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November 19, 2016
Sergeant Chavez and Military Police officers from the Joint Forces Training Base
Joint Forces Training Base, 11206 Lexington Dr, Los Alamitos, CA 90720.
Phone: (562) 795-2090
Howdy folks. How is everyone doing out there doing? Nasty Nathanial here I’d like to start this article off with a question. What do you think of when you think of a bully? Is it someone like Biff Tannen picking on George McFly in “Back To The Future”?
I bet you wouldn’t imagine it being someone in a uniform, who is supposed to be defending the constitution of our great nation. Well, that is exactly the kind of bully that California Guardian, High Desert Community Watch, and I encountered last week at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California.
Before I go any further I’d like to say that I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. They put the their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the many freedoms that we have in this country, such as the freedom to be on a public sidewalk and film whatever can be seen in public view. This freedom is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. However, there are those in the military who seem to be more than willing to violate that sworn oath. In the past week I have conducted First Amendment Audits at a handful of military installations and the responses I’ve gotten from within’ the bases have really lowered my opinion of our military. In Los Alamitos the behavior of the Military Police there would further lower that opinion.
I recently met up with California Guardian and High Desert Community Watch to conduct some First Amendment Audits in and around the greater Los Angeles area. The theme of the day seemed to focus mainly on military bases. Of course we wanted to do nothing more than see to it that the men and women of the Armed Forces respected our First Amendment right to film in public. But unfortunately the responses that we received was far bellow the standards that I expected of military personal.
Originally opening in 1942 as a Naval Airfield to train combat pilots during World War II, the Joint Forces Training Base is operated by the California National Guard and is home to more than six thousand Nation Guard and Army Reserve troops as well-being the location of the United States Air Force Civil Air Patrol. It is also home to some incompetent and unprofessional Military Police officers.
The base’s location is somewhat interesting to me in that you can access the main entrance gate from a public road that runs right through a residential neighborhood. Of course our intentions were never to attempt to go onto the base at anytime. Our plan was to simply stand across the street on a public sidewalk and film the base from public view. But as we approached the main gate we were greeted by a couple of MP’s who began shouting at us to shut our cameras off. It became obvious that our presence there was not welcome. Couldn’t they of simply asked us what were doing without all the yelling and making such a fuss? You would think.
Soon we found ourselves being approached by a whole gang of MP’s who came running out of the base and came at us rather aggressively. They appeared to be following the leadership of a Sergeant Chavez, an overweight fat body who spoke to us as if were grunts going through basic training instead of civilians exercising their right to film in public. He demanded that we shut off our cameras to which High Desert Community Watch informed him that he was being live streamed on YouTube.
Now what I want all of you to keep in mind is that military police officers have no jurisdiction whatsoever outside of the base and they definitely have no authority whatsoever to infringe on their rights a private citizens. So with this being the case what made this disgusting fat body think that he could go off base and attempt to interfere with the rights of private citizens?
So as the three of us continued to film the base Sergeant Chavez continued to become more and more agitated. When his demands that we stop filming didn’t work he then demanded to know our names. When that went nowhere he resorted to the only thing left he could do and that was continue to being a douche bag. At one point he told California Guardian that he should stop smoking to which he turned to me and said that I should start smoking. I say that this fat body should invest in a weight loss program in addition to learning about military codes of conduct.
Now at this point something inside of Sergeant Chavez’s peanut of a brain must’ve told him that he wasn’t going to able to stop us from filming the base. So guess what brilliant idea this fat body came up with next? He tells us in his best authoritative voice they are after us in one way shape or form and then heads further into the neighborhood in order to take down the license plate numbers of private citizen’s personal vehicles in an attempt to find out who we are. Here we have a military police sergeant who abandons his post in order to go harass some guys holding cameras. Will somebody please explain to me what is wrong with this picture? Shouldn’t he be more concerned about what is going on inside of the base opposed to worrying about some guys with cameras.
In the end when Sergeant Chavez and his clowns couldn’t come up with anything else to say or do to get us to stop filming, they resorted to calling the local police which is what they should have done in the first place if they actually believed a crime had taken place. Of course no crime had taken place. So when officers from the Los Alamitos Police Department arrived on the scene Sergeant Chavez and his clowns ended up getting an education in law. I wonder how they felt when the Los Alamitos PD explained to them that what we were doing was perfectly legal and that we had a right to be there. I would imagine they felt pretty small at that moment. Especially Sergeant Chavez. Well, at least they got a free education.