October 22nd, 2009

Colorado deputies assault father, then grandfather over video camera threat 0

By Carlos Miller

Watching deputies threaten his son over a dirt bike, Taka Fushimi told them he was going to retrieve his video camera from his home.

That was when one of the Adams County (Colorado) deputies pounced on him, threatening to arrest him before pushing him into a glass window of his home.

This prompted Fushimi’s 85-year-old father, Taka Fushimi Sr., to step out of the house to see what was going on.

Deputies then assaulted him.

A neighbor witnessed the whole thing, according to a Denver TV news station.

Neighbor Terryron Thigpen said she saw the whole thing from her balcony.

“He just went and jumped on the dad,” said Thigpen.

Thigpen said she yelled for police to stop and was horrified to see them arrest and assault 85-year-old Taka Fushimi Sr.

Fushimi Sr. said he was just coming out of the house to find out what was going on. He bent down to pick up his son’s wallet when officers twisted his arm and pushed him to the concrete.

The incident started when TJ Fushimi was riding his dirt bike to his grandfather’s house. He ended up driving it on the street, which is illegal and prompted the deputies to pull him over.

He said the deputies had an attitude from the start, getting angry when he didn’t pull out his driver license quick enough.

They then started threatening to confiscate his dirt bike, telling him he would never see it again.

Meanwhile, TJ’s father had emerged from the house and told the deputies that they were “full of shit.”

The deputies ordered him back inside the house, which was when he threatened to get his video camera, which then led to the deputies pouncing on him.

Internal affairs is now investigating the incident.

October 22nd, 2009

Don't photograph the presidential limo! 0

By Carlos Miller

Photo by Tommy Christopher/Asylum

You gotta love the United States, a country where we can carry rifles and sidearms to watch the president speak, but God forbid we photograph his limousine while the hood is open.

The story comes to us from the Asylum, a website I never heard of but they actually have a White House correspondent.

Rookie reporter Tommy Christopher describes how he stepped outside the presidential briefing room and found a couple of secret service agents checking under the hood of the presidential limousine.

A cable news tech guy then pulled out his iPhone to snap a photo. Big mistake apparently.

One of the secret service agents yelled at the guy,ordering him to delete the photo.

See, there’s this rule.

Nobody is allowed to photograph the presidential limos while either the hood or the trunk are open. I already knew this because the same agent had told me the rule a minute earlier. You also can’t shoot the interiors of the limos.

Never heard of that rule before. And I would probably be stupid enough to challenge it, if I ever got that close.

But I would probably have a better chance strapping my Colt .45 to my side to greet the president.

October 20th, 2009

iPhone video catches San Bernardino cops beating man (updated) 0

By Carlos Miller

Update: Brandon Piddington, the man who shot and uploaded the video of the San Bernardino police officers beating a man in a 7-11 parking lot, has removed the video from Youtube. And this after he initially made it so you couldn’t embed the video.

So obviously he doesn’t want people to see it. It’s not like it hasn’t already been reported in the local newspaper.

Meanwhile, the other video I mentioned in this piece about overly aggressive security guards that had been made private, forbidding anyone who is not friends with the person who uploaded to see it, has been uploaded to another account.

So I am able to bring that one to you, which is above.

That incident took place on Monday at Florida Memorial University in north Miami-Dade County.

Private security guards from the university caught a 19-year-old student with a bag of weed. They chased him into a bathroom. Other students outside could hear that he was being beaten, so they attempted to pile into the bathroom to witness the incident.

The guards try to hold back the door and at one point, one of them steps out and pulls out a gun. He has not been placed on administrative leave.

Read more here.

So I come across two Youtube videos that show the typical authoritarian abuse.

The first video comes from my former stomping grounds in San Bernardino – where I used to work as a cop reporter for The Sun – that shows a couple of cops beating a suspect. They wrote the article here.

Then as more cops pull up, a cop tries to intimidate the guy with the video camera by demanding his name, then blowing him off when the guy wouldn’t give up his name. Luckily that cop didn’t say anything about the video camera.

It was an iPhone so maybe he didn’t notice.

At first, videographer Brandon Piddington disabled embedding on the video, which is a sure way to reduce viewership. But then he allowed it after I commented on it.

Meanwhile, another Youtube viewer who is supporting the cops in this video sends me a private message saying that Piddington deleted two of his comments and blocked him from leaving anymore comments.

This is what 1blumpkin told Piddington in the comment, according to a private message from him.

1- i only counted 9 strikes, 2-the guy must have been on something for him NOT to feel the hits and NOT comply, 3-thats what batons are for, 4-couldn’t use mace cuz his partner was too close. and the fact that we didn’t see what happened before the video was turned on. who the guy was, what he did, and my favorite….the camera guy said, “the cop is bleeding for some reason….” then he said the cop tried to intimidate him into saying something about what he DIDN’T see. camera guy saw it cuz he video taped it and the cop was calm and respectful. when camera guy caught amnesia, the cop just walked away and camera guy started talking shit. all the camera guy had to do was tell the cop exactly what he saw…simple right? we’re just supposed to let criminals run willy nilly and do whatever they want?


Perhaps 1blumpkin is a cop. And it appears he joined Youtube just to comment on this video.

But his comments should not have been deleted, which is why I’m reposting it here.

He is welcome to comment here and debate the issue.

Then there is another video that was posted on the Miami New Times except we can’t see it unless we become friends with the idiot who posted it on Youtube because he marked it private.

Whatever. I’m not even going to describe that incident except that it involves overly aggressive security guards at a South Florida university. If you want to read about it, check out the New Times.

October 19th, 2009

She's Back: JADE blogger updates blog after pleading guilty 0

By Carlos Miller

Elisha Strom, the Virginia blogger who spent a month in jail for obsessing about a local police task force on her blog, was convicted on two counts of obstructing justice last week.

She is now forbidden from having any contact with the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) cops she wrote about, including taking their photo or publishing their photo on her blog – even if those photos have been published elsewhere.

And she is also forbidden from publishing their home addresses, even though she obtained those addresses from public records websites.

She was essentially stripped of her Constitutional rights.

However, she has no one to blame but herself because she accepted the plea deal that reduced a felony charge of harassing a police officer to the misdemeanor obstruction charges.

She is also forbidden from getting within 300 yards of JADE headquarters and the residences of JADE officers, according to a recent blog post where she lists details of her restrictions.

Though the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force and their do-girls didn’t succeed in taking out the site, they have crippled it. Due to the plea agreement that I accepted, forthcoming posts will have to be tempered.

It is not clear if she ever accepted the help of the ACLU.

Strom, who once held white supremacist views, says that is no longer the case.

“I thought I wanted to live in a white society,” she told a local newspaper. “Now I want to live in a nice society.”

October 19th, 2009

Is Cuban American loyalty to the Republican Party fading? 0

By Carlos Miller

Cuban Americans, including a few republicans, celebrate after Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election.

Cuban Americans, including a few republicans, celebrate after Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election.(Photo by Carlos Miller)

It’s impossible to talk about Cuban American loyalty to the Republican Party without delving into the history that made them become loyal.

And like any historical analysis, it’s difficult to do with a few words. I attempted to do it in just over 2,000 words in my latest article for Miami Beach 411, which is longer than most articles. But I think it’s a quick read.

Check it out here.

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