Despite the fact that I was drugged up on valiums, pain killers and anesthesia, I still managed to give a more coherent media interview than Miami-Dade Major Nancy Perez, the cop who arrested me last January as I covered the Occupy Miami eviction.
I was in the midst of my hair transplant surgery last April when the Miami New Times called inquiring about how the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau had been monitoring my Facebook page prior to my arrest, even sending out an email to Perez warning that I would be there.
The interview lasted almost 15 minutes as Dr. Ricardo Mejia poked holes in my head where he planned to insert the transplanted follicles. Less than 30 minutes earlier, he had sliced a long strip of scalp from the back of my head before stitching up the area.
The interview ended up on video because the hair transplant is part of a social media project in which I agreed to document my experience in exchange for the operation.
It was a $9,300 procedure that cost me nothing because I am maintaining a blog on his site for at least the next year in the hopes that he gets new clients.
Meanwhile, Perez, who heads the Miami-Dade Police Department’s media relations bureau, continues to make nonsensical comments to the media.
Last month, she told a reporter from the Columbia Journalism Review that she had nothing to do with the deletion of my footage because she already had her own videographer there not to mention her posse of embedded corporate journalists.
“I can count seven videographers that were there taping the whole thing,” Perez told the Columbia Journalism Review, one of the most respected journalism industry magazines in the nation.
“I had my own videographer there. Why would I need his?”
Why would I need his?
Maybe that’s exactly the reason she ordered it deleted. The fact that I was the only videographer in the group not following her lead.
Or maybe because it was the only camera that clearly showed I was not resisting arrest or obstructing justice.
A couple of weeks earlier, she told a local television reporter that the reason I was being monitored by the department’s Homeland Security Bureau was because I had been making threats on the internet.
This incredulous statement, in which she offered no proof, was made about a week after she told my lawyer in a deposition that she had no idea who I was when she arrested me.
But, of course, that was before I discovered that the department’s Homeland Security Bureau had been monitoring my Facebook page prior to my arrest, even sending out an email to Perez 11 hours earlier, advising her that I would be documenting the Occupy Miami eviction.
We have made another request for public records, which cost me almost $100. I’ve already sent them a money order and I’m waiting for them to gather the records so I can pick them up.
And we still need to do more depositions, which will not only help me for my upcoming trial for resisting arrest, scheduled for July 25, but with the civil suit I plan to file after I get past that.
So I need money because it’s not easy fighting legal battles with limited funds. I tried to sign up for Kickstarter but they denied me because my legal battle doesn’t exactly fit their standards, which I understand.
But I can accept donations through my Paypal account through the “donate” button below. It’s all appreciated. Thank you.
Here is the video of my arrest that was deleted that I managed to recover.
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CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.
Also, in an unrelated PINAC matter, I recently went through a hair transplant operation and I’m documenting my recovery on this blog if you are interested. I did not pay for this transplant, which is why I’m promoting the doctor through the hair transplant blog.