Union Leader: Weare police charge man for recording traffic stop
WEARE – For the second time in less than a year, Weare police have charged someone with felony wiretapping for recording police activity.
William Alleman, 51, of 140 Helen Dearborn Road, was charged Tuesday with interception of oral communication prohibited, which is the state’s felony wiretapping law RSA 570-A (click for text).
Police Chief Gregory Begin released few details of the case when reached for comment Thursday. The charges stem from a July 10 traffic stop, Begin said.
“He was making an audio recording of the officer during a motor vehicle stop without getting consent of the officer,” Begin said.
It is an absolute atrocity that citizens are being hit with felony charges, which carry the potential to utterly destroy their careers and tear their families apart, for taking perfectly legitimate measures to hold their government accountable for its actions.
I’d offer as an analogy a law that would prohibit citizens from recording public hearings on matters before the legislature, or barring recording devices from the House and Senate chambers.
Such measures would be unacceptable to anyone who believes in openness and transparency in government.
New Hampshire House Bill 145 seeks to remedy this problem, and has my unwavering support.