CALL FLOOD: Peaceful Streets Founder Snatched-up for Filming Austin PD Stop

Published On August 26, 2012 | By Pete Eyre | Articles

UPDATE: 6:45PM EST

Antonio is free(r) and addresses supporters and media.

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Update: 6:15PM EST

Video of Antonio’s kidnapping by Austin PD employees on Saturday, August 25th, 2012.

Click here to start video at 7:15 when Antonio is placed in handcuffs.

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UPDATE: 5:30PM EST

Per reports from Harold Gray and the Peaceful Streets folks, Antonio will be free(r) at 6:30pm EST. If you’re in/around Austin why not head-down to the Travis Co. jail to join others in welcoming him back!?

No Justice, no peace!
Free Antonio B!
No Justice, no peace!
Abolish APD!
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UPDATE: 12:20PM EST

Update via Clyde Voluntaryist of NeverTakeAPlea.org who after calling 311 was transferred to APD non-emergency who transferred him to Travis Co. deputy Petermen: Buehler is in Travis Co. Sheriff’s Dept holding cell alone. He’ll be arraigned in mid-afternoon. He’s levied with one threat: “Interference with public duty.”

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ORIGINAL POST: 12:00PM EST

Austin activist and Peaceful Streets Project founder Antonio Buehler was kidnapped and caged last night. If you have a moment, please call on his behalf and demand he be freed:

512-974-5030 (sheriff’s office)
512-854-5245 (jail)

If you’re in Austin join other good folks outside the jail now
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/493935907301271/
509 W. 11th St, Austin, TX

Use Lone Star Liberty Bell to get in contact with those on the ground: http://lonestarsmart.net/libertybell

It’s not a stretch to say that the APD higher-ups aren’t Antonio’s biggest fan as he has done such a great job exposing their systemic rights-violations.

From John Bush:

ARREST ALERT!! CALL FLOOD!! RALLY!! Liberty Activist, Antonio Buehler, was arrested last night for interfering with a police investigation. Per Joshua Pineda, Buelher was 30 ft away filming the arrest of a man who had just pushed his gf to the ground. The officers asked the man being arrested if Antonio was bothering him,he said yes, they then arrested Beuhler. He is now at Travis County Jail awaiting magistration.

Here’s our interview with Buehler in July:

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About The Author

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, Eyre seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He later hit the road as co-founder of the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour, and now resides in the 'shire.
  • Tim

    Ok…….before any more is heard on this, I’m giving 5 to 1 odds that the video will mysteriously come up missing from police custody

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  • KAZ

    I’ve watched Antonio in action in a couple of video’s that have been posted here already. He does interfere with police during his filming. Once again I am giving advice to those who film police. It’s OK to film police doing their jobs. It’s not ok to talk to police during a traffic stop or while in the process of an investigation. Your best bet is stand back and film with your mouth shut. Once the police are done with the stop then you may talk to police and people they stopped about what had occurred. If a police officer has to stop what he’s doing to answer your questions then you are interfering with their duties.
    On the other hand I have not seen the video for this incident and am looking forward to seeing the video evidence.

  • MoeLarryCurly

    HERE IS THE ANSWER:

    United States Court of Appeals
    For the First Circuit
    No. 10-1764
    SIMON GLIK,
    Plaintiff, Appellee,
    v.
    JOHN CUNNIFFE, in his individual capacity; PETER J. SAVALIS, in
    his individual capacity; JEROME HALL-BREWSTER, in his individual
    capacity; CITY OF BOSTON,
    Defendants, Appellants.
    APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
    [Hon. William G. Young, U.S. District Judge]
    Before
    Torruella, Lipez, and Howard,
    Circuit Judges.

    “In this interlocutory appeal, the defendant police
    officers challenge an order of the district court denying them
    qualified immunity on Glik’s constitutional claims. We conclude,
    based on the facts alleged, that Glik was exercising clearly established First Amendment rights in filming the officers in a
    public space, and that his clearly-established Fourth Amendment
    rights were violated by his arrest without probable cause. We
    therefore affirm.”

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  • HONORYOUROATH

    I called the number listed as sheriffs office and it goes to the Cheif of Police and it says his message box is full!!! Good news there.

