The Nazi enforcers of the Illinois Police Force recently arrested a man for peddling artwork in a restricted zone. This of course required the violent arrest of the man who was hurting no one.
If police simply let people sell artwork where ever they pleased, the world would devolve into chaos as hippie machine gun wielding art dealers engaged in violent gang warfare for control of street corners.
Of course, illegally selling art in a restricted zone is bad, but this is a nothing compared to the heinous crime of recording a Nazi officer’s voice without his consent while being arrested for selling art in a restricted zone. For this crime, the man is now facing 15 years in prison.
As a group of kids drummed on buckets on Chicago’s State Street late last December, Chris Drew stood nearby. On the crowded sidewalk, Drew was dressed for attention, wearing a blazing red poncho covered with art patches that he was selling for a dollar each.
Drew is a free-speech advocate; his State Street appearance was part of an ongoing protest against a Chicago law restricting where artists can sell their wares. A Chicago police officer noticed Drew in the off-limits area, and told him to move along.
Drew was hoping to get arrested to test the city’s law; he got his wish. Prosecutors charged him with two misdemeanors. He was not expecting what came next. After police found a small recording device in his belongings, Drew was charged with a felony for violating the Illinois eavesdropping law, which requires all involved to consent to any audio recording.
“And shortly after, they put a bond of $20,000 on me for selling art for a dollar on State Street and audiotaping my own arrest,” Drew says.
The misdemeanor charges were dropped, but the felony charge remains — and with it, a possible four- to 15-year prison term.
Listen to this utterly epic Orwellian response by the Police Union:
Mark Donahue, the head of the Chicago Police Union, says the officers simply enforced the law. And changing the law, he says, could hamper police work, and cause some officers to hesitate on the job.
“You don’t want that hesitation,” he says. “You want them to act on their instincts, and their training as well.”
If officers think they’re being recorded, Donahue says, “they think there’s an extra Big Brother over their shoulder that will judge them 10 minutes, 10 days, 10 years down the line, on the action or utterances they’re making today.”
The cops are worried about citizens acting as “Big Brother?” – WTF?
We truly live in an ass-backward upside-down insane asylum.