Police State? What Police State?

I don’t even want to cover stuff like this, but at the same time; how can I not share this information? Completely unacceptable…

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Activist Convicted of Resisting Arrest Without Violence (Video Update)
Flickr/ photographer padawan *(xava du)
Activist Post

Orlando Cop Watch activist, John Kurtz, has been ordered jailed for 30 days with 1 year probation for resisting arrest without violence.

Kurtz’s case came to public attention in January after he was arrested for filming a case of police brutality administered at the hands of officer Adam Gruler, well known for his questionable conduct and liberal use of tasers and verbal abuse. Kurtz was facing a possible 6-year prison sentence for his audacity to film a public servant attacking a member of the public even after the person was restrained with handcuffs.

Kurtz’s video camera was confiscated after his arrest and mysteriously went missing, destroying a key piece of evidence for his own defense, as well as to document exactly what happened that day. The evidence, therefore, relied upon the words of police officers attached to the event.

Despite the conflicting testimony of these officers — including the arresting officer Adam Gruler himself saying that John did not resist — Kurtz was still convicted of… (continue reading)

 

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One thought on “Police State? What Police State?

  1. E.I.A says:

    I was in downtown Sarasota FL today talking to a “homeless” friend near a bank with a condo on top (yeah). A security guard had popped out and glanced at us, so I said to my friend “hey, I think we’re going to get a little trouble from that feller soon”. About 5 minutes later a police car arrived. The officer said that two individuals were reported to be threatening passersby in the same spot, as well as making lewd comments. Thankfully the officer was good, and accepted my assurance that neither we or anyone else did anything of the sort, and that it was a completely false accusation. It was.

    Had that have been 8 out 10 officers, I might have been beaten or have gone to jail for quietly talking to a friend. I am 100% certain that no one else in the area did anything of the sort. Someone simply did not like one of us, and called the police “anonymously” to make a false accusation.

    The sick thing is that I almost felt lucky to have walked away from that scene, despite that I had done nothing even remotely offensive, and neither had my friend. A police state? Have no doubts.

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