Since when is recording a bike ride on public highway, felony wiretapping?
I understand you can't comment on pending cases, and probably don't care about the general publics ideas of what the laws should be (only what they currently are) but don't you think it's a little ridiculous charging a man for recording IN PUBLIC? Not only that, you have to prove that he INTENTIONALLY wanted to record the officers voice, and I find it pretty farfetched that a guy was trying to record that officer, and had no chance to stop the recording with a gun being pulled on him.
I'm not defending the driving of the guy, as it's obviously out of line, but charging a guy because he caught an officer with proverbial egg on his face, is not the best thing to do, and makes you and the state police look like thugs.
It is the DUTY of the people to ensure their government bows to the wishes of the public.
In your official capacity as a public servant, your job is to follow not only law, but to serve the will of the public at large. Such charges serve only the government in its attempt to smear someone who has caught the state police in an awkward position.
So how does one catch public officials, servants, officers, etc performing illegal or immoral actions if one cannot record it? And in recording the servants are given a blank check because even if they did do something wrong, the 'evidence' was 'obtained illegally' and somehow magically doesn't exist?
Further, the officers dash cam is running, which is recording audio, and if there is an 'exception' for officers' dash cams, that cannot legally exist, as such an exemption would create a separate 'class' of citizen, making them exempt from things that others are not (and, under the constitution, we are ALL equal) which would be unconstitutional. The 'exception' is that THERE IS NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY IN PUBLIC PLACES. Do you charge tourists who record voices while taking video of the inner harbor? How bout those at Ocean City on the boardwalk? Well.. of course not.. Because A) It's in PUBLIC where NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY EXISTS and B) Taking video of the boardwalk doesn't make your state police look like goons.... Although the same can't be said about the kid who videotaped the Baltimore police officer giving him crap for riding a skateboard at the inner harbor, why didn't the state charge the kid for such an "illegal" recording? Ohh.. RIGHT... IT WAS IN PUBLIC...
How about I sue the state for false advertising? Something about 'The Free State'?
I moved OUT of Maryland because of the obvious abuses of power, the lack of the legislature and politicians to properly address those issues, and the utter lack of ANY oversight on ANY governmental body.
You have further affirmed that my decision to leave was a positive one.
Enjoy the fact that criminals in MD have all the guns they want, while you disarm law abiding citizens.. That Officers can illegally raid houses, seize firearms, and do whatever they so please while you're busy charging those who catch questionable activity on film with felony wiretapping.
The founders of this country would be very pleased with such a 'Free State'...
I find your actions extremely reprehensible, and disgusting.
The political backlash from such a folly will be great, I hope you enjoy your job.
With all due respect.