacowboy

            On June 8th my house was surrounded by county sherriff’s SWAT. I had no hostages nor did I have an armed standoff. When called on the phone by the SWAT Lt asking me to come outside, I asked if they had a warrant. Their replay was NO! Then they asked to come into my house. Again I asked if they had a warrant & again the answer was NO!
            I told them if & when they had a warrant to call me back & I would pleasantly comply with their request. Which I did albeit 1 1/2 hours later of them standing in the pouring rain.
            My question……Why would SWAT organize & surround a house without first obtaining a warrant????? Because they’re thugs who believe they’re above the law!!!
            Oh, as soon as the Lt was next to me, I handed him my attorney’s card and said “We’re done here. Call my attorney.”
            Guess what… search of my house for firearms, weapons other than firearms, drugs, hostages, bodies, etc. Maybe my German shephard sitting inside at the front door had something to do with that but I’m betting thay realized they were dealing with a person who is knowledgeable of the law & that their warrants were for arrest only not search & seizure.

          • Claire

            csacowboy–What were they looking for? Did they tell you?

        • flash

          Peg, if you had to deal with all the idiots and criminals in our society, many of whom would just as soon run you over or shoot you, you would take off those rose colored glasses!

          • Mark Are

            Peg is wearing the rose colored glasses? And what color are yours “flash”, emerald green? Like in the Wizard of Oz? You need to do a little research about police abuse of power. Seems that the good ones are going to spoil the barrel of bad ones soon.

        • Greg

          Take a piece of paper and a pen and write the governor. If you do nothing, nothing will be done. This is what is wrong with the American people…they don’t want to upset the apple cart so they do nothing.

      • charlie

        maybe you should ride along with a cop just 1 time.. you don’t know what the guy was doing to get pulled over do you? cop’s usually don’t pull you over,unless you are doing something stupid.. I have a bike, and the only time I get pulled over, is when I speed.. have not had a problem in many years,as I learned to SLOW DOWN AND OBEY THE LAW

        • ChimpImp

          Dear Charlie,

          Are you serious???? Do you read???? The author clearly states he was legally pulled over for speeding. He was not challenging that. He was challenging the officer’s abuse of authority which was captured on video.

          Yes, law enforcement officers have tough jobs but does that entitle them to be abusive under the color of authority????

        • Harold Olsen

          I don’t own a car and never have and never will. However, I have been stopped numerous times by cops for “suspicious” activity. Would you like to know what that “suspicious” activity was? Well, at an uncontrolled intersection I looked both ways before crossing the street. At a controlled intersection I waited until the light said “walk” before crossing the street. One cop went so far as to say that I was acting suspicious because as soon as he showed up I crossed the street to get away from him. I explained to him that I crossed the street because the light had just changed and I was unaware of his presence until he hit his siren. He then contradicted himself and said the only reason why I waited until the light changed was because I saw him and would have otherwise crossed against the light.

      • Harold Olsen

        You are correct. No one puts a gun to their heads and orders them to join a police department. It’s their choice. If they are so scared and paranoid then maybe they should find something else to do. In this day and age it seems that many cops seem to think that the badge they wear gives them the right to do whatever they wish and treat people any way they wish. Thugs with badges. That’s the way it is here in Seattle where I live. Polls in recent years show that Seattlites are more afraid of the police than the criminals. The only difference they see is the police wear badges. The Seattle cops seem to have the idea that if they break the law their badges make it legal. Cops harrass people who are minding their own business and when you need a cop, they oftentimes do not show up.

        • Ceddy Bear

          Here’s a fix for your problem Harold: just get rid of all the police, right? Then your problem is solved. No more cops. Just you, your neighbors, and the criminals. Just the way you want it. Enjoy!

    • Vippy

      True, state troopers are in a dangerous job. However, no one has the right to come in to your house and take whatever. If you have a photo or video without somewhere stating that it cannot be distributed
      no law has been broken. This is a bullying technic of the government
      which makes us out like the Soviet Union or North Korea.

      • Mark Are

        I think the guys working on the power lines have a more dangerous job than a state trooper. Seriously, how many, in a year, in this country are gunned down? Most are killed because they pull someone over in an unsafe place and they get run over for being STUPID. Helps remove PSYCHOPATHS from the gene pool. Maybe decals should be issued to put on the car doors…sort of like the way aces in WWII put enemy planes on their fuselage.

        • Ceddy Bear

          Do you actually think before things just pour out of your mouth? What FACTS do you have to support your claims?

    • jim

      The problem isn’t the traffice stop; the problem is how the government (in cohesive action with the state police) raided this man’s property. We have a Bill of Rights which is to keep this kind of Gastapo actions at bay. It would seem that the Bill of Rights and our Constitution are just so much toilet paper for this current administration and all who follow their lead.

      We best learn from the hijacking of our freedoms, just where those freedoms originate. They DO NOT originate from any government. The role of governement is to protect the God given freedoms of the USA. Lastely it seems our government has lost sight of this truth. God Help Us.

      • Ivan Johnson

        Because of MADD, the economic situation, war on drugs, creeping violation turning into jail able misdemeanors, and the rise of combative tactics, the idea that the Bill of Rights applies when you are involved in any way with driving IS NO LONGER TRUE. You can be arrested on a highway and not even told why you are being arrested. Your car can be searched and you have no recourse unless you keep a copy of the entire case law in your car for the jurisdiction you are operating in to preserve your privileges. The absurd conclusion of this is that you could sign yourself into slavery while driving since the Bill of Rights does not apply on the public ways.

        Most states have adopted the legal notion that driving is a “privilege and not a right.” Therefore we have what is called “implied consent” that means that the Bill of Rights is out the window when you drive. Driving now depends on the total judgement of the police. One cannot refuse to answer a question or disobey ANY police order while on the road.

        Finally in many Courts the charges and the outcome are based solely on the “sworn statement of the police officer.” You are assumed guilty; negotiation, rather than justice, feeds the outcome in the Court. In the Halls of Justice, Justice in the halls.”

        Take your Driver Ed and the latest Operators Manual with a grain of salt. Unless you have a complete understanding of “Following the instructions of the Police Officer” and COMPLY, you will be arrested!

        It has gone from a good police person using experience and judgement to zero tolerance. Many of these respectful police, and the vast majority are, are now retiring. They truly believed in “protect and serve.”

        They are being replaced by a generation of “diverse” police who have to depend on combat tactics rather than reasonable discussions. All that is required in most states is a high school education and a 3 month police academy course.

        Todays’ Police are trained to lie in regular criminal justice courses. If they are not in control you will be tased or worse. It’s not just Rodney King, it is you. Get used to it , you are in jail as you drive.

        The police are taught in the normal course of duty to learn how to lie and deceive in order to “gather evidence, etc.” Police reports are regularly a tissue of lies – this has been going on since the beginning of time. What good is a sworn statementif there are no consequences if they lie – keep videotaping and send it to the TV station, not YOU Tube!

        All police should be required to take the same DSM-IV based tests (not lie detector tests) that commercial pilots, etc. are required to take along with the MMPI component that screens for sociopaths and so on.

        The test they use now are a joke.

        I miss the police and troopers of the past who would give you a break. In most states revenue from traffic violations are up at least 300% in the past two years. This trend will only continue, and administrative charges, the hidden tax, will increase!

        Bring back the good cop who would listen and work with you. They are still out there but their numbers are dwindling.

        • Mark Are

          But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…

          I’m not consenting anymore. They can kiss my ass.

          • Claire

            Mark Are–I remember years ago, some guy told another guy to kiss his a$$–and the guy said no thanks, it looks too much like your face.

          • Jeanne Green

            I am 77 and have seen this God=inspired nation elect a pitiful and I believe, evil, man as president.

            Robbing Hood (via Chicago politics) and his merry red czars who
            want to take from the ‘rich’ ( those who earn their own living) and give to the poor (those who enjoy government entitlement checks)….often in exchange for their sacred vote…..and this obama-n-nation speaks with forked tongue. Are many Americans so brainwashed with political correctness and media=created immorality they are blind?

            Face it, our rights have been so eroded, the founding fathers would hop the next boat away.

            My ancestry inclides John and Priscilla Alden and the man who held the bible when Washington took his oath of office. I am poor (at 77 happy for my social security check I paid in from age 15 to 72) and I raosed my son w/o any foodstamps etc etc etc and also 4 grandchildren for 10 years. Where are the American men willng to step forward and follow Glenn Beck and the TeaParty lead…or is football more important.

            When America has turned into a pitiful European socialist nation, it will be too late to act. God bless. The police problem is but another symptom…we can than unions who protect bad cops for that! and union help elect obamas. ugh!

        • Dan Burke

          “In most states revenue from traffic violations are up at least 300% in the past two years.”

          Here is a portion of the puzzle. Why are they up? Maybe it is the cops? Or maybe it is politics? Could it be that that costs of our police service continues to rise? Or is it that funding is being cut? My understanding was that revenues were in part because some departments were pushing to overcome budget shortfalls.

          If the costs are rising, why? Is it unions? Is it new technologies? Is it an increase in crime? Is it a mix of factors?

          If funding is being cut, why? Is there less tax revenue (increasing taxes can reduce actual revenue brought in)? Is the money being spent elsewhere? Is the money going to environmental projects instead? Or for extending welfare? Roads? Education (more unions, etc.)? Or is it that new development project that the tax payers are paying for to increase business revenue?

          Off topic: I always found it ironic that airlines do so “well” that the taxpayers have to pay for the airport expansions and improvements–if it SO good for us and necessary, why can’t we “invest” individually or as companies instead? Because surely if it was a profitable venture then there should be profits there for those willing to look for it to be had as a return on our investment…. I’ll vote against the tax increase, but if you can show (and demostrate with results) an actual return on investment than I would volunteer some of my funds if I have sufficient to invest (which I am poor right now but I want to illustrate the difference). Think of it this way. If I put my money in the bank and only get a 2-3% return on my savings account but if I could put my money in an account funding an airport or other major investment that then collected money from the users (airlines?) and could give me even just 6-10% return on my investment, where do you think I would invest my meager savings (especially if I am thinking longer term so easy withdrawal isn’t as necessary)? But a tax I end up resenting because you have taken control of my choices from me. And, yes, I would vote against tax increases for police. Why? Simple, because history frequently shows that increasing taxes actually reduces revenue while also at the same time encouraging irresponsible spending. As much as I believe police officers represent the best among us (and their short comings of late I think reflect our own failings), I also believe that they too are no less prone to the lack of financial skills all the rest of us demonstrate time and again we lack.

          When it comes to welfare, I for one think food, shelter, and clothing–nothing fancy or above the minimum–and if those on welfare want better than that then they should earn it! Similar to my view on prisons. Just the minimum. Prison isn’t supposed to be a place you want to go. When you turn punishment into reward, why are we surprised at repeat crime. Now I am not saying that prisons as they are wonderful hotels for our criminals. What I am saying is that if you need prisoners to do something so it is easier to manage them (and I understand it perhaps takes fewer people to safeguard an active prison than it does to watch idle prisoners), but perhaps instead of spending on the luxuries, maybe put them to work (and yes, I know that some prisons do actually have work programs–some programs are even designed to help redefine these people into productive, law abiding citizens).

          And here’s another thought. Perhaps part of the problem is us. We’ve stopped showing respect for our police officers in general, and as such they get some many instances of disrespect that they have become hardened and begin to react as if all of us disrespect them (MSM, Hollywood, and television programs help train us to disrespect the law and those that enforce it). And as the POTUS sets the example, so follows the people. So as he disrespects our police, they not only feel the pressure from him but also from the people at all levels.

      • James

        Jim, the arresting state officer did nothing wrong, being ready for whatever, with a drawn sidearm, is common practice. But I fail to see what the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution has to do with this. The Constitution created the federal government and the Bill of rights imposed restrictions on it. The crime here, if there is one, was the ransacking of the cyclist’s home and the confiscation of his personal property by other state officers.

        • Orval

          The officer, IMHO, was completely out of line.
          1. He was in civilian clothes, in, apparently, his own car.
          2. He claimed to be a state officer, without showing ID.
          3. He approached the motorcyclist with a drawn weapon, which could have gotten him shot in self defense.

          That officer is a threat ot the safety of both the public and his own police force.

          • vicki

            Especially since you see in the video a marked police car pulled up behind the biker. Had the plain clothed cop pointed his gun at the biker the uniformed cop would be in the direct line of fire. If the uniformed cop needed to pull his firearm the undercover cop would have been in the uniformed cops line of fire.

            Further had the uniformed cop not known the undercover cop the uniformed cop might have shot the undercover cop to protect the biker from an “apparent psychopath”.

        • Mark Are

          Yea, some guy jumps out of an ordinary car with gun in hand, never ID’s himself and he is “ok”. He is a PSYCHOPATHIC nutcase that should be treated as one from 100 yards at a later date.

          • http://havenone teabag1948

            Hi vicki , Hi Mark & all outhers,
            Ur so right,the Trooper is a cowboy that should be delt with by his superiors.The video shows the crusier just behind the cycliest & the driver getting out of it.The plain clothes cowboy had no business doing what he did.

      • Mark

        Oh please stop with this God gave me my rights. There is no God, and your argument is on a level of a 7 year old who is waiting for Santa to bring him his gifts.
        The rights that are in the constitution were written down as the ultimate laws of the land because of what those who founded this country experienced as colonists.
        These were men of deep thought who did not have the distractions of modern man. No internet,tv nor radio. They gathered, discussed, debated and yes, they even argued. The constitution was the result of such effort. They were also enlightened enough to put in a mechanism to make changes to the constitution, but make the process difficult enough so that changes could not be made on a whim.

