Brian D. Kelly didn’t think he was doing anything illegal when he used his videocamera to record a Carlisle police officer during a traffic stop. Making movies is one of his hobbies, he said, and the stop was just another interesting event to film.
Now he’s worried about going to prison or being burdened with a criminal record.
Kelly is charged under a state law that bars the intentional interception or recording of anyone’s oral conversation without their consent.
An exception to the wiretapping law allows police to film people during traffic stops, Mancke said.
The purpose of such a law is to protect people’s privacy. But how could a public official performing a public duty have any expectation of privacy? This is a bad law and it needs to be fixed.