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Luke Rudkowski Explains his Elaborate Camera Set-up

The Republican National Convention was pretty uneventful but one of the highlights for me was meeting several of my readers or people I have written about in the past.

One of these people was Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change who did an excellent job of standing up for his rights to shoot video in public in this video.

In the above video, shot by Cop Block, Rudkowski shows his brilliant camera set-up that allows him to live stream constantly, even in low light, as well as to video record from several angles.


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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.

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Questioning Cops on What Basis Did They Detain Photographers at RNC Checkpoints

On the last night of the Republican National Convention, we stopped by a security checkpoint where two videographers had been detained earlier in the week, asking Homeland Security police on what basis did they detain them.

The cops were unable to give us a straight answer, referring us to a public information officer in Washington D.C. instead.

As we know, I don’t have the best experience with public information officers, so I didn’t bother calling, knowing I would only get a programmed statement.

But I think we got our point across that video recording checkpoints is not a crime despite the fact they had detained the two videographers from Houston as well as Dave Id and Jacob Crawford from Indybay on a separate occasion, both who had joined me last night in questioning the cops.

As we were walking up to the checkpoint, a voice comes across one of their radios, saying what sounds like, "they have cameras."

I have a bunch of photos to post from the convention but I’ve been having some technical issues because they are showing up as broken links.  Still trying to sort that out.


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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.

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Police Detain Two Journalists for Documenting Checkpoints During RNC

While it’s true that the overwhelming number of police outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa have been relatively respectful of the journalists documenting their presence, at least two journalists were detained for video recording some of the checkpoints in downtown. 

Dave Id and Jacob Crawford of Indybay were detained Monday night for about 20 minutes.

They were ordered to hand over their identifications. Jacob refused, handing over his press pass, and Dave obliged. Their names were entered into a database.

Obviously, these cops are under the impression that documenting checkpoints is somehow reasonably suspicious for them to legally detain you.

It’s not.

So I’m going to join Dave and Jacob in a couple of hours to walk around downtown Tampa and document these checkpoints and ask these cops on what basis are they legally able to detain people recording the checkpoints

Their detainment was documented in the above video and they talk about it in depth in the video below. 

Also below are a couple of other videos they shot and edited while down here.

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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.

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Protesters Barely Making Presence in Tampa Despite $50 Million Security Prep

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For the most part, the platoons of cops from every corner of the state that are roaming the streets of Tampa on bike, horse and foot appear bored but content.

Content they are making loads of overtime without having to do much but look intimidating. And that intimidation falls apart as soon as they start rolling out the red carpet for photographers.

Perhaps they are treating protesters a little differently but there are hardly any protesters so far.

Not nearly enough to justify spending $50 million in federal money on security measures to handle the chaos that was expected from thousands of protesters descending upon town.

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Charlotte also spent $50 million for next week’s Democratic National Convention but it doesn’t appear that’s going to be any different.

The insanity, chaos and mass arrests – especially against photographers and journalists – that took place during the 2008 Republican and Democratic national conventions in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver respectively have yet to be seen here.

At first, we thought it had to do with the potential hurricane but it may have more to do with geography, according to my photojournalist friend Al Crespo, who has documented protests for years.

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He said that most of the hard-core activists, the Black Bloc activists, the ones that are known to destroy shops and terrorize photographers, are based in the Northwest and it just becomes too time-consuming and costly to travel completely across the country.

He also said many of them have gotten older and just don’t have the same energy they had during the Seattle protests in 1999.

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But Black Bloc activists have always represented a tiny percentage of protesters and surely did not represent most of the protesters during last year’s Occupy Wall Street movement, so it’s still not clear why there has been such activist apathy during this convention so far.

On Tuesday, I documented a protest about voting rights in Ybor City, about a few miles from downtown Tampa. 

I would estimate the entire march consisted of less than 500 people and that’s being generous. And of those demonstrators, less than 30 were masked anarchists that were bussed down from New York City.

Tampa has a law that forbids people from wearing masks on the streets unless they are part of a protest, so the activists were forced to expose themselves before and after the protest to avoid arrest.

On Monday night, they arrested one activist on this charge.

Ironically, the guy in the top photo had an issue with me photographing him with his mask on when I could have photographed him numerous times without his mask, not that he seemed that interesting to photograph unmasked. 

