• Georgia Republicans Arrest Citizen for Videotaping Them

    September 2, 2014

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America



    Nydia Tisdale is a citizen journalist in Georgia. She does not get paid for her work, but instead sees it as a civic duty to record politicians and the political process, and then upload those videos to YouTube. What she does is in large part what democracy is all about– involved, informed citizens exercising their rights under the First Amendment.

    Not in Georgia.

    Tisdale’s day began with a speech by state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, who in his talk described the debate performance of a Democratic rival as lousy enough that “I thought I was going to absolutely puke.”

    The crowd was laughing at the insult when Hudgens interrupted, looking down from the podium at Tisdale, seated near the state’s governor. Hudgens said “I don’t know why you’re videotaping.” Another pol, a local attorney and former GOP chairman, and one of the event’s organizers, demanded Tisdale stop videotaping. She refused. The cops were called to arrest and remove her.

    Yes, it got worse.

    At some point, with Tisdale loudly stating her rights were being violated, one of the arresting cops allegedly pressed his groin into Tisdale’s backside, bending her over a counter, because that’s how it’s done in Georgia. Tisdale would eventually be charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor, and obstructing an officer “by elbowing him in the right cheek area and kicking him in the right shin.”

    Linda Clary Umberger, chairwoman of the Dawson County GOP, followed the citizen journalist and the officer to an outbuilding. “I watched as a woman was bent over the counter on her face, with an officer over her,” Umberger said. “If I had been her, I would have elbowed him in the face, too. “I was so upset at how they handled it – I walked out.”

    The state governor apparently sat in silence while the violation of civil rights took place in front of him. Because that’s how it’s done in Georgia.

    The arresting officer was suspended pending an internal investigation. Most of the incident was captured on a voice recorder and still camera by another courageous journalist.

    “Let me be possibly politically incorrect here a second,” a later speaker, the state’s attorney general finally told the crowd. “If we stand for anything as a party, what are we afraid of with the lady having a camera, filming us? What are we saying here that shouldn’t be on film?

    “What message are we sending? That because it’s private property, they shouldn’t be filming? What is the harm? Who’s the winner in the long run? Not a good move. The harm that this poses is far greater than her filming us. What are we hiding? If we are telling you why we are running and what we stand for, what are we hiding?”

    Georgia still isn’t done harassing Tisdale.

    Though she was released on bond, her camera, supposedly seized as “evidence,” remains locked up, because that’s how it’s done in Georgia. “I can’t work without it,” she said.

    This is not Tisdale’s first time to run into unfair practices in Georgia. In 2012, the mayor of Cumming, Georgia, ejected Tisdale from an open city council meeting simply for videotaping the proceedings. A judge later signed an order laying a $12,000 fine on the city and mayor for violating the state’s open meetings law, never mind the Constitution of the United States, assuming that document still applies in Georgia.



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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Unless Gov. “Pig Deal” is planning to run for presi-dense some day and fears a George Allen-macaca moment, he should be happy to have this video recorded for all his supporters to eat it up. “Pig Deal” is not a big deal compared to other Repug pigs like McDonnell, Christie, Scott, Corbett…

      09/2/14 11:54 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote “If we stand for anything as a party, what are we afraid of with the lady having a camera, filming us? What are we saying here that shouldn’t be on film? “What message are we sending?” unquote

      Well, they already sent it. Georgia ceded from the union.

      These collectivist GOP scumbags blew it. Just like Maryland and Connecticut. What they don’t understand is their “monopoly on violence” may just get them killed, if they keep it up.

      http://www.tpnn.com/2014/08/30/maryland-sheriff-to-feds-try-and-take-our-guns-and-youll-get-a-civil-war/

      09/2/14 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Pitch,

      If the Maryland sheriff supports civil war, can the black community expect his support?

      http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/20/magazine/the-color-of-suspicion.html

      09/2/14 12:39 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      If this paranoid clown is typical of law enforcement, then every black person should own a gun. He’s just part of a diabolical scheme by the NRA to increase gun ownership in the black community.

      09/2/14 3:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      “.. At some point, with Tisdale loudly stating her rights were being violated, one of the arresting cops allegedly pressed his groin into Tisdale’s backside, bending her over a counter …”

      Would that be considered sexual assault legally, if not misconduct and harassment?

