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Libertarian Activist to Stand Trial for Videotaping Cops in Mississippi

Adam Mueller, who has been making headlines on Photography is Not a Crime lately, is on his way to Mississippi for a trial regarding his arrest last year for videotaping police.

The evidence, including statements from the arresting office as well as the sheriff of Jones County – not to mention the above video – should have cleared him long ago, but common sense never seems to apply in our legal system.

Mueller elaborates on the case on Cop Block.

The lesson here is that if you have video evidence that shows you were wrongly arrested, it should be posted online immediately rather than wait for the lawyers, prosecutors and judges to do the right thing because they won’t.

The video shows Mueller was cooperating fully with the officer who made the initial traffic stop, but then a second officer pulls up to the scene and demands that he turn the video camera off (just over 12 minutes into the video).

When Mueller continued videotaping, the officer arrested him.

The video was deleted, but eventually recovered through software.

However, James Atkins, the arresting deputy, stated in his report that Mueller was charged with disorderly conduct for “not putting the video camera up when told to do so.”

Sheriff Alex Hodge then sent an email to one of Mueller’s friends stating that he was not arrested for videotaping, which shows that Hodge did not even bother to read the arrest report.

Hodge also went as far as to say that videotaping public officials is not illegal in Mississippi.

In a prior interview with PINAC, Mueller stated that he was acting on the advice of lawyers by not posting the video online.

My experience with lawyers is that they never want anything posted online because they prefer to fight the battle in the legal arena. Perhaps it’s ego or perhaps it’s their conditioned strategy.

But as a journalist with more than 15 years of professional experience, the truth should always be brought before the arena of public opinion.

Adam Mueller, who has been making headlines on Photography is Not a Crime lately, is on his way to Mississippi for a trial regarding his arrest last year for videotaping police.

The evidence, including statements from the arresting office as well as the sheriff of Jones County – not to mention the above video – should have cleared him long ago, but common sense never seems to apply in our legal system.

Mueller elaborates on the case on Cop Block.

The lesson here is that if you have video evidence that shows you were wrongly arrested, it should be posted online immediately rather than wait for the lawyers, prosecutors and judges to do the right thing because they won’t.

The video shows Mueller was cooperating fully with the officer who made the initial traffic stop, but then a second officer pulls up to the scene and demands that he turn the video camera off (just over 12 minutes into the video).

When Mueller continued videotaping, the officer arrested him.

The video was deleted, but eventually recovered through software.

However, James Atkins, the arresting deputy, stated in his report that Mueller was charged with disorderly conduct for “not putting the video camera up when told to do so.”

Sheriff Alex Hodge then sent an email to one of Mueller’s friends stating that he was not arrested for videotaping, which shows that Hodge did not even bother to read the arrest report.

Hodge also went as far as to say that videotaping public officials is not illegal in Mississippi.

In a prior interview with PINAC, Mueller stated that he was acting on the advice of lawyers by not posting the video online.

My experience with lawyers is that they never want anything posted online because they prefer to fight the battle in the legal arena. Perhaps it’s ego or perhaps it’s their conditioned strategy.

But as a journalist with more than 15 years of professional experience, the truth should always be brought before the arena of public opinion.

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