In 2012, Dick George was sitting in his car when he spotted a group of New York City police officers frisking three youths, so he pulled out his phone and started taking photos, advising the youths to demand the officers’ names and badge numbers.
The cops then turned to him, pulled him out of his car and arrested him before deleting his images.
Three days after Michale Hoffman was arrested for holding a sign on the side of the road by Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) police, PINAC investigative reporter Jeff Gray visited the Jacksonville airport and was also threatened with arrest for holding a sign on public property.
While Gray is standing on a public right of way, JAA officer Jennifer Cruz strode up to Gray asking, “Can I help you with something?” before claiming that Gray is on private property, must provide ID in accordance with state law and will be arrested for trespassing unless he has “legitimate airport business.”
When is a non-exempt record exempt? When is a record claimed exempt non-exempt? These questions are raised with the inconsistent positions being taken by the St. Louis County Police Department regarding public records requests for the still unreleased “Incident Report” of the shooting of Michael Brown. (Ironically – the “Incident Report” of the alleged robbery prior to the shooting has been widely disseminated by the St. Louis County Police Department).
UPDATE: Interview Regarding the Request and the Records Obtained
It’s been just over a week since a Ferguson cop gunned down an unarmed 18-year-old man in the middle of the street, leaving his body uncovered for four hours; an incident that sparked a week of protests, rioting, looting, lawsuits, curfews, cop spin, racial divisions, police militarization and, of course, the usual attacks on media.
Statistically speaking, the killing of Mike Brown wasn’t anything extraordinary. Just another black man gunned down by a white cop in an economically repressed neighborhood. The type of incident that might wind up as a brief in the local newspaper, if even that.
But the fact that police left his body uncovered on the street for hours, allowing residents blow up the social media realm with photos, videos and commentary, left police unable to spin the usual story that a cop was in fear for his life, not that they didn’t try.
An Oregon deputy claimed it was illegal to record him before arresting a man who had been recording a traffic stop from a considerable distance.
The Klamath County sheriff’s deputy had walked up to the man after having pulled over the man’s girlfriend.