Nick Juarez, Alice (TX) PD Employee, Cages Man for Filming

Published On January 2, 2013 | By Pete Eyre | Articles, Videos

Take a few minutes to let Alice police employees know that filming is not a crime.

Alice (TX) Police Department  (361) 664-0186

Only bullies want to censor the free flow of information. Nick Juarez was in the wrong and the inaction of his colleagues to speak out only makes more blatant their claimed double-standards. Yet such authority is gotten only when granted.

Do you view aggressors as “authorities”?

Yesterday Oklahoma Cop Block founder, D.J. McCaskill put on my radar a video [below] captured and uploaded to YouTube.com/Gloc361 that shows, after almost 12-minutes into a relatively uneventful vehicle stop on an Alice, Texas road, Nick Juarez walk onto private property, demand identification from the person recording, and when the response given was not in the form of identification but in stating rights, Juarez put into handcuffs (and, when the camera was turned-off, bring that person to a cage).

I called the Alice Police Department on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 to inquire about the policies supposedly upheld by employees of Alice police department. Specifically, whether it was standard operating procedure to kidnap and cage anyone documenting the actions of employees. I was told to call back. I did, but again, was told on on present could talk to me about their policies or the incident.

Maybe you’ll have better luck?

alice-texas-copblockAlice Texas Police Department

It’s clear Gloc361 was not in any way interfering with the stop*, so why did Nick Juarez feel compelled to not just walk on property he was told was private? Is that the kind of behavior you desire from someone who “protects” you?

Raw Video from YouTube.com/Gloc361

Video Description:

I was wrongfully arrested while I was at work. I was taking a break and decided to record a traffic stop that was off the highway a good 60 ft away and was then approached by an Alice Police officer who I advised that he was trespassing onto Private Property he then demanded to see my ID and that’s when things took a turn for the worst..!!!

Related

  • KRIS-TV video at the Alice PD
  • Wiki’s page on wiretapping “laws”, which shows that Texas, where the video was captured, does not require consent or notification of both parties
  • Texas Cop Block on Facebook & via emai: [email protected]

*though we don’t know in this case for sure, most stops – the restriction in freedom of movement, or else – are done despite the absence of harm to person or property. To be clear, their primary purpose is revenue generation. It’s not too surprising then, that one activist has likened police employes to road pirates.

 

UPDATE: Wed., Jan. 2nd, 2013 10pm EST

Video from YouTube.com/MikeHansonArchives

Video Description:

Alice Texas Police Department
Phone: (361) 664-0186
Website:
http://www.ci.alice.tx.us/index.aspx?nid=142
Nick Juarez is the arresting Officer

UPDATE: Sat., Jan. 5th, 2013 11pm EST

Alice Police Officer In Viral Video Put On Leave from KRISTV.com

Nick Juarez Cages Videographer, Gets Paid Vacation from Cop Block (below)

Last week we helped get a spotlight on Nick Juarez, an Alice (TX) police employee who non-nonchalantly kidnapped and caged Gabriel Cabrera after he realized Cabrera was filming, from private property, a vehicle stop that Juarez was involved in.

Twelve minutes after Cabrera started filming (from a good 60-feet away), a stop that wasn’t “atypical” (it’s unfortunate that a shake-down in plain sight can be normal), Juarez noticed him, approached aggressively, and when Cabrera stated his right to record rather than turn-over his ID, Juarez put him in handcuffs.

Props to local TV outlet KRIS, who’s employees aren’t allowing the attempted deflections by Juarez’s colleagues (really nothing more than PR folks for an organized gang). Though I’d say they still have room to grow as they’re still likening the aggressor and cronies to “authorities.” Please.

It’s clear Juarez was in the wrong. He’s now on “administrative leave” – a doublespeak way of saying “paid vacation.” Is that punishment?

Juarez would likely never have even thought he could treat someone as he did Cabrera but not for the perverse incentives that he was working in. Would anyone claim that this was the first time Juarez ever violated someone’s rights?

It’s probable that before he so callously acted toward Cabrer, Juarez would have long ago been fired at a previous iteration. The lack of competition means a lack of accountability.

 

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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.
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  • rick

    Skip to 11:45
    Landscape orientation damnit!
    What was the purpose of that arrest?

  • Anon_human
  • Simple Jew

    B”H

    I called and was transferred 3 times.

