Posts Tagged ‘Civil Rights At Play’

Motel 6 Chain Sued For Releasing Guest Information to Feds

Friday, January 5th, 2018
Motel 6 is known for being a cheap motel.
But now the national chain is being sued by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for handing over thousands of motel guest’s information to federal officials.
Several Motel 6 locations in Washington routinely provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with confidential guest information, some of which occured on a daily basis. Some guest were even arrested based on the information provided.
PINAC News obtained the lawsuit which was filed on Wednesday in Seattle. The lawsuit details how since 2015 Motel 6 gave 9,000 guest’s information to ICE without any search warrants being issued

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

Oklahoma Military Police Harass and Intimidate Citizen for Recording Air Base

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Oklahoma military police, assisted by two Oklahoma state cops, were recorded lying to a citizen journalist in order to get him to surrender identification while peacefully and lawfully recording the Oklahoma Air National Guard base from a public space on August 31.
“Are you aware in the state of Oklahoma when a law enforcement officer asks you for identification that you’re required to produce it?” asked Master Sgt. Jason Cattleman, even though that is a blatant lie.
Castleman, whose Facebook page shows a photo of him posing in front of the White House, couldn’t seem to understand why anyone would want

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

Texas Judge Grants Qualified Immunity to Cop who Shot Innocent Man’s Dog before Detaining him at Gunpoint

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A Texas judge granted qualified immunity to a cop who shot and killed a man’s dog for barking at him, meaning the cop cannot be held liable in civil court.
A Texas judge issued an order this month granting a cop who shot a man’s dog for barking and allegedly showing his teeth at him qualified immunity, meaning he can’t be held liable in civil court.
“[The dog} was just kinda walking at me, he wasn’t, he didn’t, I mean . . .” Austin cop Daniel Walsh could be heard saying before cutting off the end of his sentence, according to the

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

Miami-Dade Prosecutor Loses Landmark Right To Record Case In Federal Court

Monday, July 17th, 2017
A Florida man won the right to surreptitiously record police officers while making internal affairs complaints without the threat of prosecution when he defeated the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office (SAO) in a federal appeals court ruling.
Prosecutors tried to censor the citizen, who published his incriminating recording of a police chief.
A lower court erred by agreeing with Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle when she sent a written threat of prosecution under Florida’s wiretapping statute to Dr. Eric McDonough, for making a secret recording and publishing it on to YouTube, in a video which you can see below.
Federal judges on the 11th Circuit

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

Miami-Dade State Attorney Censors Navy Corpsman On Memorial Day

Monday, May 29th, 2017
A Florida prosecutor just censored an active duty Navy Reserve Corpsman – on Memorial Day – for criticizing her frequently disparaged record.
Kathleen Fernandez-Rundle has been Miami-Dade’s State Attorney since 1993 when she succeeded Janet Reno who became the longest serving US Attorney General in history.
She hasn’t charged a police officer for an active duty killing in 24 years.
But she censored Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Suarez, an outspoken police accountability expert and Miami City Commission candidate.
On Memorial Day.
Daniel Suarez spent over six years on Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel which reviews the city’s police complaints.
This Memorial Day morning, Suarez quoted

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

WATCH: Colorado Cop Stages Fake Drug Bust on Body Camera to Frame Man for Drugs

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Video footage released last week shows a Colorado cop framing a man for drugs and gun possession by staging a fake drug bust reenactment on his body cam in a tow yard after an initial search of the vehicle may have turned up nothing.
Pueblo police officer Seth Jensen claimed he had his body camera turned off during the initial search, which is when he found the contraband, so then turned on his camera to conduct the search again under the guise that it was his first time searching the car.
But for all we know, he may have planted the

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

WATCH: FBI Agents Seize Cameras from PINAC Reporter Citing “Safety” Issues

Monday, April 24th, 2017

FBI agents in Texas ripped two cameras out of the hands of a PINAC reporter who was standing in front of a federal building legally recording from a public sidewalk Thursday, claiming they were in fear for their safety.
“I don’t want to be struck in the face,” said Keith A. Byers, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the El Paso FBI office at 660 South Mesa Hills Drive.
However, David Worden made no indication he would strike the agents in the face with his cameras.
In fact, Worden had been standing on the public sidewalk in front of the FBI building for

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

California Men who Spent Seven Months in Jail for Rap Lyrics and Facebook Photos File Lawsuit

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Two California men who spent seven months in jail for conspiracy to commit murder based on rap lyrics and Facebook photos that made no reference to actual murders filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department Tuesday.
Police based their arrests on allegations that Brandon Duncan and Aaron Harvey were Facebook friends with suspected gang members they grew up with, using an obscure law that does not ever appear to have been used in California before the 2014 arrests.
But there was no evidence that either committed any murders or were actual gang members.
Duncan, 35, was an aspiring rapper who went

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

WATCH: NYPD Settles Lawsuit in Teenage Brutality Case Where Witness was Pepper Sprayed for Recording

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
NYPD cops brutally beat 19-year-old Jateik Reed for resisting arrest and carrying drugs in 2012. Drugs were never found and the case was dismissed in court. Reed then filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city.
Now New York City has settled the lawsuit with Reed, who is now 24, for the amount of $614,500, his lawyers announced earlier this month.
Reed’s mother and two young brothers were also plaintiffs in the suit. The settlement was approved in July 2016, but the checks were now issued until December, NBC reports.
It all started in January 2012 when New York City police officers from the

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

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

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

FBI Shows up to Citizen Journalist’s Home for Photographing Mail Facility

Monday, October 31st, 2016
One would be led to believe that a United States Mail Service distribution center was sort of “National Security” location or as officials would describe it as “Critical Infrastructure” when it is anything but that.
Southern California Citizen Journalist Felipe “Phillip” Hernandez was accompanied by a few local auditors when he went by the US Postal Service Central Distribution Center, where he covered the exterior and the interior of the building without any issues or contact.
Once Hernandez began documenting one of the controlled entry points, the US Postal Service Police (Security) begin to attempt to interact with him.
This went on

To see the full content, share this page by clicking one of the buttons below

Vote on this story -->>>

THE MIAMI METROPOLIS -your source for news, music, sports, movies, restaurants, reviews, weather, travel, arts, tech and events in Miami