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I was beat up, handcuffed and arrested by Miami police after photographing them against their wishes
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The cops slammed me to the pavement even though I offered no resistance, causing a deep abrasion on my right knee.

One cop grabbed me by the back of the head and repeatedly bashed my forehead against the sidewalk, causing abrasions and swelling to the right side of my forehead.

Another cop grabbed my right hand and bent it backwards in a 90 degree angle, causing me to scream out in pain and continued to do so even after the handcuffs were placed on me.

As I verbally protested, one cop threatened me with a taser gun if I did not stop talking.

I was charged with five counts of disobeying a police officer, one count of obstructing justice, one count of obstructing traffic, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of resisting arrest without violence.

I ended up spending 16 hours in the Miami-Dade County Jail, a rat-infested building that is more Abu Ghraib than American Grade.

I plan on suing the Miami Police Department for false arrest, excessive violence, destruction of personal property, including a $400 camera flash and medical expenses incurred as I had to go to urgent care for x-rays. At the doctor's request, I also need to get an MRI to make sure there is no internal bleeding in my skull.

Today, I will contact the Miami ACLU office about this, where I happen to be a card-carrying member.

The incident occurred Tuesday night on Biscayne Blvd and 69th Street, where I was on a journalism assignment about the transition of Biscayne Blvd from seedy motel strip to trendy urban center. I had spent the day at the Anna Nicole Smith Media Circus
and I was now switching gears towards more serious journalism. I had just finished a cell phone conversation with one of my editors about the progress I was making on this story.

After hanging up, I walked over to an area where five cops were questioning a man, threatening him with arrest for reasons that were unknown to me. The cops were standing in a gravel construction area between the road and the sidewalk. I was standing on the gravel as well, but I was about 20 yards from them. The gravel area is part of the expansion construction that has been ongoing on the Blvd, which will eventually convert the street from two lanes to four lanes.

One of the cops told me to keep walking because this was a "private matter".
I said that I will not keep walking because this is a "public street".

Within seconds, the five officer left the man they were questioning alone and came after me. One cop escorted me across the road. As I stood on the sidewalk on the opposite side of the road, the cops began surrounding me, which was when I took several more photos.

That was when they slammed me against the pavement, bashed my forehead repeatedly against the sidewalk, pulled my wrist back in an extreme unnatural position and threatened to shoot me with a taser gun.

On the arrest affidavit, the cops lied several times in order to justify their arrest. They accused me of photographing them without identifying myself, which is not true (and not even against the law as far as I know). As soon as one of the officers questioned me about taking photos, I immediately identified myself by name and stated that I was a journalist.

They accused me of stating that I can do whatever the hell I want when I said no such thing. I remained professional throughout the entire incident, even as I tried to remind them that I had a full legal right to photograph them.

And they accused me of standing in the middle of Biscayne Blvd while I was taking photos, obstructing traffic, which is why they had to arrest me. This is not true, as anybody familiar with the street can confirm, I would have been struck by a car within seconds.

In fact, one of the photographs I took as they approached me clearly shows that Biscayne Blvd is behind them.

It is obvious that they arrested me because they did not appreciate me taking their photos. This is a clear violation of my First Amendment rights. I plan on fighting this all the way. Wish me luck.

