August 18th, 2014

Airport Cops Threaten to Arrest PINAC Crew for Standing on Public Property After Similar Arrest Three Days Earlier (Updated) 71

By Andrew Meyer

Three days after Michale Hoffman was arrested for holding a sign on the side of the road by Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) police, PINAC investigative reporter Jeff Gray visited the Jacksonville airport and was also threatened with arrest for holding a sign on public property.

While Gray is standing on a public right of way, JAA officer Jennifer Cruz strode up to Gray asking, “Can I help you with something?” before claiming that Gray is on private property, must provide ID in accordance with state law and will be arrested for trespassing unless he has “legitimate airport business.”

August 18th, 2014

The Public Records Circus: Ferguson 182

By Charlie Grapski

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When is a non-exempt record exempt?  When is a record claimed exempt non-exempt?  These questions are raised with the inconsistent positions being taken by the St. Louis County Police Department regarding public records requests for the still unreleased “Incident Report” of the shooting of Michael Brown.  (Ironically – the “Incident Report” of the alleged robbery prior to the shooting has been widely disseminated by the St. Louis County Police Department).


UPDATE: Interview Regarding the Request and the Records Obtained

August 18th, 2014

Ferguson Turning to Ground Zero for Growing National Anti-Police Abuse Movement 124

By Carlos Miller

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It’s been just over a week since a Ferguson cop gunned down an unarmed 18-year-old man in the middle of the street, leaving his body uncovered for four hours; an incident that sparked a week of protests, rioting, looting, lawsuits, curfews, cop spin, racial divisions, police militarization and, of course, the usual attacks on media.

Statistically speaking, the killing of Mike Brown wasn’t anything extraordinary. Just another black man gunned down by a white cop in an economically repressed neighborhood. The type of incident that might wind up as a brief in the local newspaper, if even that.

But the fact that police left his body uncovered on the street for hours, allowing residents blow up the social media realm with photos, videos and commentary, left police unable to spin the usual story that a cop was in fear for his life, not that they didn’t try.

August 17th, 2014

Here’s how to Make a Public Records Request for Ferguson Investigation 120

By Charlie Grapski

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In my last story here I put out a call for PINAC readers to join with the Open Records Project in a “global” Public Records Request – a request being made by as many concerned citizens as we can enlist in this cause.

The reason for this tactic – is to force the City and Police in Ferguson to fully and faithfully COMPLY with the Public Records Law and thus to not only RESPECT THE LAW, as one should expect of a law enforcement agency, but to also RESPECT THE PUBLIC and OUR RIGHTS.

Here is the first proposed “Global” PINAC Public Records Request.

CLICK HERE TO FILE THE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

UPDATE: Interview Regarding the Request and the Records Obtained

If you go to that page – and follow the instructions to “sign” – it will bring you to a page with the TEXT of the request on it.  All you have to do is CUT & PASTE that request into an email – and use the provided EMAIL ADDRESSES to send it:

Lt. Jeff Burk – JBurk@stlouisco.com 
And CC it to me at charliegrapski@pinac.org.

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