        • Mark

          “The fool has said in his heart ‘there is not God’”

        • FuLL10

          Hey Mark, READ some of our founding documents…Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of rights etc. See any reference to God anywhere? Just to save you the time, I will tell you God IS there.
          Must have been a mistake by the editor or a typo at the printers huh?
          Could any of those guys actually have had a belief in a supreme being? I think YUP! Thank you Lord for my GIFT of Faith.

        • vicki

          To the mark who believes there is no God.

          From whence do your rights come from? If not from God then who?

          • Pete2sail

            To Vicki and especially to the one who believes in the Constitution but derides the existence of God. Read the book :THE LAW” by Frederic Bastiat, written in the early 1800′s — can get at for as little as $3.95 — pete2sail

          • vicki
        • JeffH

          As the hair lipped dog barked…mark, mark, mark, mark….

        • James

          Mark, Our rights were won by the Revolutionary War against Great Britain. When the Founders created the federal government, only the powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8, were delegated to it. Then to assure those powers would not be used to legislate over rights, the Bill of Rights was added two years later in 1791. The Preamble to the Bill of Rights states that the purpose for its “restrictive clauses” was to “prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers” to legislate over rights.
          The Bill of Rights begins with “Congress shall make no law respecting…or prohibiting…or abridging” the five rights mentioned therein. The Ninth Amendment says this restrictive theme applies to all rights whether enumerated therein or not. And the Tenth Amendment reminds Congress that “powers not delegated to the United States…are reserved to the States…or to the people.”
          The Bill of Rights is not the source of our rights, it only prevents the federal government from meddling with them. Forty-four state constitutions have similar bills of rights restrictions on them, and in the six States that don’t, rights are still understood to be only subjected to the police power of a state.

      • Harold Olsen

        Haven’t you heard? The left considers the U. S. Constitution to be an illegal document. For the past decade or so I’ve been expecting some idiot activist judge to rule that the U. S. Constitution is unconstitutional. If Obama gets the chance to load up the Supreme Court that time will soon be hear.

        • James

          Harold O., What activist judges do is declare unconstitutional federal laws constitutional, it’s a roundabout way of amending the U.S. Constitution.

    • Dallas E

      But What Of The Charges Of wire Tapping ?? this Stop Was Made In Full View Of Passing Motorists, So Just How Is It Wire Tapping ???
      Yes Being A Trooper Is Dangerous, But This Is More Like A Cover-up Of
      Bad Policing, By Those Who Are To Serve & Protect.

      • vicki

        I wonder what the dashcam of the uniformed cop behind the biker shows?

    • William

      yes Claire. there have been many cops killed in the line of duty. that does not excuse the rest of them for acting like storm troopers nor does it excuse the state of Maryland for acting like a dictatorial power, you and I have as much right to photograph them as they do us. and I am glad they do have the camera’s as it shows what is happening and some of them have been stung by their own cameras.

      • Claire

        William–Like I said, it takes a few bad apples to spoil the entire barrel. This applies to a lot of professions, to life in general.

    • Ronald McFee

      What does the “dangers involved” have to do with the recording of the officers actions? I just don’t see the relevance! And the wiretapping laws??? What was he wiretapping? I also thought the person being recorded (over phone lines only) was to be protected from the actions of big brother – not the other way around!

      I think a fund should be established to take this all the way to the supreme court!

      Abuse, abuse, abuse!


    • http://yahoo carmelo

      i agree with what you said about the perils the cops has to face doing their duty. but the issue here is not the performance of their duty, but the right of the citizen to protect themselve from abuse from rogue cops that misuse our laws or spin the law to protect themselves from their act of abuse.

    • Justin

      I wonder just how many of those cops had a gun put to their head to make them go on the road and enforce unconstitutional laws they have no business enforcing against the Citizens of this nation.

      If they would go looking for the real law breakers to keep Citizens safe it would be one thing. But to target travelers minding their own business is another. I do not like the idea of any of them getting shot but I also do not like the idea of them physically accosting the everyday citizen like he is some sort of criminal when the cop is the criminal aggressor.

    • refuse2lose

      Claire,you do not address the problem in the video….I should be able to tape anything I want,as long as I am on public property,this guy is being crucified because he posted a tape of an arrest. You sound like you would have no problem forfeiting your rights to a “protectionist” government.

      • Mark

        Weren’t there cases already where as a result we are told that we have no right to expect privacy in a public place??
        Using this story and the court cases, one would conclude that only private citizens have no expectations of privacy.
        Let’s throw in those traffic cameras into the mix.
        Heck, lets go a bit further and include the cameras in all the ATM machines. Why aren’t these cops busting down the doors of all the banks??

      • Claire

        refuse2lose–Whoops! I forgot to mention the video. The way I feel about it is–I should be able to video anything I want, I should be able to take any picture I want, and if I want to, I will. If I am harrassed because of doing this, then I will deal with it. I will not be afraid to defend my rights as a law abiding citizen. I would no doubt be handcuffed but I will get a lawyer if I have to.

        • Claire

          refuse2lose–BTW, don’t try to categorize me. I am my own person.

    • Mark Are

      Maybe if the PSYCHOPATHS that get jobs as state troopers would just be the criminals that they are and stay out of the job, we would be a lot safer.

    • Bear

      Claire, You are correct about our law enforcement not knowing what they are dealing with in their initial contact. This video is about as slanted as they get. We didn’t get to see the helmet cam’s video of what happened just before the stop. This “rocket rider” could have been weaving in and out of traffic at 80+ miles per hour trying to elude the troopers. I HAVE SEEN THESE CROTCH ROCKET JOCKEYS DO THIS! What I did notice is that the trooper did not keep his weapon aimed at the individual and that he holstered his weapon very quickly once he assessed the threat. I feel that for the footage shown, the trooper responded appropriately and efficiently.

      Our law enforcement today is dealing with threats that did not exist even two years ago. They are on the front lines with drug dealers and criminals as well as individual citizens driven to do desperate things as a result of this failing economy. People out of work with families to feed and mortgages to pay are sometimes forced to do things they would not ordinarily do in order to survive. The average criminal knows better than to pull a gun on an officer because of the additional charges he will face plus possibly getting killed, but the average citizen does not and might pull a gun on the officer and get himself or the officer killed. This is what every law enforcement officer faces on a daily basis when they are on the job. BTW, I am not a cop, but I do know what’s going on in their world.

      • Bill H

        Bear, I think the real issue here is not not so much the police action that was taken on the roadway, although he should have done a better job of identifying himself (shown his badge). You are correct in saying that he was not pointing the gun at the individual and was only letting the person know he had one and was ready to use it if necessary. The real issue here is that crap about the charge of wire-tapping. This charge is completely rediculas. Many people have recorded police acting inappropriately without repercussions. I can only assume that Maryland must have thought that it put the policemans actions in a bad light and decided to punish the motorcyclist for publishing the tape. It seems to me that it is The State of Maryland who is guilty of accosting it’s citizens without “probable cause”.

      • Claire

        Bear– I agree with your post. Things are certainly worse than they were 2 years ago. The crime rate has skyrocketed. It is to the point where a person cannot trust anything.

      • Claire

        Bear–I forgot ot mention in my post to you–now law enfporcement officers have to be on the lookout for terrorists in addition to all the other vermin.

        • Claire


    • TeresaE

      Claire, yes it is a tough job. A job that in most locals pays decently, with better benefits than I will ever be able to afford and for life to both the trooper and their surviving spouse.

      All of that deflects from the real point. The government, at ALL levels, is on a tear to throw out our Constitution and make this a police state. If we do not have the right to protect ourselves against the government, then all is doomed.

      Next step, ratifying the UN small arms treaty which will leave us all at the mercy of both the criminals, and our government.

      Wake up. Just because they are “police” does NOT make them more moral, nor better, than those of us that pay their salaries. Just because they get a government paycheck, does not make them immune to corruption, hostility or any other reality of the human condition.

      Just as there are bad mechanics and doctors, there are bad cops too.

      If we allow the government to take away ALL our protections (and truly, that is all that a videotape of such a thing is, protection for both participants), we might as well throw in the towel.

      We are being crushed to death under laws that are unconstitutional, either wake up and demand your rights back, or enjoy your children’s serfdom. It won’t be such a wonderful life for our kids under this gestapo mentality.

      • Claire

        TeresaE– Wake up? I believe I am awake. I simply am not the type of person that goes off half-cocked.
        We have already been “crushed to death” by past administrations and the current administration. This is nothing new. It has been going on for a long time, and it is getting worse. This garbage didn’t happen overnight.
        Your comment “just because they get a government paycheck does not make them immune to corruption, hostility, or any other reality of the human condition” does apply to law enforcement officers, any government employee, but don’t forget to include all politcians.

    • RWK

      Frankly I don’t see the abuse here. Certinly not shown on this video. I do see the mistake. The officer should have shown his badge as he got out of his car and pulled his gun. Thats a mistake, one that could have lead to dire concequenses for the officer, cyclist and passing motorist. This officer probably got a mouth full and repremand maybe even some retraining when this scenc was exposed. Maybe he was just a rookie and not a rouge cop at all. The rest of the story is about the authorities going over the top to protect their image. Mistake #2. If you guys want to read more into this, than thats your deal, but come on….. Other than a comment that the bike rider was speeding and deserved a ticket, we have no way of knowing how fast, how dangerous or how reckless this cyclist was.
      Give the officer some space, when he accessed that there was no threat he holstered his gun. He didn’t wave it around like a man on fire or order the guy on the ground or kick the bike out from under him, or punch him ar swear at him or call him a “cracker” or cuff him up or throw him in the car and take him jail!

  • Judy

    Are there examples of effective border security walls around the world and how are they constructed?

    Why not build impenetrable walls and offer work permits to those wishing to work in the US as long as they submit to and carry state of the art photo-fingerprint and take an oath of allegiance not to work against the US or carry drugs etc…and designated border crossings?

    What precautions are being taken to ensure that illegal aliens or amnestied citizens do not determine the next election?

  • dan of arizona

    not all cops are bad BUT there are a lot that are. I dont see him throwing him down on the ground and sticking a shotgun in the back of his head which was common in calif. if you had a harley and a beard, every day on the way to work. but that is not as bad as the judge that stepped on the law about the camera its got to show you something is wrong with the system and it needs to be brought to every ones attention

  • Vicki

    Hmmmmm….. That officer is looking for a darwin award. No badge, No uniform. Only the claim that he is a cop. And he pulls out a gun.

    Now as to wiretap I do not know the law there but most recording in public places can not be illegal as there is no expectation of privacy in a public place.

    • Bear

      No badge, no uniform? Ever heard of “plain clothsmen?” Many officers conduct daily operations dressed just like average John Doe. Wake up girl. You need to change the channel on your TV from reality Dancing with the Stars to reality CSI. Cops come in all sizes, shapes, colors and modes of dress. As for the Judge, he needs to be dealt with. If LE can use dash mounted cams to back up their cases, we should too. It’s true that not every officer is clean and of good character and if theyr are not, we need to weed them out.

      • JLC

        Bear — A police officer, when not in uniform, carries his badge and ID with him. In the event of a “hot stop,” he is required to identify himself as a police officer. Been there, done that.

        • Lee

          I was wondering the same thing. Upon studying the photo, I see the gun, but no identification on the officer. In fact, he looks more like a street hood than an officer of the law. Whose red motorcyle? Does it belong to the man who took the picture? Frankly, I got the impression from the article that the policeman was riding it. No, from the body language of the officer, something is very wrong—with him! Maybe he had a bad day, happens. An argument with his wife or girlfriend? Also happens. A word or two from the captain? Most likely. Anyway, the man is not at his best! Hope the guardsman wins his case, and the officer gets some help.

        • vicki

          The “plain clothed” officer did identify himself. Verbally. Just the way a psychopath would. Of course a REAL psychopath would have a fake badge and would NOT be there with a UNIFORMED cop right behind the motorcyclist but that is not the point.

          The point is the guardsman is being charged with criminal violation of wiretap law. Even though he was recording the SAME incident the dashcam on the uniformed officers car was recording. Interesting that the police have a special exemption written into the Maryland law just for them.

      • Harold Olsen

        Plain clothes or undercover is irrelevent. Even a cop in uniform must identify himself as a cop. A citizen has the right to see a cop’s identification even if that cop is in uniform. Just because someone wears a uniform doesn’t mean he is a real cop. I work as a security officer and the uniform I wear is identical to the uniform worn by Seattle cops. People frequently mistake me for a real cop even though I do not carry a weapon. Unless you look closely at my badge, It looks like the badges worn by SPD.

  • s c

    Because Maryland is a part of psychotic progressivism, events like this will become more common. It points up the FACT that if an individual state protects criminals who wear a badge, then it’s a good time to move (or take your chances).
    So WHO was offended the most? Maryland? The whore media? The rogue cop? Was it YouTube’s competitors? Was it the retards in Washington who think they’re infallible AND above the law?
    Has Maryland never heard of the Constitution? Are the ‘protectors’ in Maryland protectors or criminals?
    When there’s no difference between a criminal and someone who wears a badge and totes a weapon, you’d damn well better read the handwriting on the wall.

    • Mark Are

      IN a land where JUSTICE is OUTLAWED…the JUST shall become OUTLAWS.

  • Bruce

    For anyone who has never been in Maryland before or driven I 95, this is very common, really far worse has happened over the years.
    Oh and this is not the only state that has acts like this going on daily. Try Louisiana on for some real fun as in on I 10 just pop it up 5 or 10 miles over the speed limit. You may quite well loose your car, plus get a nice big fat fine and to round it all off some jail time too! I got a speeding ticket for going 55 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. I had the CC set at 55 as I know just how crazy they are down there. The ticket was for going 80 MPH, I got to spend 24 hours in jail, and pay a fine of $8000.00 to the local judge so as to not have to spend anylonger in jail. I guess $8K was the daily special for that fat ass.
    Oh and after I told a few friends they did a 20/20 show on it back in the 1990′s so I am not the only one who has had issues with such BS.

