Boston police threaten to arrest journalists for recording Urban Shield drill

On May 3, 2014, we attempted to record an Urban Shield training drill in Boston. The drill we attempted to record was police practicing what to do if a bomb went off at an MBTA station. The event took place in a public place, was open to media, and even had a sign posted nearby which said “Observer Check In.” Despite this, we were threatened with arrest by Boston police simply for standing and recording on a public sidewalk across the street from the drill and were ultimately removed from the area.

When we arrived to record the drill, Boston police officer Michael Principe pointed out an area of the street that was blocked off by yellow police tape and told Andrew that he could not go inside. A few minutes later, when Andrew tried to cross the street outside the taped off area to get a better shot, Principe threatened to arrest him for “trespassing.” Principe demanded that Andrew leave the area completely. When Andrew declined to leave, Principe stood inches away from Andrew in an attempt to intimidate him, but now said Andrew could stand on the sidewalk (which Andrew was already doing). Andrew asked Principe to step back from him, but Principe refused. Instead of respecting Andrew’s personal space, Principe started telling Andrew to leave again.

Andrew refused to leave and asked Principe to see his photo ID card several times. Principe refused to show his ID card even though state law requires police to show their IDs if it is requested of them. We both asked Principe to get his supervisor, but Principe refused, saying his supervisor was busy with the drill.

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Boston Police Officer Michael Principe (Badge #1357)

Eventually Principe walked away and we were able to record the training exercise for some time without incident. We saw actors covered in fake blood exit the cordoned off area yelling that a bomb had gone off and calling for help. The actors appeared to be heading towards ambulances, but were instead grabbed and detained by police officers who frisked them and searched their bags, a sight that we found very troubling.

We wondered why the police appeared to be training to detain bombing victims and impede their access to medical treatment. Was the lesson learned from the Boston Marathon bombing really that too many bombing victims were able to get to medical attention without first being intercepted by the police?

Later, we were able to get Principe to get his supervisor, Sergeant Christopher Connolly. Connolly refused to tell Principe to show us his ID card. Instead, Connolly told us we weren’t allowed to record what was going on because he didn’t want “bad guys knowing how we train.” He asked (but did not order) us to leave several times and Andrew declined. Connolly then told Principe to arrest both Andrew and Maya (even though Maya hadn’t declined to leave). Andrew asked why and Connolly claimed we were interfering with the training which was absurd considering we were standing across the street from where the training was happening and we had been recording it for quite some time before Connolly decided we were interfering.

It is also worth pointing out that, prior to Connolly telling Principe to arrest us, he had merely requested that Andrew leave. He never claimed that it was illegal to be on the sidewalk prior to authorizing our arrests.

Additionally, it turns out that there is no law against “interfering” with a police officer in Massachusetts. According to an article published last year by the Massachusetts Bar Association, there is no law against interfering or obstructing a police officer in Massachusetts nor is there a common law basis for an interfering or obstructing a police officer charge:

Consistent with that premise, the courts adhere to the longstanding common law rule that prohibits the judicial creation of new common law crimes. In exercising restraint, the Supreme Judicial Court has said, “[t]he public policy of the commonwealth in the creation of crimes is not for this court to determine, but for the Legislature.”

Without being able to authentically establish interference with a police officer as a crime in case law, custom, usage, or tradition, a judge who gives jury instructions outlining the elements of interference with a police officer is making the law rather than following it.

Connolly backed down from having us arrested and instead led us off of the supposedly off-limits sidewalk and into the street where Andrew had been told he couldn’t stand earlier, while making the bizarre claim that we couldn’t stand on a public sidewalk because vehicles would be passing through. He told us we would have to stand on a different street where our view of the training was blocked by construction equipment, making it impossible for us to record what was going on. We left under duress because we didn’t want to have to deal with being arrested, even though we knew the arrests would have been wrongful.

Our attempt to record on a public street was ultimately thwarted by extremely hostile and threatening Boston police officers who used of multiple baseless arrest threats to coerce us. It seems that the Boston police department still haven’t learned their lesson even after paying out more than $200,000 in legal settlements to Simon Glik and Maury Paulino, both of whom were were falsely arrested for recording Boston police officers in public.