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  -I was beat up, handcuffed and arrested by Miami police after photographing them against their wishes RagingInMiami  Feb-23-07 10:11 AM   #0 
  - GET THIS TO KEITH OLBERMANN. K&R  helderheid   Feb-23-07 10:14 AM   #1 
  - Seconded on that! Here's KO's email addy  Whoa_Nelly   Feb-23-07 10:31 AM   #26 
  - Better yet send a copy of this thread to the cop station.  Maraya1969   Feb-23-07 01:40 PM   #93 
     - great idea  helderheid   Feb-23-07 06:18 PM   #236 
  - Good. It's important to punish the bad cops.  mainegreen   Feb-23-07 10:15 AM   #2 
  - Good luck.  donco6   Feb-23-07 10:15 AM   #3 
  - Is it a police state yet? Recommended.  dicksteele   Feb-23-07 10:15 AM   #4 
  - yes, but most americans don't care. that's the real problem. nt  HardRocker05   Feb-23-07 02:36 PM   #127 
  - Very good luck to you.  Lautremont   Feb-23-07 10:16 AM   #5 
  - Give the ACLU all the photos, get eyewitnesses to back you up.  Selatius   Feb-23-07 10:16 AM   #6 
  - Good Luck  Binka   Feb-23-07 10:16 AM   #7 
  - I hope you nail them.  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 10:17 AM   #8 
  - excellent point  barbtries   Feb-23-07 07:26 PM   #250 
  - Good luck!  ceile   Feb-23-07 10:17 AM   # 
  - Holy shit, Raging. I hope you are okay and your lawsuit prevails.  babylonsister   Feb-23-07 10:17 AM   #9 
  - FYI - This IS Amerikan "justice"  ProudDad   Feb-23-07 06:36 PM   #241 
  - Please contact the ACLU. Please.  TahitiNut   Feb-23-07 10:17 AM   #10 
  - Good Luck RIM. This is a violation of your rights.  Touchdown   Feb-23-07 10:18 AM   #11 
  - Greg Palast complained about being harassed for taking photos of oil refineries on the Gulf Coast --  AikidoSoul   Feb-23-07 02:20 PM   #111 
     - And a friend on another board had his camera broken  Wednesdays   Feb-24-07 12:54 AM   #301 
  - Oh gracious  qanda   Feb-23-07 10:18 AM   #12 
  - That is terrible, just terrible. I hope you are safe and will be okay.  Sequoia   Feb-23-07 10:18 AM   #13 
  - Be interesting to track down the guy in the black car  Sydnie   Feb-23-07 10:18 AM   #14 
  - I think this is so beautiful  jollyreaper2112   Feb-23-07 10:18 AM   #15 
  - Good god.. Well, at least there's no doubt about who was there.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 10:20 AM   #16 
  - I am sorry to hear this.  peace13   Feb-23-07 10:20 AM   #17 
  - K&R  agtcovert   Feb-23-07 10:22 AM   #18 
  - Get the bastards! A little media attention wouldn't hurt, either.  Dangerously Amused   Feb-23-07 10:22 AM   #19 
  - AFTER you talk to a lawyer:  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 10:23 AM   #20 
  - Send this to Olbermann and I wish you luck with your lawsuit  LSK   Feb-23-07 10:24 AM   #21 
  - Glad you're alive to report this  malaise   Feb-23-07 10:24 AM   #22 
  - No kidding. The trauma of being beat up by armed people  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 10:31 AM   #25 
     - It's shocking  malaise   Feb-23-07 01:35 PM   #92 
        - Poor people have always gone through this kind of abuse.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 04:45 PM   #211 
  - With today's penchant for the cops using video evidence to protect themselves  zbdent   Feb-23-07 10:26 AM   #23 
  - It's funny how often evidence disappears when  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 10:35 AM   #31 
  - Not all departments have cameras in their cars  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 01:05 PM   #84 
  - First contact the ACLU, then the FBI for civil rights violations.  Dr.Phool   Feb-23-07 10:27 AM   #24 
  - and don't keep  barbtries   Feb-23-07 07:30 PM   #253 
  - wishing you good luck and good lawyers  ensho   Feb-23-07 10:34 AM   #27 
  - chickenshit assholes, everyone of them.  PLF   Feb-23-07 10:34 AM   #28 
  - Nail their asses.  swimboy   Feb-23-07 10:34 AM   #29 
  - Glad to hear you're OK.  verse18   Feb-23-07 10:34 AM   #30 
  - OMG! This is HUGE! K&R n/t  snappyturtle   Feb-23-07 10:36 AM   # 
  - What does "disobeying a police officer" entail, though?  WinkyDink   Feb-23-07 10:36 AM   #32 
  - if you enhance that photo...  grasswire   Feb-23-07 10:38 AM   #33 
  - SUE EEEE!  demrabble   Feb-23-07 10:39 AM   #34 
  - The things they charged you with  ninkasi   Feb-23-07 10:42 AM   #35 
  - If Bush is looking for people who "hate us for our freedoms," this thread should give him a clue.  Bozita   Feb-23-07 10:49 AM   #36 
  - K/R bigtime. Good Luck and go get 'em.  montanto   Feb-23-07 10:55 AM   #37 
  - Have you contacted People Magazine? What did they say?  Junkdrawer   Feb-23-07 10:56 AM   #38 
