The charges he's talking about are not for the reckless driving or the excessive speed, or evasion or anything of the sort. This guy got charged with felony wiretapping for video taping the entire incident, up to and including the part where an unmarked car cuts him off at the offramp and a man jumps out waving a gun.
The rider paid his ticket for the excessive speed and reckless driving charges, but for obvious reasons he wasn't going to stand for having a bunch of cops raiding his home days later and seizing his computer equipment and other related material on the basis of some bogus charge. Fortunately the judge in Maryland sided with the defendant and threw out the felony wiretapping charges, but not before this poor guy spent 2 days in jail over it.
Big Brother is out there folks, and he doesn't like you making videos. The rider would have been fully justified to peel out of there upon first seeing the gun.
RIP United States of America
July 1776 - November 2012.
Ok, comments on the video itself:
Dude sure was flying for not really watching very far ahead of himself or giving us much chance to see any of the road signs, was somebody supposed to be surprised that a cop stopped him for driving so recklessly?
As for the cop pulling his gun until he dismounted, revealed his face, and had his hands clear of the bike, that's not nearly as surprising as you might think. This guy had been doing over 120 mph and there have been incidents where a bike was rigged with shotgun shells in the handlebars specifically to kill a cop before. I think the cop was just exercising reasonable prudence in that regard. If anything, I might have demanded that Mr. State Trooper show some ID before I complied even with the rest of the circumstances because there have been just as many instances, perhaps more, of people pretending to be cops for nefarious purposes and this cop was in plain clothes in an unmarked car with just a gun and some sort of badge on his belt.
Ok, comments about Prettyfly's comments:
Initial comment: On the surface, that's what it looks like. Nothing really unusual about it except that dude decided to video it so it's recorded and released publicly. Beyond that it appears to be a pretty routine traffic stop for acting stupid "behind the wheel".
Second comment: Guess I need to read the spoiler section, but you could've used spoiler tags on your response to the spoiler section, for the sake of the game, no?
Ok, comments to the spoiler section...:
Ok, believe it or not, I played completely fair, I just didn't hit the "Post Comment" button til after I'd finished responding to each portion in turn.
My first thoughts are; ok, so, jerk showing off on the highway gets caught, big deal. (I have little tolerance for ninja rockets weaving in and out of traffic) The plainclothes cop in the unmarked car - which I assumed was the car the guy passed several times with the strange paint job on the right side - drew his gun in an effort to identify himself as a cop. So what? The state trooper was right behind him. Honestly I have no idea what this guy is crying about. Going to read the spoiler.
We already know color/font tags don't work so well within quotes, now I'm going to test the spoiler tags within quotes on ya' Samson.
[Edit] Nope, spoiler and quote tags don't play nicely together either... hmm, no, I think it's more that spoiler tags don't work right when you use more than one set of 'em in a single post.
Looks like the cop, in plain clothes, didn't show any ID?
You know, that's the first thing I'd thought about too.
BTW, if I have understood US law correctly it's not the filming that is the issue, but the sound recording.
Actually, my understanding, particularly in the Greater DC Metro area where this took place, is that what's far more at issue is who/what the camera was pointed at.
As for the cop pulling his gun; my, I would have shiate my pants - or at least my heart would have gone from normal beating to jumping around all over inside my chest. When he said Police I might have wanted to see the I.D.; on the other hand if it weren't a cop asking for I.D. might get you shot instead. So better play along. And trying to get out of there would most certainly get you shot!
As for the "tapping offence", yeah that was silly and for once a Judge was in contact with reality. One can make claims as to the legitimacy of him filming but as was already stated he did not record anything that could not be witnessed by people around. Might as well forbid people taking pictures on there holidays because you haven't asked everyone in the shot if they consent being there.
The idiots around here (small time gangsters) think that the police is the evil in society - they have yet to realize that it is they who are "evil" and destroying civilization with there crimes of violence
Pretty good picture on the camera, no shaking and good quality :D
Exactly, you can't call it wiretapping just because someone took a picture (or even a video) or their own adventures.
I don't know where "around here" might be, but yes, the idiots who seem to think all the cops are evil incarnate are usually the real bulk of the problem. That's not to say that none of the cops are part of the problem themselves though either.