A Massachusetts woman is being charged with unlawful wiretapping after she used her cellphone to record officers arresting her on Sunday night.
Officers Jameson Williams and Clay Canning were called to 140 Chestnut Street in Chicopee at around 2 a.m. on Sunday after receiving reports of a verbal fight in the street involving two men and a woman.
When they arrived, they noted that 24-year-old Karen Dziewit was being the “aggressor” in the fight, and that she had a “strong odor of alcohol emanating from her person.”
One of the men at the scene with Dziewit explained to the officers that Dziewit had been upset over an argument, and had slapped one of the men across the face when they got out at Chestnut Street.
When Canning and Williams decided to arrest the screaming woman for disorderly conduct, she allegedly yelled, “I’ve been recording this the whole time, my phone is in my purse, see [you] in court.”
The officers searched her bag and, in addition to finding an empty half-pint of vodka, found that she had, indeed, recorded the incident; she had turned on a recording feature on her phone earlier in the encounter, hidden the phone in her purse, and recorded the arrest.
However, Massachusetts law forbids anyone from recording another person’s voice without that person’s knowledge or permission.
Thus, Dziewit has not only been charged with disorderly conduct and an open container violation, but also with unlawful wiretapping charges.
On Monday, Dziewit was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. She is set to reappear in court on July 8 for a pre-trial hearing.