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56 Responses to Arrested For Recording A Public Meeting In Wash DC

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    angrymonkey Female 13-17
    48 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 10:25 am
    Link: Arrested For Recording A Public Meeting In Wash DC - This reporter was arrested for filming someone being arrested at a public city meeting. Our rights--slowly slipping away
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    Sachi001 Male 30-39
    599 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 10:35 am
    Have been for a long time and it`s going to get worse. As the sheep look then go back to grazing
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    June 24, 2011 at 10:44 am
    if recording devices were banned before the meeting (which they almost always are) then there is nothing wrong here.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 10:44 am
    In other words, follow the rules, don`t get arrested.


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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
    2374 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 10:44 am
    Where are the adoring crowds to cheer for the hero cop?

    Looks like he forgot his SS uniform that day, though.
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    koolwalla Male 18-29
    96 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 10:47 am
    "my god" indeed.. people outraged by injustice.. the nerve
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    hwkiller Male 18-29
    490 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:06 am
    Auburnjunky:
    Is it something that warrants an arrest? What did he do just then that impeded on someone else`s freedom?
    If nothing, then why should be he arrested?

    Idealistically, the govt is there to ensure our freedom. Police are there to ensure that individuals are following the law and, ergo, aren`t impeding on others` freedom. Why was this fellow arrested?
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    I-See-U Male 18-29
    354 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:17 am
    Yes, the land of the free. Where we have freedom of he press, but not when they don`t want you to film it.

    People like auburnjunky are the ones that make me embarrassed to be a part of this country.
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    Digital_Babu Male 30-39
    77 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:17 am
    Here in the Netherlands, if you can identify yourself as official press. Then no cop, no security personnel can touch your or arrest you at a public event, unless you are committing a crime (journalism is not a crime) or interfering with their work.

    And that is exactly how it should be, everywhere.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

    *America: Land of the **Free.



    * "America" is a registered trademark of U.S. corporations.
    ** no actual freedoms are expressed or implied.
    Any similarity to oppressive regimes is strictly coincidental unless said regime is regulated by federal law wherever applicable.
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    fiizok Male 40-49
    591 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:23 am
    Slowly?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    June 24, 2011 at 11:38 am
    It`s a public meeting, the guy is a reporter. According to the open meetings law and the first amendment all meetings of this kind can be freely recorded, with or without consent of the parties involved.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:42 am
    AJ: No public meeting, by law, can ban recording devices. Open meetings go to the very core of the first amendment and America having responsible government.
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
    1268 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:46 am
    Charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. I don`t know DC laws, but after that mass arrest on people dancing at the memorial, these charges will likely stick. This isn`t a case of do what the police say or else. This is most likely horrible law making as this was once again a parks department arrest. This absolutely should NOT be illegal, but it very likely is.
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    BoredFrank Male 40-49
    2374 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:48 am
    I imagine the cop was later reprimanded for failing to tase the reporter `for his own safety.`

    I`m sorry, I neglected to put the word `hero` in front of cop. Hero cop. That`s what I meant.
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    test-user564 Male 18-29
    490 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:58 am
    "i can arrest you for not obeying an order", everyone must bow down before your superior and all knowing officers!
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    Fleaman1797 Male 18-29
    718 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:59 am
    This is the root of the ENTIRE problem we are having. Cops think they are better then us, and they simply are not. actually they are LESS then human life-forms. they become cops to push people around. little kids dont grow up to become a police officer anymore, they grow up to become a COP. so they can order people around like some sort of dratin demi god
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    GParadox Female 18-29
    737 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    See- THIS is outrages. This is worth getting arrested for. THIS is where we need to fight for our rights(Opposed to the video a page back with the woman annoying the cop for Lulz.)
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm
    I`m a former reporter (print) and I`m speechless. If I didn`t see the video, I might not have believed it. Honestly, I`m at a loss for words.
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    Revolutioniz Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm
    He was in a room full of black people.
    he asked them to arrest him so he had an excuse to leave because he was scared, but fearing the blacks would dislike him.this was he can leave the black people to think he is one of the cool white guys
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
    1268 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    "He was in a room full of black people."

