June 2nd, 2010

The Scott Conover saga continues 0

By Carlos Miller

Scott Conover, the man who was arrested in Tennessee for “unlawful photography” and then was accused of assaulting a man, is finally going to have his day in court.

On Thursday, Conover will be tried for simple assault, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

He is facing 3 to 5 years in prison.

The charges stem from a traffic collision that occurred in September 2008 with a man he had a restraining order against; a man he accuses of being a child pornographer who allegedly was stalking his teenage daughter.

Conover claims the man rear-ended him. The man claims that Conover pulled in front of him and slammed on the brakes.

Conover claims the man threatened his life, so he punched him.

The man claims Conover threatened to kill him before punching him.

At first, it was Conover’s word against the man’s word.

But two months later, the man produced a witness that supposedly saw everything that took place that afternoon.

That man happens to be an uncle of a Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy.

“There was nobody within five miles on either way on this country road,” Conover said.

“And all of a sudden, this guy comes forward and says he witnessed everything.”

Conover claims this is just another attempt by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to persecute him; something it has been doing since 2003 when he filed a complaint against them for beating a man in the parking lot of the bar he owned.

To read more background about Conover’s history with the sheriff’s department, click here.

June 1st, 2010

LAPD cop tells photog not to photograph him because he is a "citizen of this country" 0

By Carlos Miller

Los Angeles photo activist Shawn Nee has once again demonstrates the importance of wearing a video camera around your neck when photographing police.

Last year, Nee made national headlines when he videotaped a Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy who had detained him for taking pictures inside the city’s subway system.

The deputy accused him of taking photos of the subway system in order to sell them to Al Qaeda. The deputy never noticed the Vievu camera hanging in full view around Nee’s neck.

Nee posted the video on his site, Discarted, and CNN’s Rick Sanchez picked up to the story, only to side with the deputy.

Now Nee has posted another video of an incident involving a Los Angeles police officer who did not want to be photographed making a traffic stop on a public road in broad daylight.

The cop tells Nee that he did not have the right to photograph him because he is a “citizen of this country.”

He also informed Nee that he was in the Marine Corps for a few years “getting shot at for you.”

So in other words, he’s willing to take a bullet for Nee but not willing to allow Nee to express his First Amendment rights.

The more the cop talks, the more he appears to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because he keeps repeating that he is a citizen of this country and makes references to living in the desert.

“I spent my goddamn ass two years in the desert and I have to hear from your fruitcake ass,” the cop tells him.

You have to wonder if the cop would have come across more professional had he known he was being videotaped at the time.

The irony of this story is that Nee wear a Vievu camera around his neck, which is a company that targets law enforcement officers with their products.

A while back, my pal Eddie North-Hager contacted them to see if they wanted to advertise on this site. But they took one look at my site and decided it was “too controversial” for them.

June 1st, 2010

N.C. sheriff sides with videographer over deputy in Youtube incident 0

By Carlos Miller

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon gets my vote for Sheriff of the Year.

Responding to a Youtube video that showed a deputy threatening to arrest a videographer in the moments after a naked man was tazed in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, McMahon acknowledged that the deputy was out of line.

He even went as far as to encourage citizens to shoot video and take pictures because he wants to see what is happening. He only advised citizens not to get in the way of police.

If I didn’t see him saying it on camera in the above video, I would not have believed it.

I’m sure some will take issue that the sheriff defended the deputy who tazed the naked man, but I’ll let him slide on that one because I wouldn’t want to struggle with a naked man either.

And the fact that he came out in such strong defense of the videographer won me over.

The person who put the video on Youtube has since removed it, but you can still see some of it here.

June 1st, 2010

Cop threatens to arrest videographer for "hindering and delaying my job" 0

By Carlos Miller

The interesting thing about this video is not necessarily the naked guy who is laying on the concrete after being tazed but the way one of the cops threatened the videographer with arrest if he continued filming.

Luckily, the videographer knew his rights and was not afraid to assert them.

The cop told him he would be arrested for “hindering and delaying my job.”

That’s a new one.

The cop probably realized he was in the wrong because he then walked away, leaving the videographer to continue filming.

The incident took place in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

May 31st, 2010

LAPD kicks cyclist before pouncing on videographer 0

By Carlos Miller

The problem with many cops is that they are stupid.

How else can you explain a cop deliberately tripping a bicyclist knowing he is being videotaped?

Didn’t the conviction of former NYPD cop Patrick Pogan have any impact at all?

Obviously what happened in this video is that once the cop put his foot out in an attempt to trip a bicyclist during a Critical Mass protest against BP last Friday, they figured they could pounce on the videographer and just confiscate the evidence.

Somehow, the tape ended up on Youtube. And even if it had not, wouldn’t they think that perhaps somebody else might have videotaped the incident?

It should be noted that not all the cops policing the bike ride were assholes.

According to the LAist, between 200 and 1,000 cyclists took part in the protest, which made its way from Los Angeles into Hollywood. The Weho Daily blog reports that “interaction with the LAPD took a turn for the worse in Hollywood … where a few riders were taken down by officers.”

“The vast majority of the police along the way were helpful and accommodating,” a witness told Weho Daily. “But for whatever reason the police in Hollywood were extremely aggressive and were harassing riders for no reason other than to get their kicks (I presume).”

But all it takes is a small group of asshole cops to ruin it for the rest of them.

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