    I called the number listed as jail multiple times and every time it’s busy! So it sounds like the call flood is working. Thanks Pete for putting this out there.

  • Pete Eyre

    Tim, as you can see via one of the updates, video footage of his kidnapping was captured by a friend and is now shared.

    KAZ, I hear what you’re saying but to not have the ability to question someone who’s using or threatening force against a peaceful person doesn’t set the stage for a very just system nor friendly world. Acting differently toward one group of people only creates a double-standard, which only has the incentive to grow.

    Thanks HONORYOUROATH!

  • KAZ

    Pete, Good to hear from you and I definitely agree that officers using unnecessary force against a peaceful person is wrong. However, from watching the video Antonio was asked several times to step back PLEASE. The officer was very nice and polite when addressing Antonio. Had he backed off just a little maybe things would have gone different.
    I don’t think he should have been arrested for contempt of cop. He did not interfere with the police and should be found innocent.
    My original post was to inform those who film police what to do in order to avoid arrest.
    I wish Him and Ademo all the best in the coming future.

  • BJ

    From what I saw, He wasn’t arrested FOR filming the police. He was arrested WHILE filming the police. It just looked like his goal was to get arrested, well, mission accomplished.

    Would he have been arrested had he not inserted himself into the situation? I don’t think so.

  • Tim

    Pete,
    Glad no one took me up on the bet :) Goes to show, have at least two filming!

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  • Steve H.

    A step back order is normal, but the videographer needs to ask “Where? and How far and Where do you want me to stand?” If stand back means go where you can’t record that’s not acceptable, If stand back means about 15 to 30 feet away from the detention and police activity, then that should be done by the videographer, but usually “stand back” means go away or go inside or just plain beat it. That’s not acceptable.

  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    I would be sure to ask how far like Steve H says, but not out of recording distance.

    I would also agree with kaz about letting the LEO finish with his/her stop, then talk to them.

  • t.

    Another nice video showing that filming is fine, getting involved in a situation that doesn’t pertain to you…bad.

    The older, news story is huge joke. The female on the ground that “begged” him to film doesn’t look real abused. Arrest yes, abused, no.
    As for the video of his arrested in that story, inconclusive at very best.

    Again….film all you like. Involve yourself, and well….you’re involved.

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  • HONORYOUROATH

    t. I have watched the above video of Antonio’s arrest and I can’t see where he interfered . Antonio was simply filming,I never saw him engage the police or the subject at any time. The Officer asked the man being arrested if Antonio was harassing him,the man responded by saying “yes he is I want to press charges” this seems to be the officers basis for asking Antonio to move back and then arresting Antonio for interfering. Seems pretty flimsy. I bet charges will be dropped.

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  • KAZ

    @HONORYOUROATH
    I agree I to did not see him interfere with the police or individual being arrested in any way. I think what matters most in this situation is the fact that they were in public. If the man felt harrassed by being filmed, tough luck there is no expectation of privacy in public. The cop has a right to ask him to step back but does not have the right to arrest him for filming. I don’t think it will be very long before we see new laws created that require all people filming police to maintain a certain distance from police.
    I hope the charges get dropped as well.

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  • Common Sense

    Too bad activist confuse ‘filming’ and ‘interfering’ – you’d think that they would learn after being arrested over and over…

  • DKSuddeth

    how convenient that the austin PD was concerned about their suspect feeling harassed.

  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    Common Sense says:
    August 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Too bad activist confuse ‘filming’ and ‘interfering’ – you’d think that they would learn after being arrested over and over…

    Is this the same way police get confused if it’s legal/illegal to record them in public??

    you see new video’s everyday almost of a LEO saying turn the video off.
    I’m not asking the LEO become a lawyer, but damn.

  • Common Sense

    I know if I was going to kidnap this shitbag, I’d take him to the barber, not the jail.

  • t.

    @Honor: So, that private citizen….the one being arrested…who didn’t want Antonio’s “help”, has no rights now? His wishes don’t matter? That fact that he doesn’t want some jerk filming him getting arrested and splattering it all of the net doesn’t matter? Oh, I forgot, you’re a Cop Blocker, to you the only rights that matter are your.