Things have been so uneventful that police have been cancelling their scheduled press briefings because there has been nothing to report.

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Even the six members of the annoying Westboro Baptist Church that are walking the streets with their anti-homosexuality signs are inciting more mockery than rage.

In the video below, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, talks about how he spent time educating local cops in how to deal with the media.

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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.

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Austin Police to Start Enforcing 50 Foot Rule to Record Them in Public

Austin police are trying their best to deter Antonio Buehler from recording them in public, doing everything from arresting him, accusing him of “inciting violence” against them and attempting to create a rule in his honor that would require citizens with cameras to stand at least 50 feet away from police officers 

But Buehler is hardly deterred, vowing to keep cops within the scopes of his video camera.

And the West Point grad is not alone, having created a growing movement called Peaceful Streets where fellow activists join him in recording cops interacting with the public.

In fact, he and fellow activists were out on the streets again Sunday night after his latest arrest Saturday night in which he spent 17 hours in jail on a charge of interference.

It was all he could do considering his arrest forced him to miss his 6 a.m. flight to Tampa where he was coming for the Republican National Convention.

Police have refused to return his camera, claiming it is “evidence” against him, which is unlawful, according the U.S. Department of Justice’s guidelines on how police should deal with citizens who record them. 

But a fellow activist captured his arrest on video, which is posted below. His arrest begins around the 7:15 mark after the man who was initially getting arrested claimed that Buehler was harassing him.

That, of course, is hogwash. In fact, it’s all hogwash.

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Especially the new rule they promise to start enforcing next week that would require citizens with cameras to stand at least 50 feet away while other citizens can stand closer.

Unfortunately, Austin media is unwilling to call the Austin Police Department on its bullshit, spreading the lie that things “got out of control” when Buehler insisted on recording them Saturday night, which is why they had to arrest him. 

Anybody who views the nine-minute video below can see things were hardly out of control.

Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, provided the following statement when I sent him the above news clip on their proposed new regulation. 

"While the video of his arrest is inconclusive (as I really can't tell what actually happened prior to the arrest). Also I would have to read the actual language but I do believe that the new ordinance the police are seeking that those with cameras remain 50' away from officers is an unconstitutional abridgment of the First Amendment in that it is overly broad and restricts far more speech (free expression) than is necessary to achieve a governmental goal. I also think that rather than try to regulate those with cameras, the Austin police need to do a better job establishing guidelines and provide training for its officers regarding this issue."

Buehler, who was arrested on New Year’s Day for felony harassment on a public servant for photographing police manhandling a woman at a gas station, believes police are trying to taint the grand jury who will decide within the next ten days on whether or not to proceed on that case.

“They know one of their officers will likely face a lawsuit from that arrest,” he said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Tuesday morning. 

If convicted, he can face up to ten years in prison, but he is confident he will beat the case.

“No prosecutor is going to want to get within 100 feet of this case,” he said.

Since that first arrest, Buehler launched Peaceful Streets where he raised $20,000 that went towards 100 video cameras that were handed out to Austin citizens.

“We are spreading out to other cities as well,” he said. “Dallas-Fort Worth is getting involved and so is Manchester, New Hampshire.”

Basically, citizens walk around in groups of at least two members and start recording police as they interact with citizens on public streets.

On Saturday night, police responded to an incident where a man had pushed his fiancée down to the ground. It turned out, the man had a warrant, which is why he was arrested. 

Buehler and other activists began recording the interaction.

“She walked up to us and I told her we were filming for her safety and she hugged me and walked over to her fiancée and told him,” Buehler said.

“He looks at me and gives me the thumbs up sign.”

But as two cops led the man away and Buehler and another activist began following, a third cop arrived and began ordering “Mr. Buehler” to back away.

“I was standing more than 25 feet away,” Buehler said. 

While the cop kept ordering Buehler to back away, the handcuffed suspect began threatening Buehler by saying he is going to kick his ass.

The cop, who Buehler believes may be named “Berry,” then asks the suspect whether Buehler was harassing him. The suspect says yes, which is when the cop made the arrest.

Just as it wasn’t felony harassment on a public servant the night of his previous arrest, it is not harassment to video record a handcuffed suspect on a public street.

But Austin police are doing all they can to spin this in that way and the local media is doing nothing but helping them do it, including publishing a grammatically incorrect headline that states his actions “put officer’s lives at risk.”