  - I hope we still have the right to take photos in public.  Cobalt Violet   Feb-23-07 11:03 AM   #39 
  - The scum of the earth. Police run amok.  KCabotDullesMarxIII   Feb-23-07 11:08 AM   #40 
  - only four of them? I think your out of court settlement will be huge.  TheBaldyMan   Feb-23-07 11:09 AM   #41 
  - Five  RagingInMiami   Feb-24-07 06:52 AM   #309 
     - take it easy, don't get too wound up - it's bad for the blood pressure  TheBaldyMan   Feb-24-07 07:06 AM   #310 
  - They need to be gone from the police force. Attacking a journalist?  tsuki   Feb-23-07 11:13 AM   #42 
  - Protect and serve!  Mrspeeker   Feb-23-07 11:16 AM   #43 
  - Why in gawd's name do they need five officers to question one man?  Straight Shooter   Feb-23-07 11:29 AM   #44 
  - Wow talk about brown shirted thugs!  proud2Blib   Feb-23-07 11:34 AM   #45 
  - Welcome to fascist Amurikkka: good luck in your fight  indepat   Feb-23-07 11:48 AM   #46 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-23-07 11:49 AM   #47 
  - K & R  wicket   Feb-23-07 11:49 AM   #48 
  - K&R  meldroc   Feb-23-07 11:51 AM   #49 
  - If you haven't heard  vpilot   Feb-23-07 11:51 AM   #50 
  - Look at those cocky assholes!  buddyhollysghost   Feb-23-07 11:52 AM   #51 
  - In general, I believe everything I am told by complete strangers on the Internets.  theboss   Feb-23-07 11:52 AM   #52 
  - I know Raging In Miami and I have read his posts for years.  Hissyspit   Feb-23-07 06:29 PM   #238 
     - pigs count on people believing them over you  sodenoue   Feb-24-07 01:14 AM   #304 
  - K&R  Seldona   Feb-23-07 11:52 AM   #53 
  - No offense, but why exactly were you interfering in a situation with which  Katherine Brengle   Feb-23-07 11:53 AM   #54 
  - Say what???? There are now "Free View Zones" where citizens...  Junkdrawer   Feb-23-07 12:07 PM   #56 
  - The original problem was him interfering with a police matter --  Katherine Brengle   Feb-23-07 12:10 PM   #60 
     - Ah... a reporter????  Junkdrawer   Feb-23-07 12:12 PM   #64 
     - "but who the fuck walks up into a situation like this that has literally nothing to do with them?"  wicket   Feb-23-07 12:15 PM   #66 
     - Even if he wasnt' a journalist.  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 12:18 PM   #69 
     - Exactly  RagingInMiami   Feb-23-07 12:25 PM   #71 
     - Amen to that  wicket   Feb-23-07 12:32 PM   #73 
     - Cheers to that! Or is the rule now that only journalists connected to the event in some  MJDuncan1982   Feb-23-07 01:00 PM   #82 
     - That is crazy.  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 12:16 PM   #67 
     - There is no law against photographing police while they are in the line of duty  RagingInMiami   Feb-23-07 12:16 PM   #68 
     - Exactly  RandiFan1290   Feb-23-07 12:37 PM   #75 
     - I'm sure the cops who were  ProudDad   Feb-23-07 06:43 PM   #244 
     - He was NOT interfering, he was merely standing nearby.  Shakespeare   Feb-23-07 01:18 PM   #87 
     - Agreed.  Seldona   Feb-23-07 04:17 PM   #203 
     - kcik  JackBeck   Feb-25-07 12:57 AM   #326 
     - 'splin this one to me  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 01:24 PM   #90 
     - Uhm, a reporter, duh, another freelancer reporting in...  Solon   Feb-23-07 02:10 PM   #107 
     - How was this "interfering"? Seriously? How?  uppityperson   Feb-23-07 03:41 PM   #179 
     - It's like Frank in Blue Velvet. "Don't look at me!" smack! n/t  John Q. Citizen   Feb-23-07 04:13 PM   #201 
     - You Keep Using That Word, "Interfering." I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means  Crisco   Feb-23-07 05:20 PM   #217 
     - Inconceivable!  Junkdrawer   Feb-24-07 09:10 PM   #323 
     - Read the constitution and remind yourself, or try to -  northofdenali   Feb-23-07 07:29 PM   #251 
     - A real journalist? n/t  tsuki   Feb-23-07 07:35 PM   #257 
     - I guess you are for a police state  HughMoran   Feb-23-07 08:04 PM   #265 
     - "interfering"?  rman   Feb-24-07 08:33 AM   #312 
     - What exactly is a police matter?  digitalterrain   Feb-24-07 08:39 PM   #322 
  - Taking photographs in public is interfering?  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 12:09 PM   #58 
  - A couple of years ago...  snacker   Feb-23-07 02:38 PM   #129 
  - How is 20 yds. away "interfering" or "getting involved"?  Cobalt Violet   Feb-23-07 12:10 PM   #59 
  - Watching what's going on on a public street is interfering?  soup   Feb-23-07 12:18 PM   #70 
  - I have to disagree. A public space is a public space. If the city can videotape  MJDuncan1982   Feb-23-07 12:57 PM   #81 