  • Buford T. Justice

    Buehler looks exactly like I thought he would. I noticed the article didn’t mention the effect of the arrest upon Buehler’s job. Is it because he doesn’t have a job?

  • Yankee Fan

    Question.

    What the hell does someone appearence, social status, employment status have to do with them being arrested for doing something that time and time again shows the polcie usually get this wrong?

    There is a huge difference between standing on top of the cop versus standing 33 feet away and pulling out the iphone and filming. The fact is police almost always get this wrong and lose in court because exercising your 1st amendment rights trump all. Go read what happened to the Ibarra brothers who were arrested standing on their own property photographing police because there were undercover officers who had been snapped. They each had multiple false charges leveled against them, had their camers deleted of their contents and one cop threatened to shoot one of them…over fucking pictures! The jury was set to fucking whack the county for a large amount but they settled for 1.8 mil for serious civil rights violations. They were not interfering, participating, being involved or anything else. The sherriff never testified but he would have had to back his deputies meaning he would have sanctioned this unconstitutional behaviour or would have tossed them under the bus saying this is bad behaviour. The lawyer for the 4 deputies was disappointed that they did not get to tell their side…so am I. I can only imagine what would have been their excuse.

    There was also a case that pre-dated the Glick ruling in NH I believe where a man filmed and recorded police and was arrested on several charges. He passed the phone to his wife who was threatened with arrest unless she handed the phone over. The dumb fuck chief or captain said their arrest happened before the 1st ruled in favour of glick so it was a valid arrest. The ruling did not establish law or precedent. It said this right always existed. This is a serious issue as there constant issues with LEO’S and arrests involving peeps lawfully filming police.

    One last story to show how uninformed LEO’S re with filming. Carlos Miller and a group went to florida to film a historic bldg. that is slated for demolishing. They were about 10 in number and the police were called and a group of 5 police showed up. It was a positive meeting and the cops realized they were not trespassing like they thought but at 1 point a female deputy made a statement about undercover officers and filming and how that interferes with an investigation. Carlos Miller told them thats not true that there is a law that prohibits filming undercovers. They tried to give hypothetical scenarios about safety and what if im undercover and I get recognized and such which was rejected as excuses but he did tell the one deputy he would not film or take his pic if asked in a NICE, POLITE, COURTEOUS manner because he takes his job serious as a photojournalist.

    All of these show that police are in need of training on the constitutionality of fliming in a public space. It does not matter who you are or what profession, if you are in public you can and will be filmed.

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  • t.

    @YF: I hear you. But keep some perspective. The relatively few incidents where the police interrfer with totally uninvolved people are few. Just watch the videos. Those tgat are truly uninvovled are rare and few.

    Look at this incident in total. YES, it is true that there is no “expectation of privacy” while in public. And that goes for everyone. But the guy getting arrest didn’t expect to get arrested. He clearly doesn’t want Antonio filming him. Where is the respect for him? From your comment, and the comments of others, apparently that doesn’t matter, his dignity matters not. You tube is littered with videos where the non police involved party asks not to be filmed and it’s the same thing “no expectation of privacy, no expectation of privacy!”.

    This was a very peaceful arrest. Antonio just kept inturding.

    Standing back and filming the police is ffine. Getting involved is bad. Showing some common respect for those other parties involved is important. They aren’t asking to be the star in your internet videos. Don’t make them be.

  • DJ

    If I remember correctly in the North East there was already a supreme court ruling regarding police action and media. There was a requirement that the police have actual inrternal rules designated and published to the public that define how close media can get in public while police activity is ahppening.
    The intent of the ruling was that the distance may not inhibit the media from its job or interfere, but that the media must not be in the way of officers doing thier work.

    Pease remember that an officer can tell you to move illegally. Just as the nazi’s afficers are allowed to give illegal orders and frankly must be obeyed. Always obey the officer, however state that you are doing so involuntarily and in violation of federal law and civil rights. make sure you are heard on your recording equipment.

    In other words, tell the officer that you are not wilfully giving up your civil rights but by use of his force and illegal use of authority will submit.

    If anyone has time, please review all you can on “open carry”. These guys are expert at telling cops that they are in violatin of rights and using illegal force and then submitting to it. The resultant law suits have cost cities and police departments millions.