    I was pretty surprised to see your ban wasn`t permanent.
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    Xbalde Male 13-17
    140 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    They let just anyone pass as a cop nowadays huh?
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    Mindle Male 18-29
    77 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    I think police offficers should get paid more, but i also believe that it should be alot harder to be a police officer. Lawyers have to go to college for liek 4 years to learn the law I think police officers should as well to be able to properly enforce the law, also maybe take a psychological evaluation too. Then maybe then we will have Police officers and not thugs with badges. Because right now police seem to be gangs who do what ever they want.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3291 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    He wasn`t arrested for recording the meeting, he was arrested for not following an order given by the police officer.

    Think of it this way. If you are being unjustly arrested, and you resist without violence (refuse to stand up) on the basis that you are not being arrested lawfully or justly, you`re still resisting arrest.

    The reporter, as whiny as he was, was right about the fact that it was a public meeting, and as a reporter, he had a right to record the meeting. For that reason, he will get off with no charges filed. The officer should be reprimanded and retrained, but probably won`t be.
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    SilverThread Male 30-39
    3431 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    Wut Teh Ufck.
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    tobyvictory Male 70 & Over
    406 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    Power drunk corrupt pigs and greedy politicians. The end is nigh.
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
    1268 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    "For that reason, he will get off with no charges filed."

    Says you, but this WAS a parks department arrest in DC. I find it very likely this was a completely legal arrest under some ridiculous homeland security provision.
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    United Nations Human Rights Committee tabled in 2006 states that in the United States, the "War on Terror" has "created a generalized climate of impunity for law enforcement officers, and contributed to the erosion of what few accountability mechanisms exist for civilian control over law enforcement agencies. As a result, police brutality and abuse persist unabated and undeterred across the country."
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25420 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    This is getting bad!
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    WeePee Male 18-29
    612 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    looks like he was given adequate time and warnings to stop what he was doing before actually being arrested. his own fault the cuffs came out, not an officer abusing power.
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    talon0325 Male 40-49
    382 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    And of course the person that recorded this reporter being hauled off was not arrested. Freedom of speech and the press are gone. Can we charge the cities with street cameras for recording our every action? Cops want all the video someone took of civilian fights so they can find the perp. But record a cop abusing someone and they kick the crap out of you. cell phone tracking is also way up there with invasion of privacy.
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    teq78 Male 30-39
    216 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    "WeePee looks like he was given adequate time and warnings to stop what he was doing before actually being arrested. his own fault the cuffs came out, not an officer abusing power"

    Turns out it doesnt matter how much time and warnings he gives you since theres no reazon to ask him to stop what he was doign and why? because its a PUBLIC MEETING! he actually has the right to report if he wants to now the officer said "i can arrest you for not following orders" but why would an officer "order" you to stop doing somethng when you have the right to do so? so yeah that actually IS abusing power
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    @WeePee: As a progressive, I don`t often find myself agreeing with CrakrJak. But in this case, I agree with him 100%. I can`t improve a word of what he already wrote, so I`ll simply reapeat it below.

    AJ: No public meeting, by law, can ban recording devices. Open meetings go to the very core of the first amendment and America having responsible government.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
    3447 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    Bull dung
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    dognose82 Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    Normally, I take the devils advocate on most arrests when dealing with police officer arrests, but this one is over the top. I don`t get how this could even come close to being legal.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33117 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    Hey @WeePee, when the "police" come to haul the Jews away, you`ll support them 100% I`ll wager.

    "It`s perfectly legal! The Reich passed a law!"

    This is typical of the us/them polarization in Western Society and it`s only going to get worse. Actually a LOT of the world already thinks this way, but we`re supposed to be "more enlightened" eh?

    I completely blame the left, for a huge variety of reasons which the lefties wouldn`t believe in a million years, so I`ll spare y`all any examples.

    Off to read what @CrackJak wrote, sounds GOOD!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33117 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    Hey @Rick_S!
    I`m a cop, I ORDER you to drop your pants and grab your ankles! What? You refuse! Well I`ll arrest you with perfect justification then!

    (after @Rick_S is released on probation)

    Hey! You! I ORDER you to take this baseball bat and beat that woman over there to death! What? Refusing orders AGAIN! You`ll hang for that, scumbag.

    Get the point?

