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Man Arrested By Syracuse NY Cops In Retaliation For Legally Filming The Police

On Thursday, police in Syracuse NY arrested a man who had committed no crime whatsoever and was legally filming them perform a pat-down on another man that had been detained.

Maurice Crawley was standing across the street peacefully filming a traffic stop when one of the officers involved began telling him not to speak to them, even though Crawley hadn’t done so previously. After Crawley asked him to repeat himself because he hadn’t heard him, the officer began threatening him as he crossed the street and placed Crawley under arrest.

Both filming the police and speaking out loud in public (or even actually cursing at police officers) are protected acts under the First Amendment. So, it’s pretty clear that this cop had no valid justification for arresting Crawley.

Via NYDailyNews.com:

Maurice Crawley, 52, was streaming live on his Facebook page Thursday when one of the officers across the street shouted that if he said “one word,” he’d be arrested.

Crawley asked the officer to repeat himself, and the cop walked across the street and placed him under arrest while swearing at him.

“Don’t f—— move, you understand me?” an officer can be heard saying in the video, obtained by Syracuse.com. “Don’t you f—— move, I am going to f— you up.”

In the four-minute video, as a white officer and a black officer can be seen arresting the motorist, Crawley says “see what’s going on with these boys, make sure they’re doing everything they’re supposed to be doing.”

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Crawley later zooms in on the black officer handcuffing and searching the man who had been in a car that was pulled over. Crawley can be heard referring to the officer as an “Uncle Tom,” but it doesn’t appear that the officer heard his comment.

After being forced to spend the night in jail for the non-crime of asking a cop what he had said, Crawley was released after attending court and pleading not guilty on the false charges of “obstructing governmental administration” and resisting arrest.

Neither officer has been identified yet, but the Good Cop who didn’t actually arrest Crawley was obviously distracted momentarily during the time that the Bad Apple he was working with conducted a hostile, vindictive, and illegal arrest on someone who hadn’t committed any crime at all.

Las Cruces, New Mexico Police Harass/Arrest Man For Filming Them

Date of Incident: September 22, 2015
Officer Involved: Officer Salas #315 – Second Unnamed Officer Badge #320
Department Involved: Mesilla Marshal’s Office (Las Cruces, NM)
Phone Number: (575) 524-3262
Address: 2670 Calle De Santiago, Mesilla, NM 88046

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This video was submitted by Mike of “Schmike Media”via the CopBlock.org Submit Page.

I was actually in Las Cruces, NM today when I saw two Mesilla Police cars parked at a car wash and the two officers across the street searching the shrubbery at a local insurance office. I walked over to document the incident. These are the events that transpired. Once they saw me filming them, they walked over to harass or try to intimidate me. Even though they admitted I was not being detained, they still demanded that I give them my ID.

Update:

I went to the Mesilla Marshal’s Office to place a complaint on Salas #315. I was arrested for failure to identify and refusing to turn off “recorder”, even though I told them my first name. My camera was seized, so I don’t have any footage of the encounter. If I get it back I’ll post it. Of course I’ll keep everyone posted on what happens.

I checked the code the officer (Badge #320) used, which he wrote as: “Concealing Identity” code # 9.10.250.

 

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Independent Media Being Targeted at Recent Police Brutality Protests

Unicorn Riot Reporter ArrestIt’s not exactly a new thing for the police to target the media, nor is there any lack of evidence for that. Arrests of journalists in Ferguson were a staple of the police state-style repression of protests there. Also, the media corrals in Baltimore that kept reporters safely away from any opportunities to capture police abuses on film were pretty well documented during those riots.

Outright targeting and arrests of independent media and CopBlockers have been especially prevalent not just during protests, but also during cop watch activities and whenever people have filmed the cops. There’s obviously no shortage of examples of that on CopBlock.org over the past five years. In fact, members of Nevada Cop Block had to overnight a press pass to Mike BlueHair of FTP Portland when he was in Ferguson covering the protests there because the police and National Guard were illegally requiring media credentials in order for people to film, and imposing curfews on people without press passes.