According to The Boston Herald, Michael Principe and Christopher Connolly were paid $143,819.95 and $199,660.90 respectively in taxpayer money last year. Despite collectively being paid more than a third of a million dollars last year, these two officers can’t respect peoples’ right to stand on public sidewalks or follow simple laws about showing ID cards, nor would they allow basic First Amendment-protected journalistic activity.

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72 Responses to Boston police threaten to arrest journalists for recording Urban Shield drill

  1. Dewey Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Awesome there needs to be more people like you guys against cops that abuse there authority and don’t follow the laws that there suppose to uphold. Great job.!!!!

    • Brendan Reply

      May 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      I love seeing people standing up for their rights and informing others about them  Keep it up!

    • Sonny Freeman Reply

      October 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Elderly man in tennessee said,I bet ole Kim jong and north Korea treat their people better then police in tennessee treat us.He went own to say that police in tennessee reminds him of the NAZIS and how they killed the Jewish people and he was afraid that someday police in tennessee would exterminate us as the Nazis DID.He was 79 years old and said he was to afraid of tennessee police hurting him and his 75 year old wife they just stayed at home.pity

  2. Dick Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    It sounds like the cops were trying to accommodate any media if there was an observer area. Why did you feel the need to cross into the area where the exercise was being conducted? And you do realize that additional terrorists might try to act as victims and detonate yet more bombs once they get into safe zones to kill even more people. Right? Hence the training for checking injured parties in order to protect everyone. I think you’re focusing too much on your dislike for the cops/authority and not enough on the people who’s actions make these type of police training exercises necessary in the first place.

    • Andrew Reply

      May 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      “It sounds like the cops were trying to accommodate any media if there was an observer area.”

      Then why were we threatened with arrest for standing in the observer area?

      • Danielle Reply

        May 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        Because your conduct was bordering on disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, trespassing on public property, and disturbance of assembly. Before you run around trying to “catch” police breaking the law, maybe you should consider learning the limits of your constitutional rights and the crimes you may be committing by disturbing other people.

        This type of behavior is juvenile and ignorant. Anyone with half a brain who has taken a course on constitutional rights or criminal procedure is laughing at your failure to understand your own rights and the smugness you guys nonetheless attempt to display. Some cops might not know how to deal with you, but you’re definitely going to get arrested when a seasoned officer or one with a law background knows more than you and legally arrests you.

        If I was a prosecutor and was fed up with these types of “protests” and wanted to make an example of you, how do you think it would look to a judge or jury that you were actively trying to disrupt the police and other responders who were practicing terrorist attack response drills? Use your head.

        • Andie Reply

          May 14, 2014 at 5:40 AM

          Well said Danielle. Tired of people trying to make the boys and girls who go out to protect me look bad and harrass them

        • Ryan Reply

          May 16, 2014 at 5:37 PM

          Explain how one can be trespassed from public property? Without getting defensive if you would.

          • Rick

            September 16, 2014 at 5:17 AM

            She can’t ryan… she’s too stupid.

        • Rick Reply

          September 16, 2014 at 5:16 AM

          The stupid is strong with this one… they were NOT doing or near doing ANYTHING which you said… It’s perfectly legal to stand on a public sidewalk and film ANYTHING visible from that vantage point up to and including any top secret activity the pigs are doing. YOU are what’s wrong with this country. Give up your right but why should you expect others to do the same? Sheeple will be sheep.

