Posts Tagged ‘Activism’

Police Killings on the Rise as NFL Owners Join Players in Protests

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Police in this country have so far killed 884 people this year, an average of 3.3 people a day, a slight rise from this time last year when they had killed 867 people, according to Killed by Police, a website that tracks these slayings.
Yet that fact seems to have gotten lost as NFL players continue to kneel in protest for the National Anthem, which led to President Donald Trump stating the following at a rally in Alabama Friday.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired, he is fired.’”
Trump received immediate league-wide backlash for his comments. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump’s comments were, “divisive and showed lack of respect for the NFL,” with many team owners echoing the same sentiments – including from owners who had donated to his campaign.
Shahid Khan, Donald Trump’s Muslim benefactor, is the Jacksonville Jaguars billionaire owner. In an effort to show unity amidst the recent divisive language of Donald Trump, Khan locked arms with his players during the national anthem on Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
But Khan donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration and more than likely voted for him even though he disagrees with Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Now Khan is showing national disagreement with Trump’s divisive demeanor; the same demeanor that was obvious during the general election.
Khan had this to say regarding his pre-game stance with his players:
“It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today. I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players, and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump. Our team and the NFL reflects our

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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 refused to cooperate with federal officials in deporting undocumented immigrants.
Flossin Media journalist Michele Darr said she emailed Sessions’ press secretary, Devin O’Malley, a day earlier to RSVP for the press conference.
And O’Malley responded by asking Darr a series of questions about what type of stories they have published during the previous six months, she said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime.
Darr told PINAC that she asked other Portland media outlets if they had to answer similar questions, but was told no, that they only had to RSVP.
However, Darr was under the impression that Flossin Media would be placed on the list because she complied with the following guidelines listed on the USDOJ website, emailing O’Malley the required information.

 
However, when Darr tried to enter the press conference, Homeland Security officers said they were not on the list as you can see in her video.
Flossin Media photographer and videographer Hailei Aberson-Holford was also denied access to the press conference.
Meanwhile, countless other journalists were being allowed inside as Darr remained professional but persistent while standing in the rain.
According to its website, Flossing Media owns and operates within print, video, epic events, street teams, graphic design, digital distribution, online social marketing, and

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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 told the cops that he was on assignment as a correspondent with PINAC News and not a counterprotester.
Police kept Smith from covering footage as seen in picture.
Smith even showed the cops his PINAC issued press pass, but they still assumed that he was a counterprotester at the rally to start trouble.
It was then that Sergeant Mirau told Smith that he could enter the press area on the other side of the gate, as seen in the video.
Smith walks all the way to the other side of the media entrance area and crossed the yellow line for media only to be told by a different set of officers that he still was not allowed in the media area.
And this time officers even threatened to arrest Smith.
Smith tried getting the name and badge numbers of the officers but then other officers came to physically remove Smith from the general protest area.
Meanwhile, the corporate media reporters who were allowed to enter the area were photographing the altercation but it does not appear as if they were published.

Other angles from the protest show officers throwing tear gas canisters at videographers.
Smith had this to say concerning the incident:
“I believe the Portland police trampled on my rights. I

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Street Vendor Raises $60,000 After Viral Video Showing California Cop Taking his $60 in Cash for Selling Hot Dogs without Permit

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

A hot dog vendor seen in a viral video this weekend having $60 in cash seized by a California cop for trying to make some extra money selling hot dogs is getting support from online donors who’ve now contributed to over $60,000 to crowdfunding efforts set up on his behalf.
A petition to fire University of California police officer S. Aranas badge #76 has received over 33,000 signatures.
“I wasn’t stealing or drinking, I was just working to sustain my family,” said Beto Matias, who was being issued a ticket outside a football game at Memorial Stadium when University California at Berkeley alum Martin Flores noticed and began recording from his cell phone.
That’s not right, man,” Flores, 44, says in the video after the campus cop is seen grabbing Matias’ money.
“That’s not right.” Flores can be heard saying repeatedly in the video.
“You’re going to take his hard-earned money?” Flores asks in the video, which can be seen below.  “People can drink on campus at football games and no tickets, but a hard-working man selling hot dogs, earning a living, gets his money taken away and a ticket.”
“Yep, this is law and order in action,” the cop replies.
“He doesn’t have a permit.”
“Law and order? No it’s not. Like I see people drinking in public, on campus….”
“Did you call us?” the cop asks.
“Walk 200 ft. to your left and you’ll see drinking in public. But a hard-working man gets his money taken away and ticket. That’s not right. That aint right man. That aint right. Law and order for the few….”
Aranas then appears to take Matias’ money in order to anger Flores and other standing nearby making sarcastic comments such as, “thanks for protecting us.”
After posting the video to Facebook, Flores set up a GoFundMe account to support Matias.
In addition to selling hot dogs on the side,

