St. Louis Metro Transit has gone into complete damage control over last week’s arrest of a man video recording on a train platform, insisting the six minute viral video only shows a portion of what really took place, claiming they have a 20 minute surveillance video showing Kenny Suitter “putting the video camera in customers faces and inviting unwelcome attention.”
However, they have yet to publish this video, so we can assume they are lying.
They posted their statement on their Facebook page, which I cut and pasted below. Feel free to ask them to post the surveillance video they claim justifies Suitter’s arrest.
Nevertheless, they were able to manipulate the local media into portraying Suitter as a trouble-maker who was violating MetroLink’s policy, which initially published an article insinuating that he had wandered into forbidden areas, which was not the case.
Suitter was recording video at the Hanley Road MetroLink station. He was warned by a worker to stop recording. Their policy for taking photos and shooting video states, “Stay off Metrolink right of way property. This includes tracks and the adjacent property, bridges, tunnels, signal towers and facilities.”
But Fox2Now then changed the story over the next few days to state the following:
Suitter was recording video at the Hanley Road MetroLink station. He was warned by a worker to stop recording. Their policy for taking photos and shooting video states, “Metro permits the general public to use hand-held cameras to take photographs, film, or video within public areas of Metro stations, transit centers, and transit vehicles for personal and non-commercial use.“
In other words, Fox2Now initially took the typical chickenshit approach you would expect from the corporate media that proves they are nothing but mouthpieces for their local government, kind of what the Miami Herald did to me after my third arrest.
The Fox2Now story also referred to a previous time Suitter was arrested for refusing to stop video recording, that time during a packed gymnasium during the republican caucus when officials insisted that everybody turn off their cameras.
Fox2Now stated “that video has been removed from Youtube,” but they obviously didn’t
make much of an effort to look for it because it can easily be found by searching for “Ken Suitter’s arrest republican caucus.”
You can watch that arrest unfold in the four videos below as well as read about it here.
If you want to keep it short, watch the first and fourth video. The third is also a little interesting. The second can be ignored altogether unless you have ten minutes to waste.
In an interview with Photography is Not a Crime, Suitter denied ever putting his camera in anybody’s face.
And if you want to contact John Nations, President and CEO of the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri Illinois Metropolitan District, the public agency that runs MetroLink, to ask him about this alleged 20-minute video that proves Suitter was harassing other patrons, call the main switchboard at (314) 982-1400 and ask to be directed.