Update: “Illegal” Uber Driver Arrested For Filming – Protest Taking Place Now

As was reported here at CopBlock.org a couple days ago, via Ian Freeman from FreeKeene.com (by way of Derrick J.), Christpher David, an Uber driver in Portsmouth NH who has been protesting a ban on independent driver services instigated by cab companies to avoid competition, recently had a warrant issued for the bogus charge of “wiretapping” for filming in public. In reality, it’s rather obvious that the charge is simply an act of intimidation and retaliation.

Today police showed up at David’s house to carry out that warrant and place him under arrest for the “crime” of wanting to provide a service to someone desiring that service and feed his family, including his very pregnant wife, in the  process. As detailed in the posts below (the original post is from VoicesOfLiberty.com, the update is from Freekeene.com), David was not home when they came by, but later decided to turn himself in.

He has since been released on his own recognizance. A protest against his arrest and the larger issue of the banning of Uber drivers is taking place right now. An embedded link to the Bambooser account of “Shire Guy” has been included below where a livestream (as well as recorded versions) of the protest can be seen.

Police Come for Uber Driver While He’s Out Buying Baby Food

November 6, 2015—Dover, New Hampshire police came to the home of Uber driver Christopher David to arrest him today. His partner was at home, pregnant with their son, who could arrive at any moment. David was out buying baby food. The arrest could very well prevent him from witnessing the birth of his son. The charge? Class B felony wiretapping, for recording a bouncer in public who was attempting to bully David into stopping his work as an Uber driver.

The City of Portsmouth, uberNew Hampshire, under pressure from several taxi companies, recently banned Uber from operating in the city, threatening to fine and arrest any drivers who continued to operate. The first citation was issued to Stephanie Franz, a 63-year-old grandmother and school bus driver. Christopher David started the Free Uber campaign to protest the ban.

On one occasion, David was giving rides in Portsmouth to bar patrons seeking a safe ride home when he was confronted by a bouncer employed by Daniel Street Tavern. The bouncer attempted to bully David into ceasing his work, who in turn recorded the incident. It’s important to note here that David was in his own vehicle at the time, and both parties were on a public street with no expectation of privacy. Nevertheless, the bouncer called the police and decided to press charges of a class B felony for wiretapping, resulting in a warrant being issued for David’s arrest, which Dover police served at his residence.

This is a clear attempt on the part of law enforcement to silence activism protests against the anti-Uber ordinance. Over the last several weeks, Free Uber activists have covered the town with flyers calling out the mayor, city council, and heads of crony cab companies for their efforts to ban Uber in Portsmouth. This arrest warrant is a clear attempt to silence Christopher David for spearheading the Free Uber campaign. Unfortunately, his partner and (as of yet) unborn son will have to suffer.

UPDATE: David has decided to turn himself in, and hopes to be out on bail in time to witness his son’s birth.

Activists in Portsmouth Protest Uber Driver Arrests

free chrisFreeUber.org founder Christopher David was released on personal recognizance today after turning himself in at the Portsmouth Police Department. Activists plan to protest the continued harassment of Uber drivers tonight, and Shire Dude will be livestreaming this protest.

Expect updates every hour, on the hour.

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