"He's provoking police officers, he's inciting violence against police officer, its become a very dangerous thing," said Wayne Vincent, President of the Austin Police Association. "If you're filming the police and trying to find them doing something wrong, you don't do it by getting up in their face of the police officers and let them know you're filming."

Buehler was hardly in their face, but My Fox Austin is too spineless to say it.

“Yesterday, police held a press conference and they presented their story and shared their affidavit and the media ran with it,” he said.

“Since when do police call a press conference on a misdemeanor arrest?”

Good question.


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.

Facebook PINAC Page

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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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Tampa Cop Watch Activist Wins $20,000 Settlement

A Tampa man who was arrested last year on wiretapping charges for video recording cops just won a $20,000 settlement.

William Kilgore also had an incident earlier this year where Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy Mike Smalley ripped a camera out of his hand and damaged it.

And just by coincidence, I happened to run into William Kilgore today as I was walking around Tampa outside the Republican National Convention.

So I’ll let him explain it as I am heading out to dinner at this moment. But be sure to check out his Youtube channel.


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.

Facebook PINAC Page

You can keep up with my stories by friending me on Facebook or following me on Twitter and/or Google + or by liking the PINAC Facebook page.

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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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Friendly Cops so far at RNC; An Update on (the not-so-friendly) MDPD Major Nancy Perez

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I arrived in Tampa Sunday afternoon with the threat of a tropical storm plowing a path behind me, threatening to turn into a hurricane.

At this time, Isaac is still a tropical storm and has veered into the Gulf of Mexico where it may turn into a hurricane before striking New Orleans.

So maybe God is a republican, after all.

At least I’m sure they’ll be telling each other that during the Republican National Convention, which was postponed a day because of the hurricane threat, meaning it will begin Tuesday instead of Monday.

But that’s not going to stop the protest that was scheduled for noon Monday, which I intend to cover.

I took a walk around downtown today with Joel and Robert Chandler, the brothers who have been helping me obtain public records from the Miami-Dade Police Department in preparation for my trial next month.

There were no signs of protesters but plenty of cops. But the cops we ran into were very cordial, including an Orlando police officer named Pasley (pictured above) who jokingly grabbed my camera strap for a photo opp, asking me to not “write a bad caption.”

Other cops offered us refreshments from a cooler. Much of this positive attitude stems from Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, who has been training the cops in how to deal with the media. We met with him for dinner shortly after the photo was taken.

Osterreicher is a veteran when it comes to covering political conventions, starting back in 1972 during the Democratic National Convention in Miami when he was a bushy haired hippy teenager with a press pass and a camera.

But the piece he wrote for JPG Magazine is worth clicking on not just to see that photo, but for all the other photos and conventional wisdom he offers. The Citizen Media Law Project also provides some good links and handy advice.

Hopefully, the cops will remain cordial during today’s protest where I plan to meet with photojournalist Dave Id, who recently won a settlement stemming for an unlawful arrest.

And speaking of cops who are not cordial, Miami-Dade Police Major Nancy Perez, the media spokeswoman who arrested me in January (and most likely ordered my footage to be deleted), is once again proving to be a detriment to her own department.

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Robert Chandler had asked police attorney Bill Lyons for a copy of the Standard Operating Procedure regarding media relations. That’s the manual that outlines the way cops are supposed to deal with journalists.

Obviously, it’s something most cops don’t read because they usually don’t have a clue. But you would expect the head of the police department’s media relations bureau to be familiar with it.

But she ended up responding to Chandler saying it would take her three hours to find it.

She obviously is not aware that the Chandler brothers have sued more than 70 government agencies in Florida over public records and will gladly sue the Miami-Dade Police Department over this matter.

The fact that she would even involve herself in a public records that pertains to a case she is directly involved in shows she doesn’t know the meaning of “conflict of interest.”

But what can we expect from a cop who told a local news station that I had been stalked by the department’s homeland security bureau prior to my arrest because I had been making “threats” on the internet.

This was after she told my lawyer in a deposition that she had no clue who I was before she arrested me.

I can’t imagine what she will say when she takes the stand during my trial September 19. Or maybe they will offer me another ridiculous plea deal beforehand.

Chandler responded to her assertion that it would take three hours to find the Standard Operating Procedure by requesting her personnel file through the department’s attorney.

