After spotting cops blocking sidewalks with their patrol cars as they conduct speed traps in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Michael DaBaer finally mustered up the courage to demand why they believe they are above the law.
After all, he knew he would be cited if he did the same.
So on Tuesday, he walked up to a cop with his camera recording and asked her why she was blocking the sidewalk.
“I’m not blocking the sidewalk,” she responded in quick doublespeak.
From left to right, surprise witness Jermaine Hopkins, an Austin police officer who testified on Antonio Buehler’s behalf, attorney Millie Thompson and Antonio Buehler, who was found not guilty for a 2011 case where he was arrested for photographing Austin police.
Deliberations in the trial of Peaceful Streets Project founder Antonio Buehler lasted five hours before a Texas jury returned with a not guilty verdict Wednesday after an Austin police officer surprisingly testified on Buehler’s behalf – most likely losing his job in the process.
Buehler was on trial for an incident that occured on New Years Eve of 2012 where he witnessed Austin officers abusing the passenger of a vehicle during a routine DWI stop. The stop was being conducted by the now-infamous officers Patrick Oborski and Robert Snider when Buehler began taking pictures, sparking a verbal confrontation.
Five days after being detained in Martinez County jail for driving drunk through a San Francisco Bay area suburb, a 23-year old woman was flipping through her iPad when she came to a terrible realization. Nude photographs of her had been forwarded to an unknown number while she was locked up.
California Highway Patrolman Sam Harrington later admitted to searching the woman’s confiscated phone and sending five nude photographs to his phone as well as two other officers.
“The right to photograph is the same as free speech. Somtimes that freedom is inconvenient, but it is a fundamental right.” – George Sheldon, Esq. and Florida Attorney General Candidate
Florida Attorney General candidate George Sheldon is an old-school Florida political candidate in the mold of Bob Butterworth or Bill McCollum. They’re gentlemen who respected the law; agree or disagree with their positions, you know where they stand on principal.
In less than a week, Sheldon could be the number one state law enforcement official, guiding policy for 19,000,000 Floridians.
In that light, I felt it important to ask for his opinions on the First Amendment rights of photographers. In addition, Sheldon shared his perspective on Florida’s often copied open records law, the “Sunshine Act”.
We also learned about Sheldon’s opinions on the militarization of police, which came to national attention after the civil unrest in Ferguson, as well as many other important topics in this short interview.
A Miami Beach cop is being “investigated” for threatening to arrest a man who sarcastically told him “God bless you” during a traffic stop after he received a $1,000 ticket, an incident captured on video that is now going viral on Youtube.
Miami Beach police officer Kenneth MacLeod had pulled over the man identified as Albert Valdes on his Youtube channel because the license plate on his motorcycle had flipped upwards, making it impossible to read.
The video is just over a minute long, but it’s clear that MacLeod, as promised, is a bigger bitch than Valdes.