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)
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)