I watched the video and I do have a couple of questions.
Does Maryland have state troopers in plain clothes patrolling in unmarked units? I could not see if that vehicle had any lights to perform a stop.
The guy on the bike at one point videotaped the speedometer and even noted in text he was going 127 mph. That's a felony folks.
Now was the officer just following him, or trying to stop him? It may have also been a failure to yield, another crime. The officer didn't point the weapon, didn't know who the guy was or why he was going that fast, and the guy started to move back from him as the officer got out of the vehicle. The drawing of the weapon was not unreasonable.
Based on what I could see, it appears he had a camera mounted somehow on or in his helmet, and the officer didn't seem to notice it, although the rest of the video would be helpful.
Now, the law being used is not related to VIDEO being recorded in a public place. It was actually the audio. That law does exist in some states, definitely not all. Some states just require that one person know it is being recorded, l believe that's true in california. Maybe the officer saw the camera, but didn't realize it had audio? I don't know.
I can't imagine something like that could see up to a 16year sentence, that seems absurd, but I'm willing to bet the District Attorney is pushing for a felony plea and tacked this charge on to pressure them to plea to the reckless driving and they will drop this charge, not an unusual tactic.
They obviously got the warrant to seize the downloaded video; that is VERY solid evidence for both charges. The jackass videotaped the evidence against himself. That is a good warrant.. too bad for the dumbass.
Watch, this one is a no brainer. He videotaped himself committing two felonies, then documented it and posted it on the internet. He will plead guilty to reckless driving, they'll drop the recording charge and he may end up doing some jail time.
What a dumbass. And the rest of you, quit jumping to conclusions. This isn't about some sort of police state.