We’re amateur video documentaries. We record everything and this quick errand to MA was no different. We entered the Franklin County Jail lobby, approached the counter, explained that we wanted to bail out a
friend, were told that we couldn’t film, had a conversation**, were told
that we could film, returned 15min later with bail money and then were
told that we no longer had the “right” to film.
We expressed our desire to complete the bail-out process and
continued to document the arbitrary and flagrant abuse of claimed
authority by those who wearing badges. Soon, handcuffs were roughly
applied***, we went limp and stated that though we would not actively
resist, we would not assist them in their actions and we were carried to
separate squad cars. We were ordered to comply, to walk, to speak, to
roll our pinky finger in the correct rectangular box on the cardstock
fingerprint ID card. Throughout the entire process we asked pointed
questions that we hoped would resonate and cause those mistreating us to
realize that it’s never right to use aggressive force****.
Ethan Lee Vita the liberty on tour hitchhiker has meet up with Adam and Pete and will be tweeting updates from his phone. https://twitter.com/#!/EthanLeeVita
And check out this weeks Police Accountability Report, now playing every other hour on the hour at LRN.FM