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Analysis posted Feb 19 2011, 3:41 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Houston Police Chief: Videotaping or Criticizing Police May be Sign You're a Cop-Killer

Chris | InformationLiberation

Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland is worried, very worried. People are using "anti-police" rhetoric and are actually daring to criticize the criminal actions of cops. People are recording their actions with video cameras and attempting to hold them accountable. Clearly, this is a sign they're preparing to mass murder police.

Thank god we have our wonderful Chief of Police Charles McClelland on the job, he's ferreted out the real meaning behind this "anti-police sentiment," and he's here to let everyone know he's not going to stand for it.

From the Houston Chronicle's 'Residents videotaping officers worries HPD's chief':
Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland went on the defensive Thursday during a meeting with local journalists, saying officers have made recent traffic stops in which residents leave their vehicles to take pictures or shoot video — encounters he says could endanger officers and that have increased following the release of the Chad Holley beating footage.

"Officers are telling me that they're being provoked," the chief said. "Even when they try to write a simple traffic ticket, people are jumping out with cell phone cameras scanning their badge numbers and their nametags. And I've asked them to remain calm and treat people with respect and dignity."

McClelland said he is concerned that an intensifying anti-police sentiment in the community could increase negative interactions between Houston Police Department officers and residents.

"This rhetoric can give someone a free pass to try to assault a police officer or kill a police officer, and I'm not going to allow that," he said. "My officers should be able to go out here and work in the neighborhoods and keep this city safe without fear and without hesitation."

And, the chief implored the community - naming himself, activists and journalists - to "lower the rhetoric."
In other words, criticizing the police for violently assaulting and killing strangers is clearly a sign you may be secretly plotting to kill cops! So put down your camera citizen, return to your normal position as hapless subject under our dominion!

Clearly, these buffoons don't like the scrutiny they're getting as a result of your average Joe being able to videotape their abuses and put them on YouTube. I guess, like any thug, their only reaction is to resort to intimidation. (HT/InjusticeEverywhere)





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Anonymous

Posted: Feb 19 2011, 6:18 PM

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65110 He should relax and have a nice glass of ICE-T.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 19 2011, 6:35 PM

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71212 If this douchebag in Houston is really worried about the direction the rhetoric is going, it might help for the police to stop doing shit that is ILLEGAL in the first place. They have the power to kill and seemingly have no consequences if they do so unjustly. Almost every single time I hear of a raid resulting in an innocent person's death, it is always swept under the rug or some bullshit internal investigation is started with no intention of really punishing the officer, just to assuage the public.

I, for one, will unapologetically and proudly videotape any encounter that I possibly can with Police. If they conduct themselves in a manner that is within the law they are supposed to be upholding, they'll have nothing to worry about. If they fuck up, I would have proof and would plan on taking swift and terrible legal action, as is my right.

The power they carry brings with it a responsibility to us as our protectors. They are not supposed to be killing us. I used to think all of these "accidental" deaths were isolated cases, I am coming to find out they really are not.

How is it they can record us from the cameras in their cruisers but WE can't video tape them when they break into our homes? The answer is hypocrisy and cowardice. It is utterly obvious they have something big to hide. Maybe they don't want to lose the ability to murder people. How else is a person supposed to protect themselves from these trigger happy redneck assholes that call themselves cops?
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 19 2011, 10:00 PM

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10842 Anon. 71212, Police officers are corrupt, because our rule of law is corrupt.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 20 2011, 1:21 AM

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69250 Typical response from this primate. "They are taping us because they want to hurt us" is just another excuse to pounce on unsuspecting and innocent bystanders with cameras and phones. God help us all. These criminals with badges just can't get it through their thick fucking heads, recording people in public IS NOT ILLEGAL. They are public servants, plain and simple. Do your job LEGALLY and you have no reason to worry.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 20 2011, 1:39 AM

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70178 a cop killer would be holding a gun in your face pulling the trigger, not holding a camera.

Houstonian

Posted: Feb 20 2011, 9:24 AM

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216110 Strangely enough, as a Houstonian I was more interested in "I've asked them to remain calm and treat people with respect and dignity." In response to any interactions with a potentially belligerient member of the public, camera-wielding or not.

I am personally of the view that all police interactions should be videotaped by pretty-much everyone within eyeshot. This isn't just because I don't automatically trust the police, but just because more documentation is better than less.

