Two months ago, PINAC reported on the attack of a quadcopter pilot by a crazed woman named Andrea Mears, who punched, scratched and tore the shirt of teenager Austin Haughwout.
Despite committing a brutal assault, then lying to police, Mears received probation last month.
Los Angeles Port police officers seized Daniel Saulmon’s DJI Phantom Wednesday as he was taking aerial video over the highly touted NAVY DAYS 2014 event where the public was encouraged to take photos.
The cops cited security reasons, failing to see the irony in countless citizens on board a vessel taking photos.
They also asked if he was the same man making the news for flying his quadcopter over LAPD checkpoints and police stations, a hint of the real reason they were confronting him.
And they threatened him with arrest if he did not hand the quadcopter over.
This past summer I joined Carlos Miller and Jeff Gray here at PINAC. In doing so I brought together PINAC and The Open Records Project, which I began about ten years ago in an effort to educate, inform and activate Citizens in the effective use of state public records laws as a means to empower them to hold government agencies and officials accountable to the public and under the law.
I was also recently asked to produce an “television” program for the newly formed internet based “station,” OccupyTV. The show airs each Thursday night at 7 pm, 10 pm, and 1 am EST. The topics covered in the show will often overlap with the issues associated with PINAC: misuse and abuse of police power, citizens’ rights to record law enforcement and other public officials, and the public’s right to know and to have unfettered access to public records.
In the first episode I introduced myself and my own work in these areas by focusing on one struggle that I had with corrupt police and politicians in Alachua, Florida that began in 2006.
The story entails issues of police brutality and abuse of authority, rights to record public officials, rights to access public records, and government corruption.
Although Florida law enforcement officers are trying their best to criminalize PINAC crew member Jeff Gray, running his name through their database more than 200 times even though he has never given them reasonable suspicion that he was committing a crime, Gray is using technology and public records to expose their shenanigans.
After last week’s incident in which he and PINAC’s Epic Old Guy Thomas Covenant were detained for standing on public property outside a prison video recording inmates, which is completely legal, Gray obtained the 911 dispatch call from the Lancaster Correctional Institute to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office where a corrections officer accused him of “suspicious activity” and the dispatcher referred to Gray’s reference to his Constitutional rights as “blah blah blah.”
A New Jersey cop decided he no longer needs to abide by the Constitution because President Obama hasn’t done so.
But we can safely assume the Helmetta police officer disregarded the Constitution when President Bush was in office violating the Constitution.