Hudson, NH Police Commander Sets an Example For Other Police Agencies To Follow

Published On January 16, 2012 | By Bradley Jardis | Articles, Videos

Adam Kokesh of Adam vs. The Man and I went to the Hudson, NH Police Department to file a criminal complaint against former House Speaker and presidental candidate Newt Gingrich’s security agent who assaulted Adam earlier the previous day. When we were there, Adam was filming, and was threatened with arrest.

I told the shift commander that he was absolutely incorrect about New Hampshire law due to a 1st Circuit Court of Appeals decision that denied qualified immunity to Boston, MA Police for making a similar arrest.

It is okay to be wrong… every human is wrong about stuff all the time. It does take, however, a big man to admit that he was wrong, and Lieuteant Dyac of the Hudson, NH Police proved to be a big man. Of course, it would have been preferred that he knew the law ahead of time, but we all know that ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse for US, but IS for state agents.

I am going to write a letter to Hudson, NH Police Chief Jason Lavoie praising his commander for his willingness to admit a mistake. I’d respectfully ask you all either do the same or call to quickly ask that the Chief be told that his Lieutenant is a step above many law enforcers we’ve encountered being wrong about the law. By taking the time to research the issue before taking action, Lieuteant Dyac saved his department from civil liability. He clearly is an asset to that agency.

Photography Is Not A Crime‘s Carlos Miller has done an excellent piece on this story, and his commenters seem to agree with my praise of the Lieuteant:

Joshua

Bravo to Lt. Dyac, he is the epitome of a good LEO. If only more cops could be more like him.

Interestingly, the Boston Police Department has finally come out and admitted that their officers were wrong to arrest the man who created this case law which I cited to the Lieutenant which kept Adam from being arrested.  Getting the government to apologize seems to only take five years and a federal lawsuit.

I believe positive encouragement for police accountability is as important as negative.  If you agree with me and want to praise Lt. Dyac for taking the time to research what I was saying and ultimately admitting he was wrong, Chief Lavoie of the Hudson Police can be reached here:

Chief Jason Lavoie
1 Constitution Drive – Hudson, New Hampshire 03051
Business line: 603-886-6011

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About The Author

Bradley is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire who served as a law enforcement officer from March 1999 to January 2010.
  • paschn

    Good for the LT.! In a country so completely owned by Wall Street, blissfully ignorant populace etc, it a small but appreciated bit of good news!

    Now, check this out,

    http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/news-media-corruption/ny-times-caught-lying-about-iran—iaea-report-on-civilian-nuclear-program.html

  • paschn

    This will be making the sycophants-in-blue feel warm and fuzzy if it’s allowed to stand “as is”.

    http://www.truth-out.org/why-im-suing-barack-obama/1326735002

  • Mike Suttles

    Please, stop labeling them as LEOs. Use the correct term: Peace Officers. If used enough, maybe it will help turn back the tide..

  • Josh

    You guys are ridiculous to file a complaint against that sergeant for “dereliction of duty”. He told you he was going to take a report after the event and even went so far as to go identify the man that allegedly assaulted you for later record.

    I am intrigued by some of what you do (including educating the above LT) but when you do stupid stuff like this you lose all credibility.

    For those of you that want to see the whole truth about what happened by the security staff that these guys are obviously not showing you go here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MRcZCXAKEM

  • Robert

    Those are some of the most reasonable cops I’ve seen in a long time. Bravo.

  • Tia

    Well done, on both parties’ parts! Of every town I’ve ever had to deal with the police force, I have to say that Hudson NH’s police department has always been helpful, respectful, fair, and reasonable. I lived in Hudson for 5 years, and I did have to deal with the police on several occasions, and I give them a lot of respect for how they dealt with each situation. Well done, guys. Loved the video.