That being said, the Chief's request that people please stop telling one another to assault cops isn't too onerous. Compared to the previous police chief's use of "If you're not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?"* when pressed about a plan to possibly put up surveilance cameras in apartment complexes and outside private homes - this is really really not that bad.
bonnie

Posted: Feb 21 2011, 6:58 AM

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9410 the police are no longer a public servent they do not work for the benefit of the public they work for the benefit of the corprations therefore they are agents of the corprations ie banking cartel big corupt corprations international crime syndicate to keep the public under corpration control total tyrony and subservient this enforsment officeres comments are ludicres he is either totely indoctranated or rotten to the core either way he should not be and is not the man for the job a good police man or woman are supposed to be a peace man or woman not an enforscement officer who goes around enforsing statuit laws made up for the corprations witch is admrelty law witch is law of the sea corpration law not common law witch is law of the land witch we all know what is inherently right or wrong come on good police men and woman come back to your own people and lets fight this tynory together this world can be good for us all lets work together for all of humanity and not for this big evil corupt poluited perverted international corporation banking cartell they who hold the purse strings who have stolen and still are our health wealth and freedoms lets work for all and not for the few
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 21 2011, 11:57 AM

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8524 If they are keeping the law, they have nothing to worry about! If you see something,say something -and video/cell-phone it!They are cowards when alone, only in a gang and with weapons they become "tough"
Houston, we have a problem...

Posted: Feb 21 2011, 12:50 PM

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68190 @Anonymous 69250:

"They are taping us because they want to hurt us" is simply this psycho chief projecting his own viewpoint onto the citizenry. He wants to tape the citizenry because they (the cops) want to hurt them. So when reciprocating taping happens, they assume they same because that is their mentality, handed down from the chief to the patrols.

The chief need to go...preferably to a mental ward.
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 21 2011, 1:32 PM

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2120 conform conply stop resisting this is the word of authority this is the messege from the people and the truth authority is not the truth truth is the authotity a foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth this man thinks he is above the public and is trying to stop them defending themselves with video this man is a very bad man who has sold the people out to big businessess money and power is his god not love and humanety a lot of police now are thugs they murder people and get away with it when the people uprise they want to hunt them down and bring them to justis not long now police work for us the people and be with us and not your pay masters and them above them who hold all the the stolen banking money stolen of the public
Kitty Antonik Wakfer

Posted: Feb 21 2011, 2:10 PM

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66212 This is an example of why I think it is extremely important for a person to be clear in his/her own mind of why s/he is taking videos/photos of government enforcers. I have recommended for years that people use negative Social Preferencing - withdrawal of voluntary association - with all government enforcers, individuals who are willing to initiate or threaten physical force. Without them all the words of legislators/executives/judges/bureaucrats are nothing but words. Enforcers are the key to maintaining and growing any government! If the vast majority of the much larger in number non-enforcers treat the enforcers as 3rd class citizens *because* of their jobs, few will want to continue in such government positions.

Therefore the purpose of gathering information about harm-doers - taking videos/photos and noting the names of government enforcers - is simply to inform others about whom not to have any personal/business dealings. Making this purpose public, and frequently, would put this type of claim out of Houston TX where it belongs - in the category of nonsense.

First though, it is vital that people realize the enormous potential of shunning - the ages old term for withdrawal of voluntary association with individuals committing unacceptable acts. Shaming of those individuals is actually a good first measure along with attempts at reasoned logic. Reasoned logic, shaming and shunning are also the appropriate actions to take with those who support and/or enable government enforcers. These are nonviolent measures for promoting social change and the last two were part of Gandhi's overall approach in convincing Indians to protest continued English rule of the subcontinent. Gandhi's said himself, "My speeches are intended to create 'disaffection' as such, that people might consider it a shame to assist or cooperate with a government that had forfeited all title to respect or support."

So I recommend that people make it clear *why* they are taking photos and recording names of police officers, "I want others to be able to know who not to voluntarily associate with". Initiating violence and/or to encourage others to do so is to play into the hands of government and give them legitimacy to return in kind.

Reading Gene Sharp (website Albert Einstein Institution, aeinstein.org) is highly recommended along with an article I wrote, “Tax/Regulation Protests are Not Enough: Relationship of Self-Responsibility and Social Order” - selfsip.org/focs/protestsnotenough.html
Anonymous

Posted: Feb 21 2011, 3:45 PM

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203173 You only have to look at what's been happening with the militarizing of the police force (SWAT), to see where this is all going...POLICE STATE.

