More Good News

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Skip the Prozac today, Agitatortots.

Word from Greenfield, Massachusetts is that a jury has acquitted Adam Mueller and Pete Eyre on all counts. They were facing felony charges for wiretapping (openly recording on-duty police officers) and resisting arrest.

 

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38 Responses to “More Good News”

  1. #1 |  Subject 2456198 | 

    Justice would require charges against those cops for violating the civil rights of citizens. Cops seem to forget that they are charged, as our public servants, with protecting those same rights.

  2. #2 |  PogueMahone | 

    Suh-Weeeet!!

    More of this, please. :)

    I think I’ll have a whiskey.
    Cheers.

  3. #3 |  JS | 

    Sweeeet!

  4. #4 |  Mike | 

    First good news about Corey, then good news about Adam&Pete?

    Who are you, and what have you done with Radley?

  5. #5 |  Robert | 

    I’ll drink to that!

  6. #6 |  WWJGD | 

    Now we’re just going to get more paranoid and expect some utterly horrifying turn of events.

    Personally, I’m going with Nancy Grace is to be nominated to the Supreme Court to replace Breyer after he died from a SWAT raid sent to confiscate his dildos.

  7. #7 |  Danny | 

    This is good, but it doesn’t invalidate the law. There would have to be a conviction followed by appeals to get the law invalidated on 1st Amendment grounds by the courts.

  8. #8 |  JS | 

    WWJGD “Personally, I’m going with Nancy Grace is to be nominated to the Supreme Court to replace Breyer after he died from a SWAT raid sent to confiscate his dildos.”

    I nearly fell over laughing at that one!

  9. #9 |  DarkEFang | 

    In what will no double come as a shock to everyone here, Kern County Sheriff’s Department has found that the shooting of Deacon Turner was justified. Also shocking:

    “A surveillance video released by the Sheriff’s Department shows Turner walking through the parking lot of the convenience store with two other individuals, stopping as deputies drove up and walking over to them to be searched.

    After the search Turner picks up the bags he set down and turns to walk away. One deputy follows him and can be seen striking Turner while the other deputy moves to keep the other individuals — who included Turner’s 19-year-old son, according to reports — back from the confrontation.

    But the video cuts out just before the fatal shotting, omitting a crucial six-second segment.

    Youngblood said the video was on a motion sensor and the camera shut off for a brief time until additional motion triggered it to start recording again.”

    http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x1206332303/Sheriffs-review-board-Fatal-shooting-of-David-Turner-within-policy

  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    I have a feeling we are about to be hit with a mass puppycide by the PG County Sherriff’s office on the home of a 90 year old couple which was the wrong address based on information from an anonymous informant and bite mark evidence.

  11. #11 |  Andrew S. | 

    Wow. The camera suddenly stopped working just in the crucial moments before the shooting. Funny how often that happens.

    (You’d think they could start coming up with better excuses than that. “The camera stopped working” has become the functional equivalent of the old “She fell down the stairs” excuse spousal abusers use)

  12. #12 |  Aresen | 

    I forgot to mention the presence of the couple’s 8 great-grandchildren aged 4 to 6, who were having a sleep over.

  13. #13 |  thomasblair | 

    Re: Turner killing.

    Wait – Turner is answering police questions, get agitated, and walks away. Deputy strikes his leg with a baton. Turner then swings a bag containing 2 beers at a deputy and before he could do it again, Kraft shoots him twice.

    And this is not enough motion to re-start the recorder? From the deputy hitting Turner with the baton to Kraft’s two shots seems like about 6 seconds. Funny that the camera wouldn’t detect the motion of Turner swinging beers “tomahawk-style”.

    Even taking this motion sensor shit at face value, it doesn’t add.

    I call bullshit on their already-bullshit excuse.

  14. #14 |  Sean L. | 

    Arsen —

    Don’t forget the flashbang that put two of the kids in the hospital for burn injuries.

