A Maryland man now faces up to five years in prison after he recorded his traffic stop last month in Harford County. Graber was speeding with his motorcycle with a camera attached to his helmet recording his ride. A State trooper in an unmarked car pulled over Graber for reckless driving. The trooper is seen in this YouTube video that Graber posted, jumping out of the car and telling Graber “Get off the motorcycle, get off the motorcycle! Get off the motor cycle, State Police.” The trooper is seen pulling his gun immediately after getting out of the unmarked car. It’s not until five seconds after he exits the car that he identifies himself as a Maryland State trooper.
Maryland is a two-party consent state. That means you can’t record somebody without telling them. It’s a felony to break that law. That’s exactly what state police told the motorcyclist when they came to his house more than a month after he’d been pulled over. “I don’t want to go to jail. I haven’t really done anything wrong. It wasn’t a violent crime. No one was injured. No one was hurt,” said Graber. That ultimately is to be decided by a judge.
My personal opinion is that Graber was recording before he was stopped. If I saw somebody in plain clothes stopping me and pulling out a gun, I would have thought I was getting robbed. Graber stopped recording after the state trooper identified himself.