Civil Liberties

Cop Installs Camera in Maryland High School Boys Bathroom


Earlier today I wrote about cops ordering nightclubs to put video cameras in their businesses and supply footage on demand to cops. In Maryland, one bold officer has taken cameras into his own hands–in a high school boys bathroom.

From CBS Baltimore:

A student at Glen Burnie High School finds a camera in the boy's bathroom….The camera was installed without permission by a 14-year veteran with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. What was on the camera and why he installed it remains under investigation…..

Police say the discovered device is a standard sized hand-held camera left in plain sight. Wednesday morning, a male student saw it in the top corner of the restroom, found it suspicious and reported it to school administrators.

"We do not know that the officer's intentions were," said Lt. T.J. Smith, Anne Arundel County Police. "That's an important issue that we're trying to get to the bottom of."

A police investigation revealed a 14-year veteran assigned with the Special Services Bureau purchased and installed the camera on his own without the knowledge of the police department or school officials…

The police officer under investigation has been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

The police are our friends. Our very, very intimate friends.

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