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Watch: Idaho Police Arrest Man for Video Recording FBI Building

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGr2M8nzbHY?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] 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 street from the FBI building during his audit.
Johnson was recording the entrance gate of the FBI building. Included in Johnson’s footage are vehicles going in and out of the FBI gate.
Quickly into the video a city officer approaches Johnson and asked for his ID. Johnson refuses to give the officer any ID on the premise that he is filming on a public sidewalk. The officer isn’t buying it and says that Johnson is committing a public voyeurism crime. That is a crime that doesn’t exist in Idaho.
Idaho code does not have a public voyeurism law. There is a video voyeurism law listed under “Chapter 66: Sex Crimes.” But video voyeurism deals with sex crimes and videoing sexually exploited content etc. Nothing about the video voyeurism law addresses filming law enforcement or law enforcement buildings.
But, the officer was determined that Johnson was breaking a law, so after so many chances of trying to get his ID, the officer arrests Johnson for failing to provide ID and obstructing.
Idaho law enforcement officials even received a memo from the state that reads: “remember the public has the right to photograph the exterior of Federal Buildings from publicly accessible spaces, such as streets, sidewalks, parks or

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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 Tuesday next week for a first appearance. I expect that Eli will be released early next week as well because the bail amount is purely punitive and simply a result of the staff at the county jail politicking and plotting revenge against Eli for documenting the Portland Police Bureau employees, a 100% lawful and legal act.

Video report from Mike Bluehair captures the whole event.
 
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=govCJgV5hhc?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] Portland Police are Targeting cop watchers for arrest to silence them!
These Kind of punitive arrests are having a chilling effect on our ability to continue our vital accountability work in our community. Please contact the ACLU and ask them to help us! 503-227-6928
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Caught On Video : Portland Police Sergeant Chadd Stensgaard *The Cop with Wandering Hands*

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Contributed By Mike Bluehair,
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Meet Portland Police Bureau Sergent Chadd Stensgaard Badge #43480  watch him it seems that he Can’t Keep his hands off People.
This is not Sgt Stensgaard’s first moment in the spotlight, back in 2008 he had issues with parking after Portland attorney Eric Bryant filed a citizen’s complaint. Bryant had been eating sushi at the SanSai Japanese Grill at Northwest 21st Avenue and Hoyt Street about 8 p.m. when he saw Stensgaard park his marked patrol car in a no-parking zone, within a few feet of a crosswalk. As reported by Oregon Live 
A Public records request has been submitted for his citizen complaint file (IA File), that could reveal even more dirty deeds done by this dude.
To file a complaint against a Portland Police Bureau officer you can fill out an electronic complaint form, call the IPR at 503.823.0146, mail in a completed Citizen Complaint form, or visit the IPR’s office. Fyi you don’t have to be a resident of Portland OR, to file a complaint! https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ipr/52031?
 
This is part of an ongoing effort to expose employees of the Portland Police Bureau, that target, attack and bring false charges against journalist, activists, and protestors.
Many of these individuals have been exposed time and time again and yet the City of Portland continues to employ and pay them.
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“365 Days and Holding–Human Rights Agencies Support US Human Rights Abuses”

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

 

Contributed by Janet Phelan
365 Days and Holding….
It was a year ago today that I filed a request for precautionary measures with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. The request asked for certain measures to be enacted for my safety and security—including that a guard be provided at my home for the periods of time I have to leave, in order to deter the repeated and illegal entries into my home.
Precautionary measures are considered to be emergency measures and the IACHR is mandated to deal with them as such. SEE THIS STORY
I’ve been waiting for a year for my request to be dealt with. In that year, my home has been entered dozens of times. Documents have been stolen, computers have been smashed and at one point, a jug of grape juice was poisoned. I collapsed but thankfully did not die.
As many of you know, I am a journalist by profession. You may not know that I was forced to flee the US in 2008 and that upon publication of my book, EXILE, which details the circumstances that forced me to flee my own country, my situation in my host country became fragile. When I filed my request with the IACHR, I named the host country as the perpetrator, acting upon orders of the United States government. Globalization at its worst…..
But the IACHR is now appearing to be afflicted with the same moral disorder that has compelled a Latin American country to take up the banner of the US’s vendetta. The venerable Commission appears to be acting as agents of the country whose murderous policies, directed against the elderly and minorities, were discussed in detail in my expose.
Ever so politely, the IACHR is simply failing to process my request.
My request for precautionary measures, enumerated as 16-559, is listed as “under

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Hermosa Beach Police Officer David Elliot’s Version of Excellent Customer Service On Display

