James Cox, a tireless activist whom I met a couple of times in Miami, was arrested last month for video recording an altercation between police and his friend inside a Florida courtroom.

His friend, Chris, was demanding a jury trial over a red light traffic ticket he received, citing the Seventh Amendment that states the following:

“In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

But the judge said the Seventh Amendment only applied to criminal cases.

Chris continued questioning the judge, which is when three cops approached him.

This is how Cox explains it:

One of the officers grabbed Chris, twisted his arm up his back, and then proceeded to force him out of the courtroom through two sets of doors face first, across a corridor and into a plate glass window.

I followed behind and when I was out of the courtroom I switched on my video camera and started to record the assault.

I was told by one of the officers that there was no filming in the court.

After the cops dragged Chris from the courtroom, Cox continued to follow behind with his camera.

The cops then snatched the camera out of Cox’s hands before placing him in handcuffs.

Cox and Chris both spend the night in jail.

Cox was charted with resisting arrest, which is the usual in Florida when all you’ve done is display contempt of cop.

He is scheduled to go to trial August 13.

He is asking readers and fellow activists to assist him in his legal defense fund.

Last year, Cox was arrested in Tampa after he refused to stop video recording from the outside steps of a private shopping mall, but the case was dropped when the officer never showed up to court.

In 2010, he came down to Miami where he, Julian Heicklen, Travis Kimmel and I tested the photo policies in front of the federal courthouses in which the above photo was taken.

That same year, he also drove down to Miami from Tampa when Adam “Ademo” Mueller and Pete Eyre came down on their Liberty on Tour.


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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.

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