  - "Interfering in a situation with which you had no familiarity"?  ArbustoBuster   Feb-23-07 02:09 PM   #105 
  - That is a cool picture!!!  graywarrior   Feb-23-07 08:19 PM   #270 
     - Isn't it!  sammythecat   Feb-23-07 10:48 PM   #286 
  - Apologists for such BS never cease to amaze me..  converted_democrat   Feb-23-07 02:37 PM   #128 
  - She imediately went and posted another thread about  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 02:40 PM   #133 
     - No they don't  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 02:44 PM   #135 
  - Oh, brother. No, citizens. Do NOT keep an eye on what your public servents are up to...  Hissyspit   Feb-23-07 06:33 PM   #240 
  - Screw that!!! Screw that!!! Screw that!!!  ProudDad   Feb-23-07 07:07 PM   #246 
  - You are so in the wrong here  HughMoran   Feb-23-07 08:02 PM   #264 
  - What publication are you a journalist for?  Freddie Stubbs   Feb-23-07 12:03 PM   #55 
  - The link on the OP says he was on assignment for People's Mag. n/t  Junkdrawer   Feb-23-07 12:08 PM   #57 
  - This assignment wasn't for People Magazine  RagingInMiami   Feb-23-07 12:14 PM   #65 
     - oh man, I had to respond again,  themartyred   Feb-23-07 04:54 PM   #214 
  - I am a freelancer  RagingInMiami   Feb-23-07 12:11 PM   #61 
  - Wow! Thanks for posting here  Duppers   Feb-24-07 02:10 AM   #307 
     - I've covered the police beat for years when I worked for daily newspapers in the Southwest  RagingInMiami   Feb-24-07 07:14 AM   #311 
  - What does that have to do with anything?  shance   Feb-23-07 02:14 PM   #108 
  - I live in the area and want to read/see some of his work  Freddie Stubbs   Feb-23-07 02:20 PM   #112 
  - What badges are you looking for, Freddie?  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 02:48 PM   #137 
     - I am curious about any local publications  Freddie Stubbs   Feb-23-07 03:19 PM   #156 
        - I see. n/t  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:33 PM   #173 
  - Needs to be seen by everyone  sakabatou   Feb-23-07 12:12 PM   #62 
  - good luck and fight the good fight  WindRavenX   Feb-23-07 12:12 PM   #63 
  - David Caruso they ain't. Sue the bastards. NT  Benhurst   Feb-23-07 12:27 PM   #72 
  - Two things from the photo  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 12:34 PM   #74 
  - "Damn this is why all departments should have a civil review commission that WORKS!"  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 12:54 PM   #79 
  - Yes San Diego California  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 01:01 PM   #83 
     - I can vouch for that... a co-worker of mine is on the review board  MindPilot   Feb-25-07 10:41 AM   #328 
  - Excellent advice. n/t  Shakespeare   Feb-23-07 01:20 PM   #88 
  - Rip 'em a new one, friend.  Zavulon   Feb-23-07 12:38 PM   #76 
  - If the proper lawyers get involved  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 12:40 PM   #77 
  - This reminds me of my favorite Stoic philosopher, Epictetus  NinetySix   Feb-23-07 12:49 PM   #78 
  - Another story for those of you who don't believe we're becomming a police state.  LibInTexas   Feb-23-07 12:55 PM   #80 
  - That's a great link. Thank you.  PA Democrat   Feb-23-07 02:20 PM   #110 
  - I wish you the best...  lies and propaganda   Feb-23-07 01:12 PM   #85 
  - Nail the bastards......There is a nasty Chief of Police there, right?  Nimrod2005   Feb-23-07 01:18 PM   #86 
  - oh yeah...we're living in a free country, alright...frigging police state. eom  NotGivingUp   Feb-23-07 01:22 PM   #89 
  - I know the street where you were, I agree anyone standing in the middle taking pics woul be DEAD  Nimrod2005   Feb-23-07 01:25 PM   #91 
  - This is the same Police Department..  Scurrilous   Feb-23-07 01:42 PM   #94 
  - Are you a member of any photographer's or journalist's associations?  progressoid   Feb-23-07 01:42 PM   #95 
  - My thoughts.  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 01:48 PM   #96 
  - Wrong. We are not required to relinquish our civil rights on demand. n/t  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 02:01 PM   #101 
  - You Should Move To China.  jayfish   Feb-23-07 02:01 PM   #102 
  - WOW!  PA Democrat   Feb-23-07 02:06 PM   #103 
  - Incredible posts, huh  davekriss   Feb-23-07 09:59 PM   #282 
  - 20 yards is NOT inside most police  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 02:10 PM   #106 
  - 20 yards...exactly... 60 feet away on a busy street and he could hear their conversation?  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 02:27 PM   #114 
     - He had those extendo ears that Inspector Gadget has...  Solon   Feb-23-07 02:31 PM   #119 