    • Ivan Johnson

      I had the same thing happen to me in North Carolina back in the late 60s while on spring break.

      The Justice of the Peace set the fine at $60 and railed against “you Northern Hippies from Harvard who come down an rile up the “n**gras.”

    • Mark Are

      I guess they could have just caged me. I’d make sure I cost them way more than $8,000. You have GOT to be kidding!

      • Bruce

        Mark, No I am not kidding you at all, also the overall cost was far more than the $8K, based on the facts as I know them, here they are.

        I was stopped then cuffed, I was told I was speeding, I was seated in the police car, my car was then picked up by a local of whom what I found out was the impound guy. Cost of impound was to paid in cash only and that was $350.00 per day. I was held for 48 hours thus I was charged with three full days of impound or $1050.00.

        The local bank charged me a wire fee of $250.00 plus an transaction fee of $175.00 due to my getting cash, for a total of $425.00 paid to the bank.

        The judge was to be paid in cash only that was $8000.00, plus court cost of $675.00, plus the fees to do paper work of $1000.00.
        So the grand total for this was just a mear, $11,150.00.
        Now let me say its a dam good thing my car was to small for the fat azzsed judge, as he stated if it were a bigger car he would have taken it for my CRIME.
        He explained I was dam lucky I got off that easy, that is being a man with long hair and looks funny and that flashy car.
        Its a good thing I had the money as I would have gotten 190 days of road gang labor work if I didn’t.
        And just think I would have also lost my car. Why? Keep in mind that if I had to spend the 190 days on a chain gang doing road work for not speeding, the impound cost alone would have been $66,000.00 or more than my brand new fully loaded 1992 Supra by two and half times.

        And I can asure you that there are folks today sitting in jail there for little to nothing, and more than likly countless under ground or their bones in the near by swamp. I have never gone back through the state since 1992.

        Mark, you can take any case you wish to court, but when the facts are not stacked in your favor you would loose in place like that, so $11K would be like a drop in the bucket.
        For all I know I could have gotten Life in Prison for driving the speed limit.
        The people of the state allow this behavior and therefor I have nothing to do with the state or anyone in it.

        • independant thinker

          Sounds like Plaquamin Parrish. And yes I know that is probably spelled wrong.

  • Brian

    This is why I dont give a s–t when I hear about a cop getting blown away.

    • jim

      Yup; and that is precisely why actions like this video reveal, are so dangerous to freedom. Someone soon will not be so acquiescent to that fascist cop and the unbadged, unmarked SOB will find himself lead poisened. They better wake up before the civil disobedience which results from this totalitarian activity kicks in.

    • flash

      Brian, your are an idiot!!

      • William

        FLASH. I AGREE,

      • Mark Are

        Why? Because he has no sympathy for PSYCHOPATHS?

        • George Halepis

          No, because not all cops are psychopaths.

          • Claire

            George Halepis–I have 3 members of my family that are in law enforcement. I will stand by them through thick and thin because they are honest, they are local, not in Chicago, thank God. Sure, there are rotten cops just like there are rotten politicians. Like someone above posted, it is a matter of weeding out the bad ones, somehow.

        • RWK

          Mark, no mater the# of “phyco” cops there might be out there, and I supose there are a few, you have to remember that there are a lot more “phycos” behind the wheel of a car or on the seat of a bike. I don’t recommend shooting any of them…………..just get them off of the road. Please!

    • possum

      Without police we would have anarchy. Some police may be bad but the vast majority are just trying to do their job. After 20 plus years as a deputy sheriff in NC I have seen both sides. Anyone who would love see to see any other person killed obsiously has not seen anyone killed or the terrible after effects. If you have no idea what you are saying say nothing. Think of seeing a persons head explode at 1000 yards with a hit from a 308 and then imagine how horrible death can be.

      • Mark Are
      • Bruce

        Possum, I agree with you 100% there are many very fine folks who are Police officers, I have friends who are Police and they will go out of their way to help you.

        And there are the corrupt ones too, they sully the good ones.
        Thats a dirty rotten shame. Even on a Macro level we have bad people in everything, on a Micro level its the same and on a National level its also the same deal. One bad apple can spoil the lot.

        • Brad

          Bruce, We should all remeber your words the next time our illustrious president or other politicians want to paint an entire industry as bad due to the actions of a few, then write thousands of pages of new legislation that just add to government.

          • Bruce

            Brad, You know I am amassed that I am still alive I mean growing up in the mid 1950′s – 60′s, We didn’t have car seats, bike helmets, rubber suits with spings in them, no seat belts, no protective tops on bottles, no special buggie with shocks and padded compartments.

            No we just tied ropes in trees and swang around like wild monkeys, running through the woods, playing war, and jumping out of trees, swiming in lakes with out funky blow up things on each limb.
            Our bikes were just a plain old bike that we rode down hills, and smashed it to trees and what ever.
            Then I spent years surfing all around the world, in shark infest waters, rode dirt bikes on trails that were unknown to any human with out GPS and cell phones.
            We didn’t have fire proof cloths, and we made camp fires and cooked marshmellows and we had a blast. Then came Nam and we sluged it out in nasty swamps with bugs and bullets.

            As I noted I have no issue with most Police and we do have to keep in mind they are just people like us, and there are good and bad.

            I guess what I am saying is we need far less laws, people need to start thinking more and acting like adults rather than spolied twits, a new law will not fix anything, nor will rubber pants.

    • George Halepis

      Typical liberal sentiment. Unfortunately, cops are required to come to their aid, too.

      • George Halepis

        The comment above was misplaced. It was in reply to Brian.

  • Brian

    Jumping out of your car with a gun being in plain clothes is not an ideal thing to do in texas. I would have dumped five in his chest with my 1911 before he got that pistol raised. Who knows if I had a helmet on and that fast bike, I might have just left that punk on the side of the road floppin like a fish.

    • Charles Hunt

      I’m a retired Texas peace officer, and I agree. In fact, our department policy FORBIDS off-duty officers from making traffic stops, unless an obvious felony is taking place. As a retired cop, I understand the need to take care of something egregious, but if I was just tooling down the road and some yahoo cuts me off and starts yanking out a handgun, he’s gonna be lucky if he only goes to the ICU instead of the morgue. As far as crooked cops go, come on over here to Afghanistan, where I’m at at the moment. We’ve got it good in the States, most officers are honest, diligent, hard-working citizens.

      • possum

        I totally agree with you. We thank you and all of your comrades for your sacrifice.

      • Mark Are

        Why would I want to come over to Afghanistan? Isnt’ that someone elses country? It isn’t my country and I DON’T BELONG THERE unless I am invited. Were you invited? Or are you part of an invading military force that is trying to force some sort of system on the inhabitants? Making sure the poppies are growing so the CIA to send the heroin in and get that oil pipeline in for those oil companies? IN another words, aren’t you simply a paid MERCENARY doing the bidding of SOMEBODY that wants your services to do something they couldn’t do on their own? A glorified WELFARE RECIPIENT?

        Or are you providing a SERVICE that the private sector could do better at? Or a PRODUCT other than death?

        • Claire

          Mark Are–He is in Afghanistan because our government sent him. Would you be happier if he was a deserter? Get a grip.

        • RWK

          At first, I thought you were just mad at people and disliked cops. Now I know that you are simply an ignorant ass taking up space on this board. You are one of those phycos I don’t want to meet on the road or even in a restaurant.

      • Bruce

        Charles, Keep safe dude.

      • Claire

        Charles Hunt– Good post, thank you for your input and thank you for your service. God bless.

  • Wolf

    As a Harley driver, surprisingly, I have NEVER been stopped by any law enforcment Officer, but then I seldom violate the 5 to 8 miles over the speed limit grace window given to most drivers. What is so unbelievable , is the subsequent seize and search order, its the judge that signed that Order that should be facing 16 years… we are not living in some obscure dictatorship

    • William

      sadly wolf too many judges feel they are just that. and our elected people who are suposed to look out for our wellfare just let them gat away with it. and it’s going to get worse befor the top blows off,

    • Mark Are

      We aren’t?

  • Pat

    Brian what a ridiculous statement. By far, the majority of cops are good guys and should be respected. My question is How fast was this guy going ? How was he riding his bike? Down here in Florida I have witnessed ” crouch rockets” going over 150mph and popping wheelies at over 100mph in “heavy traffic”. Let me tell you, these guys have NO repect for the rest of us travelling the highway. It should be “open season” on these clowns!!!

    • BDouglas


    • J.Michael

      The issue here is not what happened,it’s about the search and seizure. The cop overreacted,but then he just gave the guy a ticket,now he either pays it or fights it. But,whoa,now you got the cops busting down this guy’s parents door and confiscating his computer equipment and camera!?!?! Somebody has some ‘splainin’ to do. The cops and the judge who signed the warrant should be the ones going to jail.

    • Mark Are

      YEAH!!! LET’S JUST LINE THOSE SOBS UP AND GIVE THEM THE FIRING SQUAD! THAT WILL TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM! And then let’s see who else we can line up for the firing squad that HAS NOT DAMAGED ANYONE ELSE IN THEIR LIFE, LIBERTY OR PROPERTY…gooberment butt kissing idiots!

      • Larry

        Get to a “shrink” Mark…anger management! Quickly, Dude!

  • jim

    Worst example of a traffic stop I have seen. Lousy presentation by the officer. Completetly incorrect weapon presentation and really, incredibly stupid use of deadly force (by drawing the weapon in the first place). These kinds of examples are jewels for police to learn why some of theirs get shot unnecessarily. God help this state officer to learn and live…and to learn whom they serve.

  • Brian

    Just because there is good cops out there dont justify this behavior Pat. He might have not been going that fast who knows. I do carry a firarm and would have used it in that situation. Anyone who jumps out of a car with a pistol in plain clothes will not last long.

    • Al Sieber

      I agree with your statement. I always carry a firearm also. in Ariz. it’s your duty to protect another person if you believe that person is being threaten, so if you see some one jump out of a vehicle with a gun you would think that person was being robbed or something, cops need to follow the law too, no exceptions.

    • Harold Olsen

      Many of those “good” cops cover for the bad cops, you know, what they call in the movies the “blue wall of silence, which, in my opinion, make those “good” cops just as bad as they are.

  • Peg

    They raided his parents house….they should be thrown off the force!

  • Dan Bowman

    So let me get this straight, this bad cop equals all cops being bad? Are you people for real? So I guess I can say that all of you are bad because Brian is? Use a little common sense people, the Cops in my area of the world are the nicest and most courteous cops I know. They spend a majority of their time proactively seeking community involvement, not hiding from it behind a badge and authority. But you people are comparing all cops to those who acted inappropriate. Talk about ego.

    • BDouglas

      No, this bad cop just got caught. Go find a tape of a good cop doing a good thing and post it. Personally, I’d like to see cops in my area be more like Andy of Mayberry, ( does that date me ) or sporting an Oath Keepers Pin. I’d back those guys up ALL DAY LONG.

      • Mark Are

        Me too. Those guys won’t be working much longer though because cops that use Gestapo tactics are preferred by their handlers. Second level PSYCHOPATHS.

      • Harold Olsen

        Are you aware that the Southern Poverty Law Group has labeled the Oathkeepers a hate group. They’ve also labeled them a militia group. The reason SPLG has labeled them a hate group is because of their stated goals. They want to prevent things like Ruby Ridge and Branch Davidian from happening in their jurisdictions and if necessary, arrest any FBI agents who enter their jurisdictions without invitation. But what SPLG considers the most hateful thing about Oathkeepers is their pledge to enforce and uphold the Constitution of the United States. In the same story, SPLG also labeled the Tea Party movement a hate group and a militia group. They consider the fact that Tea Partiers want lower taxes, smaller government, wanting our elected officials to remember they work for us and cutting wasteful spending to be hate speech. And, most of all, they consider wanting our elected officials to uphold and obey the Constitution of the United States to be the worst hate speech.

        • Claire

          Harold Olsen–I am aware of the Oathkeepers, and I do not consider them to be a hate group. I will have to check this out.

    • jbird

      I believe you miss the point of the story entirely. This is as much about the abuse of the system to try and conceal the actions of the bad cop by piling spurious charges onto the victim of the bad cop’s behavior. It happens a lot. I was once a reporter for a major daily newspaper and was investigating reports of a police chief with a drinking problem. He was found driving drunk on numerous occasions both within his own municipality and those surrounding his. The “good cops” that stopped him would just take him home and never charge him. Finally one of his own officers found him one night asleep in his vehicle which had been pulled off the road but the engine was still running. He got a cop from a neighboring town to assist and they charged him with DUI. He tried to beat the breathalyzer but still blew a .17. A friend of his, a police chief from a neighboring town, testified in court that they were together all night and the drunk chief had had only two beers. In other words, he perjured himself to help the drunk chief. The drunk chief’s mayor and other city officials testified on his behalf that he didn’t appear drunk. Of course, witnesses at the bar he and his chief friend attended that night told a different story about the amount of alcohol consumed, and there was the .17 on the breathalyzer. Thankfully, the jury saw through the lies. The drunk police chief lost his job. The one that committed perjury, as well as those that had enabled the drunk for years, still have theirs.

      Oh, by the way, while I was investigating the story–before the chief was charged–the chief heard about it and found me one day, put his hand on his gun and told me he was going to take care of me if I didn’t drop the story.

      There are a lot of dirty cops out there. Not a majority, I don’t think, but a lot.

