May 14th, 2009

Libertarian activists arrested in Mississippi after filming cops 0

By Carlos Miller
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Photo by Jason Talley

Update: All three men have been released. Jason Talley reported on Twitter that he was choked and pepper prayed for refusing to provide ID. I tried to get him to call me to get more details but he hasn’t, so I guess we’ll hear about it when they decide to update their website.


Three libertarian activists were arrested today in Mississippi after one of them started filming the cops who had pulled them over, according to initial reports.

Details are sketchy right now as all three men as still in jail in a county called Jones. The men were traveling the country in a motorhome seeking other liberty-minded folks for an online project titled the Motorhome Diaries.

The above photo was taken by Jason Talley who posted it on his Twitter page seconds before he got arrested. That was ten hours ago, about 11:30 a.m eastern time.

According to Free Keene, who has been monitoring developments in the case since it broke, the men will be arraigned tomorrow.

Arrested were:

Adam Mueller – Disorderly Conduct and Disobeying an Officer
Pete Eyre – Possession of a Beer in a Dry County, Possession of Firearms Across a State Line
Jason Talley – Disorderly Conduct, Disobeying, and Resisting Arrest

I’m willing to bet the men were really arrested for “contempt of cop.”

Apparently Eyre had a gun which raised the possibilities of federal gun charges against him, but right now they are all being charged with misdemeanors.

The men are well-connected within the libertarian community and even interviewed Ron Paul last Sunday.

The Jones County Jail has referred to them as their “little celebrities” because they have received numerous phone calls on their behalf. To do your part, dial (601) 649-7502.

I just called and they confirmed that they were being held, but they told me I would need to call the Jones County Sheriff’s Office tomorrow during business hours for more information.

Jones County is named after John Paul Jones, the American naval officer during the Revolutionary War who when asked to surrender by a British captain, uttered the words, “I have not yet begun to fight.”

And, I suspect, neither have these three men.

May 13th, 2009

Over one million readers served 0

By Carlos Miller

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Earlier today, I reached a million page views, a significant milestone for this blog.


A little more than two years ago today, I managed to launch a blog that was intended to clear up misconceptions about my arrest and to document developments in my trial.

I say managed because I was so inept at blogging that I wrote my first post in the comments section, prompting other bloggers to mock and ridicule me.

But that didn’t stop me from coming out swinging against another Miami blogger who had earlier criticized my refusal to obey an unlawful order after my arrest. I have traded jabs with Rick ever since.

The trial was delayed multiple times, leaving me with no real direction on my blog. In fact, for the first eight months, I would go weeks and months without updating it.

It was until I purchased my own domain at the beginning of 2008, switching from a two-column format to a three-column format, that I began taking this blog seriously.

The new format also reset my blog stats back to zero, giving me a clean slate to begin my venture into the blogosphere.

Back then, I was averaging less than 200 page views a day. Now I am averaging more than 2,000 page views a day.

Today, I reached a million page views, a sign that I am doing something right with this blog.

So thank you for reading because without you, this would all be pointless.

I hope you all are still reading by the time I reach 2 million page views, which I hope to accomplish this year.

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I am a multimedia journalist who has been fighting a lengthy legal battle after having photographed Miami police against their wishes in Feb. 2007. Please help the fight by donating to my Legal Defense Fund in the top left sidebar, which helps pay for the thousands of dollars I’ve acrued in debt since my arrest. To keep updated on the latest articles, join my networks at Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed.

May 13th, 2009

Cop kicks man in head after lengthy car chase through L.A. 0

By Carlos Miller




After more than ten minutes of leading police on a pursuit through city streets in Los Angeles this afternoon, a suspect jumped out of his car and started running through yards until he reached a dead end against a fenced wall.

The suspect then laid himself down on the ground with his arms spread to allow himself to be arrested. An El Monte police officer then ran up him and kicked him hard in the head, leaving the suspect motionless.

And another officer runs up and starts jabbing the suspect in the ribs with his nightstick.

The officers then high-five each other. It was all caught on a news video from a hovering helicopter.

Fast forward to 10:25 to see the action.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the suspect was a gang member who had just been released from prison. He was transported to a hospital.

Carlson identified the suspect as Richard Rodriguez, 23, of El Monte. He said Rodriguez is a member of the El Monte Flores street gang and had been released from state prison in January. He was wanted for a parole violation, but it’s unclear if that led to the chase.

City News Service of Los Angeles, which provides syndicated content to various news organizations around the country, did not mention the kick nor the jab to the ribs for whatever reason.

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Richard Rodriguez is led away by cops after being kicked in the head. Photo by Raul Roa/San Gabriel Valley Tribune

While it appears that the suspect is no angel and most likely has a violent history and probably deserves to be thrown back in prison, the officer showed he is hardly any different than your typical gangbanger.


May 12th, 2009

Police in Ohio erase photo and video from man's cell phone 0

By Carlos Miller


A man recording the rescue of a 5-year-old child trapped in a revolving door at a public library was ordered to hand over his cell phone camera to a police officer, who deleted four minutes of video and a photo.

Richard Culp, a 12-year reserve officer with the Akron Police Department, told the man that “this is none of your business and you can’t take pictures; now give me the phone if you don’t want trouble,” according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Maurice Howard, who said he intended to provide the footage to the local TV station, has since filed a complaint with the Akron Police Department, Akron City Hall and the local ACLU chapter.

It appears that Culp is on his way to learning a lesson in Constitutional Law.

It also appears that the boy’s mother, Cathy Ballard, will also learn a lesson in Constitutional Law.

Cathy Ballard, the mother of Kolbe and his five siblings who were visiting the library, said she was pleased with the officer’s actions initially because she was unaware of Howard’s intentions.

However, she said, had she known Howard was taking the photos for documentation to share with her, the media or others, she would have allowed him to continue shooting.

She also used her cell camera to document the accident, including a picture of her son being comforted by his father, Mark, during the rescue.

Well Cathy,  as you now probably know, it really doesn’t matter what his intentions were. You should be more concerned with making sure your child doesn’t get his leg trapped in a revolving door than trying to quash the First Amendment rights of a curious bystander.

May 12th, 2009

Here's the video of Arizona pastor getting tazed and dragged out of car 0

By Carlos Miller


Arizona pastor Steven Anderson – who last month described how State Police and Border Patrol Agents busted his windows at a checkpoint and dragged him out of his car while tazing him – has finally obtained the video of the incident.

The video he uploaded to Youtube is a combination of the footage he filmed before they busted the windows of his car, and the footage he obtained from the checkpoint surveillance cameras which show him getting dragged out of the car.

The video is fascinating and appalling but I wish he would have used a better choice of music in the latter part. It just makes it seem very surreal.

But this is real. Very real.

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