     - God thanks for the laugh  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 02:34 PM   #124 
     - Well, see, that explains it!!  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 03:05 PM   #145 
     - No, he didn't claim to hear any of their conversation with the man or each other.  piedmont   Feb-23-07 02:33 PM   #123 
     - Um...yeah....he did actually.  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 02:59 PM   #143 
        - Like I said, happened before he was photgraphing  piedmont   Feb-23-07 03:29 PM   #168 
        - No, he didn't. See #139.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:46 PM   #181 
     - Where did the poster claim to hear that, AzBlue?  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 02:35 PM   #126 
     - Right here:  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 02:53 PM   #139 
        - "for reasons that were unknown to me"  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 02:58 PM   #142 
        - Nice dance move!  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 03:10 PM   #147 
           - Bullshit. You made the false assertion that the OP claimed to hear  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:16 PM   #153 
        - The one cop was yelling at the top of his lungs  RagingInMiami   Feb-23-07 03:11 PM   #149 
        - Just ignore it, C. Take care of yourself today.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:19 PM   #155 
        - Ah, then that is different.  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 03:25 PM   #166 
           - It's not "different" than the OP. It's different from your conclusions  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:31 PM   #171 
        - No, he has a pair of eyes...  Solon   Feb-23-07 03:12 PM   #150 
        - Where did he mention handcuffs?  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 03:21 PM   #157 
           - Why stop now? n/t  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:22 PM   #161 
              - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-23-07 03:29 PM   #169 
                 - I don't even remember the last time I had pleasure.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:34 PM   #175 
        - He didn't say he heard it.  Cobalt Violet   Feb-23-07 03:14 PM   #152 
        - MAYBE THEY WERE TALKING REALLY LOUD  uppityperson   Feb-23-07 03:44 PM   #180 
     - Police beating people's heads against the sidewalk IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.  kineta   Feb-23-07 02:44 PM   #136 
     - Where did I say it was?  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 02:55 PM   #140 
        - no. you were just ignoring the important point of his post  kineta   Feb-23-07 09:56 PM   #281 
     - You know what I find atrocious, you actually think he is lying...  Solon   Feb-23-07 02:52 PM   #138 
        - You need to look up the word "evidence"  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 02:58 PM   #141 
        - Let's see, in the photograph, I see the police vehicle accross the street...  Solon   Feb-23-07 03:08 PM   #146 
        - True, there's a police vehicle across the road.  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 03:16 PM   #154 
           - But you aren't taking all the facts into account, which is a basic error  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:21 PM   #158 
           - To the left you say?  Solon   Feb-23-07 03:37 PM   #176 
              - You missed AZBlue's point  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 03:51 PM   #188 
                 - Yes, there are any number of narratives one can concoct  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:54 PM   #190 
                 - please define the facts for me  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 03:59 PM   #195 
                    - You'll listen to my argument? Really.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 04:10 PM   #199 
                       - all fine and dandy  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 04:18 PM   #204 
                          - I never said your opinions were invalid and I'd never say such a thing.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 04:23 PM   #206 
                             - I'll quote you  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 05:35 PM   #220 
                                - No. And I'll quote me here:  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 05:48 PM   #225 
                                - Deleted message  Name removed   Feb-23-07 05:52 PM   #228 
