August 27, 2010
When police arrested Anthony Graber for speeding on his motorbike, the 25-year-old probably did not see himself as an advocate for police accountability in the age of new media.
But Graber, a sergeant with the Maryland Air National Guard, is now facing 16 years in prison, not for dangerous driving, but for a Youtube video he posted after receiving a speeding ticket.
It does not portray the policeman in a positive light.
After he posted the video on Youtube, police raided Graber’s home, seized computers and put him in jail.
“The case is critical to the protection of democracy because I don’t think you can have a free country in which public officials are able to criminally prosecute people who film what they are doing,” David Rocah, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union in Maryland who is representing Graber, said.
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The video, filmed with a camera mounted on Graber’s motorcycle helmet designed to record biking stunts rather than police abuse, shows a plain clothes officer jumping out of an unmarked car and pointing a pistol at the motorcyclist.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In a speech to the nation, President Barack Obama says he spoke to former President George W. Bush about the end of the Iraq war. He says the two didn't agree about the war from the outset but that it's time to move on. (Aug. 31)
As combat in Iraq ends, President Barack Obama is escalating the conflict in Afghanistan. In his primetime address Tuesday, he said the U.S. is now able to apply the resources necessary to that mission. (Aug. 31)
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