      • Sean Reply

        May 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        First off the man filming the video had no reason to be filming this training video. Yes I understand he has the right to and I by no means favor giving up rights but when people say proud of you for standing up for your right I don’t comprehend it. Maybe I am unintelligent but I do not believe that is the case, so maybe it is this guy just woke up today and thought I’m going to go act like a prick to the cops. He set out on a mission for one reason to try to show cops are power hungry monsters that are corrupted and have no sense of the law. The man films a training exercise that needs some privacy, they are performing this drill to help save loves, yet are referred to as evil by a growing trend of people. And that we don’t need them and they are to corrupt and whatever. Yes I think their are bad cops look at videos of the NYPD or LAPD you will find them beating people for no reason. That clearly isn’t the case here. It’s some middle aged man with nothing better to do than go harass some cops trying to better themselves at their jobs. Did that police officer act according to the rules no but I’m sure you don’t follow all the rules at your job either do you? The man recording was annoying, everyone can see that and he was such a prick to the   Cop no wonder he got angry. And yes he should have showed his ID but the man only asked for it to record the cops angry reaction. He had no reason to ask for it other than being a prick. Other people were allowed filming  it, so it isn’t like they were completely against the idea. The men should have prepared ahead of time and got the proper papers to film but that wasn’t their purpose their purpose was to make these cops look bad. They are going after the wrong cops. Go after the racists the homophobics not the ones that are getting annoyed by a prick. These men filming were trying to do anything to disturb This demonstration for the sole reason of trying to push their ignorant agenda that cops are greedy corrupted evil souls….. Not really. If they want to defend our rights look into the rel people infringing upon them not some cop annoyed with some punk prick guys with nothing better to do than annoy the hell out of a few cops.

        • Clark Reply

          May 16, 2014 at 10:41 PM

          Well at least you admit you’re unintelligent. If he shouldn’t have “acted like a prick toward the cops” then the cop shouldn’t have acted like a prick first! Why shouldn’t he have filmed the training video? Citizens have the right to know what the cops are up to and what they are planning. Their botched response to the marathon twerps just highlights why we need to take a microscope these people. The fact that they are training to deny medical care to victims is just another angle of their disturbing disregard for its citizens and this certainly needs to be known about! These two guys are heroes for standing up for their rights and YOUR rights whether you choose to exercise them or not!

        • Rick Reply

          September 16, 2014 at 5:18 AM

          Great thing about being a dick to the pigs…. it’s not illegal. Neither is standing up for your rights yet you seem you’d give them away freely… Don’t forget the lube next time you meet up with a mistaken bacon as it seems you’ll let them do anything to you.

      • withheld Reply

        May 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        You can’t try to barge into an emergency exercise any more than you can barge into an active construction site or crime scene on a public street. They have rules that have to do with safety and security. This is silly more than anything else. Real reporters got credentialed and were provided access.

        • Rick Reply

          September 16, 2014 at 5:20 AM

          Guess we watched two different videos or you’re simply an idiot. They didn’t try and “barge” into any training… they simply wanted to exercise their rights under the constitution AND have public official paid with tax dollars to follow the LAW and show credentials when asked. You want the citizens to follow the law yet don’t bat an eye when the pigs don’t….. Something is wrong with you.

    • Dan Reply

      May 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Your first name is appropriate.  DICK.
      If this training is so sensible why is it being done in public?

      • Danielle Reply

        May 13, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        I think you were looking for the word “sensitive” and not “sensible,” genius.

    • Specom Reply

      May 12, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      I agree with your point about searching so called victims in order to stop additional bombs going off in triage areas. The author lives in a fantasy world.

    • jcfromnj Reply

      May 16, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Dickie: Take a deep.That little Chinese Fire Drill was nothing more than “street theater’ for Public Consumption. In the event of a REAL attack, Boston PD will react as they did in the first place, they were clueless then, and are clueless now. It’s the SAME people in the video who will respond to an event. Stop watching repeats of “The Town”, your having an anxiety attack…LOL

    • TheOccasionalAtheist Reply

      June 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Anyone arguing for the police in this video should think about the following quotes by someone a lot more secure than you are trying to be. You have been conned into thinking that to be safe we need more laws and rules. Allow them an inch and they’ll want another. I salute law-abiding police for what they do. I’ll be dammed if they think they can take my freedom.

      “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”

      “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

      Ben Franklin

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      LoL at Dick… a fitting name. I know most Amerikans are too scared to stand up for the rights hundreds of thousands of men fought to protect….. BUT some citizens know their rights and will stand up for them. You continue to lick their boots and suck their cox…. the rest of us know what our rights are and we’ll stand up for them.

