Boston police attempt to intimidate blogger

By William R. Toler

To paraphrase Carlos Miller, the Glik decision doesn’t seem to be worth the paper it’s written on…or the $170,000 settlement that resulted from it.carlos3

In the 2011 case brought up in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, Boston attorney Simon Glik successfully argued that his arrest on wiretapping charges for recording public officials in the course of their public duites from a public place was a violation of his rights as guaranteed by the First and Fourth Amendments.

Miller, founder of Photography is Not a Crime, and journalism student Taylor Hardy are both facing criminal charges for attempting to garner accountablity from the Boston Police Department.

Hardy was working on a follow up to a story Miller had written back in August about a Boston cop shoving a man and threatening him with arrest for video recording him. He had called Angelene Richardson, the PR flak for BPD, recorded the conversation and posted it online.

Hardy told Miller he informed Richardson that he was recording at the begining of their conversation, but that didn’t stop her from filing a complaint, leading to a charge felony wiretapping. If found guilty, Hardy faces up to 5 years in prison.

Miller wrote a story about Hardy’s charge, posting the contact info for Richardson, and was subsequently charged with felony witness intimidation, a charge that earns a 10-year sentence if convicted.

The obvious intimidation tactics by BPD have draw attention from various media outlets across the country, including the Washington Post. BPD has yet to comment on the situation.

PINAC has retained the services of Boston attorney David Duncan at a cost of $2,000 per hearing. An indiegogo campaign to raise funds for legal fees netted $4300 in 48 hours.

A hearing scheduled for Thursday (Nov. 14) was postponed until the following week. Miller writes the extra time gives “police an extra week to ponder over how they will proceed with their complaint while giving the internet an extra week to mercilessly mock the Boston Police Department for the boondoggle it has brought upon itself.”

We will have more of an editorial on this at a later date.



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