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Concord Cop Threatens Camera-Wielding Lemonade Stand Operator With Wiretapping Charges
Reason ^ | August 24, 2011 | Mike Riggs

Posted on 08/24/2011 8:24:50 PM PDT by Immerito

A Concord man giving away lemonade at a farmer's market was threatened with wiretapping charges last Saturday when he refused to stop filming a police officer and a fellow vendor. Garret Ean didn't have a permit to sell lemonade, which drew the ire of the president of the Concord Farmer's Market. Ean filmed the confrontation, and continued to film when a Concord cop showed up and threatened to arrest him for wiretapping. Photojournalist Carlos Miller (who we interviewed for the November issue of Reason about the war on photography) has the story:

The man, whom Ean identified as Steve Blasdell, ordered Ean to turn off the camera.

Ean instead engaged him in a debate about what constitutes vending.

At 2:48, Blasdell shut down Ean’s camera, but Ean turns it right back on.

That was when Ean turned from lemonade activist into photography rights activist, claiming he was now “a member of the press.”

And that was when Blasdell tried to grab the camera from him after first trying to grab his cooler of lemonade.

The two men squared off with Ean accusing him of assault while Blasdell said it was not assault because he was only trying to swipe the camera without touching any part of his body.

Blasdell then ran off to call police while Ean announced he is giving away “free lemonade.”


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; camera; concord; donutwatch; govtabuse; jackbootedthugs; jbt; lemonadestand; leo; lping; newhampshire; pigs; policestate; stormtroopernazis; tyranny

1 posted on 08/24/2011 8:24:55 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito

Whoops, I failed to hit the excerpt button; the above is an excerpt

(Excerpt) Read more at Reason.com ...

http://reason.com/blog/2011/08/24/concord-cop-threatens-camera-w


2 posted on 08/24/2011 8:26:49 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito
Criminals of every stripe fear the impartial, incorruptible gaze of the camera.
3 posted on 08/24/2011 8:29:05 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: Immerito

gawd save us from the lemonade stands!


4 posted on 08/24/2011 8:29:28 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
A Concord man giving away lemonade at a farmer's market was threatened with wiretapping charges last Saturday when he refused to stop filming a police officer and a fellow vendor. Garret Ean didn't have a permit to sell lemonade, which drew the ire of the president of the Concord Farmer's Market. Ean filmed the confrontation, and continued to film when a Concord cop showed up and threatened to arrest him for wiretapping.

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5 posted on 08/24/2011 8:31:24 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: Immerito

to ALL:

This is that same place where it turned out the cops were setting up husbands with ho’s who would encourage them to drink, and then get PULLED OVER FOR DUI.

And then end up losing custody in a divorce, and then getting taken to the cleaners.

I’m serious.

Also up the hill a cop was dealing drugs and busted massage parlors that were competing against the one HE WAS RUNNING..!!


6 posted on 08/24/2011 8:32:17 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Immerito

Rules are rules. Follow them or sell your lemonade somewhere else.


7 posted on 08/24/2011 8:32:30 PM PDT by keat
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To: Immerito

When law enforcement wishes to infringe upon the privacy of a citizen they say, “If you are doing nothing wrong, you should not mind.” Why does this not apply to law enforcement, especially regarding something as innocuous as a lemonade stand? Photographing and videotaping in public settings are not crimes. Pray for the republic.


8 posted on 08/24/2011 8:32:50 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Immerito

These number of these camera confrontations with cops and politicians continue to grow. Darkness fears the light of truth...


9 posted on 08/24/2011 8:33:41 PM PDT by neodad
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To: neodad

Idaho is a one party state in this respect. As long as one party knows they are being recorded, it is all good.


10 posted on 08/24/2011 8:37:29 PM PDT by bigheadfred (But alas)
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To: Immerito

Is this Massholechussetts or NH?


12 posted on 08/24/2011 8:44:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Immerito
Ahh, CA,

Nevermind.

13 posted on 08/24/2011 8:46:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

It’s California!

(Concord is an East Bay suburb of San Francisco.)


14 posted on 08/24/2011 8:46:04 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: keat
Rules are rules. Follow them or sell your lemonade somewhere else.