  15. #15 |  efgoldman | 

    Danny at #7 is right. It might have been better in the long run if they had been convicted and appealed. I have no doubt that the MA SJC would find the law unconstitutional.

  16. #16 |  BamBam | 

    No one has asked “why did the camera stop recording”. I call bullshit on that. Since when does a camera “detect motion” to start recording, and stop recording when it “doesn’t detect motion”? I know technology makes it possible, but it isn’t a valid configuration for police work, so it’s a lie.

  17. #17 |  Jeff | 

    “I forgot to mention the presence of the couple’s 8 great-grandchildren aged 4 to 6, who were having a sleep over.”

    Or a duly-processed, “legal” no-knock raid because an inordinate number of the great-grandchildren were suffering from nasal congestion and great-grandma bought “too much” Sudafed which she might have used to manufacture methamphetamine.

    That’s enough for me, though. Good news (especially in such magnitude) is rare enough I’m going to stop that and try to find something to appreciate today.

  18. #18 |  SamK | 

    The video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sL0y6yqOKo
    (I didn’t see it in the previous link)

    Plenty of fucked up stuff even if their story is true dontcha think? They killed a man because he hit ‘em with a *beer can*!

  19. #19 |  SamK | 

    Even if he did, and after getting attacked from behind I don’t blame a man for reacting.

  20. #20 |  Andrew S. | 

    What does it say about me (or at least what this site has done to me) when, just glancing down the thread, I thought Aresen’s story (backed up by Jeff’s additional details) was true, and that I had just missed a link somewhere?

  21. #21 |  Pete Eyre | 

    Thanks for sharing Radley!

    Ademo & I will join Ian & Mark on http://freetalklive.com tonight 7-10pm EST

    Background: http://copblock.org/greenfield

  22. #22 |  Cyto | 

    WTF? Is July 19 the Agitator version of April fools day? Good news all around!

  23. #23 |  Cyto | 

    aaaaand, then I read the Turner article. Bonus authoratai reinforcement, they arrested Turner’s adult children for yelling at the police (who had just murdered their father). Charges include making criminal threats and participating in a criminal street gang.

    That’s class, Sheriff Younglblood. True class….

  24. #24 |  Andrew S. | 

    Even more good news: The Maricopa County DA (of all places!) will not be pressing felony charges against Yukari Miyamae (the woman who was arrested for felony sexual assault in an incident with a TSO officer in Phoenix). http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/07/19/20110719phoenix-tsa-agent-groped-no-charges-Miyamae.html

  25. #25 |  croaker | 

    @23 But I’m more than willing to be that she’s now on the No-Fly List.

  26. #26 |  Robert | 

    “No one has asked “why did the camera stop recording”. I call bullshit on that. Since when does a camera “detect motion” to start recording, and stop recording when it “doesn’t detect motion”? I know technology makes it possible, but it isn’t a valid configuration for police work, so it’s a lie.”

    Being a security systems expert, I can say that it’s quite common to use motion sensing in digital video recorders for security systems. It helps reduce the amount of hard disk space needed to record, as it only records when something is moving.

    However, the vast majority of these systems have a buffer which records a few seconds before motion starts, and also continue to record for several seconds or more after motion stops, to avoid situations just as the one described. So I’d say they are lying their asses off.

  27. #27 |  BSK | 

    TWO positive news stories in one day? Radley, you’ve gone soft on us…

  28. #28 |  BSK | 

    “A news release issued by the sheriff’s department about 2:30 p.m. said the use of force in the Turner case by Deputy Wesley Kraft was within department policy.”

    See, what you guys are failing to realize is that department policy says it’s totally cool to shoot unarmed folks. Or, at least it NOW says that. You can make anything fit a policy when you are the one making the policies.

  29. #29 |  Chris Mallory | 

    #28
    You mean it is totally cool to shoot unarmed citizens after you have attacked them from behind.