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

What could have been a normal Saturday night in Hermosa Beach, California chasing calls for CATMAN of ONUS News Service, almost turned into a chest bumping and tough guy contest? When what would have a simple call to investigate suspicious activity (individual checking doors) turned into a perfect display of how exactly not to conduct yourself as a uniformed police officer.
David Elliot who pulled in over $112,000.00 of the City of Hermosa Beach Taxpayer’s monies in 2016, simply does not understand that interfering with the rights of the citizen is not part of the job description and that he should simply smile and wave unless asked a question.
That did not happen at all, he started by blinding the camera with his flashlight and then when CATMAN repositioned David Elliott redirected the beam to continue to obstruct and deny any attempt to document the incident.
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Would David Elliot have done the same thing if it was any of the Big Local Media Outlets like KCAL, KNBC, ABC7, KTLA or the National Outlets such as CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, likely not and if he did, I can promise you someone would be on the phone with David Elliott’s bosses immediately. Not saying that won’t occur, because it will, I will be calling and so should you.
The video continues, the suspicious character was found to be not so suspicious because he was sent on his merry way and this is where the incident takes a turn to the bizarre and surreal when David Elliott loses his cool and charges over to CATMAN and chest bumps him and behaves as if he is somewhere other than standing on the sidewalk in Hermosa Beach and working as a Police Officer.
I will venture to guess that this display will not be making anyone within David Elliott’s

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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.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WixzsV0H-A8?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] However, HPD officers such as Tony Sincore realize that it is our right to record them and to record within the station. The below video was taken by another local victim of HPD abuse.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeZ5Ioy1ZSc?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] Photography Is Not A Crime, is not only our name as an organization, it’s the law. It is also part and parcel of our First Amendment right as Americans to gather information on governmental affairs. First, I will address briefly herein the legal issues of video recording with sound which is legally equivalent to audio recording. Then I will cover photography which is legally equivalent to video without sound.
The Florida wire tap statute, FSS. 934.03, makes it illegal to intercept an “oral communication”, i.e. voices, without the consent of all parties. In this way video recordings having audio and/or audio recordings could be a crime, in some cases. Yet, the definition, FSS. 934.02, of “oral communication”, excludes conversations having no expectation of privacy, see also State v. Inciarano. Additionally, what can be plainly seen or overheard in public is covered by the plain view doctrine.
Katz v. United States establishes that no person in the publicly accessible lobby of the police department would have an expectation of privacy. Further, it must be noted that Constitutional rights, such as privacy, protect citizens from

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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 including but not limited to: excessively overcharging for records, claiming inapplicable exemptions, creating automatic and/or unreasonable delays in production, claiming incriminating records do not exist, falsifying records and destruction of records.
 
Florida has some of the strictest public records laws in the nation. The records law is thoroughly explained in the Government in the Sunshine Manual (GSM), and the city owns several copies. Yet, you could be easily fooled into thinking otherwise, based on the behavior and actions of Homestead and their attorneys.
 
I hope the information provided herein, while extensive by nature, will educate the readers on the public records law and how some public entities create costly issues.
 
BACKGROUND
 
PINAC published the original story of my abuse by Homestead officer Alejandro Murguido, beginning in 2012. I was falsely arrested in April 2013, after attempting to file a complaint, and charged for simply asking my neighbor to not speed and recklessly drive his city owned police car, in our community. Children regularly play in the street, and Murguido had previously asked me to contact him directly versus filing a formal complaint with his department.
 
I met with Homestead Chief of Police Alexander Rolle to file a complaint in February 2014. All false charges against me had been dismissed shortly

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WATCH: Las Vegas Cops Arrest Journalist for Recording on Sidewalk

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Las Vegas police arrested a journalist Saturday who was video recording a protest against President Donald Trump, demanding that he release his tax forms.
Police say KLAS news videographer Nebyou Solomon was arrested for trespassing and obstructing because he was standing on the private property of the Fashion Show Mall, refusing to leave when ordered to do so, then refusing to identify himself.
But a short video of his arrest shows he was standing on a sidewalk outside the mall, which is generally considered public property because it is paid for and maintained by tax dollars.
However, Las Vegas has a long-standing habit of allowing businesses to privatize the sidewalks in front of their establishments.
But a court ruled almost two decades ago that just because these sidewalks are private does not mean they are not public forums to conduct First Amendment-related activities.
And that exactly is what Solomon was doing when he was standing across the street from about 250 protesters, who were standing on the sidewalk in front of the Trump International Hotel, which evidently is not owned by the president.
In 2001, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals ruled that private sidewalks in Las Vegas are considered public forums just like public sidewalks because both are indistinguishable from one another.
According to a Metropolitan News Empire article from 2001:
The sidewalk in front of the Venetian Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip, constructed privately by the hotel to replace a public sidewalk that existed on the site when it housed the old Sands hotel, is a public forum for First Amendment purposes, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.
The divided panel handed a victory to local unions which have picketed the non-union hotel, local authorities who have refused to interfere with the picketing, and the ACLU of Nevada.
The Venetian argued that the sidewalk is

