St. Louis Metro Transit has gone into complete damage control over last week’s arrest of a man video recording on a train platform, insisting the six minute viral video only shows a portion of what really took place, claiming they have a 20 minute surveillance video showing Kenny Suitter “putting the video camera in customers faces and inviting unwelcome attention.”
However, they have yet to publish this video, so we can assume they are lying.
Brevard County Sherriff’s deputies tried their best to intimidate PINAC editor Jeff Gray from video recording a traffic stop last month before they lost all patience and slapped the camera phone out of his hand, telling him that photography “is a crime” after he informed them he was working for Photography is Not a Crime.
But little did they know he had a back-up camera on his ear, which picked up the action after his iPhone had shattered on the sidewalk.
Noah Scialom getting arrested (Photo by Joe Giordano/City Paper)
Ignoring the U.S. Department of Justice’s guidelines written explicitly for them, Baltimore police officers arrested a newspaper photojournalist for attempting to document a raid on a party, claiming he single-handely caused other party goers to throw debris at officers, causing them to fear for their lives.
But Noah Scialom, a photographer for the city’s weekly newspaper, City Paper, has a completely different version of the events that took place Friday night that landed him in jail on charges of disobeying a lawful order and possession of marijuana.
In a sheer act of intimidation, the Boston Police Department is planning on filing a complaint against me for witness intimidation because I posted the name, email and phone number to a police spokeswoman, encouraging readers to ask her to drop the accusation against Taylor Hardy, whom she claims recorded her without consent.
Detective Nick Moore also assured me he would do the same to any PINAC readers if they continue to contact departmental spokeswoman Angelene Richardson as they have been doing since yesterday.
In a blatant abuse of power along with an embarrassing display of ineptitude, St. Louis County police arrested a man for video recording on a train Thursday, insisting he was trespassing on private property.
But the St. Louis MetroLink is anything but private, funded by federal, state and county dollars from Missouri and Illinois.