  3. Mike Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen. 

  4. richard Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    I hooe someone turned that cop in to the irs.  There is no way a cop made that much money legaly

    • Matt Reply

      May 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Actually it is legal to make that much money if you work overtime and details when the department is understaffed.

  5. Lynn Nagy Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    These idiots don’t even know the law!!!

    • Clark Reply

      May 16, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      No, the cops probably knew the law, they just chose to ignore it.

  6. Kris Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Dick, they were in the approved observer area, yet were continually harassed.

    “you do realize that additional terrorists might try to act as victims and detonate yet more bombs once they get into safe zones to kill even more people. Right?”

    And pigs may fly too. Fearmongering doesn’t somehow justify mistreatment of victims. That’s no better than declaring marshall law and curfew after the Boston Bombing.

  7. bob Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    You people are the freaking worst. Move to Canada if you don’t like the protection the police provide us.

    • Wil Reply

      May 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      What Protection???? Police don’t provide protection anymore, they have made a mockery of “protect and serve” as well as the oath they took when they graduated the academy. Police are there to fill quotas, thats it, it’s how cities and counties make their money now. The police are thugs hired for collection of that money, and worse yet hardly any of them seem to know the law. But then again, the departments generally make sure they don’t, they have no real training in law and, fun fact, in most places in the US now, you can’t be a cop if your IQ is over 120. Tell me, why is it that departments actually look for low IQ, overly aggravated individuals with short fuses to be police??? Because they don’t want reasonable law abiding and educated officers. They wouldn’t make nearly as much money that way. And as for your Canada comment…I am an American, I was raised to be such, and real Americans FIGHT for their rights, we are not people who quietly bow our heads and stay in line. We were founded of MEN WITH METTLE, forefathers who fought the system to take what they saw as rightfully theirs, who created a system for al AMERICANS to be free, a system which allowed others to come and join us. A system which put laws into place which protected our rights and gave us means to seek justice even against our government should need arise. I take the Constitution and the Bill of Rights quite seriously, and I intend to not only live in a FREE nation but I intend to protect those FREEDOMS by any means Necessary. If you want to live in a Jackboot police state then you move, I hear Saudi Arabia, China and North Korea are all nice options if that’s what your looking for.

      • Specom Reply

        May 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Go fondle your guns loser…

      • Reason Reply

        May 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        Listen, Captain CrazyPants. Yes, many cops and police departments are corrupt and this needs to be remedied. What will not help bring light and credibility to the cause, however, are insane and ignorant rants about how no cops protect people anymore, all of them are evil mobsters, and making up IQ thresholds in the hiring practices. Also, shoving a camera in an innocent officer’s face is does not liken someone to the founding fathers. Just stop. Either be a rational human being with foresight and tact, or remove yourself from the cause, because you aren’t helping anyone but the people who make all of us out to be crazy conspiracy theorist hippies.

        • Rick Reply

          September 16, 2014 at 5:24 AM

          Again… you must have been watching a different video or are a complete idiot….. He didn’t throw a camera in any pigs face… the pig approached HIM and tried to intimidate HIM by walking up close to him. IF the citizen would of defended himself from the over aggressive pig he would of surely been put in cuffs and arrested. Of course the video would of been used as evidence and the citizen would of received a fat paycheck via the tax payers of that community but hey, making up your own facts makes your argument easier doesn’t it?

  8. Chris Millard Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    What did this video prove it showed 2 guys trying to piss off the cops by trying to provoke a confrontation There is good cops and there is bad cops but you don’t need to go up to someone and bother them till they react negatively so you can catch it on video.You can’t call it cop abuse if your the one that antagonizes a person to get a reaction   

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      LoL… really? Two guys trying to piss off the cops. Hmmmmmm… they went onto a PUBLIC sidewalk…. didn’t ask to be approached by mistaken bacon yet THEY came up and started barking orders at the citizens……. THEY escalated the situation NOT the civilians. Some people are really freakin stupid.