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    IminurHaus Male 18-29
    38 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm
    We`re with the guy, thats why we said absolutely nothing while he was being arrested.
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    Ripper398 Male 18-29
    1310 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    drat. I agree with 5cats for once. I swore this day would never happen too =oP
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    cody123100 Male 18-29
    21 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm
    They aren`t pursuing the charges on the two men. Clearly at least the attorney general`s office understands that what the police did was not legal. Now the question is whether these two reporters will sue or not.
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    iceblack Male 18-29
    551 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    @5cats
    "Hey! You! I ORDER you to take this baseball bat and beat that woman over there to death! What? Refusing orders AGAIN! You`ll hang for that, scumbag.
    Get the point?"

    Emm... You forgot one little thing. Every order from a policemen
    is an order you must follow, EXCEPT when that order implies an
    illegal action

    If a cop orders you to do something illegal (For which he has no
    explicit permission, like an order from a judge, which wouldn`t
    be illegal in that case) then you can and should refuse to do so...

    If the cop arrest you after that, well that`s another issue but,
    you can sue him for making an illegal arrest. It is in the law,
    you can refuse an order when that order implies something illegal
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    funnehkitteh Male 18-29
    528 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    atleast the police in my city have a sense of humour and a certain sense of "what`s a crime" and "what is not"
    *********/lancashire/UK :D
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
    1268 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    @iceblack 5cats is making a point. The point is under our constitution, this (asking the reporter to stop recording a public hearing) IS an illegal request. As far as this reporter is concerned, it`s such an outrageous illegal request, he was perfectly willing to go to jail for disobeying it, as was the guy who recorded the arrest itself (He too went to jail and is also charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry.)
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    kameo360fan Female 13-17
    383 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    Police are being ridiculous and abusing their rights.
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    June 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    we don`t know the whole situation. what the officer did might have been legal if the man had disorderly conduct before the video. hey you guys, i have something shocking to tell you... officers actually know the law; they have to go to school for it. No officer would ever do something as stupid as what appears to be happening in this video.
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
    1268 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm
    You`re wrong on almost every account tatripp. We DO know the full story, hell, the guy recording this was interviewed on FOX NEWS where even they thought this was ridiculous. There are plenty of cops stupid enough to do what is done in this video. These aren`t even real cops (I may get flak for saying that, but whatever), they`re parks department officers.
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
    1268 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    (Yes, it was Judge Napolitano. Yes, he is easily the most libertarian judge in the media. That said, he`s still a voice on Fox News, an outlet most would assume to back up anything the boots on the ground of the police and military force do. Not necessarily their leadership.)
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    June 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm
    tatripp: Unfortunately police are not lawyers and DO NOT have a comprehensive understanding of all the laws.

    What happened here is this taxi commissioner (the black woman in the brown suit) objected to being recorded and told the officers to arrest the people recording the meeting. The taxi commissioner likely had enough political clout, that the officer knew about, that the officer knew if he didn`t follow her orders he`d probably be fired or at least reprimanded. So the officer followed orders, even though they were illegal.

    I`m sure the officers were aware of the conflicting nature of the arrest they performed, but they picked the lesser of two potential punishments for themselves, and that is NOT how the law should work.

    The political clout of one person should never trump the constitutional rights of others.
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    TypicalJerk Male 18-29
    533 posts
    June 25, 2011 at 3:21 am
    We haven`t had the right to record ANYTHING/ANYWHERE in/on DC federal property in a long time now. :|
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14652 posts
    June 25, 2011 at 7:12 am
    Reporter won big time. He got a great story, will be paid for interviews, improved his profile and can get a bonus for suing the officers, PD, the operator of the venue and possibly the taxi commissioner. I should be so lucky.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    33117 posts
    June 25, 2011 at 7:35 am
    Hee hee, welcome to the furry-side @Ripper398, have a cookie!

    Thanks for pointing that out @Scuziod, you were more polite than I would have likely been.

    She`s a "taxi comissioner"!!! FFS! Give some people a title and they turn into Nazis!
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    number43 Male 70 & Over
    759 posts
    June 25, 2011 at 8:22 am
    CrakrJak,

    Neither do lawyers.
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    chimmeychang Male 30-39
    685 posts
    June 25, 2011 at 10:11 am
    @gerry lmao:)
    @5cats and cracker, i was just wondering what you contributed here, and why you come. now i understand:)sort of at least...
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    lastrogue Male 18-29
    176 posts
    June 25, 2011 at 11:23 am
    wait rights? we had f-u-c- king rights?!?!?! where the hell have I been because I thought I was a slave to the state this whole time?
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    June 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    Powertrippin
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    ledzeppeloyd Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm
    fuc k the police, the police state is upon us

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