Monthly archives: June 2012

June 29th, 2012

NYPD Publishes Poster of "Professional Agitators," aka Citizens who Record Cops 0

By Carlos Miller

The New York City Police Department issued a notice to officers to be aware of a pair of “professional agitators” who like to video record police performing their duties.

It was the agitators themselves who discovered the flyer when they walked inside the 30th Precinct for a community board meeting.

This is how Christina Gonzalez, who captured the flyer on video, described it on Youtube:

Walked into the monthly 30th Precinct community board meeting to discover our own faces hanging on the podium. It reads

Be aware that the subjects are known professional agitators that live at [our address posted on poster]. Above subjects mo is that they video tape officers performing routine stops and post on youtube. Subjects purpose is to portray officers in a negative way and too deter officers from conducting there responsibilities. Above subjects also deter officers from being safe and tactical by causing unnecessary distractions. Do not feed into subjects propaganda.

The 30th Precinct has their own website but haven’t gotten around to posting the flyer on it yet.

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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 I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.

 Hair Transplant 

Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.

June 28th, 2012

LAPD Tell Photog Not to Listen in on Their Private Conversation on a Public Sidewalk 0

By Carlos Miller

Shawn Nee, our west coast photo activist who never leaves home without his Vievu, had another run-in with Los Angeles police officers earlier today.

Nee was in downtown about to cover a protest when he spotted a group of cops milling about on the sidewalk, so he started taking photos.

A Sgt. Wright walked up to him and said he was not allowed to listen to what they were saying.

Nee pointed out that numerous pedestrians were walking by the group without a problem, making it seem as if he was being singled out because he was taking pictures.

Another cop walked up behind Wright and started recording with what looked like an iPad. Nee pulled out his iPhone and began recording with that as well.

Nee asked Wright for his supervisor at 3:50, which prompts a look of contempt from the cop, but he kept his cool.


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 I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.

 Hair Transplant 

Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.

June 28th, 2012

Introducing TapIn, an iPhone App Essential for Citizen Journalists 0

By Carlos Miller

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The Silicon Valley developers who are allowing us to test their new citizen journalism iPhone app for Saturday’s photo walk/protest are still putting the final touches on their website and the app itself, but they just gave me the green light to make a formal announcement.

The app is called TapIn and will allow users to record video footage that is automatically live-streamed and stored in a cloud, making it impossible for police to delete the footage, even if they do confiscate your phone because it is not possible to delete the footage on the cloud from the phone.

This is how David Tyler, one of the four developers who built the app, describes it:

We’re building the easiest way to go from seeing something interesting happening to sharing video of it.

We’re really excited by the work people like Carlos are doing to make the world more transparent.

As the news moves from a centralized service to a collaborative process, we want to enable anyone to contribute to the story.

This weekend is a test run of something we think will revolutionize the way video journalism is conducted.

To obtain the app, send an email to Tylor at davidt@tapin.tv with your UDID, which is not a birth control device, but a number assigned to your iPhone that can be obtained by connecting your phone to iTunes, then placing your cursor on the serial number, which turns it into a longer number.

That longer number is your UDID. I made a screenshot of it and sent to him because I was unable to cut and paste and I didn’t feel like typing in each number individually.

It also helps if you send him your phone number in case there are updates before this weekend, but that is not necessary.

I played around with it a little today and the quality of the video is much better than what I’ve seen on Qik and maybe even a little better than the regular iPhone video camera, if that’s possible.

TapIn will be made available for the Android in a few months.
UPDATE: Click on TapIn.TV at around 4, then scroll on the map down to Miami, then click on the pins to see the videos we are uploading. We plan to hop on the bus to the Miami Herald at around 4:30 p.m.

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 I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.

 Hair Transplant 

Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.

June 28th, 2012

North Carolina Deputy With Media Training Forbids Reporter From Video Recording 0

By Carlos Miller

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A North Carolina deputy who had just gone through media training barred a television reporter from video recording the aftermath of a trailer fire that left one man dead last week.

The Beaufort County sheriff’s deputy told reporter Mike Valerio of WCTI-12 that he would not be allowed to shoot because doing so would jeopardize the investigation.

