Monthly archives: January 2011

January 31st, 2011

New Jersey Cops Threaten Man With Arrest for Videotaping Them 0

By Carlos Miller

 

I got back from Colombia late last night and I know I have a lot to catch up on.

The first video that needs to be posted was recorded in Wildwood, New Jersey last year, but it’s only coming to light now.

Wildwood police were harassing a man on a boardwalk for wearing the words “Fuck, I’m Lemne” on a t-shirt, which is a First Amendment violation in itself.

“Put the camera away or I’m going to throw it on the ground,” one cop threatens.

The man with the camera continues recording, defending his right to videotape in public.

The cop then tells him to “get out of here because you’re interfering with my investigation,” which is complete bullshit because the videographer was standing several yards from where they were harassing the man with the profane t-shirt.

The cop goes back to harassing the man with the shirt and the man continues recording. A little over a minute later, a couple of other cops walk up to him and begin threatening him.

“Put it away, you’re going to be locked up for disobeying a police officer if you don’t put it away,” one of the new arriving cops tells him.

The man finally turns the camera off.

The cops in the video who made the threats are clearly identifiable. They need to lose their jobs.

January 29th, 2011

Police Raid Home of Los Angeles Teen Who Was Bailed Out Last Month 0

By Carlos Miller

Just over a month after he was bailed out of jail by a Google engineer, Jeremy Marks was rudely awakened by almost 30 Los Angeles police officers who raided his home, seizing computers, cell phones and cameras as they ransacked his family’s home.

The incident took place Wednesday, according to a website called Liberation, which bills itself as the “newspaper for socialism and liberation.”

So far, the Los Angeles Weekly, which has been on top of this story from the beginning, has not mentioned anything about a raid.

According to Liberation:

As the search ended three hours later, the house interior was unrecognizable. In addition to electronic equipment, Jeremy’s notes, papers and legal documents were seized—many of these documents are privileged attorney-client communications.

Every item used to communicate with the outside world about Jeremy’s case was taken from every member of Jeremy’s family, including his parents’ and siblings’ personal possessions.

The raid took place as Jeremy’s mother was attempting to gather herself and bring her kids and the neighbor’s kids to school. The neighbor’s children were at the front door when police came up with shields and shotguns ready.

Pittman recounted to Liberation at the scene that she shouted, “Let me get my granddaughter! Let me get my granddaughter!” as the police barged into the house. Pittman also demanded to wake up her son, Jeremy.

While it might seem far-fetched to some that police would go as far as raiding the home of a citizen who was arrested for merely videotaping police, we’ve seen it happen in the Anthony Graber case and in the case of a Phoenix man who was raided after he was critical of police on his blog.

The apparent raid on Marks’ home was ordered by the district attorney’s office who is trying its best to send Marks to prison for seven years for “attempted lynching” because it claims the teen yelled “kick her ass” during a struggle between a female cop and a 15-year-old male student who was allegedly smoking something.

But it’s obvious who is doing the real lynching here.

January 27th, 2011

Hiking Through the Jungles of Colombia 0

By Carlos Miller

 

 

I know I have a lot to catch up on as far as First Amendment, police abuse and photographers’ rights stories go, but I’ve had very little internet access and even less time to actually write stories.

But this video where I’m hiking through the mountainous jungles of Colombia will give you an idea of what I’ve been up to.

I shot this outside a pueblo called Anolaima, which is about a three-hour drive from Bogota. We hiked a couple of kilometers through the jungles to reach a creek and waterfall.

It wasn’t an easy hike considering I am used to the flatlands of Miami, but it wasn’t exactly Mount Everest either.

I was carrying two Canon 5Ds and a camera bag with multiple lenses, which ended up weighing me down.

It turned out the most valuable piece of equipment I had on me was my Flip video camera, which is what I used to shoot this video.

January 25th, 2011

Phil Mocek's Video Still Infuriating Despite his Legal Victory Against TSA 0

By Carlos Miller

 

 

I’ve been pretty much off my computer these last two days, traveling through various Colombian mountain towns, spending time with family and taking excellent photos and videos.

Tonight, I am dead-tired and was planning on calling it an early night because I have to wake up early to visit some Colombian salt mines.

But after viewing Phil Mocek’s video that got him arrested at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, my blood is boiling.

Even though I had reported on the story in 2009 when it first happened and I reported on it last week when he was cleared of all charges, I had not seen the video until tonight.

The arrogance. The insolence. The ignorance dispalyed by the Albuquerque police officers and TSA officials is infuriating.

One of these assholes even reached out to grab Mocek’s camera.

Another asshole claims that he was violating TSA’s rules and regulations by shooting video.

And another asshole claims you are not allowed to shoot video because it is a federal checkpoint.

The assholes were named in an Infowars article:

Visible and audible in the airport video are Mocek, Albuquerque Airport Police Department officers Robert F. “Bobby” Dilley (badge number 116), Landrow “Wiggy” Wiggins (badge number 137), and Julio A. De La Peña (badge number 135), and TSA staff LTSO Jonathon Breedon, TSM Gerald Romero, STSO Anthony M. Schreiner, Greg Martinez, and BDO Laura Moots.

Mocek’s case is important because he is the first person to openly test the TSA policy on photography and it got him arrested.

A jury last week acquitted him of the charges of disorderly conduct and concealing his identity.

But I suspect there are many more TSA officials and police officers who are still clueless about our rights to videotape the checkpoint areas in airports.

So we need to continue testing the system to educate them because they are obviously not being trained by their superiors (and our tax dollars).

I’ll be sure to have my video camera handy when I return from Colombia this Sunday. And God help the asshole who tries to prevent me from videotaping

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