PINAC founder ‘Not Guilty’

[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.
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Cop Blocking at the Winston-Salem PD Recruitment event

By Pete Voluntaryist Eyre

Over three days during the week of October 29th a handful of Winston police employees spent a full-day at “information sessions” throughout the city with those who were considering joining the largest organized gang in town (Police Application Overview below).

My friend Clyde brought the recruitment events to my attention (having found the listing online)and we decided to attend. Our friend Angie G. accompanied one day as well.

Let me stop there and underscore the ease of this particular activism/outreach/education. Clyde poked around for relevant information that was made public and we attended to have conversations and share literature. Pretty low-risk. And one interaction can have a significantly positive impact.

At one point we were told by Curtis Kennedy that we could not film in a public building. A PUBLIC building!

Kennedy also told Clyde and Angie that certain topics (personal discretion, as it applies to acting according to bad legislation) could not be discussed in the room.

It’s clear Kennedy is in the wrong.

Remember, he works for an outfit that has on its homepage “to protect and serve.”

“The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.” – Max Stirner


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Cameras, cops and costumes: Police State in force for Halloween in Greenville

By William R. Toler

The Police State atmosphere has ramped up in Greenville, NC in the past several years.

We feel safe when the police feel us up.

On Halloween night, the city’s police department had it’s mobile unit set up to patrol the streets, setting up a checkpoint where party-goers were felt up by men and women with badges before they could enjoy the festivities.

According to WITN-TV, more than 100 LEOs were “searching anyone entering the downtown bar area to keep the large crowds of people safe” [emphasis added]. The station also reported that “police came prepared to keep the craziness to a minimum. Among other things, Greenville police say they are wearing cameras and there are cameras mounted all over downtown also keeping an eye on partiers.”
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Cop Blocking in Winston

By Clyde Voluntaryist

{Broadband Version}
October 27, 2012. 20.00h – Pete and I headed out in the Cop Block truck to check out Winston-Salem. Up to that point, the LEOs we had encountered were either politely engaging or reserved. The 5-0 scanner app on the iPhone was running and there were several “shot fired” calls.

We headed into the eastern side of the city and soon saw four LEOs pulled over talking in the parking lot of a convenience store.

{Mobile Version}

As we were wrapping up the night cop blocking, we saw a traffic stop and decided to approach and record. It turned out to be a teenager who apparently was given his first ransom note; after the cop left, we approached and checked to make sure he was okay and to give him information on Cop Block and Never Take A Plea.
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Where is your ‘line in the sand’?

By Eric Voliva
Independent Register

I have a question for you; it’s not meant to be answered, nor is its purpose to cause angry discourse. It’s a question that I ask solely for your serious–and internal–consideration; and I sincerely hope you do take the time to reflect on it.

Where do you draw the line in the sand with the government taking away your rights and freedoms?

Do you stand up to them once they come break down your door in the middle of the night, “mistaking” your home for a known “drug den”?

Do you wait until they raise taxes to the point where you can no longer afford to pay it and your house payments, so they evict you from your home, and thus become homeless or living on welfare?

Do you wait until they arrest a friend or family member or a child because they collected rainwater or sold raw milk or gave a meal to a starving member of the homeless community without a permit?
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Cop Blocker confronts officers on speeding

[Posted this earlier tonight at IndieRegister.com~Will]

While driving through the streets of Winston-Salem, a concerned individual noticed two police officers breaking the law.

Clyde Voluntaryist, founder of Carolinas Cop Block and Never Take a Plea, followed the two cruisers until they parked. He witnessed the officers driving 56 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone along I-40 Business.

He walked up to them, recording of course, to question them about their speeding.
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Wrong place, wrong time

[The following is a post I wrote nearly three years ago regarding my encounters with law enforcement. My attitude has changed slightly over the years.~Will]

I wouldn’t classify myself as a cop-hater…but several run-ins with law enforcement officials have left me with a less-than-favorable opinion. Two of those occasions happened to be with Jerry’s Brownshirts*. It may be due to my knack for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Just that circumstance seems to infer guilty until proven innocent.

(* A less than flattering term I coined for Craven County deputies under Sheriff Jerry Monette….akin to Jerry Monette and his secret police as described by former Vanceboro Voice publisher Art Manning)

Back in the winter of 2004, I was feeling a little down and decided to take a drive. While meandering through the backroads of northeastern Craven County I felt like being by the water, which usually has a soothing effect on me. Since I didn’t want to go into New Bern, I opted for the Wildlife boat landing just north of Bridgeton. It has a nice open view of the river with a few lights sprinkled about on the other side.

