I do have to point out, in defense of NHWatch, that a person was prosecuted by the cops for taping the cops with his home security system, complete with signs informing people that they could be taped.
If you piss off a crooked or abusive cop in New Hampshire by catching him on tape, they may decide to hit you with the "wiretapping" charge:
Video and audio recording is like blazing sunlight to crooked coproaches - but instead of scattering, they'll sometimes crawl up your pant legs and start biting you.Two years ago, Michael Gannon purchased a home security system at the local Walmart. When police came to his home and behaved in a manner that Gannon considered abusive, he brought a security videotape to back up his assertions. To his surprise, he was handcuffed and told he was facing seven years in prison for videotaping the police since they claim that such security systems (which are sold widely by many of the world’s largest electronics companies) violate New Hampshire’s wiretapping laws.
We tried to get this law changed in the last legislative session, but the Democrats blocked it.
The case was finally dropped on August 4, 2006:class="bodytext"Trisha Lessard said she leaned toward another officer to try to read his nametag or badge number during the incident and was rebuffed.
“He said, ‘What are you looking at?’ ” she said. “I said, ‘I’m looking for your badge number.’ He said, ‘It’s none of your goddamned business,’ ” and turned away, she said.