According to the Indie Register, which is operated by PINAC reader William Toler, who works at WCTI-12:

Valerio was allowed onto nearby property owned by relatives and he decided to shoot from there. The same deputy approached him again and told him not to record.

“He was forceful…even though I was on private property that a family member invited me onto,” Valerio said. “Shortly after I left the family member’s property and got back where they wanted me to be, he said they had just been through media training.”

Later that day, News Director Shane Moreland made a call to Sheriff Alan Jordan. Chief Deputy Kit Campbell returned the call and said that the concern was for the family and that it would seem in poor taste to film the scene.

“The government doesn’t tell us what’s tasteful or not,” Moreland said. “The community does.” After the conversation, Moreland reiterated to the newsroom to respect the crime scene but added, “They’re not going to tell us what to air.”

Obviously, the issue here is law enforcement trying to play news editor. No different than the incident that took place in New Mexico a couple of days ago.

That incident prompted Mickey Osterreicher of the National Press Photographers Association to fire off a letter to Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz, stating the following:

It is neither a police officer’s duty nor right to decide what constitutes appropriate news coverage of any story. That is solely an editorial decision to be made by each news organization. It is also well established that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy on a public street. So long as news personnel are in a public forum and not violating any ordinances they have a right to gather news unfettered by the personal feelings or opinions of law enforcement. Anything less may be considered a form of prior restraint thus creating a chilling effect upon a free press.


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 I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.

 Hair Transplant 

Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.

June 26th, 2012

Albuquerque Police Officer Chases Away News Videographer From Investigation 0

By Carlos Miller

An Albuquerque police officer first told a news videographer that he would not be allowed to continue filming an incident where the body of a motorcyclist remained trapped underneath a car this morning.

KOB-TV news videographer Jeremy Fine asserted his rights to continue shooting.

But Officer B. Arbogast, who himself was wearing a camera, insisted the victim’s privacy rights overrode Fine’s First Amendment rights to document a news story from a public sidewalk.

He tried to get Fine to move to a media staging area, but when Fine insisted on remaining where he was, he expanded the crime scene to prevent Fine from getting his shot.

“Cops can tell me where not to go but they can’t tell me where to go,” Fine said in a quick telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime this afternoon.

“The first cop said I could go to the staging area or I could stay where I was. The second cop told me I had to go to the staging area.”

Fine had a similar run-in with Albuquerque police in 2006 when he walked past a police cruiser to interview witnesses to a balloon crash. He was detained while all other citizens were allowed to walk past the cruiser.

Other KOB-TV reporters have had their own run-ins with the same department, indicating a serious lack of training within the department.

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Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, who will be sending a letter to Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz, provided the following statement:

Watching the video of a senior officer who should know better illustrates how important proper guidelines and training are regarding these issues.

It is neither a police officer’s duty or right to decide what is appropriate news coverage of any story. So long as news personnel are in a public forum and not violating any ordinances they have a right to gather news unfettered by the personal feelings or opinions of law enforcement. Anything less may be considered a form of prior restraint or censorship. It is all well and good that the police set-up a media staging area but that does not mean it is the only place that media are allowed to be. They can go wherever the public is allowed, which in this case is outside of the “crime scene” perimeter. To expand that area for the sole purpose to preventing photographs or video recording is not a reasonable time, place and manner restriction and limits more First Amendment protected activity than is necessary to achieve a governmental purpose.

This department would be well-advised to take a page from the Crime/disaster scene guidelines of San Diego Sheriff’s Department Media Guide, specifically: 

 Do not establish artificial barriers. For example, do not hold the press at bay a block from the crime scene, while allowing the general public to wander freely just beyond the crime scene tape.

Do not prevent the taking of pictures or interviews of person(s) in public places. The media, when legally present at an emergency scene, may photograph or report anything or interview anyone they observe.

Do not isolate the media outside the crime/incident scene unless the area has been secured to preserve evidence or their presence jeopardizes law enforcement operations.


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 I’ve created an Indiegogo fundraiser in an attempt to raise $3,500 by July 2 in order to prepare for my July 25 trial.

 Hair Transplant 

Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.

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