Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change was in Miami last weekend and recorded the above video where I recounted the Boston Boondoggle, the bizarre attempt by the Boston Police Department last year to pursue felony charges against myself and a PINAC associate for either calling or posting publicly listed phone numbers.
The Boston Boondoggle, as many of you remember, began with a video I posted in August showing a Boston police detective shoving a citizen with a camera away from a crime scene, threatening to arrest him for felony battery on a police officer.
That resulted in PINAC crew member Taylor Hardy calling the department’s public information officer for comment, attempting to audio record the interview.
However, he had inadvertently turned the recorder off the moment he informed her he was recording, which gave them the excuse to come after him with felony wiretapping charges.
I reported on this development, posting the phone number to the public information officer, asking readers to talk some sense into her and drop the frivolous complaint.
And that led to a Boston police detective filing a criminal complaint against me for witness intimidation, a charge reserved for mobsters and gangbangers that carries a maximum 10-year sentence.
The detective also threatened to charge PINAC readers with the same if they dared call the publicly listed number as they had been doing for two days.
But that ended up blowing up in their faces as more people began calling, not to mention more news sites began reporting on it.
With the help of a 24-hour donation drive, we hired one of the best attorneys in Boston and got them to withdraw both charges without us even having to attend a hearing, which we were scheduled to do in mid-November.
Rudkowski found the story fascinating because it shows how much power citizens can yield by coming together rather than allowing the government to continue dividing and conquering as it has been doing for decades.
It’s a long video at almost 25 minutes, but it’s a long story. And it explains why I frequently post publicly listed phones with my stories.
After all, the First Amendment specifically states that we have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.