Posts Tagged ‘1st Amendment’

USDOJ Refuses to Allow Journalists into Jeff Sessions’ Press Conference Fearing Negative Coverage

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The United States Department of Justice says it welcomes all journalists into their press conferences as long as they follow a short list of criteria listed on its website.
However, that turned out to be a lie as a pair of Portland journalists learned earlier this week.
The journalists were from Flossin Media, a black-owned, Portland-based digital magazine founded in 2004 that covers social justice issues as well as other general interest issues.
On Tuesday, they were trying to enter a press conference in Portland where United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to denounce sanctuary cities like Portland who have

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WATCH: PINAC Correspondent Kicked Out of Free Speech Rally in Oregon

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

PINAC correspondent Mike Smith attended a free speech rally in Portland only to be physically thrown out by police.
Smith was at the Patriot Prayer rally at the waterfront last Sunday, which is a popular place in the Oregon city for events and protests. There were several other groups counterprotesting the Patriot Prayer group which is why police were there to keep the peace.
The police sectioned off an area for media personnel in the middle of the protests but when Smith attempted to enter the media area, cops told him he wasn’t allowed because he was a counterprotester. Smith repeatedly

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Federal Court Vindicates Virginia Man’s First Amendment Right To Criticize Officials On Their FB Pages

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

A federal judge in Virginia’s Eastern district court has ruled that a Loudon County elected official censored a citizen by blocking them on Facebook in a First Amendment protected public forum.
Brian Davison is trying to keep the Loudoun County School Board accountable but has faced a prolonged campaign of censorship and retaliatory claims by Board Members with serious financial conflicts of interest in the charter school industry and who have voted on issues that impact pay for family members.
The present lawsuit started when Brian Davison’s fight against government corruption took him to a joint town hall meeting with the

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Watch: Idaho Police Arrest Man for Video Recording FBI Building

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Police in Pocatello, Idaho arrested a man for filming an FBI building from public property. It is becoming an all too common occurrence for officers to stop and detain citizens for recording police or law enforcement activity of any kind. But the aforementioned video recording is a First Amendment protected activity, so anyone has the right to do so.
In June Sean Johnson was doing a First Amendment audit on the Pocatello FBI building. The First Amendment gives everyone in America freedom of speech and freedom of press, which includes video recording. Johnson was on a public sidewalk across the

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Journalists Arrested for Interviewing Portland Police Officers and Local District Attorney

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Portland Oregon where journalists are arrested for attempting to interview Portland Police Officers and District Attorney.  Oregon Journalists Bob West and Eli Richey both have a colorful history as it relates to documenting the employees of Oregon Law Enforcement agencies, both have been arrested multiple times for various phony charges only to later have the charges dropped by the DA’s office sadly this is not the case this time.
As of Friday, July 21, 2017, Eli Richey is in custody with a $250,000.00 bond for six misdemeanors and Bob is free on his own recognizance with a promise to appear on

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WATCH: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Walker Interferes with Freedom of The Press Again

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Once again Daniel Saulman aka “Tom Zebra” known for his web page “Mistaken Bacon”  delivers as he exposes the now notorious Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Walker (524706) who on March 15, 2017, arrested citizen journalist  of the former YouTube Channel +POETIC  claiming he violated California P.C. § 402(a) when he was far outside of the established perimeter, so much so there was no yellow barrier tape or any semblance of a barrier.
Mind You, +POETIC was not out COP WATCHING, COP BLOCKING or even performing a FIRST AMENDMENT AUDIT, he was walking towards his home after finishing a long

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Homestead PD Still Doesn’t Know Photography Is Not A Crime

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Homestead Police Department (HPD), in South Florida, has myriad problems respecting the First Amendment. I went to HPD this week to serve some officers in a civil rights suit, the story was covered earlier. While entering I discovered that HPD still has not learned that photography is not a crime.
I covered HPD officer John Frank, last year, him initially claiming that I could not take his picture. He quickly backed down once I started recording the video below. HPD adopting a policy such as shown in the sign above makes it understandable that some of their officers would fail to realize that photography is not a crime.