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Florida Sheriff Tells PINAC Reporter he has no Right to Protest Participation Award Ceremony for Deputies

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

A Florida sheriff violated PINAC reporter Jeff Gray’s right to record public officials in a public setting during his silent protest at the department’s annual awards banquet, which was held at the tax-funded St. Johns Convention Center in St. Augustine last month.
But St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar insisted it was “private property.”
“You go outside. And hold your sign,” Shoar told Gray, threatening him with arrest. “But you’re not going to stand in here and hold your sign. This is our party. This is our special night.”
“I’m standing here quietly holding a sign,” Gray responded, referring to his sign protesting against two shooting deaths committed by St. Johns County deputies.
Gray was quietly standing in the lobby of the convention outside the door to their award ceremony on March 24, where they were planning on using tax dollars to hand out participation awards to their deputies. He was not planning on stepping inside the ceremony.
Although the longtime PINAC reporter gave the sheriff several opportunities to opt out of violating his right to protest and record in public, Shoar insisted on violating his rights anyway.
And even though Gray remained completely calm and reasonable during the interaction, the sheriff kept stepping closer to Gray, apparently attempting to intimidate him into walking out on his own.
Gray captured video, as usual, showing Shoar telling Gray he should leave on his own.
Gray chose to flex his rights instead.
The video begins with Gray shooting video of the sign he was holding to support justice for Michell O’Connel and Andrea Shel, two police shooting-victims who lost their lives at the hands St. John’s deputies.
“I’m going to be peaceful, polite and quiet,” he says as he walks in.
The begins showing the first level of resistance, a convention center employee who concedes the building is owned and open to the public,

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Trump’s Ban on Muslims Divides America and Creates Havoc at Airports Across the Nation

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Donald Trump has been President for less than 10 days and he has already caused mass chaos in airports across America. His executive order went into effect on Saturday which temporarily bans the entry of people trying to get into the United States coming from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Trump said during his campaign that in order to combat terrorism he wanted to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
The aforementioned countries are all predominantly Muslim nations.
But included in the new president’s executive order are VISA holders, green card holders, and permanent resident’s of the United States who have a legal right to be here. Refugees and asylum seekers from the mentioned countries are also part of the ban. Even military interpreters can’t get visa’s, they must stay in their countries and face retaliation for working with the American Government.
In fact, no Visa’s are being granted whatsoever for inhabitants of the affected nations.
Airports are in disarray because the order was put into action without notice. So even VISA holders, Green Card holders etc. that were already physically on flights to America were held up at terminals once they arrived if they were coming from one of the affected nations.
On Monday acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates ordered the Department of Justice to not defend Trump’s order according to the NY Times.
Pertaining to her decision, Yates had this to say:
“For as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.
I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am

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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 the First Amendment and online activities.
The focus is on cops who violate the law, yet when exposed hide behind laws meant for the protection of battered and abused women.
COWARDS!
HPD’s actions inspired creation of the Coward of the Month award, with John Monaco being the first nominee.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EKFNqUKP-4?feature=oembed&w=620&h=465] My Transgressors Choose To Invoke God
Some may choose to skip over this section, but being a Christian I must oblige these officers with truth as they are lacking in knowledge.  
Generally, I leave the good Lord out of secular discussions, but HPD officers John Monaco (video above) and Alejandro Murguido (email) blasphemously invoke God.
They bear false witness against their neighbors, not just me, breaking laws as ancient the Decalogue.
Swearing oaths to be the keepers of the law, they do not keep it themselves, instead lording it over others.
I am just waiting for them to abuse scripture, while claiming a blessed status.
Like the Pharisees they lower their profession to one of revenge and tax collection for their temple (City Hall), simultaneously claiming hero status and victimhood.
Hypocrites, Ye Brood of Vipers!
This fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities.
I pray for them, while rebuking them, praying they would repent of their sin, turning back to God.
Regardless, their intimidation will never force me into quietly walking away while they continue unrepentant in their crimes against humanity.
OK Back To Secular Earthly Damnation
This began when I asked HPD Officer Murguido