As I drove up I noticed a burgundy Chevy Blazer bearing the markings of the Craven County Sheriff ‘s Office. “Hmmm…,” I thought. “I wonder what he’s doing down here.” I decided to stay because I figured turning around would raise suspicion. Since I was doing nothing wrong I pulled up and parked. The view was dark, but nice on the dark December night.
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Freeman is a free(r) man

[Pete may be updating this later, but I decided to share the post from my other blog, link below. ~Will]

Ademo Freeman is a free(r) man.

“This is my jail band. Normally it’s cut off when you leave, they forgot to cut mine off in the rush to get me out the door.”

The founder of Cop Block was released from jail in Manchester, NH in the wee hours of the morning Oct. 11…just before 5 a.m.

Freeman, whose given name is Adam Mueller, spent the past three months in a cage after being convicted on wiretapping charges for recording conversations with government employees during the course of their respective duties.

Background:

After taking his sister’s purse as a prank, West High School student Frank Harrington was confronted by a school administrator and school resource officer Darren Murphy. During the incident, Murphy slung Harrington around and slammed him into the lunch table.

The altercation was caught on camera, and Harrington reached out to Cop Block, an organization that seeks accountabiltiy for law enforcement. Seeking that accountability, Freeman made phone calls to the Manchester Police Department and West High School…and recorded those phone calls, posting the video online.
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In North Augusta You May Trespass & Threaten So Long As You Wear a Badge

The write-up below is from Teddy Kulmala of the Aiken Standard on Oct. 3rd, 2012. Interjected is some commentary in brackets.

Authorities did nothing wrong when they detained a man for disorderly conduct while investigating a report of a loud party on Saturday, a spokesman for the North Augusta Department of Public Safety said. Social media postings by the man indicate he has a different story.

[First off the use of “authorities” denotes to me that Kulmala, the author of this piece, is in no way objective but has – possibly unthinkingly – bought into the extra rights claimed by some folks.]

Tyner Jerome Holmes, 21, of Central Avenue in Augusta, was charged with disorderly conduct and released on bond.According to Public Safety’s Lt. Tim Thornton, officers were dispatched to a loud party at a home on the corner of East Summit Avenue and East Avenue around 1 a.m. Saturday. One officer went to the front door while Officer Larry Turner entered a chain-link fence into the back yard “where he heard the most noise.”

[Turner “entered a chain-link fence” and no questions are raised by Kulmala? That’s pretty shoddy reporting. I wonder if Kulmala would overlook such an action if it were his property that was unjustly entered…]

Thornton said Turner identified himself as law enforcement and that they were investigating a noise complaint when he was approached by Holmes.

[Why the hell does Turner – the person who’s actions are in question – have someone else answering for him? Why does his colleague Thornton have to answer for him? Why isn’t Turner responsible to try to justify his misdeeds?]

Thornton said Holmes got in the officer’s way “and said he’s trespassing. He’s not allowed to be there, and he needs to leave.”

[Seems reasonable to me. Good on Holmes for making this clear.]

Turner was within his rights to investigate criminal activity and told Holmes he needed to speak with the homeowner, Thornton said.

“(Holmes) is standing up in front of his friends, being disruptive and obstructing what the officer is trying to do,” Thornton said. “He was never loud, never used profanity but was persistently in the immediate space of the officer trying to investigate the situation and continued to repeat, ‘You don’t have any right to be here. You’re trespassing.’”

[So pointing-out the wrongs done by someone employed as a police employee is justification enough to overlook trespassing? If anything, someone who actually cares about “protecting the community” would give thanks to someone calling-out those acting in the wrong, no matter their place of employment.]

According to the report, Holmes told Turner that “he knew the law because he was a criminal justice major.”

[This statement underscores why the Statist Quo – which says one group of people have the “right” to create and interpret law – isn’t ideal. Also, the failure to see that man-made dictates are simply that, whereas law is natural. One shouldn’t have to go to school for years to know what’s right and wrong. Anytime legislation conflicts with law those who think for themselves side with the latter, thus helping to set the stage for a better society.]

Thornton said Turner asked Holmes several more times to be quiet and step aside, and that as the officer approached the back door, Holmes again got in front of him.

“At that point, the officer said, ‘OK, come with me. You’re being detained while I figure out what’s going on here,’” Thornton said, adding that Holmes then turned on a “personal recording system” and recorded an exchange between Turner and him.

[Step-back and think about this – a stranger enters your property uninvited. You question them. They them claim the right to use force against you. Instead of rightly labeling such a person a “criminal” they purport that they acted in the right, and their crew backs them. That’s policing today. That doesn’t sound like a “service” I’d want to pay for.]

Holmes posted the 90-second YouTube clip, titled “Arrested.” on his Facebook page, along with the caption, “Don’t question authority in North Augusta, S.C., because they’ll break your arm.”

Thornton said the recording is authentic.

