Chicago artist’s protest backfires as he faces 15 years in jail… because he recorded his own arrest on video

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An artist who used a video camera to record being arrested by police is facing up to 15 years in prison.  Chris Drew has been charged with Class 1 felony under the Eavesdropping Act in Chicago, Illinois.  The bemused activist said he did not know anything about the law when he was protesting about restrictions on where artists can sell their work.


He has resorted to civil disobedience in his fight against rules he regards as draconian – and got a friend to record his arrest on an Olympus camera.  Mr Drew expected police to take him into custody before releasing him over the misdemeanour – but now he’s facing up to 15 years in jail.

He will go on trial on April 4 charged with using a digital recorder to capture his arrest on December 2, 2009.  He was selling silk-screened patches for $1 when he was stopped by police.  Footage of the incident has been posted on YouTube.

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