  9. Jacob Mandeville Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I think the fact that most of you are missing is that our police system was meant to enforce our current laws.  Not let uneducated and uncooperative pigs decide what they think is appropriate.  You can clearly see the snark and just overall condescending attitude coming from the first officer.  This guy is sitting on his high horse but can’t even manage to come up with explanations as to why peoples first amendments rights aren’t being upheld.   Majority of police are garbage…. when is america going to wake up stand up for themselves?  I understand most of you don’t think this is a big deal but the more you let this happen the more you become a comfortable slave.  

  10. Ryan Reply

    May 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    You all can ask a Iraq and Afghanistan vet why this tactic was being used because they mostlikely saw it happened. Im glad they are searching the victims coming out. Its for their safety and for others. The last thing we need is for a 2nd bomb to destroy more lives in an open area. There are all kinds of bombs out there. Open areas, like the area where the medical teams were, are prime spots for an explosive cosisting of shrapnel which will do the most harm. Its common sense. And if you want to see a good example of a secondary explosion, watch the new Red Dawn. Theres a scene where they show just how effective they can be. Im not saying submit and give up you rights that are given to you, Im saying consider others around you. This “War on Terror” is what is making the police so edgy, and why they consider anyone and everyone to be a suspect. How many police officers need to be kill because they were trying to help someone they thought was a regular person but instead gets shot., blown up, stabbed. They are taking a lot of risk and are putting themselves in the line of fire every day. Show respect and you’ll get respect. Simple as that.

    • Alex Reply

      May 13, 2014 at 5:52 AM

      The “War on Terror” is a goddamn fraud. You can’t make war on an emotion.

      Yes, police officers are being trained to see terrorists round every corner, and to treat ordinary Americans as if they’re potential terrorists instead of free citizens. Isn’t that kind of the whole point here?

      And yet, if you look at the real risks involved, police officers are less likely to be killed in the line of duty than at any time in the last hundred years. Meanwhile, hundreds of people are killed every year across the country by police, with very little legal accountability.

      The point regarding emergency response is that effective emergency response depends on speed. Every time you take time to conduct a suspicionless search of them before allowing them to be treated, you are actively harming the patient. The probability of a secondary strike of emergency responders is so remote as to not be worth further risking the lives of people who are victims of the first strike.

      You show this yourself by the fact that your evidence for why it’s a risk is a movie whose main, ridiculous plot device is an invasion of mainland America by…North Korea. I think your power of risk assessment is impaired.

  11. Samuel Paul Reply

    May 13, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    What did you guys prove want to prove and what do you think you proved?

    Your a moron, not a journalist.  Neither officer prevented your freedom “of the press” According to the first amendment, the state can regulate the manner from where you report, to pervert you from interfering with police activity, which you were clearly doing.

    Would you be so “brave” with out sticking a camera In someone’s face?  Your just a coward hiding behind a camera and the first amendment.

    As quick as you are to demand adherence to the first amendment, you probably cower at the second amendment…..

    Lastly, let’s say you were able to film the officers training and posted it on the internet……and the “bad guys” became familiar with the officers tactics abd were therefore able to carry out a successful act.  What did you achieve?  What if your mother, father, sister, brother or other loved one was a victim?  What did you achieve?

    You think you’re so smart.  Your an ignorant sheltered fool.  Go join the military and fight for the constitution.  You wouldn’t survive one hour in boot camp.  You would.cry and run home to mama.

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:28 AM

      God…. I’m so tired pointing out to all you morons WHY you’re wrong in your thinking but I’m giving up…. can’t fix stupid.

  12. JT Reply

    May 13, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Someday soon that exercise will be shown to the sheeple as a real live event, nearly all of the news in America is fabricated…

  13. bruce Reply

    May 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    actually these “idiots” don’t want an exercise video to get into the hands of a bad guy who will then prepare him or herself for the response.  who is the idiot?

    • Clark Reply

      May 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      The ones holding it in a public location if they didn’t want it being seen.

  14. Rifleman762 Reply

    May 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    You two did REALLY well in this situation. Great job of standing up for your right to film and not getting intimidated- plus points for getting at least one of the IDs. Keep up the good work!

