July 21st, 2014

Case Dismissed Against Maui Newspaper Publisher Arrested for Video Recording Traffic Checkpoint 33

By Andrew Meyer

Two years ago, PINAC reported on the story of Tommy Russo, a Hawaiian newspaper publisher arrested for video recording a police traffic checkpoint in public. On July 9, the charge against Russo – obstructing a government operation - was finally dismissed.

Wailuku District Court Judge Kelsey Kawano ruled that Maui Police Officers Rusty Lawson and John Fairchild had no probable cause to arrest Russo for photographing them on Haleakala Highway during their “Operation Recon” traffic checkpoint and dismissed the case.

July 18th, 2014

Why You Absolutely Must Photograph these Seven Buildings in Washington DC 94

By Carlos Miller

They can photograph you, but you can’t photograph them


The buildings are ugly and not very picturesque. And you can probably grab screenshots of the buildings from your computer no matter where you live.

But if you live in the United States, you probably pay taxes, which not only helps maintain these buildings, but also help fund the employees that work in these buildings.

However, these employees are on some type of power trip where they believe they can order you not to take photos of the buildings, even though we have every right to photograph them from the outside, even if we are standing on federal property at the time as a settlement with Homeland Security Confirmed in 2010.

July 17th, 2014

NYPD Kill Man on Video after he Breaks up Fight 127

By Carlos Miller

New York City police officers killed a man Thursday after he had broken up a fight between two other men, insisting on placing him in a chokehold and slamming his head to the pavement, piling on top of him as he gasped for air and as he continually told the cops he couldn’t breathe.

The entire incident was caught on video from a witness who kept telling the cops that the man had not committed a crime.

July 17th, 2014

Charges Dropped Against Man Arrested for Video Recording NYPD Cop in Viral Video 25

By Carlos Miller

It took five months, but charges were dismissed earlier today against Shawn Randall Thomas, the New York City man arrested for recording a cop inside a subway station in a video that went viral – the umpteenth time they have failed to make charges stick against him for recording cops in public.

Meanwhile, the cop who arrested him, Efrain Rojas, has been cleared of all wrongdoing – even though the video clearly shows he instigated the confrontation by walking up Thomas and barking unlawful order before pouncing on him and arresting him, then deleting his footage, which Thomas recovered.

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