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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 the First Amendment and online activities.
The focus is on cops who violate the law, yet when exposed hide behind laws meant for the protection of battered and abused women.
COWARDS!
HPD’s actions inspired creation of the Coward of the Month award, with John Monaco being the first nominee.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EKFNqUKP-4?feature=oembed&w=620&h=465] My Transgressors Choose To Invoke God
Some may choose to skip over this section, but being a Christian I must oblige these officers with truth as they are lacking in knowledge.  
Generally, I leave the good Lord out of secular discussions, but HPD officers John Monaco (video above) and Alejandro Murguido (email) blasphemously invoke God.
They bear false witness against their neighbors, not just me, breaking laws as ancient the Decalogue.
Swearing oaths to be the keepers of the law, they do not keep it themselves, instead lording it over others.
I am just waiting for them to abuse scripture, while claiming a blessed status.
Like the Pharisees they lower their profession to one of revenge and tax collection for their temple (City Hall), simultaneously claiming hero status and victimhood.
Hypocrites, Ye Brood of Vipers!
This fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities.
I pray for them, while rebuking them, praying they would repent of their sin, turning back to God.
Regardless, their intimidation will never force me into quietly walking away while they continue unrepentant in their crimes against humanity.
OK Back To Secular Earthly Damnation
This began when I asked HPD Officer Murguido

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WATCH: Ohio Trump Supporter Tackles Anti-Trump Protester from Behind on Stairs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

It’s been six days since Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the president election and there have been non-stop protests in cities and universities throughout the United States as well as reported violence between Trump supporters and protesters.
But until today, none of these clashes have been captured so vividly on video.
The video was recorded at Ohio State University Monday while an anti-Trump protester was standing on the stairs speaking to other protesters below through a bullhorn.
That was when a Trump supporter came running down the stairs and striking the protester from behind, sending him sprawling down the stairs.
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During a protest that ended up rolling into the Ohio Union, an anti-Trump protester was tackled while he was delivering a speech. The protester, Tim Joseph, was knocked down from where he was standing on the steps leading to the second floor.
Multiple emails have been sent to students and faculty regarding the disturbances surrounding the election.
“We protect First Amendment rights actively, but we do not under any circumstances tolerate intimidation or threats to students, faculty, staff or visitors to our campus,” said University President Michael Drake in one such email.
The man who tackled Joseph, who has not been identified, was arrested and placed under indefinite suspension from Ohio State, said Gerard Basalla, Undergraduate Student Government president and a fourth-year in political science and strategic communication.
“The assault that occurred — that’s what it was — in the Union tonight is completely unacceptable,” Basalla told The Lantern. “Every person on this campus has the right to feel safe and voice their opinion without fearing harm. We can’t be having this.”
The protesters are not protesting the results of the election, but the inflammatory rhetoric from Trump during the campaign that created

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WATCH: Trump Supporter Chased and Attacked by Protesters Over “Let’s Make America Great Again” Cap

Friday, September 30th, 2016

A man sporting a “Let’s Make America Great Again” cap signed by Donald J. Trump pulled up to an anti-police brutality protest in his $100,000 BMW in Southern California, only to be chased and attacked by protesters Wednesday.
Feras Jabro said he was merely expressing his First Amendment right to free speech, but it was obvious he was also trying his best to troll the protesters, who have been demonstrating against the El Cajon police killing of an unarmed mentally ill man.
And although he told protesters he was there to “support the cause,” he told his followers on Periscope that he believed the El Cajon cops were justified in killing Alfred Olango – something he did not dare tell the protesters.
But the protesters got that impression anyway as he began posturing and posing for his Periscope followers, making sure to get his cap in the video with the protesters behind him.
The protesters ended up chasing him away, knocking him down and kicking him.
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One of them swiped his signed cap.
With the help of protesters who were trying to protect him, he made it behind police lines. Cops then escorted him to his BMW, which was getting towed.
The cops told the tow truck driver to drop the car, which they did, and he managed to get into his car, but not before more protesters approached him, making him fear for his life.
So he drove off as one protester kicked his car, which made him very angry as you can see in the edited video below.
So it appears as if Jabro proved his point that his First Amendment rights are not very secure in a crowd of angry protesters if you are wearing a Donald Trump cap.
Trump, after all, has been endorsed by

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WITNESS: Charlotte Riot Police Did Shoot Protester, Deny Involvement Blaming Civilians

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Charlotte riot police shot a man protesting against police killing Kenneth L. Scott, and was himself severely injured by law enforcement using a firearm or riot weapon in full view of a criminal defense lawyer, a group of clergy and multiple eye-witnesses, but now officers deny involvement blaming civilians for the shots fired.
We interviewed Karhran Meyer, who is a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer, who is a key eye witness to the shooting.
The unnamed protester is on life support.
Initial reports said he died.
North Carolina residents have spent their second consecutive night protesting police brutality after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot and killed Keith L. Scott who was not armed, and witnesses told a Facebook live audience was only holding a book in his hand.
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Another key eye witness report emerged from Charlotte on Twitter, along with a graphic photo of the bloody aftermath and a haunting statement from Todd Zimmer, who claims to have assisted in the emergency response.
“I didn’t want to post about this, but my city is lying about what happened tonight. Let the record show.”
My friend @neutralized was on the ground in Charlotte. He saw the shooting. Here’s his account. pic.twitter.com/H5cQXrAn37
— Max Berger (@maxberger) September 22, 2016