  15. Ed B. Reply

    May 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I’ve been an emergency scene photographer for over 32 years.  I’ve been in public safety in one form or another (police, fire and EMS) for almost 30.  I have gotten into arguments on scene with police officers who were overstepping their bounds, but never resorted to the baiting tactics that you employed.  You were looking to establish a confrontation the second you weren’t allowed into the active drill area.  How do I know?  I WAS THERE!

    You can do the research on who I am and you can attempt to discredit me.  Until you put on a uniform and do a shift, don’t try to tell me how things should be done.  I am not putting anyone that walks out of an explosion site into my ambulance until they have been thoroughly checked to ensure that they aren’t concealing a weapon or a secondary device.  You pick on the cops for this, but did you ever stop to think that the guys on the ambulance want to go home at the end of their shift?  Chapter 2 of every EMT textbook talks about scene safety and the well being of the EMT-it states that there is no obligation to act when your safety is in danger.  It is the EMT’s choice, not a reporter’s.  

    As far as your actions?  Better to walk away and go through proper channels to file a complaint if you felt your rights were violated (they weren’t) than to cause a scene.  What have you done by your actions?  You have made it harder for every photographer out there-me included-by being a jackass.

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:29 AM

      Ohhhh big man…. Ummm that silly paper called the Constitution and that other silly paper called the BIll of Rights trumps all the bullshit you just spewed out your 4th point of contact. Try again there Eddy.

  16. Rita Hobart Reply

    May 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    You 2 have nothing better to do on a Saturday morning? Your both in your early 20s you should be waking up hung over after getting your dick sucked by a northeastern freshman. Instead your dressed like homeless people walking around aggravating cops to post it on the fucking bay state examiner no wonder your pissed about how much the cops make. It’s probably more than the operating budget of the website. It’s a shame comicon wasn’t in town you two would have been to busy jerking each other off in the bathroom of the convention center to have time for this shit. 

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:30 AM

      Maybe you need to take a civics class and learn your rights as a citizen of the US….. That would be a better alternative than bothering 2 citizens for exercising theirs.

  17. Rita Hobart Reply

    May 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Edward R Murrow just dug himself  from his grave and said stop calling yourself journalists your dorks with iPhones  

  18. Kelsi Reply

    May 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    As a “journalist” – what is your actual need for recording police training? It’s an intensive and stressful training for the cops who are learning how to appropriately respond to a bomb or other emergency situation with the best way to protect YOUR lives and safety. I get that you have rights to view and record these public trainings, but you’re being ridiculous in thinking that you getting a “story” is a lot more important than the cops being able to train properly without the disruption of journalists. They better they are able to train now, the more prepared they will be to tune out all distractions in the case of a true emergency. One that you could be a victim of – and at that moment, you won’t care about the story or videocamera, you will care that a police officer is risking his/her life to help you survive someone else’s crual attack.

    Get off your high horse and respect the officers who are there to protect you.

    • Frank Reply

      May 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Officers have no obligation to protect anyone but themselves. This is settled case law, over forty years old, as high as the US Supreme Court.

      And since when is the First Amendment “need” based?

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:31 AM

      LoL… another idiot American that thinks the cops are there to protect her…. What a joke.

  19. Mike Willis Reply

    May 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    So let me get this straight… The police & EMTs (first responders) are conducting a training exercise, and you guys decide to interfere with it to flex your constitutional knowledge? Rather than praise the fact that men and women are out there trying to better educate and train themselves to deal with real life crisis scenarios and safety precautions, you make fools of yourselves? 

    You have a cop that’s out there protecting the perimeter, and for the sake of “journalism” you decide to make his day harder than it has to be. Why? I don’t get what the purpose is? Some Americans take their constitutional rights to the extreme, and like to see how far they can bend it. The constitution is afforded to every citizen to protect them, but not to abuse it for their own personal discretions. If you did this same act in a third world country, how do you think the police would respond? Do you think they would be as patient? 

    And furthermore, because you pose as a “journalist” with no official media credentials displayed, how does this officer know if you aren’t really a terrorist seeking to expose first responders training tactics? Clearly the area was restricted to the general public for a reason. I see the point your were trying to make, but in this scenario it was poorly done. 