      • dan of arizona

        j bird you sound familure where did you do your work the story also sounds familure

    • William

      Dan you must be reading a different post from the one I am reading. I haven’t seen where anyone is sugesting all cops are bad. but there certainly are more than enough of them. hell one bad cop in ten thousand is far too many, I am glad you live in such a wonderful area. I think for the most part we have good cops in my area.

    • Bruce

      Dan, No one is saying that all Police are bad, we all know there are good and bad in every thing.

  • William G. Sandlin Jr.

    May I Quote Thomas Jefferson: “The Tree of Liberty, must be refreshed from time to time, by the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.”

    Speaking as a senior citizen, the time of refreshing approaches.

    • Mark Are

      I think it passed in 1984 with the murder of Gordon Kahl. It’s just that folks are slow about taking care of the problem. Just read the Declaration of Independence where it says: Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

      Apparently until their ox is gored it is still sufferable for them.

    • Brad

      William, I agree, Jefferson’s quote is one of my favorites but lately I feel if I repeat it too often I may be arrested for being a threat to government.

  • Jason

    How is the motorcycle driver to know that the un-uniformed guy is in fact a cop. Furthermore, how is taping in public illegal. There are cameras all over a good portion of downtown in most large cities. What is the probable cause for the judge to sign a search warrant to (steal) this man’s personal property. That is a 4th amendment violation to the U.S. Constitution. Not that the current administration follow Constitutional guidelines unless it serves their purpose.

    I would have to say as a former infantry soldier, and a gun carrying motorcyclist, I would have probable waxed the guy for his unprofessional and irate attitude. Jumping out of a car in an irate manner and acting like a thug would most likely have got that Tyrant officer shot.. We do not need cops like that on the street.

    • Amishman44

      I concur with your statement regarding an non-uniformed office drawing his weapon (under no threat of bodily injury or death… wrongful display of a weapon or intimidation?) then getting shot by someone who feels threatened…but there was a cop car behind the motorcycle with it’s lights flashing and a cop getting out from behind the wheel. Under those circumstances, the non-uniformed cop should have stayed in his vehicle and remain the ‘surprise element’ in the situation, and not display his weapon unneedfully.

    • William

      exactly Jason,

    • Ivan Johnson

      The Bill of Rights does not apply to driving because of “implied consent laws” that state driving is a privilege and as such you give up Constitutional protections.

      The few bad cops use this to do anything they please. This is the law of the jungle.

      • Mark Are

        The Bill of Rights are there to tell the GOVERNMENT to leave those rights alone. OUR rights cannot be SOLD, TRADED, GIVEN away or taken away, even by force. You cannot give them up. They are UNALIENABLE rights from your creator from birth. PERIOD. I have the RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY and PROPERTY. You cannot by “implied consent” or any other way take them from me.

        Unalienable Rights – Absolute Rights – Natural Rights

        The absolute rights of individuals may be resolved into the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right to acquire and enjoy property. These rights are declared to be natural, inherent, and unalienable. Atchison & N. R. Co. v. Baty, 6 Neb. 37, 40, 29 Am. Rep. 356.

        By the “absolute rights” of individuals is meant those which are so in their primary and strictest sense, such as would belong to their persons merely in a state of nature, and which every man is entitled to enjoy, whether out of society or in it. The rights of personal security, of personal liberty, and private property do not depend upon the Constitution for their existence. They existed before the Constitution was made, or the government was organized. These are what are termed the “absolute rights” of individuals, which belong to them independently of all government, and which all governments which derive their power from the consent of the governed were instituted to protect. People v. Berberrich (N. Y.) 20 Barb. 224, 229; McCartee v. Orphan Asylum Soc. (N. Y.) 9 Cow. 437, 511, 513, 18 Am. Dec. 516; People v. Toynbee (N. Y.) 2 Parker, Cr. R. 329, 369, 370 (quoting 1 Bl. Comm. 123).

        Chancellor Kent (2 Kent, Comm. 1) defines the “absolute rights” of individuals as the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right to acquire and enjoy property. These rights have been justly considered and frequently declared by the people of this country to be natural, inherent, and inalienable, and it may be stated as a legal axiom [A principle that is not disputed; a maxim] that since the great laboring masses of our country have little or no property but their labor, and the free right to employ it to their own best interests and advantage, it must be considered that the constitutional inhibition against all invasion of property without due process of law was as fully intended to embrace and protect that property as any of the accumulations it may have gained. In re Jacobs (N. Y.) 33 Hun, 374, 378.


        • Larry

          Right on and well stated.

  • Felnious Mopery

    One bad cop protected by other bad cops makes all cops look bad and earns the distrust rep because the victim NEVER KNOWS which he or she is getting.

    Because cops can have dash cams to record their actions, they PRIMA FACIE Consent to being recorded. When someone else recordes the consenting clown, the charges are a fraud.

    • Gary L. Thompson

      With due respect to jbird, I think everyone has totally missed the issue here. It is simply not true “And since the state doesn’t like it when its officers are made to look bad, the state is now twisting the original intent of wiretap laws to make everyone carrying a cell phone into a possible criminal.” The issue does not center around what is proper police procedure and the need to protect good cops on the job versus weeding out bad cops. (As much as all this is a proper concern).

      What I need to ask here is, HAS EVERYBODY FORGOTTEN ONE OF THE WOMEN THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON VICTIMIZED, WHO TAPED HER CONVERSATIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION? Considering that Bill’s crowd had the reputation of coverups and intimdiation, it was natural for her to want to protect herself, but for that understandable desire she was also threatened with prosecution under this same Maryland law.

      Granted, even if police have granted prima facie permission to be recorded by the presence of cameras in their cars (if there was any distorting editing by the soldier, the police could easily answer with their own video, that they instead resorted to the tactics they did is speaks volumes who should really be facing prison), what about such situations having nothing to do with police? With the destruction of the rules and standards governing civil society by so-called liberals, so that an alarming proportion of the population out there is looking to prey on their neighbors any way they can, are these so-called liberals going to further strip citizens of the single best weapon by which they can call their lying abusers to account? That seems to be the central intent of the Maryland law, to shield miscreants of all kind, particularly those in authority.

      The camera proved its potency in overthrowing tyrannical authority during the Civil Rights marches of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Now it seems the federal government (yes, we cannot ignore that the feds make a huge voting bloc in Maryland, and must have had a large hand in bringing the law about) seems determined to strip that tool from citizenery at large, and have it under the safe control of their own loyal lackeys in the left coast/right coast media.

  • Jon Hutcherson

    Generally speaking, Wiretap laws are based on a reasonable expectation of privacy. Phone conversations are generally considered private, while duties performed in the public eye are not. Thus, if the above listed acts are truly recorded (pun intended) then there is no way SSGT Graber will be going to jail and every chance that he can pursue a successful harassment suit in court.

  • BDouglas

    The officer had his gun out of the holster under NO THREAT. That’s called “False presentment of Deadly Force” This is not a cop, it’s a jack booted thug. He belongs in jail, general population. Put him there to send a clear message WE are not going to put up with this shit!

    • Mark Are

      YEAH!!!! LOUDER!!!

  • Jason

    This incident reminds me of a book I just recently purchased thats called Misery Injustice. It tells of rogue cops acting contrary to what normal police procedures would be and in fact lists some criminal activity of police, but it was written from some guy in Missouri, not Maryland.

    I am sure police wonder why they are not respected anymore, when they have officers like this on the force, and do not report him for admonishment, it gives the rest of them a bad name. The cop and the judge needs to be charged and convicted. The cop for unlawful and threatening display of a weapon, the judge for violating the 4th amendment right of the motorcyclists and his parents.

  • Amishman44

    Cops…do a dirty job, but they need to be fair and honest when they do it. Just this past year, I was pulled over in a 45mph zone, and ticketed for going 60+mph and for running a red-light, neither of which was true. I was coming off of a stop light and was behind a semi which was not yet up to speed…along with 3 other cars, none of which were also pulled over. He didn’t say what I had done when he took my license and registration back to his vehicle, after which he returned with the ticket. IF he had radar to show 60+ in a 45 zone, I would like to know who he tagged and then kept for ticketing others.

    • William

      Amishman sounds like you might have been in virginia.

  • Amishman44

    I know a couple of guys who, if an officer gets out of a personal vehicle, draws a weapon, does not have any identifying markings (PD shirt, badge, etc.) and does not verbally ID himself, would find him/herself in a shootout very quickly.

    I did notice the Maryland State PD car behind the motorcycle with it’s lights flashing and an officer getting out of it, but that was after the alleged unmarked officer had gotten out of his car and drawn his weapon. We also don’t know how long this guy had been running from the police when he finally stopped.

    We had guy here in NE Indiana, a year or so back, who ran from the cops on his bike, reading speeds that exceeded the max speed in a cop car. If I remember correctly, he wiped out and someone thought it right to blame the police. Responsibility goes both ways.

  • Scott

    I have been ticketed at 5 over and have been ticketed at 18 over when I was actually under the speed limit. I still believe most cops are good guys but they are under a lot of pressure to produce tickets. I am tired of being bullied by the ones that are less than honest.



    • JS in WA

      What does illegal immigration have to do with this specific situation; a speeding motorcyclist and a plain clothes police officer toting a gun?

  • Rodney Rogers

    I want a law passed to force the dash camera on 24/7. Here in Indiana I had a sheriff speed up behind me with no lights on. What would any normal person do? Move into the next lane as quick as possible because this guy is in a hurry, has an emergency, maybe forgot to turn his lights on etc… I did. He pulls me over for not waiting the mandatory 300 feet to change lanes when he knew good and well I was changing lanes because of his cruiser up in my cars ass. He CREATED his own reason for pulling me over. I was not speeding, not under any influence, it was 2pm! The judge didn’t care, my public defender didn’t care and when I got him on the stand he lied and said he couldn’t remember what happened 5 minutes before he pulled me over. If the dash camera was on all the time I would have been able to prove he was speeding for no reason, (against Indiana Law), and that he created his own probable cause. Now I watch the police cars not use their blinkers, speeding all the time without their lights on, swerving in front of people. Turn their lights on just to get through traffic and then shut them off and continue. I am sick of these officers thinking they are better and can break the law to supposedly uphold the law!

  • Johnny

    What did You guys see that I didn’t? Is he off duty, or a plain clothes officer? Is the vehicle his personal vehicle, or a plain police vehicle? Was he not backing away when the officer exited his car? Was his intent to flee again or to run the officer down, and by the way, the officer drew his weapon after he exited the vehicle? You are forming opinions I don’t see in the posting, was the search done with a warrant, then its on the judicial systems, not the enforcement. Somehow, I think we are holding the trial in the media without the benefit of facts.

    • flash

      I agree!

  • Da Cryptkeeper

    If there’s nothing to hide, then why the fuss? Recordings work both ways. If the stop was legal, and handled appropriately, the tape could also exonerate the trooper of any wrong doing!

  • flash

    I certainly don’t agree with raiding his parent’s home unless there were other issues involved that I don’t know about. There are those that film themselves traveling at extreme speeds on public roads and toy with law enforcement while doing so. They don’t care that they are endangering the lives of everyone else on the highways while they shoot their videos to post on YouTube. Wonder why this speeder, that so many of you are patronizing, was wearing a helmet cam??

  • http://personallibertydigest gary hubbard

    I never saw the trooper show his badge. Whats up with that.

    • Al Sieber

      They don’t need no “stinking badges”.

  • http://msn Joe Melton

    I can remember when cops were respect and love by the American people. As a kid growing up we use to have fon with out police office. I can remember many time we would pull up by them at a red light and act like we wanted to drag. It was all in fun. As a teen we would stop and have a coke with them and just talk. We respect them and in return they respect us. Now their no way I would try and joke around with a cop, and I know some. I have lost a lot of if not almost all my respect fot them. He is not the omly one to blame for this his boss shoud have stop it before it even started. The judge might have been given flase info. by them to get the search warrent, if not the judge should be removed from his job. All I’m am saying is I don’t the whole storie, so don’t count your chickens before the eggs hatchs.

    • Al Sieber

      Joe, I grew up the same way, the police now are a paramilitary unit, militarized by the Fed. Govt.

      • Brad

        Sorry Al, They’ve been militarized by a citizenry that thinks they can do whatever they want without consequences. Forty years ago you and I would never have considered shooting a fellow citizen much less a cop. Our society is going in the toilet.

        • Claire

          Brad– I agree with you. I am almost to the point that I have to see it myself.

        • Al Sieber

          Brad, you’re right, I think it started with the “SWAT TEAMS”. I’m 60 years old and I remember what you’re talking about, I remember those days well. I would of never thought about shooting anyone unless I had no other choice.

  • FreedomFighter

    After doing a ride-a-long program with local MD law inforcement, my eyes were opened to horror, pain, suffering, and thuggery officers are exposed to on a daily basis. How about living on edge 24/7 because you put some really mean characters in jail?

    Maybe more vacation time and stress management.

    Gotta stay on the line though, when officers go over that line maybe a little compasion and understanding is in order as well as the ugly stick used by media.



  • Robert Norwood

    While I’m concerned about the state’s actions following this incident I don’t see anything there. What went on that we did not see? Did the plaintif in this action do something to endanger others on the road or provoke the officer with other tactics while driving? I don’t think we are getting the whole picture here. Maybe everyone with the inclination to post things on YouTube for thrill effect need a smartening up session.

    HOWEVER – just how does the state turn that into a “wiretap” case? Talk about stretching it.