However, HPD officers such as Tony

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Bill Cosby Trial, Photography Is A Crime

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Controversy is not an anomaly when one examines the accusations made against comedian and actor Bill Cosby. And as one would expect the proceedings created a newsworthy event and the media has responded, camping out on the streets, sidewalks and the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill
In what appears to be an effort to wrangle in the media, Judge Steven T. O’Neill has signed his name to a court order that greatly restricts the rights of those there to cover the proceedings, from limiting access to the courtroom, courthouse and surprisingly the Public areas around the

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EXCLUSIVE: Miami’s Top Prosecutor Busted Censoring Darren Rainey Protesters

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Miami-Dade County’s State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle is censoring at least 100 of her critics on Twitter, including a dozen accounts either named Darren Rainey or with the deceased man’s profile image.
We have pictures to prove it.
It all started when the prosecutor sent a tweet about freedom.
This exclusive report is based upon public records requested from the Miami-Dade SAO’s office under Florida’s Sunshine Law, including their social media policy, which as it turns out does not specify that a public official in their office has any allowance to censor citizens by blocking access to their public posts.
Miami residents are in an uproar

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Journalist Arrested for Documenting a LAPD, DUI Checkpoint

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

 
Memorial Day Weekend 2017, starts the beginning of the Summer season for some and for Law Enforcement it is just another opportunity to conduct DUI checkpoints under the guise of traffic safety. On Friday, May 26, 2017 journalist Daniel Saulmon, or as he’s better known as (Tom Zebra) from his YouTube channel, was documenting along with CatMan of the ONUS News Service a DUI checkpoint under control and supervision of the city of Los Angeles Police Department (Pacific Division).

 
The checkpoint was set up in the City of Marina del Rey, at the intersection of W. Washington Blvd. and Yale

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Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

Friday, May 26th, 2017

INTRODUCTION
 
The City of Homestead has a torrid reputation, and a pattern of willfully refusing to comply with the public records law. Homestead is a little town at the southern end of Miami-Dade County, rarely receiving the scrutiny it deserves as a cesspool of public corruption and maleficence.
 
I have used the records request process, as a pre-discovery method for investigating my civil rights claims. Homestead has failed to comply with the public records law on the majority of the nearly one hundred requests I have filed.
 
Homestead has a pattern and practice of unlawful noncompliance as it relates to the records law

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Sued for Retaliating Against Reporter who Exposed Embarrassing Arrangement Involving Daughter and her Horse

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Los Angeles police arrested journalist Jasmyne Cannick while covering a protest against police brutality the night before Thanksgiving 2014, twisting the truth to accuse her of leading a throng of protesters across an imaginary police “skirmish line,” then claiming in their reports that she became so aggressive, they had to push her back.
But the charges were dropped a year later when police and prosecutors were unable to find evidence to back their claims, even though she  had been among 150 protesters – many with cameras whose footage ended up as evidence  –  who were detained after police boxed them

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Sued for Retaliating Against Reporter who Exposed Embarrassing Arrangement Involving Daughter and her Horse

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Los Angeles police arrested journalist Jasmyne Cannick while covering a protest against police brutality the night before Thanksgiving 2014, twisting the truth to accuse her of leading a throng of protesters across an imaginary police “skirmish line,” then claiming in their reports that she became so aggressive, they had to push her back.
But the charges were dropped a year later when police and prosecutors were unable to find evidence to back their claims, even though she  had been among 150 protesters – many with cameras whose footage ended up as evidence  –  who were detained after police boxed them

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Sued for Retaliating Against Reporter who Exposed Embarrassing Arrangement Involving Daughter and her Horse

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Los Angeles police arrested journalist Jasmyne Cannick while covering a protest against police brutality the night before Thanksgiving 2014, twisting the truth to accuse her of leading a throng of protesters across an imaginary police “skirmish line,” then claiming in their reports that she became so aggressive, they had to push her back.
But the charges were dropped a year later when police and prosecutors were unable to find evidence to back their claims, even though she  had been among 150 protesters – many with cameras whose footage ended up as evidence  –  who were detained after police boxed them

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Stalking Away The First Amendment: Part 1

