Judge rules man’s arrest for writing profanity on speeding ticket was unconstitutional

fuck_the_police_infant_bodysuitJudge backs man who wrote f-word on ticket

A federal judge has ruled that an upstate New York town violated a Connecticut man’s First Amendment rights when he was arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment for writing profanities on a $175 speeding ticket three years ago.

In ruling issued last week, U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel allowed Willian Barboza’s lawsuit against the village of Liberty, N.Y. to proceed on claims the town of approximately 10,000 people 100 miles northwest of New York City failed to properly train police officers about free speech.

The New York Civil Liberties Union, which represented Barboza, publicized a transcript of the trial Tuesday.

Barboza, who was 22 at the time of his initial arrest, was stopped for speeding on Route 17 in May 2012, according to The New York Times. On his payment form, Barboza crossed out the name of the town and wrote “Tyranny” in its place. He then wrote the phrase “F— your s—-y town b—-es.”

When the form arrived at the Liberty town clerk’s office, one of the workers, all of whom are women, told a local judge Barboza’s profane phrase upset and alarmed them, according to court records. The judge referred Barboza’s speeding payment form to a prosecutor and ordered Barboza to appear in court.

When Barboza showed up, the local judge reprimanded him for his comments on the form and told him he would be arrested, Seibel said in her ruling. Barboza was handcuffed and taken away before his release on $200 bail.

Seibel’s ruling noted the criminal charge eventually was dismissed in 2013 on First Amendment grounds. She said Barboza’s phrase was crude and offensive to some but “did not convey an imminent threat and was made in the context of complaining about government activity.”

“That the court clerks who received plaintiff’s message were apparently alarmed by it does not alter the analysis,” the judge added.

In an NYCLU release, Barboza was quoted as saying he was treated as a criminal for a “few harmless words.”

“Instead of protecting freedom of speech, government officers in Liberty handcuffed me, arrested me for a crime and almost sent me to jail because I harmlessly expressed my frustration with a speeding ticket,” he said.

Barboza’s case is not unique in Liberty. Seibel said that between 2003 and 2012 as many as 63 arrests by police officers in the village had occurred “because of the use of vulgar words in what may be perceived as a threatening context.” She said one arrest occurred when a defendant called someone a slut, another resulted from someone talking about sexual acts on a police department phone line and another came after a defendant threatened to kill someone’s dog.

Seibel added the trial would include a damages phase for a prosecutor who is not protected by immunity because his actions were unreasonable.

Barboza’s lawsuit had sought unspecified damages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

KIDS ABUSED, CHOKED AND BEATEN IN DARK ROOMS AT POLICE “LEADERSHIP CAMP” Cops gave towels to children “to clean the blood off of themselves” after beatings

Kids Abused, Choked And Beaten In Dark Rooms At Police "Leadership Camp"

by STEVE WATSON | INFOWARS | JUNE 4, 2015


Several children aged 12 to 16 have come forward declaring that they were abused at the hands of cops at at 20 week “leadership camp” in California.

The police training camp claims to teach ‘discipline and leadership’ in order to keep kids out of trouble and reduce family conflict. The program, which costs $400, is sponsored by the Huntington Park Police Department, South Gate Police Department, and the California National Guard.

However, police with San Luis Obispo County have been accused of pulling children into dark rooms and punching, choking and beating them.

A report filed by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services details the abuses, with children claiming that cops “slapped, punched, and stepped on their hands and backs while doing push-ups” and “took them into a dark room where they were beaten if they did not meet the expectations of the camp supervisors.”

The report also notes that children were “given towels to clean the blood off of themselves prior to exiting the room after the beatings.”

Pictures from the camp shows police officers dressed like army drill sergeants, watching over children doing push ups.

An attorney for the families told reporters that two cops in particular, known as the “Gomez Brothers”, would take kids and “put their arms, forearms up against their neck, push them against the wall, and then both brothers would beat them,”

The Attorneys involved in the case also revealed that the police named in the report have not been fired or suspended, and have only been reassigned at this time.

A statement released Monday by South Gate Police Capt. James Teeples said “Recently, we received notification from some participants in the program who made allegations concerning the disciplinary measures and tactics used by members of both organizations. Both agencies believe in complete transparency and take all allegations very seriously.”

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Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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Nevada Senate to consider bill funding police body cameras

CARSON CITY — A bill that would appropriate nearly $1.3 million to equip 481 Nevada Highway Patrol troopers with body cameras by 2017 was amended and approved Friday by the Senate Finance Committee.