  • Larry Haynes

    The police problem in Amercia is one of stupidity. Not simply stupid police but humanity in general. The human race just isn’t all it is cracked up to be. People are STUPID! We have arrived at such a point in America that even in the FBI, much less local cities and counites, not enough candidates with upstanding records apply for police work and thus the bar has been lowered so that if you have not had a felony conviction for a certain number of years and other restrictive parameters you can now become a law enforcement officer. Interesting considering else wise if you are a convicted felon you cannot legally own a gun, be regisered to vote or obtain a paassport; but now because we are such a lawless society you can have a past as a felon but now become a police officer. Additionally, one heck of a lot of people seem to think compliance with police is optional. IT IS NOT OPTIONAL! If the police confront or stop you and you do not comply they are legally obliged to use progressively more force and logically the first sign of resistance would arouse suspicion that possibly you have something to hide. As for the idiots in comments to this story who want to whine about police brutality; Would we be better off if all of us just owned guns and carried them around openly like the Old West? Being in law enforcement seems to me a thankless task for the most part. Can you really pay anyone enough to daily risk their lives? There is absoultely no excuse for some of the stupid mistakes the police make and the remedy often isn’t really satisfactory. When you sue the city or county or whomever and win the millions of dollars and the message gets sent; fine, but who pays for that. The taxpaying public! To the best of my knowledge although there may be forms of insurance municipalities buy for these instances; I find that usually the money comes out of taxpayers pockets. And just how does that compel the authority in question to make sure this never happens again? The American people have lost the bluff, and there is no more accountability. We live in a nation and system where people function in a “Get away with what you can,” mode, even if unspoken. Remember Bill Clinton, the philandering, skirt chasing male whore who disgraced America by rolling around on the floor with Monica Lewinsky? Well, other than making an even bigger ass of himself by first lying in front of the cameras, then confessing but never suffering any retribution or real penalty for being such a disgrace he effectively paid no price for this other than a bit of humiliation. Contrast that to things that occurred previously in history such as Richard Nixon’s fall and you see that progressively we have held our leaders in society to less and less standards; whether they are elected officials or atheletes or show biz people or whatever. There are just no longer any standards. So what the heck do you expect to have happen when we have cultivated a culture where you “Get away with what you can,” and “If you don’t get caught and pay a penalty, then you didn’t do anything wrong.” America—-straight to hell in a handbasket ever since the conclusion of WW2 and the road to prosperity that ensued! Say goodnight Gracie! The party is damn near over!

  • Ken Roberts

    What possible harm would video taping the trooper in action, if he is performing his job correctly he has nothing to fear but fear its self. the 16 years is ridiculous . The law needs to be changed now.

  • Art Schwartz

    This whole thing makes no sense at all. I agree with Wolf, the Judge should be kicked off the bench for allowing this guys parents home to be searched and computer equipment to be taken. I guess they expect to find child porn on the PC so they can actually charge him with something because the charge for the video taping is crazy. I guess every video camera for stores or sidewalks, buildings, etc will have to be turned off unless they have some kind of sensor on them so they will automatically turn off when a police officer comes into view, how ridiculous. If you are in public you do not have reason to expect privacy even if you are a cop. What it comes down to is that a video taping is fine as long as it benefits them (the government) because they do it to us everyday.

  • Robert Norwood

    Yeah, after several looks there’s nothing there. Interesting that the clip’s feature frame shows officer with gun drawn – an event that takes place many frames in and not re-holstered as was immediately done. Speeding around with a helmet cam…hmmm…he’s fortunate he didn’t get the shit kicked out of his punk ass; I would’ve.

  • Dan

    As for as the video goes I do not see anything wrong of the officer acted. I do know that many officers in the field have unlisted numbers and try to keep their private lives private due to actions that might be taken against them by those who they arrested. I do not know all the facts about them going into the parent’s home but if it was just to get the video that is just wrong.

  • trp 878

    This appears to be nothing more than pure case of abuse of power under the colors of office. Police do it a lot as very few challenge them in a court. If this occurs now, what do you think it will be like under martial law. Hang on to your … hats.

    “quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” -(Who will watch the watchers themselves?)

  • Tony

    This is why we all should be carrying guns, not for hunting…. And when we witness these things happening we all stop and treat the criminals posing as officers of law the exact same way they found it necessary to treat us. (since obviously this country’s constitution says the population are all guilty criminals until proven innocent, and the government exists outside the confines of its population, not of for and by the people….)

  • Joe Ohio

    Wiretapping? What wire did they tap? Taking a video of anything would fall under free press and free speech which this thug swore to uphold so where is the charge of violating his oath of office? Where is the same charge for the judge who signed a warrant and also for whoever presented the probable cause under the guise of “protecting” us.
    Where is the initial complaint by a citizen? This is just another example of a complete corrupt system. The whole force should be under a citizen investigation committee and paper shredding should be stopped immediately. Someone should present this at least to the local grand jury and hopefully get an indictment on this cop, the judge and the cop’s commanding officer so that they’ll have to sit on the sidelines for a while until the trials come up.

  • JS in WA

    The motorcyclist should only get a ticket for speeding, just like any one else getting caught doing so. The fact that he had a camera filming his ride has nothing to do with anything but that. Definitely nothing to do with violating wiretap laws. At the time, he may not have thought about turning off the camera. He may have been a bit distracted by the person who cut him off in traffic, jumped out of their car holding a handgun, and being told to “get off the motorcycle…State Police”.

    Instead of the everything escalating to the present situation of the warranted search of the motorcyclist’s parents house and seizure of property, and possible prison time, the officer could have reacted differently to the video posted on YouTube. He could have a observed the situation in the video and learned what he did right and what he did wrong. Aren’t police trained to observe and assess situations?

    Being a Police Officer is a tough job. As in all walks of life, there are good people and bad.

    The judge should never have issued the search and seizure warrant in this situation. It sets a dangerous precedence for use of power in the legal system.

    • 45caliber

      The policeman should have been punished as well as the motorist. But instead the state police department goes after the motorist for proving their man was out of control.

  • marxbites

    I undertsand that cops are taught how to beat a victim so there’s little evidence, like above the hairline etc. That we the people are their worst enemies and that their own lives are worth more than ours who pay their freight.

    Here’s a PERFECT example – a case I am quite familiar with where a drunk off duty cop attacked a civilian, never ID’d himself, and fled the scene against his fellow officers wishes, and THEN was promoted to Capt after the state had to drop all charges just before a scheduled deposition after dodging same for months:

    Anybody here – please tell me what you think? Ruin a young mans life, wipe out his life savings ALL TO COVER up a repeatedly bad cop’s failure to conduct himself in a manner becoming an officer of the LAW!

  • http://N/A Billie

    I agree that this trooper over reacted and perhaps he is a bad one – that has to be proven.

    However, I have one point to make, if this person had not been speeding none of this would have happened. Another thing, why do e think we have to post eerything that happens to us on the iternet in some way. The trooper was wrong but the cycle rider was also wrong in speeding. How many people have been killed by speeders. You can disagree with me, I don’t care. Just my opinion.

    • 45caliber

      It was very wrong for that trooper to act as he did. He drew a gun as he got out of his unmarked car. If I had been the person stopped, and had a gun of my own, we’d have had a shootout right there. There are too many people who commit crimes like this – many carjackers do – for me to risk putting my life in jeapardy because some rogue cop doesn’t obey his own orders. Even after informing the driver that he was a cop he did not offer any identification – again a cause for not believing him.

      If the state troopers of Maryland consider this a legal way to stop a motorist, they need immediate and intense training. Or some of them will get killed.

    • 45caliber

      Billy: He got a ticket and paid it. Just as the law demands to discourage speeding.

      But the cop was also wrong – and got no punishment at all. In fact the state police department insisted that it was wrong to video tape him in his acts rather than using the tape to punish the officer.

      Two wrongs do not make a right.

  • 45caliber

    I was laid off for two years once and got behind on a number of bills before I was able to find a new job and catch up.

    I started getting a number of abusive calls from collection agencies. They are supposed to call between 8 am and 9 pm and only once a day. I would sometimes get as many as 5 calls a day and not always during that time period.

    One day a woman started cursing me as soon as I picked up the phone. “Excuse me,” I told her. “But I know you are recording these calls. I have installed a recorder on my phone and as required I am informing you of it.”

    She spluttered to a stop and then insisted that she was NOT recording me. Then she hung up. I never got another hostile call again from ANY firm after that.

    And I still don’t have a telephone recording machine.

  • atlas reborn

    The invasion of a persons house without a court order citing the person or thing to be taken and the reason and code allowing for the taking of the property is a blantent violation of the constitution and who ever the judge is should be barred from practicing law and spend a good time in jail for what he did. He made a mockery of our judicial system, but then again so have 535 congressmen and 1 communist president. we need to reclaim america as our founding fathers did so we can restore our constitution.

  • JamesHunter

    As a retired 58 year old caucasian male, I’m telling you there ARE NO GOOD COPS. Even the so-called good ones are trash in that they know who the bad ones are and obviously don’t do anything about it.
    The first third of my life my dad told me ‘cops are your friends’ and the rest of my life every POS with a badge made my father out to be a liar.

  • Sam

    The jack-booted thugs are at it again.

  • Susan

    If someone cut me off in traffic like that and then pulled a gun on me, I sure as hell wouldn’t stop, I’d run.

    That officer was so out of line, I’m shocked. What a jerk! I’m retired law enforcement and that officer has what we call the “John Wayne” syndrome. He’s badge heavy. He also has absolutely NO business stopping someone when he’s off duty – NONE. He could have picked up his cell phone and called in a marked unit instead of trying to be Mr. Macho Man and doing it the way he did.

    He should be fired.

    Thanks for the video Sgt! No jury is going to put you behind bars when the one should be behind bars is that officer.

    Also, this is a warning to anyone who wants to visit Maryland. DON’T.

    • vicki

      Susan writes:
      “He could have picked up his cell phone and called in a marked unit instead of trying to be Mr. Macho Man and doing it the way he did.”

      Worse even than that he KNEW there was a marked cop car right behind the motorcyclist. And he still jumped out. Seems more like Rambo syndrome to me.

  • Jesse2757

    Looks like we are losing sight of just want this article is about. It is about the guy posting what happen to him on youtube. Who ever the judge was that signed that warrant should be disbarred and arrested. Where is the out rage from the media where is the ALCU ? I can not stand it anymore what about the constitution !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marilyn

    Hmm. I did not see a badge presented by “State Police Plain Cothesman.” Perhaps that delayed the dismount from the bike? Regardless, Graber violated the speed laws. He should have known better. To display this scene on YouTube was not ethical. I do believe that the sentence is harsh, 16 years, and is much worse than a drunken driver who kills others.
    I am not sure why Graber wanted to put this scene on YouTube. That intrigues me. What does it prove?

    State Police have a very risky job. They have been shot while pulling over cars. I have much respect for State Highway Patrolmen/women. Sure they request these jobs and know the risks. Without them, our highways would be helter-skelter. I have watched drivers hitting about 100 mph in 65 mph zones with State police in chase. Our State Highway Partol risk their lives daily. Thank you!!

    • marxbites

      Marilyn: “To display this scene on YouTube was not ethical.”

      Is it then ethical for the police to air their own tapes of citizens on the “COPS” TV show then?

      Guess YOU could care less about the 1st Amendment then too?

      I OTOH thank goodness so many people today ARE catching the thugs dirty deeds on videos that help see justice done.

      The speeder WAS wrong, and a ticket the justice for that. Above that the rest is all injustice and typical criminal behaviour by our militarized thugocracy the excuse for which is a highly suspect 911 and unPatriot Acts.

  • Susan

    I have respect for law enforcement when they earn it. What this officer did was inexcusable. If he had tried to cut me off like that, I would have called 911 and stayed on the phone with them until a marked unit came on scene. Jumping out of his car brandishing a firearm at someone with NO identification? He’s lucky he didn’t get shot.

    Marilyn, when he took the job of being a state police officer, he knew it wouldn’t be a picnic and that it is a dangerous job. THAT DOESN’T EXCUSE HIS RECKLESS BEHAVIOR.

    The officer should have gotten on his radio, IF he was in an un-marked unit, (it appears he is in his personal vehicle), and called for a marked unit to make the traffic stop instead of acting like Rambo.

    He should be fired. Why did the Sgt. put this on youtube? Because this cop was out of line, that’s why. I’m glad he posted it because it’s going to keep my family and friends away from the state of Maryland. Thank you!

    Marilyn, you are not familiar with police procedure, obviously, so you can be forgiven, however I am familiar with it. As a retired Police Officer, I find this officer’s actions inexcusable and he should be fired.

    Jesse is right on! However, this charge of wiretapping will never fly because the officer did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy while on an unofficial traffic stop on the freeway. The “wiretapping” was not illegal. Shame on the state of Maryland and do yourself a favor – stay out of it.

  • Jerry D

    Quite frankly, after seeing the video, I fail to see what either party is upset about. All a saw was a trooper doing his job. He had his gun drawn, but we don’t know the complete story. On the other hand, I think the state police went way beyond the pale by charging the individual with a violation of state wiretap laws. There should be a speeding ticket to be paid, the rest of the charges dropped. Period.

  • Vern Nay

    This guys road kill waiting to happen, what a idiot, no sane motorcycle rider would do this. I bet he wears shorts abd sandals in the summer to. The japanese only build this type of motorcycle to kill American college

    • Mark Are

      This is the dumbest post I’ve read here…

  • Julian

    I didn’t bother to read all the posts, so this may be redundant. There are cameras known to us bikers that may be attached to your helmet in order to record a particular scenic, or in this case I presume, high speed trip. Apparently, the biker did not have time to shut it down. In addition, this officer failed to properly identify himself as a law enforcement officer, i.e., no badge. To the posters that think it was not ethical to post on YouTube, do you have the same ethics dilemma when it comes to your viewing of videos of anything else that doesn’t prove anything?