Something that does appear to be a recent development, though, is that police now apparently have a book of names and photos that they are carrying with them. According to reports such as this one from “Unicorn Riot,” they are using this book to identify and target for arrest, without legal cause, members of independent and/or online-based media. The video below shows police in Denver, during a protest against the murder of Paul Castaway on Monday, push their way through a group of people recording the protest, isolate, and then manhandle and arrest one of the reporters. At no point in the video does that reporter appear to do anything to justify being arrested, or resist in anyway to justify the rough manner in which they treat him.

They also include this account from “AnimalNewYork.com” detailing the targeted arrests of people involved in three groups that organized a New York protest marking the one year anniversary of Eric Garner’s murder by the NYPD:

The largest demonstration took place Friday night, with more than 1,000 participants. Dozens were arrested. The rally and march was organized by Millions March NYC, NYC Shut It Down, and the People’s Power Assembly. Before the march made it three blocks, the NYPD arrested one prominent member from each of the three groups that organized the event, prompting calls from protesters that they were targeted for their role in organizing and not engaging in activity that other protesters were not.

In addition, there’s a link to a video that a Denver activist took during the Paul Castaway protests. It’s not entirely clear on the video, but it purports to show one of the actual “activist yearbooks,” as they are being dubbed, in use by a pair of police officers. All of this would very much be in line with the targeted arrests of “Black Lives Matter” organizers from Minneapolis that took place earlier this year, as well as historical Cointelpro operations engaged in by police and federal departments since the 50’s.

Freedom of the press and the ability for ordinary citizens to film the police and other government officials in public is a fundamental right and check on the ability of those officials to abuse their powers. Peaceful protests are also a protected civil right and defense against corruption and governmental abuses. These type of targeted arrests and physical attacks represent a huge threat to both those rights.

Arrested For Filming the Police in Largo, Florida (Video)

A reader, who goes by the pseudonym “Mindfire” on YouTube, shared the video content below, regarding the service several employees of the Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff’s Dept. provided to him recently, via the Cop Block Submissions page.

As stated in the video description and the commentary included below, it seems more likely when watching the video that this is yet another instance of someone being wrongfully arrested while lawfully filming the police: “I was filming a search of a vehicle across the street from my house. I was not interfering one bit and backed up when the officer asked. I was charged with obstruction. The officer lied in his report.”

Arrested for Filming the CopsDate of Incident: February 12, 2015
Individuals Involved: Deputy Tyler Green and at least one other unidentified employee of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Dept.
Outfit Involved: Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff’s Department
Internal Affairs Contact: Captain Raymond Whiteley
Phone: 727-582-6229
Email: [email protected]
Area Cop Block Affiliate: There are numerous Cop Block groups (see bottom of post for list of known affiliates) within Florida, including Tampa Bay Cop Watch. In addition, if you live outside Florida, you can find the appropriate affiliate in your area by consulting the Cop Block Groups page or by Starting a Local Group.

Last night, I was arrested for filming a traffic stop. I was in my backyard when I saw flashing lights. I looked out to see a man being frisked and grabbed my phone to record the incident for the man.

When I got there, they were searching the mans car and I asked if he had given consent. The officer who had the man detained had seen me walk up and answered,”We didn’t need it.” The cop who was searching the vehicle only noticed me at that point.

When he saw I was filming, he came straight for me tell me to get back, even though I was not near them. I backed up police-reportslowly and the officer pursued me. He continued to tell me to back up while reaching for his handcuffs. All the while, I was backing up. He then placed me under arrest while all I did was simply film and comply with his “legal” orders. I’ve posted the whole encounter on YouTube already.

I’ve also attached a photo of the police report which you can see does not match up with what happened in the actual video.

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