"Shut it off, or you're gonna be arrested. . . . OK, you're done, dude." -- Joe La Sac, a University of Puget Sound student, captured on video more illegal behavior by the Tacoma Police Department this week at the ongoing Port of Tacoma Stryker protest. -- This very elegant and very effective two-minute film deserves a public service award. -- But what it reveals is very disappointing. -- Citizens of Tacoma especially need to contact members of the Tacoma City Council. Phone: 253-591-5100. -- Tacoma needs to have an in-depth inquiry into the police misconduct, the reasons for it, and unacceptable attitude police are displaying toward peaceful, courteous, non-threatening citizens exercising their constitutional rights. -- The testimony posted with the video is even more disturbing than the video itself. -- "As one officer told me, they don't care about 'judges sitting in courtrooms with their black robes.' He told me, 'I don't want to hear you complaining about your consitutional rights, son. You're lucky we're letting you go.' They took my car keys and (presumably) searched my car. They said they have a trespassing warrant out for me — so if I were to go back there, I would actually be arrested." ...
FILM IS NOT A CRIME
By Joe La Sac
March 7, 2007
Officers at the Port of Tacoma don't understand the rights of photographers or journalists. A group of about eight officers (and a dozen more on the way, including a helicopter) accosted me about filming the port of Tacoma for coverage of the Stryker Brigade protests.
Komo 4 and King 5 were standing in the same location earlier. But seeing that I was a student, they said they were arresting me, and then detained me for an hour in the back of a squad car. They did not read me my rights, nor did they care about my rights. As one officer told me, they don't care about "judges sitting in courtrooms with their black robes." He told me, "I don't want to hear you complaining about your consitutional rights, son. You're lucky we're letting you go." They took my car keys and (presumably) searched my car. They said they have a trespassing warrant out for me -- so if I were to go back there, I would actually be arrested.
This port has been recently used for new shipments of Strykers, rockets, and other heavy military equipment straight to Iraq. This equipment has already been filmed by at least three news organizations, including aerial shots.
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