  • http://gmail i41

    Don’t worry JamesHunter, with the new Blarney Funks and Crystal Dudds finacial bill that is becoming law. We all will have goverment pus minded wonks, in all phases of your life. Most traffic stops are for raising revenue, enforcing laws are are joke, look at the head USA legal Kenyan AG., and all of the muslim’s clown circus radical idoits. Blago has Onumnut and his Shitcago thugs with influnance pedaling and back room dealing, do you see it going any where or any charges, even with all the tapings, no! The bigger the government gets, the more coverups and more corrupt collusions will happen. Whorehound Clinton proved what a sleezy bunch the beltway jackasses are, both sides. Did any Kennedys ever get whacked for their niggaredly rigging justice over drownings and abusive behavior. Also don’t forget Dodd, in on the sandwiching of waiteresses with Teddy and other questional behaviors. An average Mack would have been still receiving sunshine in buckets, same goes for the tax evasions over years by Senators and Congress persons. Most of the cover ups are done for democraps, the republican caught playing footseys in Minn. got unloaded, but Blarney was running a male prostitution ring out of his basement, and is still shining faggot of the democrat partyusing underaged pages was a big crime in the real world, darn postitution is just a learning curve for the be;tway morons.

    • Mark Are

      Yes, sure is a screwed up PSYCHOPATHIC run country we live in, isn’t it i41?

      • 45caliber

        Mark Are:
        Shame! The correct term is Sociopath! You can’t use Psychopath any more. That gives it such a bad connotation. Of course both words do mean the same thing.

        • vicki

          : a mentally ill or unstable person; especially : a person affected with antisocial personality disorder

          : a sociopathic individual : psychopath

          : of, relating to, or characterized by asocial or antisocial behavior or exhibiting antisocial personality disorder

          Interesting that the dictionary is a bit confused. Psychopath seems to be equal to socilpath but the definition of the individual sociopath claims they are a sociopathic individual.

          The definition of sociopathic does not list mental illness nor unstable.

          there is a possible connection between them in the definition of psycopathy but it is all very confusing.

          Also worth noting most of the definitions around sociopath were coined in the 1930′s. Like they were trying to connect dissaproved behavior to mental illness.

          (They, those, them, The Men in Black :) )

          here is a quick dissertation on the difference between the 2

          • dan of arizona

            pelosiopath-obomaopath reidopath sounds all the same to me

  • Bryan

    Police officers that I know today are not what police officers of yester years.The ones that I have met were always polite, respectful and helpful bunch of folks.Although there are still good guys out there todays COPs are cocky and act like gun slinging cowboys & power hungry folks.

    • 45caliber

      A case in Houston still annoys me. A lady in her sixties passed a drunk off-duty policeman and his friends and supposedly cut him off. He started blasting his horn at her and chasing her. She got off the freeway loop and he forced her off the road. Then he jumped out of is car with a gun. She shot and wounded him; he killed her.

      It was ruled that she should have pulled over since he was a cop even though he was drunk and was off duty in his own car. Charges against him were dismissed although he was soon shuffled out of the police. The police insisted that the shooting was entirely her fault.

      • Claire

        45caliber–Our local sheriff was drunk several years ago, ran into a telephone pole, and came out smelling like a rose. No DUI, no nothing. Guess what? He was re-elected and he is still in office.

    • vicki

      That would be “hollywood version of gun slinging cowboy” The actual gun slinging cowboy of the wild wild west was soft spoken and always well mannered. The ones that lived :)

      • 45caliber

        I’ve said for years that if they really wanted to end crime, make it manditory that all adults carried a gun. You would have the politest population around since you wouldn’t want to get someone mad at you – even though you carried a gun yourself.

  • BrotherPatriot

    Common sense.

    Trying to actually imprison someone for this is rediculous.

    Pulling the gun out is a very strong action. Not pointing the weapon directly, I give the officer a point there. However, I personally don’t feel that the officer’s life was being threatend (I know the arguments contrary) so I think the weapon in this encounter should have stayed holstered. There was no attempt other than verbally once that he identified himself as a police officer. No badge immediately shown. This I feel takes a point away from the equation.

    What if the biker had music playing in his helmet and couldn’t hear the officer speak to him. What we have then is an armed person stepping out of a car and approuching you. Kind of a scary deal, wouldn’t you say? I’m sure the officer had a radio or cell phone where he could have had the biker picked up later down the road had he made a run for it. Seriously, to much force.

    Pulling a gun out is a very strong action.

    • 45caliber

      Pulling the gun is legally considered to be “USE OF DEADLY FORCE”. It doesn’t matter if he fired it or hit anything or not. The THREAT of the deadly force was present. Officially that makes it legal to shoot him since he wasn’t in uniform or showed any identification. But if you did, you’d find yourself on Death Row, probably.

  • Larry Templeton

    This American citizen is having his rights trampled on by unreasonable laws or onterpretation thereof. It is routine for squad cars to film traffic stops. It is also routine for police actions to be filmed by any available citizen with a video camers especially if the incident happens in a city. Many times the video makes it on to the evening news.I believe that is and should be legal. In this video an officer makes a stop with an unmarked car, is not in uniform, and approaches with a gun drawn. Having gone through that and being given a ticket the citizen then is threatened with years in prison for posting a video of his experience on the internet. This is a violation of civil rights and it should not be allowed to stand.

  • Gary

    Wow, there are a very large amount of comments on this one, I am very glad to see. This is something that all Americans should be completely aware of.

    The enforcers of law can not be above the citizens, ever, or our system has completely failed and we the people have the right by our Declaration of Independence to take over. If any branch of our government attempts to resist, then they are and have become tyrants and should be dealt with as such.

    There can not be any form of resistance to video and or audio recording of any public servant, anywhere or any time. Any form of government that is paid with tax funds, losses the right to privacy from citizens of the United States. They work for us, we are their supervisors and we do directly pay for their services.

    American people; keep photographing, video taping and audio taping any and all unacceptable behavior involving our public servants. If you are abused in any way for doing so; get a good lawyer and file for a court case to be decided be a jury of your peers. We the American people will make sure justice is served.

    Much like a celebrity looses their ability to live their live anonymously and certain aspects of privacy… Any and all public servants, police, judges, government on all levels lose their rights to privacy when they accept the job that comes with tax payers funds.

    I have seen this trend and problem growing for quite some time with public servants abusing there powers and am deeply concerned that if these trends continue, we, the American people will be forced into action. It will be a truly sad day if it does come to this, but I fear we are already on the brink.

    • marxbites

      Kudos Gary for telling it like it HAS to be if the people are to escape our debt sertvitude extortion and enslavement so big govt and its cronies in crime can continue living larger than const’lly allowed while decimating the people under their crooked thumbs.

    • dan of arizona

      Well said gary its not judge gary is it?

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  • BigIron

    I think most cops ARE “good guys” but sometimes even they can “mess up”. There is sometimes a slow drift into behaviors that they would never have entertained when they joined the force. And, there are some truly “bad apples” who should never have had a badge at all.

    As one of the people it is reasonable to have a “fair witness” in my encounters with the “establishment”. Having an “unaltered” video/audio record is far better than having a eye-witness in most cases (it’s kind’a hard to discredit a video/audio witness with chain-of-custody intact). Downloading to the internet in “real time” to a “lock-box” (destination that allows download but protects its contents from alteration by anyone including the sender/owner) would be the ideal.

    With some officers, good officers, just seeing their behavior for themselves may be enough to get them to straiten up and change their act; for others it may require dismissal, criminal charges, lawsuit or worse.

    The police see a different world than most of us; it’s a hard job when properly performed. The police are MY employees. I believe that it is my duty to come to their aid at the risk of my own safety when they are properly executing their duties. I believe that they need the reinforcement of proper oversight at all times due to the power they are given; power that can corrupt even good men; power that many cannot properly wield and should not be allowed to wield.

    Yes, there are some real “bad actors” out there and, unfortunately, it appears that there are more of them than I’d prefer to believe. I have a long-time friend who is an ex-cop who warned me of “bad” police behavior that he knew about; seems that there are certain groups who get on a “power trip” and abuse the public’s trust.

    Of the reasons that the police, administrations, and other establishment groups fear the video/audio “fair witness” is that it forces them to be accountable for their actions. Money, sometimes big money, is at stake when they act badly. There’s always the possibility criminal charges, job loss, lawsuits, civil actions, etc. against “bad actors”.

    The people need the video/audio “fair witness” in order to protect themselves from contact with a system that increasingly infringes upon our liberties, a system that promotes hooliganism among its officials.

    An idea? Keep an old cell phone (or two) handy and visible so that the official thinks he knows what is taking place while the “active” cell phone is recording and preferably sending the output to a “lock-box”. Warn him that he is being recorded and that his continued presence is evidence of consent to the recording (if he leaves he won’t be recorded otherwise he will be).

    • Mark Are

      You must have read Stranger in a Strange Land.

      I’m starting to feel like one. Like I was dropped off by a time machine.

      PSYCHOPATHS do not have a conscience. I see them all over this case. The judge, the cop the prosecutor…anyone who would try to put a guy in a cage for 16 years for video taping can’t have a conscience. And the cop acts like a guy who has none. NO one in their right mind pulls a gun for no good reason. The judge has to be one because NO one would have issues a warrant for the guys property over this incident and the prosecutor has to be without conscience to pursue such a case as this.

      PSYCHOPATHS…Normal peoples problem for 8,000 years.

  • mavis

    I don’t think the man on the motorcycle deserves 16 years
    in prison for a speeding ticket. Though I do wonder if he recorded what he was doing prior to the trooper stoping him. I’ve been driving on busy highways and have
    a motorcycle pass me in the middle of the two lanes with
    a car right beside me, not all but some of them think that just because they can will. That is certainly
    a hazard on the road.mehpensacola,fl

    • 45caliber

      I think the point of this is that the motorcyclist broke the law (speeding) and pled guilty by paying the fine as punishment for breaking the law. But did he break the law by filming the also unlawful actions of the police officer and posting it on YouTube? Not in my state! I don’t know about the law in Maryland but I doubt it there either. I suspect the entire problem is that the cop involved was seriously embarrassed and possibly disciplined for his actions and he and the police department are trying to take revenge and “encourage” others to not video their actions.

  • Retribution

    We don’t have enough information to judge the actions of the Maryland police or its court system. If the law in Maryland allows off duty cops to make traffic stops out of uniform, then there is no way you can complain about the stop. The law would have to be changed.

    I suspect that the officer made the stop due to the egregious behavior on the part of the motorcyclist. I saw nothing in the video to substantiate the claim the the officer was “irate or possibly out of control.” Nor did I see any undue use of force. Officers are trained to take command of a situation and be ready to defend themselves. In this case, the officer was stern in his commands for the cyclist to dismount. He had to get the guy off the bike so he couldn’t goose the throttle and attempt to run over the officer. His barked commands were designed to keep the motorist from thinking, “What if I just knock him down and take off?” Officers need to use the stern voice in order to let the guy know he isn’t playing around. That’s not “irate,” but even if it was, I get irate all the time when motorist drive recklessly around me.

    And the officer unholstered his weapon but did not draw a bead on the motorist. This was done not only to ready the officer to defend himself, but also to demonstrate to the motorist that the officer was in control of the situation and that the motorist would do well to submit. The officer’s behavior was in no way “out of control.” He was completely in control of the entire scene.

    Neither did the video show the the driving behavior of the motorcyclist prior to the stop. I suspect that the search warrant was executed for the purpose of obtaining video of the motorcyclist’s behavior prior to the stop. It is not uncommon for criminals to video themselves behaving badly, and courts have used their video libraries to convict lots of people for their crimes, including sexual predation, vandalism, and improper operation of a motor vehicle. Without a look at the search warrant, suggestions of impropriety are premature.

    Whether the law allows the police to invoke “privacy” in such cases remains to be determined. Maryland law does allow that police dash cams are okay, because motorists cannot expect privacy on a public road when they are stopped for breaking the law. The question then is, if one party to a conversation cannot expect privacy, how is it that the other party to the conversation can expect privacy? That’s absurd!

    Regardless of the motorist’s guilt for driving infractions, the public showing of the YouTube deserves a hearing. The stop occurred in public, and plenty of other drivers witnessed it (you can see them in the video). The incident was already in the public domain, so there is no expectation of privacy. Anyone could have filmed the incident, recording licenses plate numbers, etc.

    It was unwise for the State of Maryland to bring charges of wiretapping, not only because there should be no expectation of privacy during such spectacles as traffic stops, but also because the video itself does not show any unhinged behavior on the part of the police officer. There was no police brutality, no night sticks flailing, no jack boots kicking, no German shepherds mauling, nothing that would make the video worth watching and “going viral.” But now, now they’ve gone and brought the world’s attention to the matter. Now they need to explain themselves and clarify their laws.

    • 45caliber

      Drawing his weapon is considered “Use of a Deadly Force”. It doesn’t matter if he never pointed it at the motorcyclist or not. It doesn’t matter if he fired it or not. And the cops are NOT to use deadly force for any arrest unless his life is in danger or he must protect someone else or he is unable secure the criminal by no other means. The paperwork alone is enough to discourage most from doing that! If an angry person cut me off on the road and lunged from his car with a gun drawn, I would suppose he was either a car-jacker or intended to shoot me. If I was armed, I would attempt to shoot him. If I wasn’t, I’d certainly attempt to run – even if it meant running over him. Hanging around a carjacker – at least in my area – can easily get you killed.

      • dan of arizona

        did you notice that after he looked around thats when he put it back into the holster seems to me he new he screwd up

        • Retribution

          Actually, he saw that the motorist was dismounting from his bike, but before putting away his weapon, he checked his “six.” It is an automatic reflex to check that you are not threatened from any quarter before putting away your weapon.

