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Weare Police Charge Man for Recording Traffic Stop (Felony Charges)
Union Leader ^ | February 25, 2011 | Dan O'BRIEN

Posted on 02/25/2011 11:11:08 AM PST by lbryce

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

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.

Alleman said the charge is based on a cell phone call he made as an officer approached his vehicle.

Police considered it wiretapping because the call was being recorded by a voice mail service without the officer's consent.

Attorney Seth Hipple, of the Martin and Hipple law office, is representing Alleman as well as Carla Gericke and William Rodriguez, who were arrested on the same charge in March 2010 after Gericke began videotaping a police traffic stop. Their charges were later dropped.

"This is another example of the Weare police arresting people for recording public officials doing the public's duties in public," Hipple said.

Alleman said the incident began after he left a gathering to support Palmer's Tavern owner George Hodgdon, whose arrest days earlier for interfering with an assault investigation caused many to publicly criticize the Weare police.

Alleman said he was followed by a police officer when he left the gathering, attended mostly by members of the libertarian activist group, the Free State Project.

Alleman said he supports the group's cause but is not a member.

Alleman said he made a cell phone call as Officer Brian Montplaisir approached his vehicle.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; donutwatch; newhampshire; police; wiretap
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To: Steely Tom

Yep.

The trunk is the national guard armory, and the back seat is the county jail, the cop’s coat pocket is the evidence room, and the citation booklet is your bill of rights. yep yep

Quit giving them ideas steely


51 posted on 02/25/2011 2:43:32 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Steely Tom

Seriously though, when you talk to someone with cellphones, the communication signal doesnt go directly from one cell to the next. It goes through various cell towers and some hard lines are used also. This is why they consider cell phones to be wires.


52 posted on 02/25/2011 2:47:00 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: RobRoy

“I consider modern cops to be either idiots or brownshirts. Or they just couldn’t find any other job.”

Your description is pretty much close to mine. I’ve believed that most cops were either bullied in junior high and high school or were the bullies themselves.

For the former, it’s a psychological attempt to get the power and respect they didn’t get in years past. For the latter, it’s a continued opportunity to continue acting as they did in high school.


53 posted on 02/25/2011 2:59:16 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Here's a question....

How do we know that these people are not staging these incidnets, getting a fat settlement, then paying each other off?

Think about it. You never hear the name of the civilian who files the complaint and gets paid off ever again, and the cop who does this 99% of the time keeps his job.

Who gets screwed...the taxpayer..what else is new?

54 posted on 02/25/2011 3:22:30 PM PST by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Here's a question....

How do we know that these people are not staging these incidents, getting a fat settlement, then paying each other off?

Think about it. You never hear the name of the civilian who files the complaint and gets paid off ever again, and the cop who does this 99% of the time keeps his job.

Who gets screwed...the taxpayer..what else is new?

55 posted on 02/25/2011 3:23:06 PM PST by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: Fedupwithit
How do we know that these people are not staging these incidents, getting a fat settlement, then paying each other off?

When you hear hoofbeats, think "horses," not "zebras." In other words, "give me a flippin' break, man."

The last time I heard of anyone getting a settlement from police abuse of authority was in an open-carry harassment case in Virginia, and it was only $20,000, which probably didn't even cover the legal expenses.

56 posted on 02/25/2011 4:32:34 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Fedupwithit
Who gets screwed...the taxpayer..what else is new?

And if you don't want taxpayers to get screwed, insure that your local police don't screw the taxpayers.

57 posted on 02/25/2011 4:33:52 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Your insult explains your arrogance and nothing else. Highlighting a sentence in an article could mean a number of things.


58 posted on 02/25/2011 8:23:16 PM PST by Durus (Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Durus
But not the obvious...
59 posted on 02/25/2011 8:54:56 PM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

The only thing obvious is that you refuse to clarify your position.


60 posted on 02/28/2011 9:46:36 AM PST by Durus (Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. Thomas Jefferson)
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