MP3 players are devices used to pirate music, allowing its owners to get songs for free without giving artists and the record labels that produce them what they deserve. An MP3 player was recently put to another illegal use that has landed a police officer in hot water.
A teenage suspect who secretly recorded his interrogation on an MP3 player has landed a veteran detective in the middle of perjury charges, authorities said Thursday.
Unaware of the recording, Detective Christopher Perino testified in April that the suspect “wasn’t questioned” about a shooting in the Bronx, a criminal complaint said. But then the defense confronted the detective with a transcript it said proved he had spent more than an hour unsuccessfully trying to persuade Erik Crespo to confess – at times with vulgar tactics.
Sometimes getting a confession out of a murder suspect is very difficult, but it needs to be done without a slippery defense attorney getting in the way. And in this case, didn’t the suspect break the law by recording the police officer without his knowledge or permission?
Perino had arrested Crespo on New Year’s Eve 2005 while investigating the shooting of a man in an elevator. While in an interrogation room at a station house, Crespo, then 17, stealthily pressed the record button on the MP3 player, a Christmas gift, DeMarco said.
After Crespo was charged with attempted murder, his family surprised DeMarco by playing him the recording.
I suppose the cop haters out there will love this. But why isn’t the murder suspect being charged with illegal recording? I bet if they search his MP3 player, they will find a lot of unpaid for music, unless he’s wiped it clean since exposing his use of the MP3 player to entrap the police officer.
Is it really legal to record an officer without his consent? If so, it certainly shouldn’t be. If not, this is certainly a miscarriage of justice.
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