Senate Bill 111, sponsored jointly by Senate Minority Leader Aaron Ford and Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, both D-Las Vegas, will now go to the full Senate for consideration as a Monday deadline for the 2015 session to adjourn looms. The measure will have to be approved by the Assembly as well.

Ford called the bill a “good start” toward outfitting all law enforcement officers who interact with the public with the cameras. In a hearing on the bill earlier this session, the primary opposition to the measure was the cost rather than the policy question on the use of the cameras, he said.

Body cameras will protect both the officers and the public, Ford said.

The successful effort to get funding was the result of bipartisan work with Gov. Brian Sandoval and lawmakers, he said.

The Nevada Highway Patrol Division must adopt initial policies governing the use of the cameras by July 1, 2016.

Cost is the major factor in deploying the cameras.

At a hearing on another body camera measure earlier this session, the Las Vegas Police Department said it would cost $9.2 million in the first year to buy the cameras for all Las Vegas police and Clark County Detention Center employees. Recurring charges were estimated at $6.6 million annually, a cost which would increase as the amount of required video storage increased.

The agency has 200 cameras now that are being worn by officers as part of a two-year study to determine their effectiveness. The study, which involves 200 other officers who are not wearing the cameras as a control group, and the cameras themselves, were paid for with a grant from the Department of Justice. The study is for the first year.

FUCK THE NEVADA POLICE: Arrests disrupt medical pot convention in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas police and federal agents arrested 10 people and seized drugs over the weekend at Hempcon, a marijuana education convention at the Cashman Center.

People who were there described seeing police dogs around the event, as well as officers on the roof of the building, apparently looking for people smoking marijuana.

fuck-the-police_o_168412The arrests outraged event organizers, and some attendees said they left patients frightened as Nevada’s first legal dispensaries prepare to open.

“It’s disheartening for our whole community,” said Jennifer Solis, who’s with Wellness Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada, or WECAN, and was at the event.

From Friday to Sunday, officers shut down five booths, arrested 10 people and cited three others on charges including drug possession, possession with intent to sell and transporting a controlled substance, said officer Laura Meltzer, a Metro spokeswoman. She said officers seized marijuana, hashish, marijuana seeds, edible products containing THC and psilocybin mushrooms.

Meltzer said Metro narcotics detectives and Hempcon organizers had spoken before the event, and organizers told attendees they had to follow the law.

Nevada allows medical use of marijuana by patients with state-issued cards. But it’s illegal to sell the drug without a state dispensary license, and it’s illegal for anyone to use it in public.

Asked about the criticism of the arrests, Meltzer said, “It is incumbent upon the people who are attending this and who are conducting this to be aware of Nevada state law.”19760-fuck-the-police_large

Mark Saint, an activist who was at the convention Friday, said the police stance was hypocritical since officers have looked the other way at similar events while people used marijuana.

The arrests were made by a task force called Southern Nevada Cannabis Operation and Regional Enforcement, which includes Metro, Henderson police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. DEA spokeswoman Sarah Pullen said a federal agent is on the task force, but that Las Vegas police led the operation.

Meltzer said the names of those arrested were not available Tuesday. Police made no public announcement about the operation and provided information only in response to questions from the Review-Journal.

Jason Sturtsman, a patient advocate and owner of a medical marijuana growing operation, wondered whether that’s because police know how much public attitudes toward marijuana have shifted.

“It just seems like a waste of resources,” said Sturtsman, who was not at the event but heard about the arrests.

People who were there said police seemed to become more aggressive as the weekend went on.

On Friday, officers arrested some people who were selling marijuana, said Kurt Duchac, a board member of WECAN. Duchac said those arrests were understandable, since it’s illegal to sell without a license.

But on Saturday, he said, officers started arresting patients who were peacefully using marijuana in their cars. And on Sunday, a SWAT vehicle showed up and officers were on the roof of the building.

nevada is a police state“They were targeting patients, people for simply having it on them,” Duchac said. “They were running dogs through there.”

Inside, Duchac said, officers were “trashing” booths and ripping open boxes looking for drugs. People gathered around to watch, with some filming police and yelling at them.

“It was ugly,” Duchac said.

Meltzer said she did not know details of how the operation was conducted and that the task force commander was not available for comment Tuesday.

