[This post orginally appeared at IndieRegister.com]
By William R. Toler
What is a “real” journalist?
According to Miami prosecutors, apparently a “real” journalist is one that doesn’t question the police. And apparently, police and prosecutors don’t think Carlos Miller is a real journalist, as he told Free Talk Live Thursday, “because I wasn’t kissing their ass.”
The founder of Photography is Not a Crime was found not guilty of resisting with out violence Wednesday in a trial stemming from his January arrest while covering the Occupy Miami protest and eviction by police.
The arrest order was given by Miami-Dade flack Major Nancy Perez after questioning an “order” to move off the public sidewalk as he passed by her on the way to his car. From the PINAC About page:
While in jail, Miller’s footage of his arrest was deleted from his camera, but he managed to recover it and post it on his blog, proving to the world that he was not resisting arrest.
In the ensuing months, Miller discovered that Miami-Dade’s Homeland Security Bureau had been monitoring his Facebook page, sending an email to Perez on the day of his arrest, informing her that he would be documenting the eviction.
Prior to that discovery, she had claimed in a deposition that she had never heard of Miller before his arrest.
But after the revelation, she told a local television station that Miller was being investigated by the department’s Homeland Security Bureau for making threats* on the internet, an allegation she is unable to prove.
[*Miller said one "threat" was writing "Let's see what happens" when he said he was going to attend the Occupy protest.]
In regards to what a “real” journalist is, Miller’s attorney Santiago Lavandera responded with this:
“In this country, when you’re a journalist, your job is to investigate.