Randy Credico, the challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York’s upcoming primary election, was arrested, handcuffed and jailed Thursday for video recording two plainclothes police officers aggressively arresting a man – only days after the NYPD issued a memo to officers stating recording is allowed.
Credico began recording video on his cell phone after witnessing two men without badges aggressively stopping an older black man at the Van Cortland Park subway station in the Bronx. Credico, who has spoken out against New York City’s “stop-and-frisk” policy, was on his way to a campaign interview when he saw the older gentleman being arrested.
Former law enforcement officer Michale Hoffman, who is joining Photography Is Not A Crime as a staff investigator similar to PINAC’s Jeff Gray, was arrested Tuesday by Jacksonville Aviation Authority police for holding signs on the side of the highway.
A JAA police officer walked up to Hoffman, identified him by name, and told him he was “being trespassed” off the property and had five minutes to leave. Hoffman’s signs read “Police State,” “Liars Investigating Liars,” “F??K THE TSA,” and “IRS = Terrorist.”
When public agencies and officials, determined to deny records to the public in spite of the law’s requirements, make fools of themselves.
Sadly this is not only not an uncommon phenomena across the country but it is almost as if they are sharing the same unofficial “playbook.” In some instances their desperate attempts to cover up what they are doing as public servants are so absurd that few would believe the story to be true without the evidence.
Here begins the story of Albuquerque where I spent two weeks earlier this year at the height of the protests against the rash of officer-involved killings that sparked a United States Department of Justice investigation. This is a first in an ongoing series where I plan to continue making public records requests to determine what, if any, internal actions are taking place to curb the police violence as well as to educate the public on how they can make public records requests in their own states, including how to overcome the challenges you will likely come up against.
However, if there were an award for Public Records Clown, these city officials, from police, to the mayor, all the way to the district attorney, would be at the top of the list of nominees.
But this time – I have been gathering evidence.
For 40 minutes, Utah resident Bryce Weber noticed the cop sitting in an unmarked car parked in front of his home Saturday, so he decided to step outside with a camera to make some inquiries, thinking the cop was surveilling his home for some reason.
Realizing he was being approached, Woods Cross City police officer Ryan Lundquist stepped out the car in full uniform to greet him.
When Weber asked what he was doing, Lundquist said it didn’t concern him, then asked for his name, which Weber declined to provide.
“It doesn’t matter, I know who you are anyway,” Lundquist replied before getting back into his car.
The cop then rolled down the window and accused Weber of “interfering with what I’m about to do.”
Police in Massachusetts were aggressively arresting a man believed to have been under the influence of drugs when they turned to another man recording the altercation, slamming him into a patrol car and confiscating his phone last month.
When they returned his phone a week later, there was no video.