    A shame the grand jury doesn’t grow some balls and issue an indictment against the cops. They used to have the power to do that without the direction of the DA.

  30. #30 |  David | 

    #29: You mean it’s totally cool to shoot anybody under any circumstances, provided they’re not also cops.

  31. #31 |  capitol l | 

    No rest for the wicked, Radley.

    Quotas implemented for Pittsburgh police in Zone 2 which includes the historic and majority black Hill District.

    Also, video cuts out at crucial moment in police killing of former NFL’er David Turner; internal investigation clears officer of wrongdoing.

    I’m sure your shocked at these recent developments.

    Just to let you know, the H&R peeps, and our nuts, are glad you’re out in the world fighting the good fight.

  32. #32 |  DocHoliday916 | 

    Great post by Ian MacLeod on the Tuscon SWAT killing of Jose Guerena.

    http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2011/07/most-excellent-post-concerning-guerena.html

    I hope Radley put’s MacLeod’s article in The Agitator!

  33. #33 |  cliff | 

    >>>>However, the vast majority of these systems have a buffer which records a few seconds before motion starts, and also continue to record for several seconds or more after motion stops, <<<<

    So…cameras can predict the future and start recording a few seconds BEFORE motion starts them? Yeah, you're a 'security expert' alright.

  34. #34 |  Sean | 

    >> So…cameras can predict the future and start recording a few seconds >>BEFORE motion starts them? Yeah, you’re a ‘security expert’ alright.

    A “buffer” is a temporary storage location for data, so yes it is possible to record what happens several seconds before or after motion activates the recording, while saving disk storage space since the buffer is constantly being overwritten/updated. Or I’m just guessing that’s how it works.
    Anyway, it’s no surprise that there is no video of Turner swinging the beer cans — amazing how a motion-activated camera stops recording with all that action going on! However, I read an article where his son says that there is another recording out there that shows everything — if so we’ll see how they can find a way to keep that from coming out.

  35. #35 |  Cyto | 

    Cliff – to hang a little more meat on the description: Digital video surveillance systems continuously record to hard drive. The software then can analyze the video and look for motion within pre-selected sectors. The segments of interest are then automatically excised and saved.

    They’ll also often have automatic media rotation, retention policies (delete after 30 days, etc.).

    So it wouldn’t be at all surprising to have a video clip showing motion that begins before the motion.

    It is also possible that this particular camera had a zone defined around the door or some other area of interest that was not being triggered by the action with the police at all. It is a remarkable coincidence that the one particular moment in time which would show that the officer is somehow not guilty of manslaughter for shooting and killing a man armed with a bag with beer in it is somehow the moment that is missing. Lucky for him the presumption of innocence thing is really amped up when the defendant works for the government.

  36. #36 |  Rojo | 

    “It is also possible that this particular camera had a zone defined around the door or some other area of interest that was not being triggered by the action with the police at all.”

    If you look at the video in question, posted upthread, that excuse (not saying you are making the excuse) melts away rapidly. There’s LOTS of motion going on everywhere and the camera stays on for many, many minutes, with the sole exception being that six seconds when he gets shot.

  37. #37 |  Rojo | 

    But in the spirit of good news: This officer is reasonable when dealing with an open carry situation.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFzH5Oe-YL4&feature=player_embedded

  38. #38 |  Robert | 

    Sean “A “buffer” is a temporary storage location for data, so yes it is possible to record what happens several seconds before or after motion activates the recording, while saving disk storage space since the buffer is constantly being overwritten/updated. Or I’m just guessing that’s how it works.”

    That’s exactly how it works. The video is placed in a buffer which holds several seconds, and as new video is added the old is pushed out, unless the system detects motion, at which point that buffer is then written to the hard disk along with the motion video.

    And Cliff, as I have been working in the security industry for 20 years and writing manuals for digital video recording systems, I’d say that qualifies me as an expert.

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