Eureka, CA: The first trial of an arrested Occupier (Eureka) is over. The Humboldt County prosecutor's case revolved around the arrest of the demonstrator for videotaping Eureka police officer, Michael Guy, when he approached the Occupy Eureka site at 4am. After officials jailed the person who was filming for eight days, wasted the impoverished county's money, and spent nearly two weeks in court claiming that the videotaping woman's behavior put the officer in grave danger, a jury voted ten-to-two for acquittal. The case was dismissed.
“We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove,” Google wrote in its Transparency Report, Business Insider reported.
Google said that it “did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests,” revealing that the Internet giant had been bombarded with requests for information and for content to be removed by the US government.
US Police Wage War on Cameras
Today's high tech world has made it a lot easier to videotape police, but it may have also made it more dangerous. RT's Ramon Galindo shows us how a high school student has become the latest target in the war on cameras.
By Nathan Diebenow Monday, February 14th, 2011 The Atlanta police force will no longer tangle with citizens who videotape their actions in public, according to a recent settlement between citizen activists and the city.
In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.
Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.
To Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen,
Eureka City Council members,
Eureka Mayor Virginia Bass
Eureka City Attorney Sheryl Schaffner:
Know and assert your rights!
When: August 22, 2009 1:00pm
Where: Peoples' Action for Rights and Community
Do you know what to do when approached by police? On the street? In your car or home? Do you know what to do when encountered by other government
agents? Do your children know?
WE DO NOT WISH TO INTERFERE,
WE SIMPLY WANT TO OBSERVE
We ALL Have a Right to Observe Police Activity
How To Handle Encounters With 'Law Enforcement'
Friday, March 20th, 1:00pm-5:00pm
at the PARC, Peoples' Action for Rights and Community
Old Town Eureka, 320 2nd Street, between D and E, upstairs in brown wooden complex
CopWatch Training Saturday, October 11th
at HSU's MultiCultural Center (MCC), Arcata
The MCC is located on the south side of the HSU Library in Balabanis House 55.
CopWatch Training Saturday, October 18th
at PARC [Peoples' Action for Rights and Community]
on 2nd Street, between D and E, upstairs in the wooden complex