[Interesting that Kulmala made mention of the video but failed to include it on his post. It is included here to lessen the asymmetry of information. Listen for yourself. Just who is in the wrong?]

During the clip, Turner is heard saying to Holmes, “Put your hand behind your back or I’m going to break this one.” According to Thornton, Turner was trying to put the handcuffs on Holmes, who was resisting.

“Officer Turner is trying to explain to him; if you resist, you’re going to break your arm. I’ve got a hold of you, and if you continue to move, you’re going to break your arm,” Thornton said. “He’s making a point that if (Holmes) chooses to continue to resist, the restraint Officer Turner has on Mr. Holmes could injure Mr. Holmes. It’s a restraint move to help us to secure unwilling and resistant individuals.”

[Double-speak and distractions at its finest. Maybe that’s why Thornton is answering instead of Turner.]

Thornton said Turner never entered the home.

[As if that somehow makes the actions he did take more acceptable? Why did Thornton claim it was ok for Turner to enter the property but then draw a distinction here?]

According to the report, while en route to Public Safety headquarters, Holmes “stated numerous times that he was wrong for his actions.” Thornton said that, during the incident, several of Holmes’ friends advised him to be quiet.

[Maybe Holmes was scared? He was being kidnapped by someone who already showed no respect for property rights nor his fellow man.]

Thornton said Holmes has not filed a complaint against the department.

[Holmes probably knows it’d be of no use since it’d just be “investigated” by colleagues of Turner. A better option would be for Holmes to submit an incident report at Cop-Reports.com/Submit – make it transparent.

A message left for Holmes by the Aiken Standard requesting comment was not returned. Several people commented on the video on Facebook and asked Holmes what happened.

“I was at a party, and the cop invited himself into the back yard without any consent and then entered the house without consent. I was the only one who piped up,” Holmes wrote. “i was asked to get the owner, which was an order i was trying to comply with, but first i wanted the officer to step out of the back yard [sic].”

“Because of the attention that this has drawn, we have looked into the conduct of Officer Turner, and we have found that Officer Turner did nothing wrong,” Thornton said. “He’s been a good officer, doing a good job for the city.”

[Sick. If you live in the area I hope you reach-out and let Turner and Thornton know what you think about their actions and the subsequent glossing-over of what’s very likely something that often happens, it’s just that this time, there’s an objective recording.]

Thornton said the department gets noise complaint calls often.

“Virtually every time, we ask the source to turn the music down. They comply, we wish them a good night, thanks a lot and drive away, no problems,” he said. “That’s exactly the way this was going to be handled, but this guy persistently kept getting in the face of the officer and obstructing what he was trying to do.”

Let those involved know what you think:

Aiken Standard
http://www.aikenstandard.com/section/contact
(803) 648-2311
Teddy Kulmala – “reporter” who parrots the “official” line

North Augusta Department of Public Safety
http://www.northaugusta.net/Departments/PublicSafety/tabid/119/Default.aspx
803-279-2121
Larry Turner – aggressor
Tim Thornton – thin blue line collaborator
Tyner Jerome Holmes – threatened, kidnapped, and threats levied

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North Carolina: One Sheriff Headed to Prison; Another Disgraceful Yet Profitable Retirement

Former Franklin County Sheriff
Patrick Allen Green

In Franklin County, NC, Patrick Allen Green, Sheriff was recently convicted of embezzling over $220,000 of previously stolen money (“public funds”) and will be spending at least three and a half years in a cage along with those he sent to jail. In a plea deal, the former sheriff also committed to reimburse the county.

Green resigned in 2011 after a convoluted story unfolded and prompted an SBI investigation into missing money that was supposed to be used for a major drug probe that Green said involved a county commissioner and two state senators.

Former Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis

Also in North Carolina, Former Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis’ “inappropriate behavior” while in office cost the county $90,000 in a payment to a female deputy who had threatened legal action. The settlement document does not specify what the “inappropriate behavior” was.

Davis was sheriff from 2006 until Dec. 1 of last year, when he sought a medical retirement based on supposedly diagnosed bipolar disorder he says causes him to behave erratically at times. Davis is enjoying “medical” retirement from the state, which has not been disclosed but has been estimated to be around $2,700 a month based on calculations of his salary using a state formula.

If you would like to voice your opinion about Rick Davis getting a medical retirement payout estimated at $2,700 per month, the Henderson County Commissions contact information is:

 

Board of Commissioners
1 Historic Courthouse Square, Suite 1
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Phone: (828)697-4808
Fax: (828)692-9855

Mike Edney, Charlie Messer, Bill O’Connor, Tommy Thompson, and Larry Young.

 

Contact information for Patrick Allen Green’s former office is:

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

285 T. Kemp Road
Louisburg, NC 27549

(919) 496-2186 Office
(919) 496-5429 Fax

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