Hempcon, which holds conventions around the country, is meant to be an educational event where vendors can meet customers and patients can find information. Its website says attendees are not allowed to bring drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Organizers didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. On their Facebook page, they wrote in a post Monday: “We deeply regret the unfortunate police activity during the Las Vegas Hempcon over the weekend of May 15-17. It was a blow to our Vendors, the attendees, the Community as a whole, and to us as well. It is sad that our industry is subject to such indiscriminate and prejudicial behavior by law enforcement, but we as a Community will PERSEVERE and not let our forward momentum be derailed by them.”

Solis, who has organized another marijuana-themed event, said police told her such crackdowns are a backlash to an event last year called Hempfest. After that event, Solis said, police were embarrassed by photos that showed people smoking marijuana while officers simply watched.

“You can thank your buddies at Hempfest for all this backlash,” she recalled one officer saying when she met with police after applying for her event permit.

Sturtsman said police crackdowns could pose challenges, since soon-to-open legal dispensaries are expecting many of their customers to be from out of state. And some of those patients might not realize using a legal drug is outlawed in public places.

“I think it’s going to be a growing problem in Las Vegas when these dispensaries open up … where can these individuals consume cannabis in a safe place?” he said.

Carson City DA Jason Woodbury’s Dad, Former Elko DA Gary Woodbury takes plea deal, receives deferred sentence

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Elko attorney Gary Woodbury listens during his plea hearing Tuesday in Elko Justice Court.

 

Gary Woodbury entered a no contest plea Tuesday to a charge of breach of peace instead of fighting the accusations at trial, which was originally scheduled to take place that afternoon.

The attorney general’s office, which filed the charge against Woodbury in August of last year, agreed to dismiss the case so long as Woodbury has no new charges that result in convictions, other than minor traffic violations, through mid-October.

Michael Bongard, deputy attorney general, said after the hearing that the agreement will require Woodbury to behave for a short time in order for the criminal charge to be thrown out.

“It’s basically a deferred sentence,” Bongard said. “… At this point, I would rather have him on the hook and put the onus on Mr. Woodbury rather than us having the case sit and get stale for nine months.”

Bongard said he spoke with the sheriff’s office to ensure that law enforcement signed off on the plea deal.

Sherburne Macfarlan III, defense counsel for Woodbury, told the Elko Daily Free Press that both sides had been working on a plea deal for a while.

“The bottom line is he entered no contest as a means of resolving this matter,” Macfarlan said. “I’m sure all sides are happy to have this resolved without going to trial,”

Senior Judge Barbara Nethery scheduled a status hearing for Nov. 3. If the state drops the charges, the hearing will be removed from the calendar.

“If the court does not receive the paperwork (that requests a dismissal), we will expect all parties to be present,” she said.

Woodbury served as Elko County District Attorney for 16 years before retiring from that post to work as a private practice attorney. He has continued to work for the county on a 15-year-old lawsuit regarding a road right-of-way in Jarbidge.

District Attorney Mark Torvinen, who worked with Woodbury as a deputy DA, forwarded the case to the attorney general’s office to avoid potential conflicts or the perception of conflicts. fuckthepolice

During the 2013 Elko County Fair, Woodbury pushed a reserve deputy who was working at the event and cursed him with obscene language, telling hin to “Fuck off” according to court records.

Fair ground staff had asked officers to keep bleacher walkways clear. After two reserve deputies asked a group of people to move out of the way, Woodbury swore at the officer and refused to move, according to documents.

gary woodburyWoodbury then pushed Joshua Gallegos, one of the reserves, from behind, it states. When the officer asked Woodbury to leave, the former DA reportedly used more obscene language.

A sheriff’s detective later asked Woodbury if he had pushed Gallegos, to which Woodbury admitted that he had, court documents state.

Woodbury was never arrested in connection to the incident.

A person who commits battery on a person who “possesses some or all of the powers of a peace officer” can be charged with a gross misdemeanor under Nevada law.

LVMPD attack protesters, choke, slam their heads into the ground, repeatedly punch and arrest peaceful protesters on Fremont St while “America the Beautiful” and Kennedys famous line “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”

America the Beautiful, or is it America the Brutal?
LVMPD attack protesters, choke, slam their heads into the ground, repeatedly punch and arrest peaceful protesters on Fremont St while “America the Beautiful” and Kennedys famous line “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” playing in the background. Almost perfect question to ask before seeing exactly what your country has in store for those who assert their rights, jail and excessive force brought on by the citys strong arm elite.As the video wines down, one of the kidnapped and beaten, Colin Graybeal, screams out for “Help” before his beatings continue in the doorway of the casino.

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