  • Larry

    Pages and pages of talk. All we see is what is on the video…not what happened before or what concerstations took place, or didn’t, between the plain clothes guy and the office in the patrol car parked a short distance behind the motorcyclist in the last frame of the video. IF the house seizure of property happened, I’d like to know what the court heard in order to grant the warrant. Everything else is personal opinion and heresay conjecture. There are good people and bad people in all professions. Some proefessions are better postured to help or hurt more people so need closer scrutiny. A friend of mine is dealing with the rape of his wife at night by a uniformed cop in a patrol car in a large major city who “arrested” her then “released” her several hours later…his treat of “I know where you live and will get you and rape you and kill you if you tell anyone about this!”…her fear…her depression over the death of her son a few months earlier…and the lack of interest on the part of other law enforcement and juducial agencies he has contacted. I suggested he take it to investigative media if he continues to get no cooperation or help… Life is not fair. Deal with it by any means available. Don’t play judge or jury unless you were there or have personally seen all the evidence and heard all the witnesses…and do not be apathetic or silent. The apathetic silent majority is what is hurting our country as much or more than the liberals, psychopaths, sociopaths, and just plain lazy, greedy, totallly selfish people. We are in the end times and The Judge before whom everyone will stand is coming!

  • atlas reborn

    I had a relative who was a cop and the way he talked about his work he was way out of line, but all of his actions were covered up and he thought it was all right. I did not approve of what he did and I told him one day you will be caught and I hope they throw the book at you but they did not he was one of the ones who was not found out about in the rampart scandle in los angeles. I do not trust cops any more and I would not help one no mater what. I also know of a lot of bad sherriffs in los angeles and they even lie about things under oath and no big deal for them they are not prosucuted for lying under oath. some judges will over look it and say it is ok because they are doing a hard job and sometimes it is ok to wink. so I used to beleive in the justice system but now days it is broken also. look at all the political coverups and wink and nods they get. we have lost our country when justice is lost.

    • Dale

      You make an excellent point
      I was once a cop and now I have no respect for cops
      I saw the true blue and I didnt like it
      I think most go in with great intentions and then get corrupted by the power which seems to take them over! Most of the Cops I worked with were picked on individuals growing up and now thrived on the power to control.
      My Training Officer after the Academy stated “he could not wait to shoot someone”, I requested a new training Partner. This is the attitude that many of them have sadly and that was 20 years ago. I went onto a much better jobed that I was schooled for and never looked back, but 3 years of pure hell working with people that walked around waiting for a shooting or a fight!!!!

  • BonnieMW

    I think the biggest point here is not that the cop was bad or good but that he was photographed. It seems to me, they would want to be photographed unless they were doing something wrong. What is the law? I am not sure. The law should be that police cannot photo anyone except those on public property with-out a warrant and the same should be for everyone else. When you are on public property you should be able to be photographed by anyone. In private situations no one should be able to photograph you without your permission unless it is posted like in a store or bank for security purposes. I just can’t see how the police think this is invasion of privacy. Private people need more rights!!! Public officials need less right!!! That is what freedom is. I know it is hard to be a police officer and we should show respect but they should not ever be able to abuse their position. That is when respect is lost.

  • Dr. Mabuse

    Are you kidding me? The possibility of spending 16 years in prison for a trumped up charge?
    An indictment for violation of state wiretap laws?
    I must admit I’m biased when it comes to the Police and the dirty shyt
    they do to the general populace, so I won’t go into a tirade.
    I do admire and respect Retired Police Officer Jack McLamb (Arizona)
    I would suggest that everyone take a look at his site and if time permits listen to his radio show (WinAmp can get you there)
    Oh, and one more thing, the National Socialists didn’t lose the war, they just relocated.

  • Roy

    These thugs who consistently break our laws, simply because they are cops has got to stop. They continously abuse the civil rights of citezens with their power. In most cases, that is why they become cops, to feed their inferiority coplexes, or their Napolionic complex. Bunch of damn thugs, no better than the street thugs. They will not mess with them (street thugs) very much, because they may get their asses smoked. Instead, they stop people they consider a safe stop, and pull their shenanigans on them. What a bunch of cowards many, many, of thse cops are. They hide behind the badge and commit all sort of crimes in the process, knowing that no one will prosecute them. What a bunch of cruds. They are only good for writting tickets, and that’s after hiding from view. Maggots!

  • Lee

    I see a lot of comments here complaining about the Maryland State Troopers, and there are bad things that happen, and then there is the COPS show segment of a Maryland State Trooper who has pulled a man over for speeding. The man goes into a hysterical rant, his voice getting higher and higher while the officer listens respectfully, occasionally asking the man to sign the ticket, but brings more hysterical abuse–I guess it was abuse, I couldn’t understand the man. The ticket was torn up, and thrown on the highway. Very nicely and again respectfully, the officer pointed out the driver had violated the littering law, and that if the driver didn’t pick up the pieces paper, he would be cited for littering. At no time, did the officer raise his voice. The hysterical man got out of his car, picked up the bits of paper, climbed back into his car, and got ready to leave. The officer bid him “Have a nice day!” and went back to his cruiser. Loved it. Loved both the motorist and the officer. He was interviewed later about the incident. He said the man was clearly upset about something, but he felt it was best to allow the man to vent. His hardest chore was to keep from laughing in the poor man’s face! The film is also used for training to show how respect and dignity can help an officer. Wonder how hard he laughed after he got back into the cruiser?

  • David from Ohio

    On the night of June 25, 2010, I was pulled over by the Sugarcreek Twp. police (not that I was speeding or violating any traffic law). Shortly after showing the cop my license & proof of insurance, I was ordered to step out of my car, handcuffed, my license & car keys seized, license tags removed, and my car towed to the county seat 20 miles away. I have NEVER had a DUI. The cop told me that this was under orders of the Ohio BMV, because my license had been suspended (for no insurance) since March 20, 2010. The strange thing is, besides having insurance on that date, that I had switched insurance companies on June 16, 2010. Before I bought the policy, my insurance agent called up my driving record, and it was clean. Incidentally, the Sugarcreek cop checked the ‘no’ box for proof of insurance. Nice.
    I have since discovered that the source of all this was back in January. On January 16, 2010 I was borrowing my son’s mom’s car (my car wasn’t running at the time), when I got pulled over by a Kettering cop. Again, I was obeying all traffic laws. The cop tells me that the sticker on the license plate did not match the license. My son’s mom had accidentally placed her truck sticker on her car & vice versa. Again, even though I showed proof of insurance (as a matter of fact, I was on my way to my insurance agent to make a payment), the cop marked the ‘no’ box on the ticket (for ‘ficticious plates). A week later, I went to court, with my insurance papers in hand, & told the judge what had happened. He didn’t bother to correct the cop’s mistake. The arrogant biatch at the BMV didn’t help matters either after I mailed them a copy of my insurance card, since the car listed on my insurance policy was different than the car I was driving that day, even though there’s a clause in my policy that states that I’m covered whether I’m driving my own car, someone else’s car (with their permission, of course), or if my company sends me to California & I rent a car. It took $400 to bail my car out of the impound lot, $300 to hire a lawyer, & I have lost more than 2 days from work. I’ll probably never see that money again. In all this, just who did the cops ‘protect & serve’? All they’ve done was rob & harrass a veteran & take food out of his son’s mouth. At least it taught my son a valuable lesson: If you’re in a jam, you can rely on your police force & government to be a totally useless piece of crap!

  • sheldon

    Wow! An awful lot of assumptions, speculation and plain fiction being posted based on a 23 second video. Do you really think 23 seconds is enough time to form an intelligent opinion?

    • vicki


    • Claire

      sheldon—some of this stuff I have to see with my own eyes to believe it.

    • dan of arizona

      apparently; thats all the officer had to make the assumption that he need his gun

  • justcommonsense

    I still believe in the old slogan started by Robert Welch, “Support Your Local Police”, because the alternative to local police is a national police force. And history tells us repeatedly how that works out (KGB, Gestapo, etc). Maryland is the real culprit here more than the police. If the police can videotape citizens during encounters, then citizens should be able to videotape police during encounters. The Maryland (and other states) laws that inhibit this are unconstitutional. Equally true, if police should be allowed to be armed, then all citizens should have the same right. Being a police officer should be an honorable job, but it does not elevate a person from second class citizenship to firts class. If a police officer insists on seeing your identification during and encounter, insist on seeing his, and just a badge is not adequate. If a police officer insists on seeing your “license to carry a firearm”, insist on seeing his. He should need to carry one if you are required to.

  • Loren

    Hey America. Next step these people will shoot you and take your recording devise. But you know what, who cares? This is all around you in America and you are just a bunch of cowardly sheep. Remember the Revolutionary War? As British subjects, under the law, our ancestors took the law into their own hands and fought, ie: killed them. You want a lawful country but step aside for those who would hurt you ie: bully, extort, etc. because they have authority over you. Well then if you want to submit to this kind of authority then this is what you will get. By the way, this is the same thing that goes on all over the world and we sit back and say to ourselves how awful that is. America is a fraud and you are next in line for the rude awakening.

  • Lloyd Wilson


  • vicki

    Wiretap laws originally put in place to protect PRIVATE phone conversations have been expanded in many states to such an extent that you wonder how the press could do its job anymore.

    Here is an analisys of the Maryland law by the Cato Institute.

  • Jim

    California’s Government Code, Sections 821, 845, and 846 which state, in part: “Neither a public entity or a public employee [may be sued] for failure to provide adequate police protection or service, failure to prevent the commission of crimes and failure to apprehend criminals.”
    The above is one States answer to “do police have the duty to protect citizens from crime or harm???”
    Courts across the country have ruled over and over that police have no duty to protect anyone from a crime or from harm.

  • Marilyn

    Members of my family have been members of the police force as well as one of my best friends!
    The way this guy looks getting out of his car, if I had my gun with me I would have told him to drop his and put his hands on top of his head or else and then I would have called for the State Patrol! If after all of this they had raided my house, I would have filed charges against them for unlawful entry and possession of private property. If I drew an unreasonable judge, according to my attorney, I would have gotten a change of venue. This whole thing is all wrong!
    After reading this I will avoid Maryland. This reminds me of a time a number of years ago I was in a line of traffic after just crossing the state line into Ohio. I saw a patrol car in the opposite lane and a few minutes later he was beside me and ordered me to pull over. Since I was out of state he ordered me to follow him. I followed him for almost a half hour across country on single lane highways to a station where I was politely treated by the ladies in charge. It also happened to be my birthday and they apologized. As I was going down the stairs the cop that arrested me was going up the opposite stairway and saw me. He tripped on the steps and almost fell. It took us hours to get back to the highway as there was no one to give directions. I have never driven across Ohio since!

  • Angel

    you sound like a cop-hating liberal!

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Hedda,

      I am not a police-hater of any stripe. Police are necessary to enforce our laws and ensure our civilization doesn’t descend into anarchy. However, I am very much against abusive police and abusive judges who believe laws don’t apply to them and that laws can be twisted and corrupted for their benefit. There is a much longer video of the incident here: that shows that Mr. Graber should have been charged with much more than just speeding. However, that doesn’t justify the actions of the plain clothes trooper who pulled a gun on Mr. Graber and never showed identification. It also doesn’t justify the misuse of wiretap laws in order to persecute Mr. Graber further.

      If you will do just a little searching on the internet you will find there are numerous videos posted within the last 5 or so years that show police abuse. Many police officers now seem to believe they ARE the law. And since they are part of the system, their fellow officers, the judges and attorneys general who are supposed to see that justice is done instead protect the abusive police officers.

      Just as I don’t want to see our country descend into anarchy; I also don’t want to see it creep further into a thugocracy where officers use the power of state to terrorize and abuse the populace. We are supposed to be a nation of laws and those laws are supposed to be applied equally.

      You must remember that police, judges and other members of the justice system are supposed to be public servants. We pay their salaries, and they would do well to remember that. Unfortunately, just as it’s lost on the fascist elected class, it is becoming lost on our supposed protectors as well.

      Best wishes,

      • vicki

        Ok that longer video shows the motorcyclist does not know he is being chased by cops for speeding. That shows the plain clothed officer was far more stupid than shown in the shorter video.

        Also notice the officer does not identify him self till he is actually at the motorcycle. Very sloppy.

  • Nightrider

    The citizen had a right to video/record that, just like the cops do all the time, with their speaker hooked to their clothing. Suppose the plaintclothes guy came out and started shooting at the motorcyclist simply because he (cop) was in a bad mood or was trigger happy. Who is going to be the witness when the cop says oh, he was belligerent, he put his hand in his pocket like he was going to pull a gun. This has happened too often. The driver needs due process guaranteed by the US Constitution. As for the search warrant of his parents’ house, nowadays the local district attorneys are in cohoots with the police, write up any ‘probable cause’ they want and the gullible judges will grant the search warrant. More often than now, law enforcement has become lawless rather than the law.

    • Claire

      Within the past 2 years, I have been all over the US. I didn’t have any problems. Geez, this fall I have to travel to various states. Hope I don’t encounter any trouble.

  • Claire

    Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans has resigned, but hasn’t given a reason as to why. Preliminary date released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that officer deaths have surged to nearly 43% during the first half of 2010. Something to think about. Wonder what is going on.

    • Claire

      Preliminary data …. not date

  • Claire

    Just think about the tough time the police will have trying to pick up illegals. This is not going to be funny. It is serious business, and just wait, the police will get in trouble for racial profiling. I can see the handwriting on the wall. If I were to get stopped, it will not honk me off. I will gladly show my ID. I will be happy that they are doing their job. I hope the rest of you think about this seriously.