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
 
Homestead Police Department (HPD) has silenced the First Amendment with false stalking charges and restraining orders.
Their abuses leading to two of my three false arrest, and to me being served with four frivolous restraining orders.
Sadly, such abuses are not limited to Florida, and occur nationwide.
I have researched this new trick in the police playbook being used to stalk away the First Amendment.
PINAC presents this series as a case study on such stalking abuses in Florida and across the country.
Included are discussions on the federal subsidies which create disincentives to fixing the problem, and discussions on Florida stalking law related to

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Stalking Away The First Amendment: Part 1

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

 
Homestead Police Department (HPD) has silenced the First Amendment with false stalking charges and restraining orders.
Their abuses leading to two of my three false arrest, and to me being served with four frivolous restraining orders.
Sadly, such abuses are not limited to Florida, and occur nationwide.
I have researched this new trick in the police playbook being used to stalk away the First Amendment.
PINAC presents this series as a case study on such stalking abuses in Florida and across the country.
Included are discussions on the federal subsidies which create disincentives to fixing the problem, and discussions on Florida stalking law related to

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Dallas Transit Police Sued For Wrongful Arrest of PINAC Reporter in Rosa Parks Plaza (UPDATED)

Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Update: We have the complete audio of the incident below.
Dallas Transit Police wrongly arrested a Texas man for taking photos in Rosa Parks Plaza near the city’s downtown bus station, now they’re facing a serious civil rights lawsuit, which you can see below.
“DART’s investigation sustained every single allegation against her,” said PINAC reporter Avi Adelman in a tone of deep frustration about the lawsuit he filed, “They found she [the DART Officer] lied 23 times in her statement vs the body microphone tape, and they are not going to do anything to punish her for this action.”
He accuses Dallas Area

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New Jersey Cops Seeking Men Who Took Photos of Public School From Public Road

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
New Jersey police are on the lookout for two men caught on video taking pictures of a public school from a public road, asking the public for help in tracking these men down.
Gloucester Township police say it is important to find these men because they were involved in “suspicious activity.”
They are even providing an anonymous tip line for information leading to the identities of the two men.
As of today, the two men are still at large, armed with their cameras and bolstered by their boldness for daring to take photos in public.
But considering the video posted by the Gloucester Township

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Texas Mom Exonerated For Saying “Dick” by Johnson County Attorney’s Office

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Jessica Curs’ long nightmare of criminal censorship charges is finally over.
The Texas mom exonerated today, was admonished by a police Captain in plain clothes, while coaching a game with 9 year-olds.
Then, 2 months later she was arrested by that officer, the second in command of Alvarado Police Department, Captain Gary Melson.
Curs has finally been officially cleared of all potential charges in connection with the incident, which you can hear in the podcast below.
Texas Police Captain Gary Melson, Alvarado Police Department.
That’s right, Mrs. Curs will not be formally charged with cursing in Johnson County, because she said the word “dick” in a

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San Diego Cop Holds Photojournalist at Gunpoint, Accusing Him of “Trespassing on County Property”

Monday, September 21st, 2015
With two hands on his gun, a San Diego police officer confronted photojournalist JC Playford as he was conducting a video interview outside the main sheriff headquarters, accusing him of “trespassing on county property” Friday afternoon.
Playford had been interviewing another photojournalist, Gerry Nance, who had been shoved to the ground by a San Diego sheriff’s deputy last Wednesday while attempting to cover a stand-off situation involving a man barricaded inside an apartment with a gun.
Nance was planning on entering San Diego sheriff headquarters to file a complaint against the deputy, who not only shoved him, but later arrested him

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Texas Cops Arrest Man for Saying “Fuck You” Despite it Being Protected Speech

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
A Texas police officer warned a man that if he used one more curse word, he would be arrested.
“Fuck you,” responded Stephen Benavides. Not even giving it a second to think about it.
The Madisonville police officer, joined by his partner, wasted no time in grabbing him and taking him to jail.
The incident took place July 18 in Madisonville, a town of less than 5,000 about two hours outside of Dallas where  Benavides and others were recording cops in a gas station who had pulled over a driver when they were approached and harassed.
But the video was only uploaded today

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