                                   - So kind of you to think of the freaksters.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 05:53 PM   #229 
                                   - so, again you avoid stating your "facts"  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 06:15 PM   #235 
                                   - Still trying to bait and still failing, I see.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 09:27 PM   #277 
                                   - You seem quite concerned about making us palatable to freepers. Not a big worry on this board.  BleedingHeartPatriot   Feb-24-07 10:05 AM   #316 
                                - You should listen a little more carefully  ProudDad   Feb-23-07 07:16 PM   #247 
                 - That wasn't part of the arrest though...  Solon   Feb-23-07 03:55 PM   #191 
                 - There are two stories: his, and the police report  piedmont   Feb-23-07 04:50 PM   #212 
                    - and how is the photo consistent with the OP story?  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 05:26 PM   #219 
                       - You do know the definition of consistent, right?  piedmont   Feb-23-07 05:49 PM   #226 
                          - maybe we could ask  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 05:54 PM   #230 
                             - He can do what ever he pleases with them.  piedmont   Feb-23-07 06:00 PM   #233 
        - That photo is evidence that the OP wasn't standing in the street  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:13 PM   #151 
        - I'm not doing anything to anyone.  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 03:23 PM   #162 
           - No assault. I asked a question.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:26 PM   #167 
        - The last two sentences of the two-page arrest affidavit states ...  RagingInMiami   Feb-23-07 03:31 PM   #170 
           - IMHO,...  jayfish   Feb-23-07 04:39 PM   #210 
        - There are actually two patrol cars parked across the street in the photo.  piedmont   Feb-23-07 03:24 PM   #164 
        - Didn't notice it at first...  Solon   Feb-23-07 03:47 PM   #183 
           - No, it lends further support to the claim that the cops were across the street  piedmont   Feb-23-07 03:49 PM   #184 
        - Very apparent  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 03:31 PM   #172 
           - No, but then I don't have years of good experience with Faux  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:39 PM   #178 
              - I see  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 03:54 PM   #189 
                 - I am convinced that I need to bring all of my experience to bear  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:56 PM   #193 
  - Great post!!  AZBlue   Feb-23-07 02:24 PM   #113 
  - Taking pictures from 20 yards is NOT interference  tkmorris   Feb-23-07 02:32 PM   #120 
  - Having worked in the streets  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-07 02:33 PM   #122 
  - It is neither logic nor sanity to give up your civil rights just because  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:24 PM   #163 
  - Yeah, we are all for human rights & freedom  HughMoran   Feb-23-07 08:16 PM   #268 
  - You seem to have no clue about Police matters...  Solon   Feb-23-07 02:30 PM   #116 
  - This post is a whole lot of...  piedmont   Feb-23-07 02:30 PM   #117 
  - I don't think you are right  AbbyR   Feb-23-07 03:10 PM   #148 
  - Thanks,,,and  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 03:47 PM   #182 
  - Did you read the OP? n/t  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 03:49 PM   #185 
  - Can you walk up to 60 ft away and watch or listen?  uppityperson   Feb-23-07 03:58 PM   #194 
  - sure, you can  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 04:02 PM   # 
  - Stick to what the OP said instead of making up straw-men  piedmont   Feb-23-07 04:02 PM   #197 
  - and you know this because?  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 04:13 PM   #202 
     - So the "walk right up" part is the onlt bit of your strawman you'll defend?  piedmont   Feb-23-07 04:37 PM   #207 
        - so the "60 feet" is your total argument?  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 05:25 PM   #218 
           - Actually, I don't believe he needed to be 60 feet from them to not interfere  piedmont   Feb-23-07 05:38 PM   #221 
              - "Hey, I'm not the one making up stuff that wasn't in the OP."  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 05:50 PM   #227 