    In the end I was told someone will call me back shortly.

    If T. and his buddies don’t call this for what it is PLAIN ILLEGAL then I for one lose any ability to ever take the guy seriously.

    I wish Nick Juarez could experience the inconvenience and frustration of being locked up by a bully thug who thinks he knows the law… like that guy trying to defend him in the first video– his boss

    I applaud the victim in this video for taking a stand and not backing down.

    I also applaud him for not resisting arrest and not cursing or otherwise getting violent.

    This video will hopefully be used to cause the loss of employment to anyone involved in his arrest and defense of it.

  • BluEyeDevil

    LOL, Another misinformed, fascist, uneducated, retarded tool that wears a uniform. The funny thing is that this fucking dumb cop is worried that he was going to end up on youtube. If he would’ve conducted himself accordingly with honor his stupid fucking ass wouldn’t be on youtube or copblock or in the local news and soon to be in civil court. LOL, DUMB FUCKING COP. LOL.
    Hey T.,
    Are you not proud of your brother in blue here. Another check will be handed to this man because of DUMB FUCKING COPS at taxpayer expense of course……….
    Video don’t lie and cops you will conform to the LAW or it will be used against you in a court of LAW, LOL, STUPID MOTHER FUCKERS. Like to enforce LAWS but abide by LAWS. It would seem to me the only criminal here is OFFICER DUMB FUCK.
    And you cops wonder why no one respects you. The way I see it keep pushing, it won’t be long. People will see you coming and shoot first because they know you don’t intend on protecting the people but self interest and soon self preservation. Get used to full riot gear boys. It’s coming to the U.S.A. soon, LOL, just like Europe.

  • BluEyeDevil

    LOL, Another misinformed, fascist, uneducated, retarded tool that wears a uniform. The funny thing is that this fucking dumb cop is worried that he was going to end up on youtube. If he would’ve conducted himself accordingly with honor his stupid fucking ass wouldn’t be on youtube or copblock or in the local news and soon to be in civil court. LOL, DUMB FUCKING COP. LOL.
    Hey T.,
    Are you not proud of your brother in blue here. Another check will be handed to this man because of DUMB FUCKING COPS at taxpayer expense of course……….
    Video don’t lie and cops you will conform to the LAW or it will be used against you in a court of LAW, LOL, STUPID MOTHER FUCKERS. Like to enforce LAWS but abide by LAWS. It would seem to me the only criminal here is OFFICER DUMB FUCK.
    And you cops wonder why no one respects you. The way I see it keep pushing, it won’t be long. People will see you coming and shoot first because they know you don’t intend on protecting the people but self interest and soon self preservation. Get used to full riot gear boys. It’s coming to the U.S.A. soon, LOL, just like Europe………………

  • Hey

    Crooked goons on the loose in Alice, Tx. ^^

  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    Just another FAT OVERWEIGHT piggy..

    Congrats…..you made Copblock and Youtube.

  • Ron

    If you don’t want to be on youtube, don’t come over and insert your ugly mug into the camera lens…. It’s not rocket science.

  • Common Sense

    Sorry, gonna side with Hector the cameraman on this.

  • Nod

    Don’t do it Common! Who will the the rest of the commenters rail against now?

  • John Newhouse

    File suit, A statute known as Section 1983 is the primary civil rights law victims of police misconduct rely upon. This law was originally passed as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, which was intended to curb oppressive conduct by government and private individuals participating in vigilante groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan. It is now called Section 1983 because that is where the law has been published, within Title 42, of the United States Code. Section 1983 makes it unlawful for anyone acting under the authority of state law to deprive another person of his or her rights under the Constitution or federal law. The most common claims brought against police officers are false arrest (or false imprisonment), malicious prosecution, and use of excessive or unreasonable force.

  • Steve H

    As a lawyer, let me echo what John Newhouse said: the videographer should file a Sectino 1983 action against the city and the officer individually. I’m not sure of the makeup of juries in the Western District of Texas, so I’m not sure what kind of actual damages they would award (for time off work, damage to reputation, etc.), but you are certainly entitled to recover your attorney’s fees and costs upon successful prosecution of the lawsuit.

    I’ve represented police officer in the past, and find most to be normal, likable guys; this one, however, seems to have let power go to his head. The real problem for the department and the city, though, is that they seem to have doubled down on the officer’s wrongful action by defending it. Very stupid of them.

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