Monthly archives: March 2012

March 31st, 2012

Houston Cop Threatens To Tase Teens For Video Recording 0

By Carlos Miller

A Houston cop nearly tased and detained two teens for using a video camera outside a Walmart store Friday morning.

The cop was off-duty working as a contracted security guard for the store and told the teens he didn’t want to be recorded.

The teens told the cop they would not record him. The cop confronted them anyway.

The video was uploaded to Youtube Friday and has already surpassed 60,000 page views.

The Youtube description states the cop handcuffed the men but were released when a second cop showed up, apparently realizing they had not committed a crime.

The teens apparently avoided a trip to jail after they somehow convinced the cops that they had deleted the footage.

The incident was only resolved after the cop tried to bribe and threaten the men to ERASE this footage or go to JAIL….

According to Click 2 Houston:

The Harris County District Attorney’s office declined to press charges against the teens. Police said they were let go with a warning about criminal trespassing.

A Walmart representative said the incident is being investigated and the cellphone video and their own surveillance video will be reviewed.

The company asked the security company it contracts with not to schedule that guard at any of the Walmart stores until the investigation is completed.


 

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CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.

You can also contribute to my Legal Defense Fund by purchasing a photographer rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag.Please write “carlos3″ in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.

March 29th, 2012

Charges Dismissed Against Florida Man Charged With Wiretapping For Recording Cops 0

By Carlos Miller

It took nearly two months for the Sarasota County State Attorney’s Office to determine that Steve Horrigan did not commit a crime the night he was arrested for video recording cops during a traffic stop.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

 Steve Horrigan, 57, was charged with felony eavesdropping and misdemeanor obstruction when he used his smartphone to record North Port Police officers making an arrest across the street from his home. Horrigan, a computer technician and amateur videographer, spent a night in jail and could have faced five years in prison if convicted of eavesdropping.

But in deciding not to press charges, Assistant State Attorney Eric Werbeck wrote “the State would be unable to prove the officer enjoyed an expectation of privacy with the defendant” and that the state likely could not “prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer’s duties were obstructed by the defendant’s conduct.”

The story highlights in the lies and inconsistencies from North Port police.

 Sarasota prosecutors noted that “unknown to the officers at the time of the stop, no audio regarding the traffic stop, be it conversation between officers and those detained or conversations between fellow officers, is audible on the recording seized from the defendant.” That was key because an eavesdropping charge required that Horrigan had recorded private police interviews or conversations.

Prosecutors also wrote that they heard one of the officers tell Horrigan, “you can take video or pictures if you really feel necessary.” They added, contrary to the NPPD probable cause affidavit, the video showed Horrigan “at least 15-30 feet from the back of the patrol vehicles.”

Horrigan also did not “communicate with the subjects being arrested, incite other civilians” or verbally threaten officers.

Police also stated they had warned Horrigan “approximately 10-15 times” to stop recording, but the video appears to show only a single request.

 

March 28th, 2012

Police Threaten To Arrest Reporters Covering Trayvon Martin Case As Video Emerges 0

By Carlos Miller


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George Zimmerman claimed he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense because the 17-year-old black teen was viciously pounding his head on the pavement in central Florida last month.

And many people were buying that flimsy self-defense argument despite Zimmerman’s 911 call to police proving he chased after the teen with a gun against the advice of the dispatcher, indicating that Martin was perhaps the one acting in self-defense.

But now a video has emerged from that night that shows Zimmerman did not have any visible injuries on his face or body despite claims on the initial police report that he suffered injuries from the scuffle.

According to ABC News, who obtained the video from the Sanford Police Department and shows a handcuffed Zimmerman being led out of the police car and into the police station for questioning:

The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.

His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman’s nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.

In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman’s head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.

So now reporters are becoming even more persistent in trying to get to the bottom of this story.

But Sanford police have become extremely intolerant of the media, threatening to arrest reporters who attempt to interview city officials during non-working hours.