                 - Right. I'm taking RaginginMiami's word on it instead of making up things that he never said.  piedmont   Feb-23-07 05:59 PM   #232 
                    - so when the shrub  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 06:20 PM   #237 
                       - Uh, just 'cause I'm willing to believe RaginginMiami doesn't mean I believe anyone  piedmont   Feb-23-07 11:13 PM   #287 
  - I'm really not trying to argue with you  AbbyR   Feb-23-07 05:06 PM   #215 
     - not arguing with you either  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 05:47 PM   #224 
        - Dude, I could have been six feet from the cops and I still would not have been breaking the law  RagingInMiami   Feb-24-07 12:08 AM   #294 
           - Oh, snap! LOL, Raging!  BleedingHeartPatriot   Feb-24-07 10:12 AM   #318 
  - Good response  HughMoran   Feb-23-07 08:19 PM   #271 
  - Wrong.  uppityperson   Feb-23-07 03:50 PM   #186 
  - if it was 60 feet.... remember... if it was... n/t  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 03:56 PM   #192 
     - OK, what if it was 60 ft? And, if not, #1 still applies.  uppityperson   Feb-23-07 04:01 PM   #196 
  - 60 feet is a safety zone? What a load of shit  Little Wing   Feb-23-07 04:03 PM   #198 
  - two points...  sojourner   Feb-23-07 05:45 PM   #223 
  - You say "We all get along fine" and then you give a bunch of examples of how you DO NOT get along  Hissyspit   Feb-23-07 06:38 PM   #242 
  - what I said was  Bushies gotta go   Feb-23-07 08:17 PM   #269 
     - Their program includes bodily injuries to a man with a camera?  btmlndfrmr   Feb-23-07 08:47 PM   #273 
  - You have the right to be uncritical of the police BUT  intaglio   Feb-23-07 07:31 PM   #254 
  - Whadda crocka chickenshit bullshit.  Jim Sagle   Feb-23-07 07:51 PM   #259 
  - The line between the good guys and the bad guys get more blurred every day.  lpbk2713   Feb-23-07 01:51 PM   #97 
  - In addition to my PM to you with some legal advice, I add this.  Divernan   Feb-23-07 01:52 PM   #98 
  - AND buddy up with someone who can help you get that done.  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 01:59 PM   #99 
  - It sounds as though you witnessed something that they didn't want seen  me b zola   Feb-23-07 02:00 PM   #100 
  - Aw, man! I hope you are ok and that no further harassment enuses  GreenPartyVoter   Feb-23-07 02:08 PM   #104 
  - k&r  Swamp Rat   Feb-23-07 02:19 PM   #109 
  - Good luck man.  geomon666   Feb-23-07 02:30 PM   #115 
  - Land of the free? Home of the brave? Has martial law been declared in Miami?  IWantAChange   Feb-23-07 02:30 PM   #118 
  - You have to remember, that this was the police department that took potshots...  Solon   Feb-23-07 02:35 PM   #125 
  - Take them and the fascist Miami dept to court  Malikshah   Feb-23-07 02:33 PM   #121 
  - Dude, glad your somewhat OK...  Solon   Feb-23-07 02:38 PM   #130 
  - Scum like that tarnish the reputation of all cops.  seawolf   Feb-23-07 02:39 PM   #131 
  - They do and should be drummed out of the cop business  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 02:43 PM   #134 
  - Goddamned Cops!  chefgirl   Feb-23-07 02:39 PM   #132 
  - Oh, man, Raging. I hope you are okay and successful with your lawsuit. Keep us updated.  mnhtnbb   Feb-23-07 03:02 PM   #144 
  - Miami was where the cops beat up the FTAA/free-trade protestors  TheBorealAvenger   Feb-23-07 03:22 PM   #159 
  - If that's what happened, sue their asses off.  BullGooseLoony   Feb-23-07 03:22 PM   #160 
  - Definite Agenda  Madspirit   Feb-23-07 03:25 PM   #165 
  - Well, the law is pretty clear on this:  impeachdubya   Feb-23-07 03:34 PM   #174 
  - If some people had there way that would be the law.  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 04:18 PM   #205 
     - If we allow them to *act* as if it is the law, what is the difference?  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 04:51 PM   #213 
        - Agreed.  ThomCat   Feb-23-07 05:19 PM   #216 
        - you took the words right outta my mouth  sojourner   Feb-23-07 05:55 PM   #231 
  - Assholes  MilesColtrane   Feb-23-07 03:37 PM   #177 
  - So sorry that happened to you RIM.  Cleita   Feb-23-07 03:50 PM   #187 
  - K & R. Best of luck in your fight for justice. I'm so sorry your rights were violated like that. nt  nonconformist   Feb-23-07 04:12 PM   #200 
  - Of COURSE Raging is telling the truth  themartyred   Feb-23-07 04:37 PM   #208 
  - cops in miami  themartyred   Feb-23-07 04:39 PM   #209 
  - Good Luck, Dude!  zidzi   Feb-23-07 05:41 PM   #222 
  - I am glad you are out of jail and in shape to tell us about it.  peacebuzzard   Feb-23-07 06:13 PM   #234 