      It’s very hard for a government at any level to campaign against rape and sexual assault, if it is going to wave it for people who are not worthy of carrying a badge and ruin it for those who do respect the laws they carry out.

      Not to mention … doesnt the First Amendment apply for this lady or did the Governor finally secede from the Union? In that case, lock your daughters up if this can happen at a public event.

      The other bad part, how many people sat and watched and kept silent in the audience? Just like that event where Mrs Clinton’s security detail take down a veteran and senior citizen for standing silently, protesting the very Iraq War she so boldly championed, and all those in the GW audience members looked on

      09/2/14 10:34 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      News Flash! This just in from More Tales of the DCOTP!

      You can’t make this stuff up…

      http://www.redstate.com/2014/09/02/marylands-thought-police-strike/

      quote”This is not law enforcement. This is not public safety. This is garden variety stupidity of the most egregious sort.” unquote

      The author is wrong. This is beyond garden variety stupid…this is rock-hard stupid. Dehydrated-rock-hard stupid. Stupid, so stupid it goes way beyond the stupid we know into a whole different dimension of stupid. Trans-stupid stupid. Meta-stupid. Stupid collapsed on itself so far that even the neutrons have collapsed. Stupid gotten so dense that no intellect can escape. Singularity stupid. Blazing hot mid-day sun on Mercury stupid. These people emit more stupid in one second than our entire galaxy emits in a year. Quasar stupid. Nothing in our universe can really be this stupid. Perhaps this is some primordial fragment from the original big bang of stupid. Some pure essence of a stupid so uncontaminated by anything else the very thought that anything can be this stupid is pure fantasy… wait..I can’t go on.

      bartender.. you know what I need. Double it. No..triple it. sheeezus. I propose a toast. Here’s to the living proof Cippola’s Five Basic Laws of Stupidity. May he rest in peace knowing they’ve now been validated.

      09/3/14 10:15 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote”Not to mention … doesnt the First Amendment apply for this lady or did the Governor finally secede from the Union? In that case, lock your daughters up if this can happen at a public event.”unquote

      Speaking of “lock up”, just when you think Murka has reached the bottom of the Policestate Constitution free abyss..there’s these..

      http://www.policestateusa.com/

      If anyone has any doubt we are truly a policestate now please step forward so I can see a real imbecile.

      09/3/14 10:31 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      09/3/14 11:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Dear Rich,

      Justice Scalia is poster boy for everything Jefferson didnt want to happen. That quote at the end is unbelievable. We still have “abolistionists”?? I thought that went out after the civil war lol. Scalia may be in a position to personally recall something most of us have only read about though

      Dear Pitch, I had to look twice and make sure I was looking at the policestateusa site and not the onion. Apparently bad cops arrested some kid for writing about shooting a dinosaur and a bunch of librarians per the Patriot Act. thank God these guys can keep our society safe from those evil librarians. They are the biggest threats to our republic, without a doubt —

      The ‘sneak and peak’ searches going on remind me of the KGB practices where I volunteered as a Peace Corps volunteer. I even had the misfortune to come home and surprise one of my “minders” going through my flat. FYI Sneak and Peace authorities, 1 bedroom flats pose challenges for hiding when you have little or no closet space. Just sayin’

      http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/librarians-gagged-patriot-act/

      http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/sneak-and-peek-warrants/

      http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/alex-stone-dinosaur-hunter/

      09/3/14 11:35 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      erm – Abolitionists and FYI Sneak and PeaK

      09/3/14 11:36 AM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      Rich Bauer said…

      quote”If this paranoid clown is typical of law enforcement, then every black person should own a gun. He’s just part of a diabolical scheme by the NRA to increase gun ownership in the black community.”unquote

      WTF?

      I can’t believe you said that. Is there something in the water around your area that causes delusions?

      09/4/14 8:30 AM | Comment Link

    • Sonu said...

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      I have two tattoos, both can be hidedn very easily. I don’t care if people never know they are there, or can’t see them. They aren’t for other people to see they are to remind me about a very specific time in my life good or bad. They are for me so I don’t care if they are covered up 99% of the time! And as for being old and wrinkly, I’ll have a great story to tell to my grandkids about how I made a memory permanent, and made it stick with me all my life, through thick or thin. Only get tattoos of what you love and believe in wholeheartedly but I don’t think its a bad thing AT ALL.

      09/17/14 7:36 PM | Comment Link

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