Kahran Meyers is a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer witnessed the shooting first hand at a peaceful protest. The 29-year-old lawyer published this tweet just an hour after witnessing the shots and noticing that the weapons discharge did not sound like a typical firearm:
I watched a man die tonight with my own two eyes. It was NOT by a civilian. I don’t care WHAT CNN tells you.
I was right fucking there.
— PAID LEAVE (@kahranasaurus) September 22, 2016

“I didn’t realize that I was standing next to someone from CNN at the time. It started when

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FBI Unable to Prove Existence of Planned “Halloween Revolt” Ambush on Cops by National Liberation Militia

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

In a few hours as the sun sets and Halloween descends upon us, the streets of this country will turn into battlefields, pitting masked anarchists against uniformed cops, escalating this so-called War on Police, who are only trying to keep us safe.
That is, if you believe the FBI and the countless news sites that regurgitated its warning earlier this week about a group called the National Liberation Militia planning a “Halloween Revolt” this evening.
Never one to believe the hype, especially when it comes from unnamed FBI sources talking exclusively to the New York Post, we called out the warning as bullshit from the moment it came across our desk.
And now a handful of other sites are doing the same, including Reason, FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting), Snopes and the Phoenix New Times.
The Phoenix New Times even went as far as contacting the writer of the original New York Post article, Melkorka Licea, to inquire about the origin of the tip.
New Times spoke with the Post’s Licea, who said she got the alert from her editor and had no idea the story would blow up like it did. She assumed at the time that it was a typical media release sent to multiple outlets.
She declined to send New Times a copy of the release, noting that a colleague was worried about revealing a confidential source, but she did say she planned to post it online sometime today.
During a phone interview, Remus of the local FBI offered to pass on a copy of the alert, but then a little while later, he e-mailed to say he couldn’t find it.
“So far I can only find the [New York Post] article, I have engaged my national office to see if they can send me the link,” he wrote. (New Times followed up, but received no

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Canadian Cops Intimidate Videographer by Crowding His Personal Space, Claiming it is Their Right

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Americans tend to think of Canadian cops as the kinder, gentler version of the short-tempered, trigger-happy, civil rights violating officers that make up much of the police departments in the United States.
But every once in a while, we are reminded that they can be just as bad.
Just over a week ago, we saw a video of a Canadian cop running over a dog several times before stepping out and shooting it to death in his attempt to keep the neighborhood safe from coyotes.
But that dog was somebody’s pet, a deaf, blind German Shepard/Australian cattle dog that had slipped through an open gate from its owner’s yard.
Now we are seeing a pair of Toronto cops doing their best to intimidate a man from recording a pair of youths for marijuana.
Marijuana? Many of us were under the impression that Canadian cops didn’t really care about marijuana.
But they not only do care about marijuana, they also care when a citizen tries to record them making an arrest.
The cops, Shawn Gill and Brian Smith, were from the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy unit, which they call TAVIS, an irony considering there was no hint of violence from anybody until they pulled up on the scene and began crowding the videographer, getting into his personal space, sticking their hands in front of his lens, saying they had every right to do all that.
We’ve seen American cops do that on so many occasions and the reason is obvious. They are hoping for the man with the camera to push them off – which would be a natural reaction for most people – where they would then have the right to beat and kill the videographer.
“You can record, you’re in public, right,” Smith said, his face inches from the camera, whose name is Mike Miller.
“No reasonable expectation of privacy

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New York Residents Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, Italian-Americans Call For End of Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

 
Yesterday, people in New York City rallied around Native Americans with a variety of actions, from Indigenous People’s Day celebrations that highlighted the diversity of native culture and recounted people’s histories of resistance, to a direct action that shut down the West Side Highway calling for an end to the present day state violence against indigenous peoples.
Simultaneously, an all-day on-line protest called “No More Columbus Days!” was taking place among New York City’s famous Italian American community, calling for an end to Columbus Day in general, and specifically the Columbus Day parade in NYC which can be contacted here.
In whole, thousands of New Yorkers displayed solidarity with the nationwide movement to end Columbus Day and replace it with an Indigenous People’s Day.
The event on Randall’s Island was hosted by the American Indian Community House, Redhawk Native American Arts Council, and the United Federation of Taino People. Starting with a sunrise celebration and continuing into all all-day community circle that highlighted song, dance, storytelling, spoken word, and prayer, the event celebrated the diverse, unique cultures of American Indian peoples.
“There is no word for ‘thank you’ in Cherokee,” one speaker explained. “It is built into the language and culture. Gratefulness and appreciation are built into every exchange.”

