Skip to comments.Cops Confiscate Cameras at Ohio Congressmanís Town Hall (Chabot)
Posted on 08/24/2011 6:43:47 PM PDT by GreaterSwiss
A congressman from Ohio had cops grab the cameras of constituents during a town hall meeting. Steve Chabot, a Republican, had cell phones and cameras confiscated in order to prevent an embarrassing Youtube video from making the rounds, according to Carlos Miller, who runs a blog documenting efforts by the state to stifle the First Amendment rights of photographers. Police said the cameras were taken to protect the constituents. A local television station, however, was allowed to videotape the meeting and the brazen move by Chabot and the cops.
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There is NO REASON to be afraid of saying anything on the record.
4th Amendment Violation.
What, are they concerned about carpel tunnel?
Time for him to go.
This is just beyond horrible behavior. Why did the cops do it?
Be careful.....this might have been staged to set up Chabot.
Steve Chabot needs to be sent PACKING. This is DemoRAT behavior.
We need new conservatives in Congress now more than ever.
Unbelievable. “Just following orders” doesn’t fly...
“Be careful.....this might have been staged to set up Chabot.”
Well then, he had better get out in front of the story! If he’s behind it, he’s a disgrace and should have a primary challenge.
Why did the cops do it?
I’ll bet a good plaintiff’s attorney could find out!
>> Why did the cops do it?
Be careful.....this might have been staged to set up Chabot.
BULL F’n SheT.. If Chabot was there and knew this was going down he should have STOPPED IT..
They said they had a sign posted “No Camera’s allowed for security reasons”. I don’t know if this is legitimate or not. Apparently it is enforceable. This is becoming a Police state.
I tried to post this a while ago but because the original source was Inforwars, it was not allowed.
Why did these LEO PIGS feel the need to comply with an uncostitutional order. Fire the congressman. Fire all the PIGS who grabbed cameras.
Obama's Brown Shirts..now dressed in blue.. Union Cops???
Your demand for something different would entail a violation of his 4th amendment rights.
Isn’t a blogger a member of the press?
all camera were put on the Chabot Staff table. The police were acting as Chabot’s hired goons.. Corrupt to the core..
Yes and you couple that with the fact that the State is increasing IT'S use of surveillance cameras everywhere.
Was being setup big time, but won’t do it again. Still, not a good move.
That’s what I was thinking. Why would anyone comply with this? Pathetic sheep. Unfortunately they deserve what they get.
Chabot was NOT BEING SETUP. Chabot asked the police to do this and stood by as it was being done! He GOT CAUGHT!
featuring U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, video cameras owned by two Democratic activists were seized by a Cincinnati police officer at the direction of Chabots staff.
A Chabot spokesman said the had the cameras seized to protect the privacy of constituents at the event, although there were at least two media outlets at the North Avondale Recreation Center filming the meeting.
Tim Burke, the chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, has written a letter to Cincinnati City Solicitor John Curp asking for an explanation of the legal basis for the seizure and the enforcement by Cincinnati police of rules created by the Congressman.
From my link above:
“David Little, a Cincinnati Democrat working with ProgressOhio, a liberal organization, and Liz Ping, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio House last year, were taking video at the event. Little was using an iPhone video camera while Ping, who was taping the meeting for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was using a flip video camera mounted on a stand. About 100 persons were present most of whom were clearly not supporters of the 1st District Republican congressman.”
Sounds like a setup to me.
Still it ‘comes with the job’...
WTF?! This was illegal.
He’s their congressman. It’s a public event. I see no problem with them videotaping him.
Would you be ok with a Republican videotaping a democrat or a person videotaping the police or is that a setup too?
All the while HAVING cameras for security reasons.
Bunch of GD traitors if you ask me.
Fire them? How has that worked out with the thug cops attacking camera users seen here almost weekly> Any of them even get a stern rebuke that anyone has heard of?
Didn't think so. This seems to be the new modus operandi when a cop sees a camera aimed at him.
Chabot voted for the increase in the debt limit and is having police go after citizens. That’s not the work of a conservative.
Dont you think 16 yrs is too long to be a congressman? It shouldnt be a lifetime job.
I think I know what this is about. I mentioned this situation before.
Democrats and liberal independents been showing up at these meetings chanting “Raise taxes on the rich to create jobs” and recording them and putting them on youtube. Republican News Channel (FNC) is not reporting it, but Democrat News Channel (MSNBC) has been showing them daily with glee. That is why many here dont even know about it.
What concerns me is that there are no contrary videos showing Democrats being yelled at over taxes, certainly none on FNC. Like we lost the activism juice when Republicans took the House.
It was a Dem Union Goon set along with Soros front groups.
Look at the video and all the Union Goons in T shits .
Read the post the Soros/Union front groups were planning a scence.
You seem to WAY TOOO eager to trash the guy.
Who do you work for ??????
I see. And you side with the 'rat shyster against republican Chabot. Might have known. Adios MoFo .
It was a huge UNION GOON Set Up.
Who cares if it was some setup. Everything would of been caught on camera. If the situation was reversed you would be pissed off.
Why are you in favor of losing rights like being able to videotape public events?
I have been illegally threatened by a police officer for asking his name when getting a seat belt ticket (when I had it on). If I had a camera on me, I would of been protected.
After all, it worked so well for Baron Hill:
Oops; Hill lost the next election.
yup, I’ve been on this board for years, but I’m trolling because I believe cops shouldn’t make up rules and go after citizens at the behest of a 16 yr congressman...
You need to be above whether there’s a R or D after the name if something is wrong.
Wicked Cool pen!!
YES, It looks like a liberal coordinated effort to do this and then show them on MSNBC as organic, This is the first I have seen it mentioned here. They first started doing it over the Ryan plan. The author made it sound like it was to stop conservatives from protesting the Republican which is not what it was.
If he was in my district, I’d work night and day to get him out of office.
He needs to go. NOW
He set himself up. It’s incredibly stupid to do something like this. If he can’t answer questions without giving his opponents some sort of political bonanza, he should just resign.
I’ve been to several of Paul Ryan’s town hall meetings and there are plenty of political types taping the entire thing to find stuff to use in campaigns. It comes with the territory.
Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin is also tailed by Think Progress bloggers.
Didnt anyone standup and say NO FREAKING WAY
Does it also record audio? To me, I had rather have audio than video if given the choice of one or the other.
Regardless who was at the meeting, they don’t check their rights at the door.
Situational ethics is no ethics.