Jeff Gray (HonorYourOath) Detained for Filming Bank Buildings

Published On March 6, 2013 | By Pete Eyre | Articles, Videos

Yesterday Jeff Gray (HonorYourOath) was hassled because he videotaped bank buildings from public property.

Gray was doing nothing wrong, yet because he dared to assert his rights, he himself had his freedom of movement curtailed and a threat of caging levied. This was a classic case of claims made and reinforced by individuals used to having others obey, without question.

Initially the bank security told Gray (incorrectly) that he could not film, even though it was acknowledged that he was on a public sidewalk. Before too long a second security employee and three Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employees were on the scene.

Gray was told that because he was a “suspicious person” he was detained. Later, after speaking with his attorney on the phone, C. R. Cusatti – the man wearing a badge that took and ran his ID – told Gray that he was free to go.

Why wouldn’t Cusatti share his name verbally? Was he not proud of his actions?

Is this a police state, where one must ID for the so-claimed protectors or else?

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J. R. Cusatti, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employee

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
(904) 630-0500
C.R. Cusatti (individual who detained Gray)

Gray did a lot of things correct – he remained calm. He continued filming throughout. He knew where his lines were and he stuck to them despite pressure (ie he’d had already concluded that he’d share ID if he were detained, but not if he wasn’t detained). He asked questions of those used to controlling the conversation. He called someone offsite to keep them abreast of the situation. And he shared the content he collected with others – both to showcase the actions of those who claim to protect folks in Jacksonville and so that you and I can be more informed, should we ever find ourselves in a similar situation.

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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 calls Keene, in the 'shire his homebase.
  • certain

    Wear a t-shirt that says “I’m a filmmaker, and I’m filming”. That should be enough to allay the “suspicions”.

  • Common Sense

    13 minutes….I’ll pass.

  • tiberius

    First off, I am in full support Mr Gray’s activities.

    If you really want to do a 1st amendment test give the absolute minimum required responses, ie “I will remain silent” and “am I free to go?” Do not give your ID.

    If you really, REALLY, want to do a first amendment test wait until summer to photograph and record children at the park or at the pool.

  • http://CopBlock.org Rob

    Great Job Jeff, calling them now.

  • FTP

    Cusatti is a fucking PUSSY ! Coward piece of shit ! I hope to hear on the news that he was killed by a pcp ravaged lunatic, and this lunatic ripped him apart with his bare hands and he died a slow painful death. STOP VIOLATING PEOPLES RIGHTS !

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  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    Like that cap ur wearing….keep up the work….

  • HonorYourOath

    Rob did you get any results from the call?

  • Steve H

    I told Jeff to stop in at the local media and ask them “How come I have to go to jail to protect your freedoms?”

  • spirit of 46

    Doesn’t this violate the 5th amendment? The 5th amendment says you can NOT be deprived of your “liberty” without due process of law. If he was detained he did not have liberty-and I saw no judge or jury in the video so there was no due process taking place.

  • spirit of 46

    for goodness sakes stop carrying ID on you-then verbally ID yourself.

  • http://www.policemisconduct.net Glenn

    If it were me, I would file a complaint with the department. Filing one complaint may not seem like much, but in future cases of police misconduct, a list of hundreds of complaints would certainly hold probative value.

    We must all work together, and do our part, no matter how small it may seem. Over time, we can effect the changes that are consistent with the Constitution.

    POLICE OFFICER RAPES A THREE MONTH OLD INFANT AND A ONE YEAR OLD CHILD!

    When you see common sense, t., underoath, psosgt and all the other shills spew their boot-licking propaganda here on Cop Block, remember, THIS IS WHO THEY ARE, THIS IS WHAT THEY STAND FOR, AND THIS IS WHAT THEY DEFEND!

    Wichita KS police officer Officer Joseph T. McGill, 28, was convicted today of committing a sexual act on a 3-month-old child and a 1-year-old child. Officer McGill pleaded guilty in January 2012 in an unrelated case to sexual battery while on duty as a police officer and was sentenced to three years probation. Those charges stemmed from separate incidents in November 2010 and February 2011. The judge set sentencing for March 1.
    :
    http://www.kansas.com/2013/01/24/2649372/former-police-officer-convicted.html

  • al

    I don’t think that test is a good Idea the security guard is right to an extent. The film maker is setting himself up for terrorism charges and he is lucky. I wouldent try to film things too much that could be terror targets the cops are watching all sensitive areas.You have to be responsible if you want to assert your rights with the government.

  • RadicalDude

    Haha, I wish he would have asked him “what law” “can you cite the law?”
    It would be funny watching him try to come up with something.

    He asked questions of those used to controlling the conversation
    +1

    ^^^This is so important, it is vastly underrated in importance, keep a list of questions to ask, and confront them on their lies/senseless violence/criminality/insanity