Jacqueline Muellner Steals Videographers Camera, Her Ramsey Co. Cronies Compound Aggression

On October 30th, 2012, Drew Henderson’s video camera was stolen from him by Jacqueline (Jackie) Muellner, an employee of the Ramsey County Sheriffs Office. Rather than admit fault, Muellner and her cronies levied threat of a cage or ransom on Henderson (due to claims he “obstructed” and acted “disorderly).

Ademo covered this on January 7th, 2013 in the post “If I end up on YouTube I’m going to be Upset” (which included the video below), as did Carlos Miller, over at PINAC in his piece,  Minnesota Sheriff’s Deputy Confiscates Camera While Saying: “If I End Up on Youtube, I’m Going to be Upset”

Just who was the aggressor in this exchange between Henderson and Muellner?

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Jackie Muellner

TwinCities.com did a story about the incident and quoted one of Muellner’s comrades, Randy Gustafson, the “spokesman” for the Ramsey County (MN)-based crime syndicate, “It is not our policy to take video cameras. It is everybody’s right to (record) … What happens out in public happens out in public.”

Yet the story unthinkingly parroted an exception that Gustafson carved-out, “One exception might be when a law enforcement officer decides that the recording is needed for evidence, he said. In that case, the officer would generally send the file to investigators and return the camera on the spot.”

Really? People wearing badges have stolen my camera from me three times and my phone once. It’s always been a huge hassle, and one of the main reasons I think this tactic is employed by individuals who want to censor their misdeeds. If the tools used by those of us advocating for transparency are taken, as happened to Henderson, where does that leave us?

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Drew Henderson

Ramsey County residents: Are you happy to pay for this “service” detailed by Henderson?

Let Jacqueline Muellner, who stole Henderson’s camera, and her colleagues, who are continuing to levy threats against him with time in a cage or a ransom, under the pretense of, “obstruction of legal process” and “disorderly conduct.”

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Some thoughts I had while watching this video:

  • 0:00 Excellent TheDrewKS took the time to create such an exhaustive overview
  • 0:18 Good he got name and shares it early-on
  • 1:21 That’s about the “customer service” expected from a thief
  • 1:50 What does it matter if that security guard knows TheDrewKS? Implying that such a question even matters grants that person more authority simply due to their attire and title.
  • 2:57 Proactive, not defensive
  • 3:34 Realize how skewed is this reality when a person can steal the camera of another and proudly share their name afterwards
  • 5:05 Awesome he filmed this interaction as well. document everything, every in-person or on the phone interaction. and even opening mail sent.
  • 6:03 Ideally the video would capture the person talking.
  • 7:10 TheDrewKS sounds a bit nervous. He shouldn’t be as he has acted in the right.
  • 8:57 The inefficiencies of this centralized, coercive monopoly is admitted to by Larry Casey
  • 10:45 Isn’t it weird that TheDrewKS feels compelled to thank the accomplice of the person who stole his property?
  • 11: 38 Language is important. Calling someone by a title first gives legitimacy to their claim of authority. The act was done by a person.
  • 14:07 Bullies want to censor information. Why assist them?? Such content should immediately be put up. The more eyes on such a situation sooner, the better.
  • 15:11 Is it a surprise that such a claim would be made? Or is this exactly what happens due to the perverse incentives of the centralized
  • 17:30 Dan Eggers already is laying the groundwork for what he hopes will lead to TheDrewKS admitting guilt to something. Eggers is used to such scenarios happening. Fortunately more folks are seeing that charade and choosing not to participate.
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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.