September 30th, 2014

Public Records Again Expose Albuquerque Police Misconduct 2

By Charlie Grapski


Once again the use of public records laws by citizens pays off by exposing wrongdoing by public officials – in this case police officers.  Despite the attempts by the City of Albuquerque to deny records lawfully required to be produced persistence paid off.  Video evidence that has been obtained from the James Boyd murder, on March 16th, reveals far more of what really happened that day.

In particular it reveals that Officer Keith Sandy, who was hired with the explicit public assurance that he would never carry a badge or gun but would only “push papers” behind a desk (he was fired for inappropriate activity from the New Mexico State Police), did not merely shoot and kill James Boyd that day. (See: Cop Involved in Sunday Shooting had Rocky Past, Performance at APD)

Several hours before he shot Boyd three times, at point blank range, with an AR-15 – Sandy stated to a former colleague, New Mexico State Police Sergeant Chris Ware, that he was “going to shoot him with [unintelligible] a shotgun here in a second.”

He made this statement despite the fact that he had not even seen Boyd or obtained anything but a cursory statement of the issues pertaining to the incident.

That statement, under NM Stat § 30-2-1 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis), could justify not just a charge – but a conviction – for First Degree Murder.

September 30th, 2014

Florida Man Proves he can Video Record in Courtroom as he Beats Bogus Citation Wearing “Fuck the Police” T-shirt 101

By Carlos Miller

Wearing a “Fuck the Police” t-shirt, Michael Burns entered a Broward courtroom with a videographer in tow, preparing to fight  the obstructed license plate citation he received earlier this year after he was pulled over for video recording deputies.

Yes, those same deputies that Broward County Sheriff’s attorney Ron Gunzburger claimed in a panel discussion in January that are all trained to respect the rights of citizens to record because of a memo he issued last year.

September 29th, 2014

Pennsylvania Cops Sued for Storming Home and Arresting Woman for Video Recording 278

By Carlos Miller

Pennsylvania cops told a woman that if she did not stop video recording them arresting her daughter outside their home, they would arrest her for felony wiretapping.

The woman stepped inside her home to continue recording, which was when police stormed inside without a warrant and arrested her.

“You don’t have the right to come into my home,” Kia Gaymon can be heard telling Collingdale police officer Carl White as he enters her home.

“I do,” White responds, a man who clearly believes he is above the law.

September 27th, 2014

L.A. Drone Activist Jailed Four Days After Refusing Deal to Revoke Right to Fly Them 126

By Carlos Miller

Daniel Saulmon, Southern Californian’s notorious video activist, spent four days in a crowded county jail this week after refusing a plea deal that would have forbade him from flying his quadcopter for two years within Los Angeles County.

“It was terrible,” said the man known as Tom Zebra on Youtube of his experience in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime hours after his release.

“I watched deputies nearly beat a guy to death with batons and tasers. I saw another man go into a seizure and almost die. It was not good.”

September 26th, 2014

Pennsylvania Cop Snatches Camera from Man, Claiming it is Illegal to Record without Permission 64

By Carlos Miller

A Pennsylvania cop snatched a camera from a man’s hands after accusing him of felony wiretapping, even though they were inside a restaurant where the cop had no expectation of privacy.

A Butler police officer named Walters then turned the camera off, handed it back to its owner and ordered him outside where he then gave him a citation for criminal mischief.

The man with the camera, who goes by Muchmusic16001 on Youtube, said he was inside Mickey’s Original Pizza and Hoagies in Butler because he used to work there but still hadn’t been paid, even though it was more than three weeks since he left.

Cops were called and it didn’t seem as if they cared whether he was paid or not.

According to his Youtube description:

At the recording date of this video (07/29/2014): it had been 41 days since I quit Mickey’s Original Pizza and Hoagies, and HAD NOT received ANY form of payment for the 3 weeks that I worked there. (which is why i was recording, i wanted to catch the thief admit to his crime) Today is sept.3rd and I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A PAYCHECK.(My last day of work was JUNE 19th, 2014) Also, before the police showed up mickey gave me permission to record and post to the internet. i have that recorded as well and will include it in a video in the future


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