This page was created to help Massachusetts residents understand the state’s wiretapping statute and how it applies to encounters with police officers.
Below is a collection of cases in which individuals were accused of violating the Massachusetts wiretapping statute for recording police officers. The cases are listed in chronological order. The list is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, but may be missing some cases.
Click on the defendant’s name to view more information about the case including a summary, related news stories, legal documents, videos, and more.
|Year||Defendant(s)||Description||Status of criminal case||Status of lawsuit (if applicable)|
|1998||Michael Hyde||Abington police arrest Hyde after he brought a recording of a traffic stop to the police station to file a complaint||Convicted|
|2002||Jeffrey Manzelli||Boston MBTA police charge Manzelli with wiretapping for trying to interview them with a tape recorder at an anti-war protest||Convicted|
|2006||Mary Jean||State police threaten to charge Jean with wiretapping if she doesn’t remove video of them performing warrantless search from the internet||Charges never filed||Court grants injunction against police|
|2006||Peter Lowney||Boston University police arrest Lowney for recording them at protest||Convicted|
|2007||Simon Glik||Boston police arrest Glik for using cell phone to record drug arrest on the Boston Common||Charges dismissed||Lawsuit settled|
|2007||Emily Peyton||Greenfield police arrest Peyton for recording them at anti-war protest||Charges dismissed|
|2008||Mark Hynes||Boston police arrest Hynes for recording them at police station while waiting for a friend to finish filing an incident report||Unknown|
|2008||Jon Surmacz||Boston police arrest Surmacz for recording them break up holiday party in Brighton||Charges dismissed|
|2009||Maury Paulino||Boston police officers beat, pepper spray, and arrest Paulino for recording friend’s arrest||Charges dismissed or result in acquittal||Lawsuit settled|
|2010||Eli Damon||Hadley police charge bicyclist Damon for recording traffic stop with helmet-mounted camera||Charges dismissed|
|2010||Adam Mueller & Pete Eyre||Greenfield police arrest Mueller and Eyre for recording themselves trying to bail a friend out of jail||Acquitted|
|2011||Tyrisha Greene||Springfield officer Michael Sedergren files an application for a criminal complaint accusing Greene of wiretapping for recording a police beating||Charges never filed|
|2011||Robert Mansfield||Whitman police arrest Robert Mansfield after he brought a recording of a traffic stop to the police station to ask the police to drop a citation he had been issued||Trial pending|
|2011||Beau Davis||Greenfield police charge Davis with wiretapping for unspecified reasons||Charges dropped|
|2011||Chelsea Orr||Cohasset police charge Orr with wiretapping for recording them after they arrested her for drunk driving||Acquitted|
|2012||Irving Espinosa-Rodrigue||Shrewsbury police arrest Espinosa-Rodrigue after a video of him instructing a female passenger to secretly record a traffic stop is uploaded to YouTube||Trial pending|