Ademo was caged because he pointed-out that a cop assaulted a kid. It’s as simple as that.
If he would have posted a video that included portions of conversations he had with public officials that showed him lavishing praise on them, do you think he would have been drug through legal land and threatened with 21-years in a cage? Hell no.
Fortunately many took note of his plight and worked to showcase to others the unaccountability and double-standards of criminals justice system actors, thus eroding their claimed authority even faster. A couple such write-ups are below.
[Thanks to Sam Ames for bringing-this write-up to my attention]
New Hampshire State Rep. Robert Kingsbury, as Laurence Vance points out, exhorts Americans to support their “local” police as a buffer against the federal government (“Power Up the Local Police,” letter to the editor, August 6). Were he to focus his attention on the behavior of police agencies in his own backyard, Rep. Kingsbury might appreciate the fact that the “local” police are implicated in most of the institutionalized evil committed by government — and, like the Feds, are unaccountable to the public.
Just days ago, a jury in Manchester, N.H. convicted Adam Mueller of spurious “wiretapping” charges for the purported crime of recording and publicizing telephone interviews with local police officials. Muller, who is more commonly known as Ademo Freeman (and will hereafter be referred to as Ademo), founded an activist group called CopBlock.org, which documents criminal abuse by police officers.
Last October, a police officer named Darren Murphy was videotaped assaulting a student at a local high school. Ademo called the school and the police department seeking comments about the matter from officials who are, in principle, accountable to the public. Despite the fact that public officials acting in their official roles have no legal expectation of privacy, the County Prosecutor charged Ademo with violating the state’s wiretapping law.
After initially being threatened with 21 years in a cage, Ademo was given a sentence of three months in prison — for the supposed offense of seeking to make local police accountable to the public they supposedly serve and protect.
According to the dogma of the national Support Your Local Police Committee, which Rep. Kingsbury eagerly endorses, citizens have a moral duty to render unqualified, unconditional support to the police, and use what influence they have to counteract any public criticism of “local” law enforcement.
“We urge all responsible citizens in this community to…[s]upport our local police in the performance of their duties [and] oppose all harassment or interference with law enforcement personnel as they carry out their assigned tasks.... [We must accept] our responsibilities to our local police, to defend them against unjust attacks, make them proud and secure in their vital profession, and to offer them our support in word and deed wherever possible.” (Emphasis added.)
The extent of Ademo’s “crimes” consist of him recording and later posting online calls he made to three members of the school requesting official statements about the incident and inquiring about what might be done to hold the officer, who was caught on tape doing to a child what would result in an arrest for child abuse if his own parents did the same thing to him, accountable for his actions. There should be little doubt that this was not the intended purpose of rules against wiretapping, nor should there be much of a mystery to the real reason that is was used in this manor against Ademo.
This is nothing more nor less than an obvious and blatant attempt to discourage people from opposing the official power structures within the government and prevent exposure of misconduct by its employees. Furthermore, it’s an attempt to push back against personal attempts by Ademo and others within the Cop Block network to publicize law enforcement and governmental abuses. In essence, Manchester wants to ensure that the old axiom “you can’t fight city hall” holds true, even if they have to fight dirty in order to do so.
Posted to DailyCaller.com by Steven Nelson on August 16, 2012
New Hampshire Republican state Rep. Mark Warden told The Daily Caller he thinks the state’s Democratic Gov. John Lynch should pardon Adam Mueller, who was sentenced on Monday to nearly three months in jail for recording conversations with police and school officials without their consent.
But, Warden said, “I don’t see any benefit politically to Gov. Lynch to do so” because “less liberty is good for the executive branch of state government, whose lead cheerleader is the governor.”
The Granite State requires the consent of all parties before a conversation can be recorded. Last October Mueller posted a video of alleged police brutality at a local high school and subsequent conversations he recorded with a police officer and two school employees on his blog CopBlock.org.
Mueller was arrested after chalking the blog’s name on a police building. He represented himself during court proceedings for the three wiretapping charges.
“I don’t regret what I did,” Mueller said in court after asking jurors — without success — to ignore the law and find him not guilty.
Prosecutor Michael Valentine claimed that Mueller was trying “to disrupt, to be disobedient, to slow down the court system and clog it,” the Union Leader reports.
Valentine, who was heckled by protesters, had sought one year in jail, and the law allowed for up to 21 years for the three charges.
In 38 states and Washington, D.C., recording officials without their consent is not a crime. Warden told TheDC that his state “Democrats have been fighting changes to the wiretapping statutes.”
“The more actions made illegal, the more it means job security for folks in the judicial system and law enforcement,” said Warden. “Gov. Lynch is a big-government guy, and he has long enjoyed solid support from state employees unions, including police unions. The attorney general’s office supports more laws and harsher laws. The governor is firmly in their camp.”
Thanks to English Dark for putting this video by The Young Turks on my radar: