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Protecting Yourself From Police is a Felony in PA

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 8, 2011

§ 5703. Interception, disclosure or use of wire, electronic or oral communications.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a person is guilty of a felony of the third degree if he:

(1) intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept any wire, electronic or oral communication;

(2) intentionally discloses or endeavors to disclose to any other person the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication, or evidence derived therefrom, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, electronic or oral communication; or

(3) intentionally uses or endeavors to use the contents of any wire, electronic or oral communication, or evidence derived therefrom, knowing or having reason to know, that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, electronic or oral communication.

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(Oct. 21, 1988, P.L.1000, No.115, eff. imd.)

Right, you are up against a felony charge if you video tape your rights being trampled by the police in PA.

An acquaintance used to be employed at SCI Albion.  He tells me that when extracting prisoners from their cells cameras are used to prove excessive force was not used on the prisoner.  Prisoners have more rights in PA then law-abiding citizens when it comes to protection from police excess.  Constitutional rights are being eroded every day.  Police are being indoctrinated like soldiers and in many cases are drunk with that power.  It is becoming common to read in the news (including in PA) to have a swat team invade a home, kill the pets, confiscate property and hold the residents at gun point for hours.  It is not uncommon to find they have invaded the wrong house.  Confiscated property in these cases is often returned damaged or not at all.  Apologies are unheard of let alone compensation.  What recourse does the common person have in this martial law atmosphere? Not much.  We are treated with contempt.  Look at the CA ED dept swat team, that’s right they have a swat team, that recently pulled a stunt just like this, for an overdue college loan, at the wrong house.
It is time for this law to go. 

Thanks to Senator Jane Earll’s office.

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One Response to “Protecting Yourself From Police is a Felony in PA”

  1. Doug Rowley said

    Send your video right to the tv station and put it on You Tube. The charges will be quickly dropped. Except that, historically, we have seen police explain that the viewers didn’t see what was off camera. The court of public opinion is the only one left that a citizen has a chance in.

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