March 24th, 2014

California CPS Officials Retaliating Against Father who Secretly Recorded them to Expose Abuse (Updated) 48

By Carlos Miller

I received the following email from Scott Rolick threatening legal action against me for posting the videos he encouraged me to post, so I removed the videos, not wanting to spend any more energy than I have to on this issue. I’m done with this story. The original story, however, remains below.

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DATE 4/3/2014

Dear carlos

Your website is currently linking to my video : http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/03/24/california-cps-officials-retaliating-man-video-recorded-expose-abuse-power/

This email to you is notice to you that you are illegally linking to and/or using this video and/or distributing this video This is my video. I did not and do not authorize you or your company and/or website to display and/or use and/or distribute this video in any manner, and I demand that you immediately remove it from your website and any other form of redistribution. I also demand that you destroy any form of this video that may be in your possession, either on your server or hard drive, or any other electronic storage device. Please note that the Ventura County Superior Court has ordered this video removed from all sources, and your failure to comply with my demand for same will be considered a violation of a court order.

Confirmation of the requested action is required. Please send email confirmation, the subject of which shall be noted “Video Removal”, directly to my attorney at: jani@anilaw.com.

If you have any questions please contact me on my cell phone immediately at (805)814-6447.

This email is notice to you that any failure to comply with the demand to remove or to confirm removal via email he video shall force me to seek all legal relief available to me, including but not limited to a civil abatement action, and attorney fees incurred as a result of having to enforce this demand.

Sincerely,

William Scott Rolick,

cc: Jennifer Ani, Esq

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First, Ventura police raided Scott Rolick’s home, saying they were looking for drugs being sold by his girlfriend’s grandfather who lived at the home with the couple.

Then, after making no arrests, they returned five days later with a Child Protective Services worker who falsely accused Rolick of using drugs, removing his four-year-old daughter, Stevie, from the home and placing her in foster care – even after he and his girlfriend tested negative for drugs at the local police station.

And then, after he secretly video recorded a conversation with a CPS case worker the following week, who urged him to “suck it up” and attend court-mandated drug classes to “look good in court” ( despite there being no evidence he is even a drug user), the agency stripped him of unsupervised visits with his daughter in the foster home where she is rooming with a boy who has stolen from her.

March 21st, 2014

Kentucky Cops Arrest Teen for Standing up for Right to Record 60

By Carlos Miller


 

A group of Kentucky teens were in a field playing Airsoft, a paintball-like game involving realistic-looking guns that shoot non-lethal rounds, when they were swarmed by police officers with high-powered assault rifles.

Radcliff police were able to hold their fire long enough to determine it was only a game, but when one of the teens walked up to the cops with a GoPro video camera, an officer ordered to turn it off.

The teen was about to comply when 18-year-old Ryan Seaman piped in, telling his friend he was under no legal obligation to do so.

That got him arrested on several charges, including criminal trespass, assisting minors to commit criminal trespass and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, which was nothing but a pocket knife.

March 20th, 2014

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Draconian Eavesdropping Law 21

By Carlos Miller

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It’s official: the draconian Illinois eavesdropping law is dead, wiped off the books by the state’s Supreme Court earlier today in a ruling that stated the law was not only unconstitutional but way too broad, criminalizing the recording of conversations in places where there is no expectation of privacy.

So now with no law in the books, Illinois citizens can record each other – even in places where they do have an expectation of privacy – and even publishing those recordings, making it no different than other states with one-party consent laws, which allow the recording of others as long as one person in the conversation is aware of the recording.

That is, until the Illinois legislature drafts a new statute.

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