  - Thank you four courageous stand, RIM.  Vidar   Feb-23-07 06:32 PM   #239 
  - I wish you the best of luck!!!  Lost-in-FL   Feb-23-07 06:39 PM   #243 
  - Cops HATE camera's and video gear. It's the freedom y'know.  Porcupine   Feb-23-07 06:53 PM   #245 
  - call the aclu  barbtries   Feb-23-07 07:20 PM   #248 
  - Well, as you can see, Raging, DU has your back.  northofdenali   Feb-23-07 07:26 PM   #249 
  - Dont take this as if I'm saying I dont believe you  RL3AO   Feb-23-07 07:29 PM   #252 
  - Sheeesh!!  Sparkly   Feb-23-07 07:33 PM   #255 
  - I'm not a photographer either...  RL3AO   Feb-23-07 07:34 PM   #256 
  - camera flash... car lights... other ambient light... what exactly are you suggesting? n/t  slowry   Feb-23-07 08:14 PM   #267 
  - There are shadows.  Cobalt Violet   Feb-23-07 09:21 PM   #275 
  - And Raging would need you to believe him why? n/t  sfexpat2000   Feb-23-07 09:29 PM   #278 
  - A 400.00 flash = lots of lumens ...heh n/t  btmlndfrmr   Feb-23-07 09:37 PM   #280 
  - Holy Shit, Dude!  impeachdubya   Feb-24-07 12:54 AM   #299 
     - Bwahahaahahahaahaha!!!  wicket   Feb-25-07 09:50 AM   #327 
  - Wow! Good luck with your fight.  Janice325   Feb-23-07 07:40 PM   #258 
  - one count of resisting arrest w/o violence? How does one do that?  lonestarnot   Feb-23-07 07:55 PM   #260 
  - Good pic. Many people have it now.  AX10   Feb-23-07 07:55 PM   #261 
  - .  Hav   Feb-23-07 07:58 PM   #262 
  - Bad cops, no donut  HughMoran   Feb-23-07 08:00 PM   #263 
  - do it, go forward, lawyer up and sue the bastards...  bridgit   Feb-23-07 08:09 PM   #266 
  - I think they messed with the wrong guy this time.  Cobalt Violet   Feb-23-07 09:27 PM   #276 
     - me too...  bridgit   Feb-24-07 10:31 AM   #320 
  - Their bosses  SaneInSC   Feb-23-07 08:23 PM   #272 
  - I hope you win a big law suit and they fire the cops  Time for change   Feb-23-07 09:02 PM   #274 
  - Best of Luck, RaginginMiami. Sue the blue pants off the nazi thugs.  entanglement   Feb-23-07 09:37 PM   #279 
  - You get 'em, Raging!  Kajsa   Feb-23-07 10:03 PM   #283 
  - Justice: A Question of Race?  msedano   Feb-23-07 10:31 PM   #284 
  - This whole "Post 9/11 world" mentality  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Feb-23-07 10:33 PM   #285 
  - Good Lord.....  BlackVelvet04   Feb-23-07 11:14 PM   #288 
  - 168 recommendations.  NYC   Feb-23-07 11:24 PM   #289 
  - Those cops have fucked with the WRONG DU'er....  file83   Feb-23-07 11:24 PM   #290 
  - GOD DAMN FASCIST PIGS!!  StrictlyRockers   Feb-23-07 11:38 PM   #291 
  - Good luck to you. Sorry you are hurting. :(  cui bono   Feb-23-07 11:53 PM   #292 
  - I support you stood tall for freedom. K&R n/t  autorank   Feb-24-07 12:02 AM   #293 
  - I'm a journalist and your are sue the lieing bastards  Swagman   Feb-24-07 12:29 AM   #295 
  - This probably set them off:  mmonk   Feb-24-07 12:43 AM   #296 
  - You know what to do  enigmatic   Feb-24-07 12:45 AM   #297 
  - Raging, you know, it's the Miami Model (CAFTA)  Synnical   Feb-24-07 12:51 AM   #298 
  - You threatened their authority. Good luck and I hope you get them  Rex   Feb-24-07 12:54 AM   #300 
  - Glad to see you're not letting this go.  Kurovski   Feb-24-07 01:04 AM   #302 
  - Sue their ass and I hope you win.  IMModerate   Feb-24-07 01:14 AM   #303 
  - Go get 'em tiger!!  kdpeters   Feb-24-07 01:25 AM   #305 
  - Oh. my. gods. Raging, please be well and safe. Thank you for your work,& best of luck with your suit  Hekate   Feb-24-07 01:38 AM   #306 
  - WTF?? what country is miami in?  orleans   Feb-24-07 02:48 AM   #308 
  - THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!! HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?!?!  Xenotime   Feb-24-07 09:00 AM   #313 
  - When did reporters become fair game?  sfexpat2000   Feb-24-07 10:29 AM   #319 
  - A similar thing happened at Galveston Mardi Gras...  Lisa0825   Feb-24-07 09:57 AM   #314 
  - The same thing happened to a reporter from the Eugene  CabalPowered   Feb-24-07 10:01 AM   #315 
  - Can we get a pdf of the police report?  AngryAmish   Feb-24-07 10:12 AM   #317 
  - Hey  Left Hook   Feb-24-07 11:33 AM   #321 
  - 194 recommendations!  RagingInMiami   Feb-24-07 11:54 PM   #324 
  - please contact me  Artiechoke   Feb-25-07 12:40 AM   #325 
  - anything which is in public view can be legally photographed.  Lerkfish   Feb-27-07 12:28 PM   #329 
  - good luck with your case  Blue_Tires   Feb-27-07 01:34 PM   #330 
  - Florida's "peacekeepers" would be out on their ass in Germany  lebkuchen   Feb-27-07 01:36 PM   #331 

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