On Fed 24th (2011) Pete Eyre and myself attended a Public Safety Commission’s meeting at the Greenfield (MA) police station. The exact same police station we spent the night in last July, charged with felony wiretapping for filming ‘public’ officials conducting their ‘public’ duties — meta post here. The commission meets once a month to discuss (or control) a wide variety of public safety issues including the police department’s policy and procedures.
Below is the video we took at the Public Safety meeting.
Do you know how frustrating it is to be charged with a ‘crime’ for filming police officers that force (via taxation) millions of people (including me) to pay their salary? To spend a night in a jail that taxpayers are forced to pay for? To be dragged, wearing shackles and handcuffs, into a building that wouldn’t exist if people weren’t forced (again, via taxation) to pay for. To be prosecuted by a district attorney that’s paid for by the same means? To plead my innocents, because we all know you’re guilty until YOU prove otherwise, in front of a judge that is paid for by the same organization (the government) as everything else within the system. To add to the frustration, the ‘justice system’ of Greenfield tried to charge Emily Peyton with the exact same charges back in 2007 for filming a protest. It’s an identical case that the city ran from, dropping the charges, after the ACLU decided to represent Emily. Do you, seriously, know how frustrating this is for us?
The police, district attorney, judge(s), mayor and all associated positions (clerks, secretaries, ect) will not be troubled in the least by these proceedings. In fact it’s business as usual for them and their wallets won’t know the difference. Their bills will remain paid, leisure time unaffected and they’ll never have to tell their family “no” due to unexpected court expenses. The only people who lose are the taxpayers and us because the system is against us from the start. You’re charged, tried and judged by people who share the same employer. An employer that threatens you with jail time, or loss of possessions, if you refuse to pay for their ‘services.’ How long will you allow police officers, district attorneys, judges and politicians to get way with such abuse?
Though this is frustrating for us, it’s going to be our (myself and Pete’s) main focus for the next couple of weeks because we have no choice. Our refusal to partake in their system will only land us in a cage, where it’s nearly impossible to represent yourself. We’ll be filling motions, interviewing other victims of the Greenfield Police department, doing outreach and talking to as many ‘public’ officials as possible. Just like we did in the above video. Our goal will be to highlight every last minute of this ridiculous process with our cameras, as we always do. If we’re going to go to jail we want as many people as possible to know the truth, the cost (both financial and personal), and how wrong it is to charge people for filming others in a public space.
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*Note: All post relating to Ademo and Pete’s MA Wiretapping Charges can be found here*