From the first line of the article:

A Concord man giving away lemonade at a farmer's market...

Do you actually read the articles, or do you just shoot your mouth off when The Police State needs some support?

15 posted on 08/24/2011 8:47:46 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Immerito

No reasonable expectation of privacy there. Keep filming...er...recording. Dang, starting to show my age...


16 posted on 08/24/2011 8:49:50 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: gaijin

Concord, California PD is FAMOUS right now for amazing levels of corruption. You won’t believe it:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/03/MNLS1J9OC2.DTL#ixzz1LOsmNX2l

Does not even sound like America.


17 posted on 08/24/2011 8:52:58 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Paladin2

“It starts when activist Garret Ean sat on a public sidewalk during a farmer’s market in Concord, New Hampshire to sell lemonade during Saturday’s Lemonade Liberation Day.”

Actually, New Hampshire.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/lemonade-protester-gets-assaulted-threatened-with-arrest


18 posted on 08/24/2011 9:03:03 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: gaijin

I apoligize: The officer’s name is something totally different —the Blasdell guy is just the head of the Farmer’s Market.

But the tape otherwise appears to confirm all his other details:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyfccIngq64


19 posted on 08/24/2011 9:03:40 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Immerito

I hope we have not already caused John Adams to repent:

“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” —John Adams


20 posted on 08/24/2011 9:33:37 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: keat

You’re kidding, right?


21 posted on 08/24/2011 9:49:48 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Immerito
I'm 48. I've known cops all my life through friends, traffic stops and one arrest. I never felt I was a victim.

What is going on these days? Some act as though they're on commisssion.

22 posted on 08/24/2011 9:52:44 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: AD from SpringBay

If cops followed procedures, they shouldn’t have a single dam thing to worry about, right?

In fact if they were PLANNING on following procedures, seems to me that to then have it on tape would be a good thing, right?

The ONLY reason for a cop to not want cameras is because he thinks he might accidentally or intentionally do something out of bounds.


23 posted on 08/24/2011 9:59:03 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: Immerito

What is that saying about people being petty tyrants within their little area of authority? The War on Lemonade Stands continues to spread.


24 posted on 08/24/2011 10:15:59 PM PDT by Chiltepe
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To: AD from SpringBay; null and void; Las Vegas Ron; Hotlanta Mike; MHGinTN; circumbendibus; ...

6 Completely Legal Ways The Cops Can Screw You

1. Arrest You For Filming Them

Five More Ways, here:

http://www.cracked.com/article_18620_6-completely-legal-ways-cops-can-screw-you.html


25 posted on 08/24/2011 11:01:32 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Immerito

Stoopuhd Citizen...


26 posted on 08/24/2011 11:34:00 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

The non-cop citizen knew the law better than the cop-citizen.

The latter’s insistence that he knew the law, even when wrong was foolish.

***

“Police arrived ten minutes later and wrongly told Ean he is violating the state’s wiretapping law by recording them on a public sidewalk.

Ean offered to show him the actual law, which he has printed on a little card, but the cop refuses, saying he already familiar with the law.

But then he again threatens to arrest him on wiretapping charges if anybody else on the street complains.”

****

For your convenience, here is New Hampshire’s wiretapping law:

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/NHTOC/NHTOC-LVIII-570-A.htm


27 posted on 08/24/2011 11:51:12 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito

bump


28 posted on 08/25/2011 4:43:30 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: gaijin
An iPhone app that all potential video recorders of police encounters should have:

Shoot video live on your iPhone, share it in real-time with friends via Qik

Then when you are told to hand over the camera, you can tell the storm troopers

"This is not being recorded in the camera, this is being transmitted live over the internet. If you attempt to assault me for the camera, you can be sure the video will be in my lawyer's in-box by the time you finish grabbing".
BTW, there are other similar apps and services.
29 posted on 08/25/2011 4:56:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: keat

Really hoping you forgot the /s


30 posted on 08/25/2011 7:04:43 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Immerito

Bad cops are making it a more dangerous job for the few good cops left. Somebody’s going to come out of a beatdown convinced there’s a war.


31 posted on 08/25/2011 7:50:59 AM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: rabscuttle385

Figures....


32 posted on 08/25/2011 8:51:19 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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