Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Christopher Drew needs our help!

A man who did a simple thing, Christopher Drew videotaped an encounter with a police officer in Chicago.

"Like our host, I’m of the opinion that it should always be legal to record on-duty police officers, both as a matter of policy and under the free speech, free press, and right to petition the government provisions in the First Amendment. We saw the power and potential of audio and video recording technology to expose government abuse in the Iranian protests last summer. But we also see it here in the U.S. with the thousands of  police misconduct videos uploaded to YouTube in recent years."

This is a city that watches its citizens with cameras more than anywhere else in the US!  Now Christopher drew has been charged with the Illinois Eavesdropping charge, a class 1 felony punishable from 4-15 years in prison, this is the same punishment as second degree murder!   So what I suggest is someone with some legal background hold a flame to Daley's butt, and put him on the spot for eavesdropping on over 10,000,000 people every day, and have the city of Chicago, and every other city official charged with over 10,000,000 counts of Illinois Eavesdropping, until the General Assembly has no choice but to change the law immediately!   The Cook County District Attorney won't return my phone calls for some reason.


  1. I'm ready to donate (a small amount) when Chris gets something setup for his defense, etc. How can we coordinate this? Who can contact Chris?
    Ed Clark; Nashville, TN

  2. Hi Ed,
    I have looked for a long time on how to send money to Chris Drew. I don't have a clear answer, I would start on his website

    I wrote several letters to representatives on how harmful and one sided eavesdropping laws are, but they apparently had better things to look at as I never even received a response.

  3. Thanks, "SavaShip"! I have been reading the blog at and so far it looks to me as the attitude of the police structure in Chicago in the late 60s is alive and well today!
    How the general public of Chicago can allow this to go on is beyond my powers of comprehension.
    I am going to email President Obama, for all the good it may do, about this issue and do some more reading and thinking.
    There is so much to be done here in Tennessee in the realm of injustice that I am limited in what I can do to help there, but this issue has affected me deeply and it is difficult to walk away from.