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?
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
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.