This is how he worded it:

Mr. Lyons,

     I would like a copy of her entire personnel file.  Please let me know how much of a deposit is needed and I will pay with a money order.  Please show me the statute that allows for charging for redaction.  Fees are governed by 119.07(4) and I see no subsection that expressly allows for the charge of redactions.  To my knowledge, this has not yet been challenged in the judicial system.  My reasoning is that by virtue of 119.01(1) "Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.",  therefore part of that duty is to protect confidential information while still providing access to the public.  Essentially, redacting records is a ministerial duty as "custodian".  I am more than happy to hear your thoughts on this issue.  I see too often cost for redactions being used to keep records from the public through excessive fees.

     I also received a letter today from Major Perez informing me that the cost for the MDPD SOP manual in a digital format will cost $79.56 for 3 hours of research time.  I challenge your agency to explain this.  She is telling me that the SOP manual took 3 hours of research to find.  How can the MDPD expect to follow the SOP if it takes the PIO 3 hours just to find it. She asked me to contact Captain Bibiana Santana if I had any questions.  I am still trying to run all my requests through you directly, as you requested.

    Ergo I am making a subsequent public records request about my request.

(1)  Please provide to me the salary of the lowest paid employee  (or volunteer) that could have searched for the records.

(2)  Provide to me a copy of the time sheet or any other documents of the employee documenting the 3 hours of search time to find the responsive records.

     If the records exist in electronic format, provide them as such.  If the cost of production is to exceed $1.00, provide a written estimate prior to production. 

It should also be noted that Perez has refused to provide a copy of the SOP to my attorney who asked for it months ago as discovery, putting her dangerously close to being in contempt of court.

In one of Chandler's requests, we discovered that the department's Homeland Security bureau had learned that I had planned to drive up to Tampa to document the protests outside the Republican National Convention, so they had planned to notify Tampa authorities of my arrival.

Or as PDN Pulse said: "Apparently, Carlos Miller is being scheduled for another arrest for daring to hold police accountable to the First Amendment. Stay tuned."

Obviously, Officer Pasley in the above photo did not receive the memo.

In other news, I’ve been testing out a new camera called a Looxcie that enables users to clip on their ears like a Bluetooth phone and live stream. You can also purchase an accessory that allows you to clip the camera to your cap as you can see in the photo below.

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I haven’t figured out the live stream part of it but so far, it records excellent video as you can see in the clips below, including the clip from the restaurant tonight which was shot in extreme low light. It was so dark that we had to hold the candles up to the menu in order to read it.

But you wouldn’t know that from the video.


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.

Facebook PINAC Page

You can keep up with my stories by friending me on Facebook or following me on Twitter and/or Google + or by liking the PINAC Facebook page.

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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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Austin Activist Arrested for Photographing Cops Again

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Antonio Buehler, who is still awaiting trial on felony charges for photographing police earlier this year, was arrested today for photographing police making an arrest.

Details are scarce but the following was posted on his Facebook page.

ARREST ALERT!! CALL FLOOD!! RALLY!! Liberty Activist, Antonio Buehler, was arrested last night for interfering with a police investigation. Per Joshua Pineda, Buelher was 30 ft away filming the arrest of a man who had just pushed his gf to the ground. The officers asked the man being arrested if Antonio was bothering him,he said yes, they then arrested Beuhler. He is now at Travis County Jail awaiting magistration. CALL THE CHIEF'S OFFICE - 512-974-5030 - leave a message and tell them to FREE Antonio Buehler. Try to get thru to the jail at - 512-854-5245 - tell them to let him go - SHOW UP AT THE JAIL NOW AND SUPPORT ANTONIO WHEN HE GETS OUT - 509 W. 11th St, Austin, TX.

I just arrived in Tampa – where I had planned to meet him – and I’m about to head to downtown to see what’s happening in preparation for the Republican National Convetion, so I will update this with details later.


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.

Facebook PINAC Page

You can keep up with my stories by friending me on Facebook or following me on Twitter and/or Google + or by liking the PINAC Facebook page.

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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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Surveillance Video Emerges of Today's Empire State Building Shooting

A surveillance video has emerged of today’s Empire State Building shooting in which NYPD officers ended up shooting several innocent bystanders as they shot and killed a murderous gunman.

The slightly grainy video, which contains no audio, shows the gunman walking down the sidewalk as a pair of New York City cops run up behind him.

He then spots the cops and appears to pull out a gun from his briefcase, pointing it at the cops.

The two cops, one who may have already had his gun drawn, the other who appears to have been pulling out his gun, start firing, eventually killing him as bystanders scatter for cover.

It is not clear from the video whether or not he got off a shot but it is pretty clear that was his intent.

But the Associated Press is reporting that suspect Jeffrey Johnson did not get off a single shot, indicating that police are responsible for striking nine innocent bystanders.

The bystanders likely were hit by police officers' stray gunfire, some of it bullets that rebounded off planters in front of the skyscraper and grazed pedestrians.

The two officers fired 16 shots. The surveillance video shows Johnson pointing his weapon at police, but it's likely he did not get a chance to fire, investigators said.

It all started when Johnson went into his former workplace and shot and killed a man with whom he had a long-running feud.

Police were looking into his relationship with the victim, Steven Ercolino, the company's vice president of sales, who had traded accusations of harassment with Johnson when he worked there. Johnson, 58, also blamed Ercolino for his layoff, saying that he hadn't aggressively marketed Johnson's new T-shirt line, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

After waiting for Ercolino, 41, to come to work, Johnson walked up to him, pulled out a .45-caliber pistol and fired at his head, Kelly said. After he fell to the ground, Johnson stood over him and shot four more times, a witness told investigators.

"Jeffrey just came from behind two cars, pulled out his gun, put it up to Steve's head and shot him," said Carol Timan, whose daughter, Irene, was walking to Hazan Imports at the time with Ercolino.

A construction worker who saw the shooting followed Johnson and alerted two police officers, a detail regularly assigned to patrol city landmarks such as the 1,454-foot skyscraper since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, officials said.


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.

Facebook PINAC Page

You can keep up with my stories by friending me on Facebook or following me on Twitter and/or Google + or by liking the PINAC Facebook page.

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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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School Board President, Police, Threaten Parent with Arrest for Video Recording Meeting

All Emilia White wanted to do was record a video of a school board meeting without it being obstructed by the back of people's heads.

But East Ramapo School Board President Daniel Schwartz insisted she move to the back of the room based on some arbitrary policy he created last month after he was elected.

White refused to move, claiming that she was being persecuted because she was black, a la Rosa Parks who was forced to the back of the bus.

It is not clear from the video that she was picked on because of her skin color considering Schwartz was insisting everybody video record from his self-imposed “designated area," including the white guy who recorded the above video.

But it is pretty clear Schwartz is a pompous ass who wasted no time in allowing the power to go to his head after taking the helm in July, insisting that White was interfering with the meeting when, in fact, it was running smoothly until he called it to a halt.

Judging by comments from the audience members in the video, Schwartz is the first school board president to instill such a policy.

White did a great job on refusing to move to the back of the room, even daring an officer to arrest her.

Even though Schwartz instigated the incident, he ultimately declined to sign a complaint against her, which would have landed her in jail, showing he is not as stupid as he is arrogant because that would surely have ended up on an already existing lawsuit White has against the school board.

The entire debacle lasted almost an hour, but fortunately was edited down to almost 12 minutes in the above video and comes complete with the back of some guy's turban, showing us what White was trying to avoid by moving to the side where she was bothering nobody except Schwartz.

The meeting took place Tuesday in Spring Valley, New York, which is just north of New York City. After the debacle, the board went into executive session for an hour, probably hoping White would just go away.

She not only stayed at the meeting, she maintained her spot from the side of the room when the board adjourned where she continued video recording without any further issues from Schwartz.

Round one went to White. Round two might be decided in the pending lawsuit.

According to The Journal News:

Schwartz threatened to adjourn the meeting altogether if White didn’t comply.

White and her husband, Steve White, who have a son who graduated from East Ramapo in June, have been active in protesting many school board decisions.

The couple are among almost 200 other parent plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed Aug. 8 that accuses Schwartz and several other school board members, in addition to top school officials and the district’s attorney, of violating education law and students’ constitutional rights in schemes to divert millions of public dollars to support private religious schools since 2008. The suit claims these actions have effectively deprived East Ramapo public school students of a fair education.

The lawsuit is backed by public interest law firm Advocates for Justice.


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