According to the Palm Beach Post:

Sanford Police on Wednesday threatened to arrest members of the media who approach or ask questions of city employees during non-working hours.

Some city employees have been “followed or approached at their home or in settings outside of working hours,” according to the statement, released late Wednesday.

The city further asked that reporters not approach, call or email city employees at home.

“Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking,” the press release stated.

If anybody was stalking, it was Zimmerman who chased after Martin simply because he was walking down the street after buying Skittles and iced tea at the local convenience store.

It is not clear who is running the Sanford Police Department since Chief Bill Lee stepped down temporarily last week amid growing pressure from this case.

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Please send stories, tips and videos to carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.

 

CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.

You can also contribute to my Legal Defense Fund by purchasing a photographer rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag.Please write “carlos3″ in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.

March 27th, 2012

Passengers Told Not To Record As JetBlue Captain Has Mid-Flight Meltdown 0

By Carlos Miller

A JetBlue captain had a midair meltdown on a flight from New York to Las Vegas, forcing the plane to land in Amarillo, Texas where authorities had to remove the pilot on a stretcher.

So far, at least one video has emerged, but many more are sure to appear as the video above shows at least two other passengers recording with their cell phones.

A flight attendant can be heard on the loud speaker saying “we don’t need pictures of this.”

Then one passenger tells the passenger recording the incident, “don’t be a dick.”

The passenger recording the incident, which is really not visible, responds by saying, “shut the fuck up.”

The video was uploaded only a few hours ago, but so far has received 88 comments with people either criticizing the videographer or complimenting him.

Details are scarce right now but according to a news report, the co-pilot had to force the pilot out of the cockpit when he began acting erratically.

According to CBS/AP:

A police officer and an off-duty airline pilot subdued a JetBlue captain Tuesday morning aboard a Las Vegas-bound flight when the captain started pounding on the cockpit door after the flight’s co-pilot asked him to leave and subsequently locked him out, a federal official told CBS News.

The captain became incoherent during JetBlue Flight 191 from New York’s John F. Kennedy International, prompting the co-pilot to get him to leave the cockpit, the official said. JetBlue said in a statement to CBS News that the flight was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, “for a medical situation involving the captain.”

Grant Heppes, a 22-year-old passenger from New York City, told The Associated Press that a man in a JetBlue uniform walked from the cockpit to the back of the plane, but that he started to become disruptive when he was barred from getting back inside.

JetBlue has proven in the past not to be very camera friendly.


Please send stories, tips and videos to carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.

CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.

You can also contribute to my Legal Defense Fund by purchasing a photographer rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag.Please write “carlos3″ in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.

March 27th, 2012

Simon Glik Wins $170,000 Settlement From Unlawful Arrest Recording Police 0

By Carlos Miller

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Simon Glik, the attorney who last year forced the First Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm that recording police in public is not a crime, will receive a $170,000 settlement from the City of Boston, stemming from his 2007 arrest for recording police in a public park.

Even though criminal charges against Glik were quickly dismissed, it took five years to settle the case because police were seeking qualified immunity in making unlawful arrests, which would have protected them from such lawsuits.

Obviously, they were under the impression that the long-standing legal principle of ignorance of the law excuses no one did not apply to them.

Last year’s First Circuit decision not only affirmed that police do not have an expectation of privacy, it ruled that police do not have qualified immunity from making these bonehead arrests, which allowed Glik to proceed with his lawsuit for the unlawful arrest.

Earlier this year, Boston police admitted they had made a mistake in arresting Glik and this month the City of Boston settled another case for $1.4 million.

And they may have to dish out more money in another lawsuit involving a man named Maury Paulino.


Please send stories, tips and videos to carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.

CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.

My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.

So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.

You can also contribute to my Legal Defense Fund by purchasing a photographer rights lens cloth and/or laminated card to wear around your neck like a press badge through Zap Rag.Please write “carlos3″ in the comments section of the Paypal transaction to ensure I receive a portion of the sale.

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