Nick Juarez, Alice (TX) PD Employee, Cages Man for Filming

Take a few minutes to let Alice police employees know that filming is not a crime.

Alice (TX) Police Department  (361) 664-0186

Only bullies want to censor the free flow of information. Nick Juarez was in the wrong and the inaction of his colleagues to speak out only makes more blatant their claimed double-standards. Yet such authority is gotten only when granted.

Do you view aggressors as “authorities”?

Yesterday Oklahoma Cop Block founder, D.J. McCaskill put on my radar a video [below] captured and uploaded to YouTube.com/Gloc361 that shows, after almost 12-minutes into a relatively uneventful vehicle stop on an Alice, Texas road, Nick Juarez walk onto private property, demand identification from the person recording, and when the response given was not in the form of identification but in stating rights, Juarez put into handcuffs (and, when the camera was turned-off, bring that person to a cage).

I called the Alice Police Department on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 to inquire about the policies supposedly upheld by employees of Alice police department. Specifically, whether it was standard operating procedure to kidnap and cage anyone documenting the actions of employees. I was told to call back. I did, but again, was told on on present could talk to me about their policies or the incident.

Maybe you’ll have better luck?

alice-texas-copblockAlice Texas Police Department

It’s clear Gloc361 was not in any way interfering with the stop*, so why did Nick Juarez feel compelled to not just walk on property he was told was private? Is that the kind of behavior you desire from someone who “protects” you?

Raw Video from YouTube.com/Gloc361

Video Description:

I was wrongfully arrested while I was at work. I was taking a break and decided to record a traffic stop that was off the highway a good 60 ft away and was then approached by an Alice Police officer who I advised that he was trespassing onto Private Property he then demanded to see my ID and that’s when things took a turn for the worst..!!!

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*though we don’t know in this case for sure, most stops – the restriction in freedom of movement, or else – are done despite the absence of harm to person or property. To be clear, their primary purpose is revenue generation. It’s not too surprising then, that one activist has likened police employes to road pirates.

 

UPDATE: Wed., Jan. 2nd, 2013 10pm EST

Video from YouTube.com/MikeHansonArchives

Video Description:

Alice Texas Police Department
Phone: (361) 664-0186
Website:
http://www.ci.alice.tx.us/index.aspx?nid=142
Nick Juarez is the arresting Officer

UPDATE: Sat., Jan. 5th, 2013 11pm EST

Alice Police Officer In Viral Video Put On Leave from KRISTV.com

Nick Juarez Cages Videographer, Gets Paid Vacation from Cop Block (below)

Last week we helped get a spotlight on Nick Juarez, an Alice (TX) police employee who non-nonchalantly kidnapped and caged Gabriel Cabrera after he realized Cabrera was filming, from private property, a vehicle stop that Juarez was involved in.

Twelve minutes after Cabrera started filming (from a good 60-feet away), a stop that wasn’t “atypical” (it’s unfortunate that a shake-down in plain sight can be normal), Juarez noticed him, approached aggressively, and when Cabrera stated his right to record rather than turn-over his ID, Juarez put him in handcuffs.

Props to local TV outlet KRIS, who’s employees aren’t allowing the attempted deflections by Juarez’s colleagues (really nothing more than PR folks for an organized gang). Though I’d say they still have room to grow as they’re still likening the aggressor and cronies to “authorities.” Please.

It’s clear Juarez was in the wrong. He’s now on “administrative leave” – a doublespeak way of saying “paid vacation.” Is that punishment?

Juarez would likely never have even thought he could treat someone as he did Cabrera but not for the perverse incentives that he was working in. Would anyone claim that this was the first time Juarez ever violated someone’s rights?

It’s probable that before he so callously acted toward Cabrer, Juarez would have long ago been fired at a previous iteration. The lack of competition means a lack of accountability.

 

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Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.