Monthly archives: August 2012

August 31st, 2012

Luke Rudkowski Explains his Elaborate Camera Set-up 0

By Carlos Miller

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.


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.

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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.

August 31st, 2012

Questioning Cops on What Basis Did They Detain Photographers at RNC Checkpoints 0

By Carlos Miller

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.


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.

August 30th, 2012

Police Detain Two Journalists for Documenting Checkpoints During RNC 0

By Carlos Miller

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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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.

August 29th, 2012

Protesters Barely Making Presence in Tampa Despite $50 Million Security Prep 0

By Carlos Miller

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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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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.

August 28th, 2012

Austin Police to Start Enforcing 50 Foot Rule to Record Them in Public 0

By Carlos Miller

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

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.

cloudfront image

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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