  • Gary

    I suspect that the Officer brandished his gun because he was in an “unmarked” car. He did announce that he was “State Police”. Brandishing the gun, i beleive, was intented to establixh the fact that he was a cop. However, there have been instances of phony cops. I have NO problem with citizens photographing such instances and NO problem publishing same. It seems to me that the real danger here it the decission of the State Police to act like Gestappo. I don’t believe the State had any right to seize his camera, and computer or even to enter his home.d I’m far far more worried about the State Police Department, on their own, deciding to behave as the enforcement arm of tyranny.

    • Gary

      I also meant to say in my post above that what worries me most about this incident is the fact that the State Police decided to be “immaginative” with their view of the law and to arbitrarily and cappreciously “re-define” a law on their own. This is exactly why i fear the ‘RICO’ law and the ‘Patriot Act’. These laws have been “expanded” beyond Congress’ intent. I believe this is illegal. Only Congress and the various States’ Legislatures can write law.

    • dan of arizona

      he didnt say he was a state trooper untill he holsterd his gun i have a real problem with that any one in plain clothes comes at me with a gun will find them selves on the ground he screwed up broke the law and is lucky to be alive and we all no that if you were to go against the judge that sentence the biker you would spend the rest of your life in jail tape or no tape

  • armed and dangerous

    First off, where is the cop’s ID or badge when he hops out of his car? Just because someone cuts you off, hops out and pulls a handgun and “says” he is state police, doesn’t make it so. That cop needs to go back to police training 1.01 and learn that you MUST show proper ID unless HE wants to get his ass shot. There are a lot of rapes and murders by criminals impersonating a cop. They MUST show valid ID upon request AND if you are in doubt, you have a RIGHT to call the station to VERIFY the guy. This doesn’t get into the fact that towards the end of the clip you can see a cop in a marked car pulled up behind the bike. It is NEVER a good idea to get out of a plain car, in plain clothes and draw a gun in front of another officer. Whether you are an off duty cop or not, it is a good way to get yourserlf shot by a membner of your own team. As far as the cop in uniform knows, it could be a road rage issue and a guy just hopped out of a car with a gun and points it towards the guy on the bike… what would YOU do or think if you saw that? Again, another reason that cop needs to go back to police training 1.01. I like good cops, but I HATE bad cops or cops that abuse their power. I DO understand they have dangerous jobs, yah well so do a lot of us out in the world but we don;t get the luxury or safety of carrying guns because those ciops will take them from us if we don;t have (or can’t GET) a CCW permit. If they treat peopel with respect, they will get more respect back. It’s a two way street. As far as criminals that run though, well, that’s a different story. I say as soon as they blast through a stop sign or a stop light, they are willing to kill someone to get away. Well then, if THEY are willing to kill someone, then police should be able to use deadly force to stop them before they do end up killing or seriously injuring someone. That’s when they DO have my backing to take a damn 12 gauge to a get away car’s windshield to stop the driver once and for all!! Other than that, if it is just a speeding bike, there is no reaason to draw a gun on him unles the guy is displaying body language that may indicate he has a gun or a weapon of some sort.

  • nolan

    PEOPLE, QUIT BEING (word removed for offensive content) IDIOTS!! the cop obviously chased him down and cut him off to stop him because he was SPEEDING. he probally didnt notice he was being chased due to the fact that he was SPEEDING. THE COP DID HIS JOB. SHOULD OF SHOT THE STUPID (words removed for offensive content). he had the helmet cam on obviously because he wanted to film himself hauling ass down the road

    • Dale

      Or – Just Maybe, he was filming so that in the event of an Ahole Car driver that purposely or accidentally drives into him. PEOPLE DO NOT SEE MOTORCYCLES and I guess if he was hit by a vehicle he couldn’t use the video to show what really happened in Maryland.
      REALLY MARYLAND – Get a grip on your selves

  • Mike D

    I am not defending anyone here in this case BUT, I live in this area and travel 95 and can tell you this,that the stretch of 95 from the tunnel (in Baltimore) to White Marsh MD is a literal death trap. Unless you have driven this stretch into Harford Co.MD yourself, you do not know what police officers and commuters actually contend with. This is were some of the worse and most dangerous idiot drivers seem to constantly test the patience of everyone else on the road in a constant bumper to bumper high speed pace that can be 80-90+ mph. You have no idea how scary and frustrating it is to be on this road day in and day out with these idiots. It is easy to see why one could lose his cool so quickly trying to patrol this road. In fact, if any of you were to take 95 from D.C. to Harford Co. MD you will most likely need a tranquillizer of some kind when finished (if you haven’t pulled out all of your hair first).

  • FreedomLover

    Sorry, I have to side with the officer in this case. I watched the entire video and saw what this guy was doing in traffic (127 MPH, wheelies, lots of lane changes). I don’t think the officer was over-reacting at all. The motorcycle rider also looked like he was going to try to back up and escape. In my opinion, posting this video except is an example of some young punk crying “police brutality” when, in fact, it was he who was in the wrong. The motorcycle rider should accept the responsibility for and consequences of his actions.

    Extended Version of video:

    Why people should not speed:
    http: // http://www.metacafe. com/watch/yt-az1smQMWHYk/unsafe_driving/

    • Dale

      Yes, The motorcycle was exceeding the speed limit!!!!!!
      But, the point you are missing – this Are-hole cop never produced a badge or identification as a cop. I can stop someone and pull a gun and say that I am a cop – Does that mean I am one? NO.
      This Cop was wrong in his actions and he knows it, that is why they are charging him with video and recording the cop and posting it on YouTube
      Is this what you really want?

  • TOM O.


    • dan of arizona

      so if i were to pull a gun on you and tell you that im the police would you not have a problem with that since he never showed his badge im suppose to belive him not likely

      • FreedomLover

        If you watch closely, after the stop is made, the motorcycle driver appears to be backing up, as if he is preparing to elude and escape. He’s already seen the unmarked car’s flashing lights, so his first impression should be (and probably was) “This guy is a cop.” All of this after all of his reckless shenanigans while playing in traffic and endangering peoples’ lives. You can’t take this incident out of context… and why isn’t there more video after the motorcyclist hops off the bike? We don’t know what happened after that. You can’t say “He never showed his badge.” The officer simply may not have shown it while this guy was recording.

        Sorry. No sympathy here.

        • Claire

          FreedomLover–This is why I always say that I have to see things for myself. MSM always puts out what they want, do they ever tell the entire true story? On anything? Or is the news simply nothing more than bits and pieces? Just enough reporting with the goal being to create more agitation.

        • Claire

          FreedomLover–This is why I always say that I have to see things for myself. MSM always puts out what they want, do they ever tell the entire true story? On anything? Or is the news simply nothing more than bits and pieces? Just enough reporting and innuendos with the goal being to create more agitation.

  • Andy

    I think that the dash cameras in the squad cars are there to protect the public as much as anything, however, I have absolutely no problem with the general public documenting police activity with video. If the police are doing there job then no harm is done,but if the police are over stepping their authority then they have a problem. My question is: Why did this become a big deal? From what I saw the cop didn’t do anything wrong, so is there more to this video and what is the cop’s problem with it being published?

  • wyliedave

    Statistics show that construction workers, cab drivers,and fisherman are 3 times more likely to be killed in the “line of duty’than police officers. I was once told by a cop with his hand on his gun to “Step away and don’t touch him” as I was administering first aid to a severly injured biker. Thank God I got there first or the man would have died as a result of the cops order.

  • Claire

    Statistics also show that there are numerous cops that commit suicide for various reasons. Also, there are people out there that commit suicide “by cop.”

  • Norm

    I really don’t see any abusive behavior here. The cop didn’t show his badge, but he did ID himself as a policeman, and he didn’t yell at the guy or say GET ON THE GROUND NOW in an insane tone of voice, and he holstered his weapon and didn’t really point it at the guy for long.No unnecessary tasering, seemed real low key normal. Where’s the beef ?

  • Gary

    If you dig further, you will learn that there was a marked police car behind the unmarked. The motorcyclist clearly knew this was a police officer. And, I understand the motorcycle was exceeding the speed limit by a significant amount.

    Bob Livingston, you are doing us a disservice by only telling half the story. You are positioning us as uniformed whack-jobs when you send us out to support conservatism without knowing the whole story.

    • libertytrain

      Gary if you scroll up the page some you will see Mr. Livingston did provide folks with the longer version – Some of Mr. Livingston’s words from the comment:
      “There is a much longer video of the incident here: that shows that Mr. Graber should have been charged with much more than just speeding. However, that doesn’t justify the actions of the plain clothes trooper who pulled a gun on Mr. Graber and never showed identification. It also doesn’t justify the misuse of wiretap laws in order to persecute Mr. Graber further.”

      • Ceddy Bear

        Once again (after watching the extended version of the video) I still don’t see what is the big deal. Maybe it was not the best idea to flash his weapon, but honestly I won’t pretend to know how to do someone else’s job. I never have received law enforcement training or educated myself on their practices and procedures. If so then maybe there would be room to debate this topic. I could understand outrage if the cop was pointing his weapon directly at the guy or had it up in his face.

  • Ceddy Bear

    Although I don’t believe the state police were responding appropriately by raiding the guys home of residence because of this video post. Looks to me to be wrongs on both sides of this issue. However, as a fellow soldier defending our nation’s freedoms, you are a representative of the military when out of uniform as well as in. His actions off duty do not represent his comittment to the military or the United States. If he gets hurt out living recklessly that’s one less body we need out in the fight. Acting in this way is a selfish decision as an under manned unit has to perform double the duties to make up for his lossed efforts. Perhaps this officer was a God send to this individual to re-think his actions before he gets hurt! Post-deployed motorcyle related soldier deaths are up as individuals demobilize from a combat zone contiue to seek the thrill of being in harms way by riding dangerously.

  • Dale

    MY QUESTION IS; When stopped by Maryland State Police or any Police departments in the State of Maryland – Do they have Camera’s or Video attached to there vehicles? YES THEY DO! Do they capture and record Sound? YES THEY DO!
    Then, Why is it such a crime for this individual to be video taping his experience on his own motorcycle AND THEN when confronted by an irate situation (not expecting an Officer of the LAW) such as the one he was confronted with be able to expose the truth.
    FACT: This Cop was embarrassed by his behavior and so was his Department.
    FACT: As with Government these days, play mind games with the truth and detract from the situation and turn the tides against the other person to remove the true issues at hand.
    We come closer each day in this Country to what we have fought so hard to not become, yet Government is out of control and not dealing with the real issue at hand; ie: this rogue Cop who not only deserves termination for his out of control actions (A GUN OUT FOR A TRAFFIC STOP – Did the bike fail to yield? PROBABLY, I would not have stopped for him either!). Termination is not good enough, how about aggravated Assault for drawing a deadly weapon on a person that OBVIOUSLY was not a threat! Where was he going to hide a weapon on a motorcycle?????
    Contact Maryland Governor, speak your mind about this ridiculous use of the law – Stop them from hiding behind antiquated laws of convenience

    • Gary L. Thompson

      Again, I repeat, Bill Clinton. As I previously explained at length in this thread, the issue with the Maryland law goes far beyond mere police issues.

  • dorothy gibb

    Acyually I would not have stopped because he was not in a police car. I would report him for pulling a gun on me. Women are afriad to stop so he would have taken me to jail! Police have gotten out of hand today not nice like they use to be years ago they are bitter!

  • http://none Kenny

    He would have been a dead cop coming at me like that, and NOT KNOWING WHO OR WHAT HIS INTENTIONS WERE!

  • Harry

    It should be mandatory that all new automobiles be equipped with camera’s to monitor and protect its passengers, regardless of who stops you. How flagrant was this officer, yielding a fire arm at a man who shown no form of hostility and had kept himself planted on his bike. This officer should be reprimanded and ordered to apologize for his misconduct. We should not stop at him either. We should go up the chain of command, all the way to the top, and make sure that each is reprimanded for allowing such a loose cannon on the streets.

  • RWK

    Your statement seems to make you your own worst enemy. So you are stating that if you are on a motor cycle and you are speeding through traffic and perhaps making a few unsafe lane changes and maybe even doing a little weaving trhough traffic you wouldn’t perhaps be thinking that you might be stopped by a police officer! What are you nuts!

    Now that you are stopped by someone in a unmarked car who jumps out with a gun in his hand you honestly might be thinking that this is a GOOD opportunity to PULL out your own GUN! Again, thats NUTS!!!

    This just creeps me out! Let’s turn this around a bit.

    You know that (in this made up senario) you were breaking the law. You were endangering every other drivers on the road. And by your own credo you beleive any citizen in Arizona has an obligation to protect his fellow citizen in the face of a threat. Then shouldn’t you be expecting to be STOPPED by someone/anyone with his gun pointed at you. If this is the case, then why are bitching about what the cop did. OH yeah, he didn’t produce his badge first……….. I really hope you have more common sence than your message presents.

  • Herb

    the point that everyone seems to be missing, is that cops are out there more and more in an effort to produce revenue for the state, rather than truly protecting the interests of the community. if you want any proof, let someone break into your home.. make that call to 9-1-1.. now you’re safe right? what has the police department done to protect you. if..and I say if.. they come in a timely manner, the response more likely than not, will be for the cop to write as brief a note as possible (so as not to injure his trigger finger) and tell you to turn it into your insurance co., and oh by the way.. try to have a better day. by their very nature… unless by accident.. cops can’t prevent crime..they come to the scene after the fact.. (for those slow among you, that means after you have been killed). that is exactly the reason that we should be armed as a society at large.

  • Dorothy Gregory

    No uniform, no identification of being a police officer, OFF DUTY, stopping a speeder. If he were a robber, raper, or other major offender, ok. But a speeder he is breking the law, but not enough for a idiot to take the action he did. And yes I to have noticed the change in the attitude of the police in recent years, but then the class bully has to work somewhere.

  • StormShadow

    The Limits Of Tyrants Are Prescribed By The Endurance Of Those Whom They Oppress – OBEY

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