#IndigenousPeoplesDay celebration, Randall’s Island, NYC. https://t.co/PTQaesgZtY
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) October 12, 2015
As this celebration wound down on Randall’s Island, another began in the heart of Manhattan at the Ya Ya Network.
Hosted by Open Moments NYC, Anti-Colonizer Day: Reclaiming Our History highlighted the struggles of many peoples against the forces of colonization, past and present, and celebrated resistance movements with people’s histories.
African, Latino, and Native American students and teachers spoke and read poems about their personal experiences with state violence, elucidating the roots of this modern oppression in the violent colonization of this country, which many people celebrated

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BLM Ranger Kidnaps Family

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The only difference between an abduction case and a lawful arrest is that word, “lawful”.  On June 29th of 2015 a BLM Ranger working for The Dept. of Interior in Humboldt County, California stepped across the lines and abused his authority to retaliate against an activist family who was simply looking to enjoy a family camping trip after volunteering for a major local event.  This simple trip to BLM Land has manifested into a nightmare of abuse by both The Bureau of Land Management and the Humboldt County Law Enforcement Division, resulting in what most would construe as an illegal arrest and detention…or the act of “abduction”.
‘an investigatory stop is not an arrest despite the fact that a reasonable person would not believe he is free to leave.’ (U.S. v. Hastamorir, 881 F.2d at 1556)
Andrew Stephens has been working in Northern California on a low cost housing community and volunteering for local non-profit organizations when he and his family were stopped as they setup camp at Tolken Camp in King Range, which is managed by The Dept of Interior, specifically the Bureau of Land Management.  Ranger Joseph Crane initiated contact with the family and cameras were drawn.  In moments a simple “hello” became an investigatory stop, which later escalated to a felony arrest warrant for the offense of Resisting Arrest.
After completing a lengthy detention to check for warrants, denying multiple attempts to have a supervisor on scene, illegally searching, and traumatizing 2 small children, Ranger Crane released the family and cited them for failing to pay a camping fee, despite that he himself had them detained during the 30 minute grace period provided to pay such a fee. The following day the family went to the Arcata, CA BLM Office to make a complaint for misconduct and it was received

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Arkansas Cops Detain Men for Photographing Police Department While Open Carrying

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Two Arkansas men wearing guns on their hips ended up detained after they started taking photos of a police department.
But it wasn’t the guns the Bald Knob cop was worried about as it is legal to open carry in Arkansas. Supposedly.
It was the photos.
“I’m not playing around,” said Bald Knob police officer Chester Wright after pulling up in his patrol car and coming to a screeching stop.
“Are we being detained,” asked Kalab White, a 22-year-old open carry advocate who regularly does audits on Arkansas police departments and their reaction to open carry.
Wright confirmed they were being detailed, ordering them both to place their hands on the hood of his patrol car.
“Under the suspicion of what crime” White asked, keeping the phone in his hand, letting it continue recording.
“Taking pictures,” Wright  responded.
Wright continued pressing the officer to articulate a reasonable suspicion that they were both committing a crime, but the officer was unable to do so.
“I have reasonable suspicion ….,” the officer said.
“Of what crime?” asked White.
“We’ll figure that out here in a minute,” the officer responded.
Eventually, another cop arrived, Bald Knob police officer James Jackson, who came up with a reason.
“You guys cannot be on city property with a weapon,” Jackson told them, unable to cite the law that would state that.
Jackson also removed the phone from White’s hands, telling him he does not mind being recorded, but turning the phone off anyway.
But White quickly turned the phone back on to continue recording.
Eventually, Jackson noticed a sticker on White’s truck that are only given to law enforcement officers, which seemed to change the cops’ attitude towards the two men.
They were released without any citations or charges against them. 
In a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime, White explained that he is a “commissioned officer,” which is essentially a licensed security

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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 with the following description:
On July 18, 2015 three Dallas area activists headed down south to Waller County Jail to conduct an independent investigation into the murder of #SandraBland. Those activists are @LOLatWhiteFear, @WickedBeaute, and @S_Benavides1. While at the county jail the activists were able to interview incarcerated inmates through a fence opening in the back of the jail, and the actual Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith.
Afterwards, on the 4 hour drive back to Dallas that night the group stopped in Madisonville, TX to use the restroom. Across the street, Madisonville Police had a Black man pulled over and out of his car. This prompted the group to begin filming the interaction to ensure the safety of the driver.
After the driver was let go, Madisonville PD approached the group and began arguing about their efforts to #FilmThePolice. During the back and forth @S_Benavides1 used a curse word. Madisonville PD then warned him to not use profanity again, or he would be taken to jail. He did, was arrested and spent the night in Madison County Jail on charges of “Disorderly Conduct”.
Full video of the illegal arrest and interview with Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith can be found here:http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/68020238
The Supreme Court ruled in

