On a day when multiple news outlets and websites harshly criticized Boston police for bringing up felony charges against myself and a PINAC associate for attempting to hold them accountable, a police attorney asked for a continuance in the hearing.
Now the hearing is scheduled for Friday of next week, giving police an extra week to ponder over how they will proceed with their complaint while giving the internet an extra week to mercilessly mock the Boston Police Department for the boondoggle it has brought upon itself.
We have been speaking to several Boston attorneys since last week in trying to determine the best approach to the upcoming magistrate hearing where the Boston Police Department will try to indict us for felony charges for trying to hold them accountable.
And while we haven’t settled on an attorney yet, it looks as if we’ll be hiring a veteran attorney from the Boston powerhouse law firm, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, rated one of the nation’s best law firms by U.S. News.
We first heard about Atlantic City police officer Sterling Wheaten in September when a surveillance video emerged showing him sic his dog on a man who was already getting brutalized by five other cops.
Wheaten, it turned out, had been sued three times over the three previous years for abusing citizens and had been investigated countless times by internal affairs, as if that ever makes a difference.
It started with a very clear-cut case of police intimidation against a man trying to video record Boston police conducting an investigation in broad daylight last August, in which an overbearing detective pushed and shoved the videographer away from the scene, threatening to arrest him on felony battery on a police officer when the video shows he was the one committing battery on the videographer.
I was one of the first sites to post the video, which ended up going viral, setting the stage for what would become an intense campaign of police retaliation against Photography is Not a Crime – perhaps because I had posted the main number to the Boston Police Department at the bottom of the story, which allowed readers to contact them to show them we are paying attention.
Despite how many times I’ve been arrested and have had my footage deleted, I’ve never gotten into the habit of using live streaming apps on my phone, mainly because I’ve never gotten into the habit of shooting journalistic videos with my phone, preferring to use my more professional cameras.
But that’s about to change because even though I usually have another video camera on me at all times besides my iPhone, none of those live stream footage, so might as well prepare myself.