It's everyone's right to film cops, not just journalists. In case you are not paying attention I'll inform you that this is happening every day. Cops intimidate and brutalize people through the color of law, claiming that they are in the right and their tactics are justified. The phenomena of police believing they are above the law, thus acting however they want, is well entrenched in the fibers of the thin blue line. It's called a police state and it's accelerating by the minute. Why else would America have the largest prison population in the history of the world? Cops are trigger pullers for the politicians that make unjust laws. They are not here to protect your rights or serve the community. They are here to protect the state and the illusion of it's authority over the natural rights we ALL have as human beings.
is this what "Cop Watch" does?
I perceive your quality, ma'am. You're doing a bang-up job as editor and we're lucky to have you here. The Journal looks fantastic!
Kjeld Lyth stands in my mind foremost as an educator in theater, and in life. A great guy. A true sensei. I learned from him. I got mine. Thanks, Kjeld.
As a street photographer I often find a good black and white shot among the officers. Is this a criminal act?
No Mr. Officer... this is my photograph.
Why is it "journalists" feel that they can do whatever they want and hide behind the first amendment? There is a professional way to get information from the police, inserting yourself into a crime scene/investigation is not it. Mrs. Dahleburg please conduct yourself more appropriately, you cheapen journalism with these tactics.
Just wondering why you felt the need to get involved in the first place? Also please recognize that not everyone with a cell phone camera is a good guy. And know that they need to keep people out of their crime scene. Why you would need to get so close to take pictures of weed is beyond me.
Possibly Officer McPig was setting aside weed for his personal laboratory... your photos unnerved him, and caused him to miscount. Who knew?
North Coast Jokes last gasp.
The EPD is in the process of being taught this lesson in real time.
"Either police learn and respect that right, or they will end up getting sued. And for the most part, in the cases I’m aware of, they lose."
On March 25th one of a series of civil rights lawsuits will continue against The city of Eureka and Officers of the EPD for violating the rights of people to film during demonstrations outside the Humboldt county Court House in various situations.
Milk it, Judy. Milk. It. This reads like irrelevancy's last gasp.
"With what these officers have to face daily and the sheer volume of their interactions with the public, they seem to do pretty well to me."
Your average SF or LA cop would have a good laugh over that one "Joe"! Your average minimum wage worker must get out of their car and interact with the public all day long!
The "attitude" and overreaction EPD is famous for is also caused by months of routine boredom prior to Eureka's annual murder.
If EPD had video of this, or any incidents that improved their credibility, it would be made public.
Smoking pot is still a crime, so, "10,000 crime reports a year" seems low.
EPD doesn't need the NCJ to "paint the whole department in a negative light".
Has the EPD overtime award system Garr Neilsen broke-up been reestablished?
I'd also add that if the officer had perhaps been a little more patient and taken the time to explain their position to Dahlberg (even if he wasn't required to) it might have helped to avoid this whole "controversy." Instead it appeared neither were willing to bend and Dahlberg was given fuel to her obvious self-righteousness.
I've had some experience with EPD and despite the NCJ's attempts to paint the department as a whole in a negative light, this is baseless. It's a pretty professional group overall I think.
I read somewhere EPD takes over 10,000 crime reports a year and responds to tens of thousands of service calls...a crazy amount of work in a city of less than 30,000. And let's face it, for all its beauty and charm Eureka also has an ugly side: huge traffic safety issues, chronic drug/alcohol fueled problems with a large homeless population, rampant drug abuse and related crime etc.
With what these officers have to face daily and the sheer volume of their interactions with the public, they seem to do pretty well to me.
I beg to disagree Joe. The power hungry cops are the ones who overly pushy and self-righteous.
So why not just make the video public, so we can all stop this armchair-quarterback speculation?
Notice how the NCJ has backed off some (but not admitted any wrong doing on their part too) since EPD informed them they have video of the incident, which proved Dahlberg embelished her version of events. She may have been threatened with arrest IF she didnt stop interfering with their investigation (sounds like she copped an attitude from early on and was overly pushy and self-righteous) and move out of their immediate crime scene area.
I hear Dablberg took it upon herself to walk past cops without asking if it was okay and right up to the trunk of the car to start taking pics of the "evidence" inside or around it. Even your first year new reporters know not to do that yet this former "professional photographer" presumes this is ever okay?
She could take all the pics she wanted...from the proper distance and it sounds like the cops never tried to stop this. They just wanted her out of their faces and the crime scene's immediate area which they DO have the legal right to do. There is a big difference between the spin/slant this story has and what actually occurred seems to me.
I do conceed that the one officer (Goodwell?) might have stretched his professionalism by spelling out o-f-f-ic-e-r though I'm equally sure Dahlberg had been pushing all his buttons by then.
I don’t have a problem with Carrie taking these photos, or the police officers requesting that she not take any photos. I have a problem with the attitude that the cops used while asking her to move along. Why do officers need to use the this authoritative attitude with all police business? Can’t the power trip be saved for more critical situations? Or is it permanently embedded in every cops DNA?
First off anyone who posts without their name has something to hide!! ive known Drake Goodale for the past 15 plus years, he is an excellent officer. he has no power trip or higher than mighty attitude. He does his job to the letter. I have been on ride-a-longs with him multiple times, he does not put his feelings or beliefs into the situation. Drake follows the law as his job requires, if you dont like the laws dont break them plane and simple. yes it is ok for journalists to photo situations, just as it is ok and the law says its legal to photo anyone who is in public, long as you dont take a picture of their face. but there is also the fact that Drake or the other officers involved were doing their job, and if the reporter was interfering with that then they are in the wrong!!! Officer saftey also comes into play, if they are being distracted doing their job then it is a safety factor and that officer has the right to say something!! Also the media in general needs stories to keep them employed, so keep that in mind! no story no job!! Drake has nothing to hide and does his duty to protect and serve everyone from the mayor down to the citizens.
It's easy to see what a polarized issue the police department is to this county. Some people hate the police and others love them. Neither are correct in their stance as it is our responsibility as free thinking Americans to be critical thinking in our assessments of public SERVANTS.
Public complaints about police actions should be taken seriously before a civilian review board. The only reason police don't want this to happen is because they have the power within their departments to hide what mistakes they make without the people being privy to the process.
City employees call themselves "family". Those of us who pay their salaries are not allowed access to the inner "family" and do not get to see the reality of what goes on when cops kill people such as Cheri Moore, Martin Cotten, James Honda and the myriad of other poor people who have succumbed to the cruelty of north coast "justice".
Unfortunately those who discriminate on either side of this issue are not clearing up the smoke screen that keeps the affairs of the police obscure and detrimental to free expression. We must have a civilian review of police activity both in our cities and the county to clear up our understanding of what is really going on!
And another North Coast Joke editor goes crazy and gets committed to the local nuthouse. I can't wait for Joel to shit out a comic about this.
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