Last year Pete and I were arrested for filming Franklin Co sheriffs and Todd M. Dodge of the Greenfield police department. Yesterday Pete, Beau and myself headed to the Greenfield police station to interview officers there about filming police. The first officer we seen yesterday was Todd M. Dodge and before we could speak with him we were threatened by a lieutenant. He ordered me to have no contact with Dodge and that if I didn’t follow his order I could, “see what happens.”
It’s ironic that the Greenfield police consider asking Dodge, or any other officers, questions a form of intimidation. Especially since these guys make a living running around with guns on their hips demanding money and giving ‘orders’ to people. In another dispute, where an individual wronged someone else, the two parties would talk it out until a reasonable solution can be reached. Yet, when those people are police we’re forced to go through long legal processes that are often times too demanding or expensive.
The Greenfield police are lucky to be funded by the government, or your tax dollars, because I doubt anyone would pay for the service they seem to provide this community. Again, we’ll be at Replay on Main Street in Greenfield, MA from 1 -4 tomorrow. Stop down and say HI!