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Tenacious Journalist Against Police Abuse Gets Nabbed for Doing His Job

Copblock's stock in trade is documenting instances of police abuse and making the public aware. While attempting to obtain comment from a particular police department about the actions of one of its officers, the owner of Copblock was cited for "wiretapping." Since journalists routinely tape comments for publication or broadcast, this action seems designed to chill First Amendment rights. Please read the story, visit the site and then call the police department/court in question and complain about this abuse.
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 http://www.activistpost.com/2012/07/copblock-founder-faces-21-years-in.html

Monday, July 30, 2012
CopBlock founder faces 21 years in prison on "wiretapping" charges for filming police
Activist Post

According to court documents, Adam "Ademo" Mueller, journalist and co-host of nationally syndicated radio talk show Free Talk Live, has been indicted on three counts of felony wiretapping. The charges are a result of a vlog Mueller posted on CopBlock.org about an incident involving alleged police misconduct, which featured recorded interviews of on-duty public officials.

Mueller's report focused on video recorded by a student's cell phone at Manchester's West High School, which depicted Officer Darren Murphy slamming a 17-year-old boy into a cafeteria table in October of 2011. Although public officials told the student to delete the video, it ended up in Adam Mueller's hands instead.

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"For every action there is a reaction. Because of my coverage of this racist and ineffective practice, I have been targeted for retaliation. My right as a citizen to cover the police in public places, as they perform their duties (a right recently acknowledged by U.S. Attorney General Holder) has resulted in my being targeted by the 32nd precinct in Harlem.

"In December of 2011, the very same officers stopped my car and conducted an illegal search. They found a pocket knife and a mini replica baseball bat in the car, and charged me with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a felony punishable with two to seven years on prison. My stop and arrest was unequivocal retaliation for my surveillance of these officers and work in the community."


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Drop the Racist Charges Against Jazz Hayden! 30.Jul.2012 11:12

SIGN THE PETITION http://freejazzhayden.wordpress.com/?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=e

"For every action there is a reaction. Because of my coverage of this racist and ineffective practice, I have been targeted for retaliation. My right as a citizen to cover the police in public places, as they perform their duties (a right recently acknowledged by U.S. Attorney General Holder) has resulted in my being targeted by the 32nd precinct in Harlem).

"In December of 2011, the very same officers stopped my car and conducted an illegal search. They found a pocket knife and a mini replica baseball bat in the car, and charged me with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a felony punishable with two to seven years on prison. My stop and arrest was unequivocal retaliation for my surveillance of these officers and work in the community."

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Photograph by Lyric Cabral, The Village Voice
Photograph by Lyric Cabral, The Village Voice