    • Frank Reply

      May 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Recording from a public sidewalk = Interference? You need to go back to school and re-learn English.

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:32 AM

      Oh mikey….. Your grasp of the video is pathetic. You say THEY caused the problem… THEY were standing on a sidewalk not bothering anyone and MR. Piggy Mistaken Bacon approached THEM and started barking at THEM. FFS pull your head OUT of your 4th point of contact.

  20. cruisy Reply

    May 15, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    Like you guys have been doing with the other childish videos about the laws that you think have oppressed you, you have misinterpreted this law for the ID card. The law is for “identification purposes”. Let me ask you Andrew, when you were talking to the police officer, did you have a tough time identifying him as a police officer? He was wearing a badge, a patch, a hat, a traffic vest that said Boston Police on it, also he was at a training exercise that was advertised as a police training area. I love it how you guys google a law on the internet and then proclaim yourself as experts on it. Let me ask you another question Andrew, and that girl who looks like Andre the Giant, I think she goes by Maya, do you guys work? Do you guys have a life? Because it seems to me that you guys could find something better to do on a saturday morning then going down to a police training exercise an antagonize a police officer, then claim that you guys are victims of something or that the police are corrupt. The scary thing about this, you guys don’t know that this is pathetic. But, keep up the good work with these videos, I’m always in for a good laugh. 

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  22. Frank Reply

    May 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Making and IA complaint is an exercise in futility, but it should be done as a stepping stone to the Notice of Claim and a complaint to the federal court that the Boston police are not in compliance with the Consent Decree. Let the fun begin.

  23. Ryan Reply

    May 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Funny how they invited the news media and public to observe the exercise but didn’t want people to see how they train. Also weren’t video and photographs instrumental in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings? I say they should have been in the middle of the exercise for some reality!

  24. Ed B. Reply

    May 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Frank, apparently, you have chosen to conveniently overlook my post.  I was there, I witnessed the interaction.  There was no problem until this punk attempted to insert himself into the active drill area and was asked to move back.  That is when he attempted to bait the officer.  He conveniently chose to ignore his “assignment” (if there was one) for the more glamorous attempt at capturing a perceived violation of his First Amendment Rights.

    There were plenty of people there taking photos at the site.  Credentialed members of the press, people working for the company that organized the drills, photographers (more like people that were just given cameras and told to take pictures) from participating agencies and members of the general public.  These two were the only ones that attempted to insert themselves into the active drill area and-SURPRISE-these were the only two that experienced any problems.  Just holding a camera does not make you a photographer, and writing what you think is a story does not make you a reporter, even if you find an outlet willing to publish it.  Both take time, lots of time to learn the trade, hone the skills and establish the appropriate rapport with the people you will be dealing with.  The author doesn’t seem to understand these intricate nuances, and will forever find himself screaming that he “is a reporter” and that those who do not bow down to him and immediately allow him the access he demands are “violating his rights”, only to find that everyone witnessing his temper tantrum views him as a jackass.  You get the respect that you earn-just like everywhere else in life.

    I was there as a member of my department-not a photographer.  That doesn’t change the fact that I am an experienced photographer who specializes in emergency scene photography.  My website is Fireground Photos.net, my collaborative site for fire scene photographers from all over the world is Firepics.net and I have published the book “Three Nights in Detroit” available from Lulu Press or digitally from Amazon.  I do not list these to brag, but to provide some reference of what is possible when you act professional and don’t cause a scene.  I am not a credentialled member of the press, but mutual respect has allowed me to capture many images that would not be possible if I acted in the manner that the author of the article did.  I have gotten into arguments with police on scene, and when it was egregious enough, I got his or her badge number and sent a letter to their chief with reference to appropriate case law.  Usually, the officer was re-educated and  I received an apology.  On a couple of rare occasions, I received a letter back pretty much saying GFY.  When you continue to push a point on scene, you can be classified as disorderly-and arrested.  You could be classified as an emotionally disturbed person-and restrained and transported for evaluation at a hospital (which isn’t even the police officer’s call, it’s the EMT’s.)  Either way, you don’t get what you came for, and your day is potentially ruined.  Respect is a two way street, and the author got the same level in return as he gave.

