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Wrongfully Arrested for Recording Police in Sarasota, FL.

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Published on Mar 20, 2012

I was arrested for videotaping the police at this traffic stop on January 25, 2012. I spent 24 hours in jail before the judge released me on ROR. The SAO office dropped charges on 3/29/2012. This is in North Port, FL which is about 25 miles south of Sarasota, FL in Sarasota County.

This is an android phone, camera not so good for sure, but I'm glad I used that and not a $900 camera because they took my camera and kept it for 2 months and I had to go to the judge to get it back. If you want to read the prosecutor's report: http://flliberty.files.wordpress.com/... and also the probable cause affidavits http://flliberty.wordpress.com/, see also here a great timeline from Mickey Osterreicher from the NPPA

An Update: The officer who arrested me in the video was promoted from Sgt. to Captain.
I'm not sure how that leap is actually accomplished without tests or anything, so not only was this leo not disciplined for lying on police reports and false arrest, he was promoted.

Update: Mickey Osterriecher of the NPPA demanded an internal investigation around the 1st of February 2012 and I'm not sure if it is complete yet. My attorney is filing a 768 claim in the Florida State court system which is a negligence tort limited to 200K in damages, but the government agency cannot allege qualified immunity, but the government agency can petition to convert the claim to a federal tort (1983) where they can claim qualified immunity, but if they go federal there is no cap on damages or attorney fees.

Also, the leo who arrested me when he was promoted promptly fired the director of public records in the NPPD and then the other two employees who were working there, quit, so he is the only person active at present handling requests for public records.

Another update: the two guys who were in the car who you can't see: the driver was charged with driving on a restricted license and the SAO dropped his charges and the passenger was arrested and charged with having a roach and his case was just determined closed without adjudication which means he wasn't convicted, but wasn't innocent either, I think. Anyway, this whole encounter three arrests and no convictions and it will cost the city thousands of dollars.

Another update: Nov. 14, 2012: We had two city council members, one was an ex-cop and the other an active duty captain in the fire department were defeated by two ladies who had absolutely no political experience or affiliations. Maybe this is just a coincidence, but people here aren't real happy with the administration of government.

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