Wake up Call

There is a legend. And to protest is daft.
Peter O’Toole-actor

Thou shalt not tape unless all parties consent. That seems like a simple enough concept. Sounds like a law written to keep the police from taping criminals without a warrant; however, it is a two-edged sword.

So Chris Drew, a Chicago artist discovered, according to an article in the Mail Online at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349966/Chicago-artist-Chris-Drew-faces-15-years-jail-recorded-arrest.html?ito=feeds-newsxml.

Mr. Drew set out to protest a Chicago law limiting where artist can sell their work. As a hippy in the 1960s, he learned how to protest, so he geared up to modernize his efforts. He was going to be arrested and videotape his arrest to embarrass the police. Big deal, a misdemeanor arrest, just right to anger enough people to push for a change in the law.

It took three tries before the police took the bait and arrested Mr. Drew. The third time was a charm. He was arrested and the whole thing was videotaped; Drew’s definitive proof of the unfairness of the soliciting law.

Only after his arrest did Mr. Drew learn about the Illinois eavesdropping law. Taping, without prior consent of all parties being taped is a class 1 felony, punishable by up to three years in prison . . . unless a judge, a prosecutor, or the police are those being unknowing videotaped. Then the punishment is up to fifteen years. Doh!

Mr. Drew has changed the focus of his protest. He is now protesting the eavesdropping law. Imagine that.

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