    • Nathanael Reply

      July 4, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      Actually, just owning a camera does make you a photographer. And just writing down the news and publishing it does make you a reporter. Perhaps a really bad reporter, but a reporter nonetheless.

      • Ed B. Reply

        July 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        So I guess owning a stethoscope makes you a doctor, owning a wrench makes you a mechanic and owning a car makes you a race car driver? Skills need to be developed and honed before you can claim the title.

    • X_X Reply

      August 16, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      Hi Ed,
      Did you have the misfortune to actually speak with those two “journalists”? Given your first-hand experiance what did they leave out of their video that got them removed and threatened with arrest from the area outside of the drill? It would be nice to hear from you, a credible source, what those “journalists” did to annoy those officers. If they broke the law it would be great to hear what really happened (and not just see their edited video).
      Thanks.

      • Rick Reply

        September 16, 2014 at 5:35 AM

        The video was un-edited but hey, again, if the facts don’t fit your whine make up new facts.

    • Rick Reply

      September 16, 2014 at 5:33 AM

      Again your stupidity is showing… NO they did NOT try and enter the training area. They clearly stayed on the sidewalk…. I sure hope you’re not also a reporter because your ability to describe a story is freakin pathetic.

  25. steve Reply

    May 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I couldn’t watch anymore after 2:16 mins in. This guy was being a toolbag. I agree with the census. This guy is an idiot. I think if the cop dealt with the matter a little differently at the start this video would be much shorter. He should have just shot the guy. HA ! Just kidding… These cops display to much passive aggressive behavior. The chump in the video was also passive aggressive. These two behaviors don’t work to well together. If the cop was nice and maybe simply smiled and said something like, “Ya man.. can you please stay in the observation area, this is a rather important training exercise we’re trying to get done here and you’re kind of getting in the way.” Then the toolbag would probably think… “hm.. ya, I guess this isn’t a very good time for me to try to practice exercising my rights.” See… it’s the cops mentality and Nazi like controlling nature that got us toolbags to have to start showing the cops that we know our rights which then got a bunch of people doing stuff like this, recording cops being control freaks. Both of the subjects in this video were at fault. Evolution is to slow man…

    • Greg Reply

      September 7, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      Actually, no matter what the cop did it wouldn’t have mattered. These two are infamous for seeking confrontations.

  26. James Reply

    June 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Just another idiot with a camera that has never made a positive contribution to his country or the men and women who stand and support our freedom…

  27. Mike Reply

    September 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    I think harassing police officers while trying to train should be against the law. These two guys were totally out of line and had no reason to be there. Made themselves look like idiots

  28. john Reply

    November 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    your juvenile antics replace any intelligence you may or may not exhibit in any other normal conversation. If at any moment in time you took a deep breath and relieved yourself of the tunnel vision of “I’m right” you might have been able to use some big boy words and had a real conversation like an adult. When you act like a little juvenile pest the police are going to shut down and give you nothing! Badgering over and over with a request for a picture ID did nothing but put you at a disadvantage. You had no intelligent question about the issue at hand with regards to signs, barriers and limitations of where you could be. You failed to ask like an adult the difference between you and the others on the far side of the street. (they were obviously either part of the scenario or were purposely invited to report in a responsible manner as to what was being done. Maybe dare I say in order to promote the training to other agencies?) The ambulance was obviously part of the scenario as well as the officer checking those coming from the bomb site. All part of the training and acting out their parts. Yet you felt the need to put text over your video of what the officer and civilian saying as they were acting out their training scenario? You are looking to make a story out of the pat frisk of a training scenario? You had plenty of opportunity to conduct yourself as a professional and failed. I fear your parents wasted lots of money on your education to have two supposed adults act like brats in the name of journalism.

  29. Rick Reply

    December 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Author of this video is a really retarded dumb fuck. Has no idea what he wants to show apart from himsefl being a nuisansce for people doing their job.

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