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Ft. Lauderdale To Host Largest Transgender Conference In The Nation

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

This story was originally published by our partner site SouthFloridaGayNews.com.
By Nicole Wiesenthal
The largest transgender conference in the nation has relocated to Fort Lauderdale to celebrate its 25th year.
The four-day Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) will be held at Bonaventure Resort and Spa, 250 Racquet Club Rd, Weston, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6, bringing in between 600 and 700 transgender people, families and allies to Fort Lauderdale.
The SCC originated in 1991 as a way to provide an educational conference for the transgender community to speak with professionals that handle services in the transgender community, said Lexi Dee, the president of the SCC. It has since evolved to include fun, tourist events and significant speakers.
“We’re really excited to be in a new venue in Fort Lauderdale,” Dee said. “When we were approached by Fort Lauderdale, we looked at the property and were impressed.”
For the past 24 years, Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the event, but Dee said returning members had begun to get tired of the old venue and wanted a fresh change that Fort Lauderdale could provide.
“Fort Lauderdale has been wonderful,” she said. “We’ve had absolutely no issues with anybody in our hotel, any of the restaurant and the places we’ve been. The directors and volunteers who have visited have had nothing but good experiences.”
Richard Gray, the LGBT managing director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, said he’s made it his goal to target transgender tourists. He said he realized a few months ago that the transgender members of the LGBT community didn’t get much attention or focus by traveling companies and organizations.
“I had an opportunity to bring the ‘T’ to the forefront of LGBT,” he said.
Gray and his team put together the first ever transgender research study on travelling in North America, he said.
“We knew they liked to travel,” he said.

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Cyclists Ride 1,194 Miles To Honor Former UM Player Sean Taylor

Monday, August 24th, 2015

In 2007, Sean Taylor was murdered during an attempted robbery in his Miami home.
Now, almost eight years later, cyclists and community members are honoring him by riding 1,194 miles from Miami to Maryland – raising awareness and funds to open two community centers under his name.
Taylor was an American college and professional football player for the University of Miami and, later, a free safety for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.
According to Angela Berry, one of the organizers for the Restored Order Project – a foundation dedicated to building the Sean Taylor Community Center, his death impacted many families in the both the Miami and Washington areas.
“It was always Sean’s desire to give back to the community,” Berry said. “Now, our focus is to get these centers up and running, which will offer a variety of services and programs for both the young and the old.”
All the proceeds and donations from the bike ride will go toward building the centers, which will be located in both Miami and Washington D.C.
The centers will offer services for the elderly and for single-family homes, as well as GED and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs.
“They’re going to be well-rounded centers,” Berry said. “They’ll be something for everyone – the focus being to give young people, and the community in general, the opportunity to make good choices and letting them know that there are positive options for them out there.”

According to her, the bike ride will serve as a way to raise awareness about the foundation, as well as help draw donations.
The cyclists began the Fundraiser Bike Ride on Aug. 16 at Goulds Park in Miami. They are scheduled to complete the journey by Sept. 20 at FedEx Field in Maryland.
The riders include three pastors – as well as several other cyclists

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An Autistic Athlete From West Broward Is Raising Money To Compete In International Tourney

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

An autistic West Broward High School student is making a big splash on the varsity swim team. But she needs help from others to take her passion to the next level.
Gina Grant, a junior at the school is using GoFundMe, a crowdfunding website to fundraise enough money to have her family accompany her to the INAS Global Games this September in Quito, Ecuador.
The quadrennial event will be held from September 20-27th and us considered one of the world’s largest sporting events for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Forty countries will be represented at the games, and Grant is representing the United States.
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Grant will arrive a week earlier to acclimate to the high altitude in Quito, with her mother, Suzanne Grant-Hue, her grandmother and older brother.
“This is the first time Gina will be competing at this level, so we’d like to go as a family and cheer her on.” Suzanne Grant-Hue said. “Also, because Gina’s disability limits her speech, I have not allowed her to travel without at least one of us being there.”

“While Gina was diagnosed with Autism since she was 14 months old, we never allowed that label to completely define her or diminish her natural talents,” Grant-Hue said. “We encouraged and wholehearted supported all that she could do.”
At 18 months old, Grant-Hue hired a private instructor to come to their home pool for her daughter.
“By the second day of a one week lesson, Gina was swimming,” Grant-Hue said.
When Grant’s bother joined the Pembroke Pines Comets swim team, the young girl took notice.
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“Gina would go to the practices and I didn’t realize that she was studying his strokes, until one day she mimicked all his strokes in the pool at home,” Grant-Hue said. “Special Olympics

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