Interesting article about botched SWAT raids: www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/balko_whitepaper_2006.pdf
Anonymous

Posted: Mar 12 2011, 8:08 AM

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7256 It is not just Houston, but everywhere. There was an accident near my house and I started recording with my phone. I was told by Officer Morrison of the Galveston PD that it was illegal for me to record and that it was a HIPPA violation. I did post the video that I had on youtube, up to the point where I was told I could not record. I did not want to lose my phone or get arrested, since Galveston has a history of arresting people who take pictures they do not like.
Anonymous

Posted: Apr 07 2011, 5:48 AM

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98195 All you people write all this non-sense, but when something bad happens to you, you will quickly call the Police. Yes there are bad officers out there, just as there are horrible doctors and corrupted mechanics. Every profession has its bad apples, but trust me, they dont last very long and it is proven by officers being fired in the past. For the most part, most police officers/ military personnel chose to do what they do, because they truly care. I wanna see one of you go out there and put your life on the line for some damn strangers, or some idiots who live off the government checks every month and all they do is nothing just being a waste of space here and they go and commit crimes. Trust me officers and military personnel do not make alot of money, so clearly they dont do it for th money. I would definitely have any officer be there in a time of my life being in danger than any of all of you ungrateful people that are anti-cops. Read the sheep, sheep wolves and wolves. If you understand that, then you will know what i mean.
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 05 2011, 11:59 PM

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7460 What a Stupid bunch of "horse cheese". This is the same worthless mindset of the the last Black person appointed to the US supreme court.

This man should be put out of office, badge taken, job taken so he can see the truth from the position of the victim. It is guaranteed that if he is not "recognizable as that sellout Black cop" and he disagrees with a white Texas cop, he will be wishing for some video tapping of his "case".

As for 98195's retort, the kid killed by the New Orleans Gestapo after Hurricane Katrina was unarmed, causing no one a problem (nor was the mentally man shot and killed by the same "HE-rough-ians"). American cops have a long, long, history of power abuse, especially as relates to people of color. Critics of this statement save your breath. I have watched your behaviors since I was 9 years old in this country- am 70 years old now and this situation is nothing but Uncle TOM idiots and racist, psychotic killers with badges.
Look at the disgraceful treatment of prisoners in the recent past wars. SOME "authority figures", and their commanders are SICK, PERIOD.
Anonymous

Posted: Aug 26 2011, 2:03 PM

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6835 this is where the rhetoric is going.... people are going to start targeting dirty cops...

so what's the problem??

for every action force....
Vinculum Veritas

Posted: Nov 26 2011, 2:54 AM

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173254 9410 is correct a police man or woman is a different entity from a police officer a police officer is a corporate enforcement officer under admiralty law, all police stations are, legally speaking, corporations themselves, run for profit and payed for out of the public purse, if a police officer misrepresents a statute as a law he or she is guilty of gross misconduct which carries the same penalty as fraud in common law, also a person is a corporation, distinctly different from a human being, admiralty law requires a human being to willingly represent a person in a court of law, if you refuse to represent the corporate person set up for you by dint of a birth(or berth)certificate (a passing of ownership to the state of a child)when you were born, without your permission or knowledge and you have caused no injury harm or loss to another human being you are not guilty of breaking any laws. When a police officer asks you if you understand he or she is not speaking english but is speaking in the legal language known as legalese, in legalese understand literally means stand under or submit, blacks law dictionary states the translations from legalese to english these two languages share words but not definitions e.g. person-a fiction(blacks third edition) person-a human person(blacks ninth edition) make sure you are reading the latest edition as the law society can change the definitions of legalese in the same way that the english dictionary definitions can be changed according to common usage. The vast majority of policemen and women are as unaware of these facts as you are and are for the most part decent human beings who would be as shocked as you to learn they have in legal fact, been owned by the state since their birth certificate was registered. Think carefully before you sign your child into bonded slavery.
Anonymous

Posted: Jan 13 2012, 2:08 PM

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198109 Is there any end to the cycle of paranoia? Is there something a citizen can do to make a policeman less afraid that being on camera means he's a target for cop-haters and cop-fearers or alternatively that people will instantly assume he's dirty?

I don't want to lie and say, "I'm so sick of all this nonsense being said about police abuse and want to record what a proper arrest looks like." But if somehow I've figured out that that could save the hypothetical victim of false arrest by someone who doesn't know he's falsely arresting? I think that's pretty close to "No, Mr. Hitler, I'm not hiding any Jews in my house."

What oversight can be added in places where the police beaurocracies support or justify what is plainly misconduct?

We need to figure out a line we can say to police - how's "if there is an internal investigation on this incident, what better than video will exonerate you?"

Anonymous

Posted: Feb 03 2012, 5:25 PM

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69138 Charles McClelland is skitzo.

Anon

Posted: Mar 13 2012, 11:37 PM

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2446 "My officers should be able to go out here and work in the neighborhoods and keep this city safe without fear and without hesitation."

If the cops are scared than they are doing something illegal, I am sorry the guys with a gun in there holster, stun gun,pepper spray & assault rifle in the trunk are scared.....

The fact that they are scared from a person with a video camera, should scare the general public for sure.... Or at least enlighten them to the fact that these cops are worried, if anything they should feel extra safe because of the video tape.... The only people who are scared of getting video tapped are the people that are doing illegal things
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