Photography Now an Act of Crime in the U.S

Photography Now an Act of Crime in the U.S

 

Some Americans have been witnessing an ugly upturn in domestic policy and law enforcement on the streets. With increased police brutality the last week of August brought into law photography classified under the Potential Criminal or Non-Criminal Activity Requiring Additional Fact Information During an Investigation. Under the LAPD Department Manual Volume IV Revised by Special Order ? 2012 it states:

Photography. Taking pictures or videos of facilities/buildings. infrastructures, or protected sites in a manner that would arouse suspicion in a reasonable person. Examples include taking pictures or videos of ingress/egree, delivery locations, personnel performing security functions (e.g. patrol, badge/vehicle checking), security-related equipment (e.g. perimeter fencing, security cameras), etc

Fair enough one might say, but how far reaching is this policy outside of LAPD jurisdiction and stated policy? A point in case is Jefferson Parish in Louisianna, when Sean Warren was beaten and tasered for recording the maltreatment of his brother, Casy Warren on September 09. He was then handcuffed and his cell phone destroyed, and then the polic turned on Casey himself and did the same!

Counter-terrorism!

This street performance has been meted out across the country in one form or another and occasionally resulting in death, and more to do with hiding evidence than national security.

When Sean Warren’s fiancee witnessed the incident, she called 911 in the hope the New Orleans police would come and rescue Casey. When they did arrive, both brothers were informed that they were not being arrested, and one officer helped Sean to find his phone.

Aware of civil and human rights, Warren managed to recover the video after taking his phone to a repair shop.

It did not stop there… 12 hours later police from the same Parish arrested Casey for wreckless driving and for fleeing from an officer. This was the third incident the Warren brothers experienced with the first noticeable incident was when they were being followed in their car. All documented with their attorney, in this incident, they stopped driving in an attempt to lose the unknown assailant. Instead of the assailant driving on, a man jumped out with a drawn gun, and identified himself as a detective with Jefferson Parish. No identity was given, no evidence of being from the polic department, no sirens, so Casey legged it down the bridge towards home. However, the same detective in Parish sheriff deputy uniform turned up on his doorstep. Casey was in his boxer shorts on answering the door, and was dragged out of the house and threatened by two deputies.

Casey was tasered in the head for asking for the presence of New Orlean police being out of jurisdiction, and Casey’s attorney noted that they were not reported leaving their post in Jefferson Parish. Casey was then handcuffed beaten in his kidneys, his back, and tasered again before being placed in a police car.

The Warren brothers have of course been hospitalized, and the FBI are running an investigation, but it should not reach this point, a point which will avail the Warrens nothing!

The case of Sam Bacile, the man behind the incendiary home-made film, Innocent Muslims has served many purposes including a national security one. Brought in for questioning by the FBI on September 15, a point he proves helsp to substantiate the following promotion by Deputy Chief Michael Downing, commanding officer of the LAPD’s counterterrorism unit:

“In this region we have active terrorist plots, in this region, right now,” he told KNX 1070 Newsradio

 The Department is currently tracking “government of Iran operatives, Hezbollah, sovereign citizen, homegrown violent extremists, animal rights groups” and others, Downing said.

He added that Iranian or Hezbollah agents may initiate attacks locally if war erupts between the U.S. and Iran.

Well from Hezbollah to animal rights groups should keep them busy, and the U.S. population under the firm eye of Big Brother!

 

Sources:

Romero, D. “Photographers Can be Detained as Potential Terrorists Under Official LAPD Policy.” http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2012/08/photography_suspicious_activity_terror_lapd.php

Ruppert, M. “Cops punch, tase, handcuff man then smash his cell phone for recording brother’s arrest.”  http://endthelie.com/2012/09/15/cops-punch-tase-handcuff-man-then-smash-his-cell-phone-for-recording-brothers-arrest/#axzz26YRhqoNI

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