It started as just another day at Carlos Miller’s Photography is not a Crime blog. A video of some police situation which ended up being a video of a fat cop trying to push around a kid with a video camera.
But they can’t do that!
But they did.
There are two things that can be done about some fat cop pushing around a kid, Jay Kelly, with a video camera. Fight it in court, as in the Glik case, or name and shame as Carlos does. Another kid, Taylor Hardy, who works with Carlos, chose instead to call the Boston Police Department spokesmodel, Angelene Richardson, to find out why they weren’t honoring the Glik case, and recorded the call.
There is a question about whether Hardy informed Richardson that he was recording the call. He says he did, but his iPad “messed up” and so it’s not on the recording. Richardson says he didn’t. Either way, she decided to file a complaint against Hardy under Boston’s peculiar wiretapping law, and Det. Nick Moore took the case.
Then Carlos added an additional twist. He posted Richardson’s public information, including her office telephone number, and urged readers to call her.
Maybe we can call or email Richardson to persuade her to drop the charges against Hardy considering she should assume all her conversations with reporters are on the record unless otherwise stated. Her listed number is (617) 343-4520.
Maybe we can build up an entire collection of recorded conversations with her. After informing her, of course.
Note: I am not a fan of this tactic. I consider it counterproductive, as the more annoying people are to the cops, the more stuck they become in their position and the greater their need to show who’s in charge. I have never found antagonizing the police to be effective in resolving such matters short of nuclear war. That said, it doesn’t mean that I’m right or that Carlos’ choice of employing the tactic was wrong.
And it didn’t save Hardy, but it did buy Carlos new problems.
In a sheer act of intimidation, the Boston Police Department is planning on filing a complaint against me for witness intimidation because I posted the name, email and phone number to a police spokeswoman, encouraging readers to ask her to drop the accusation against Taylor Hardy, whom she claims recorded her without consent.
Detective Nick Moore also assured me he would do the same to any PINAC readers if they continue to contact departmental spokeswoman Angelene Richardson as they have been doing since yesterday.
Will Moore be racking up those frequent flyer miles traversing the nation in his search for unwanted callers? Not too likely. But for Carlos, he might make a special trip. Carlos received an email from Det. Moore:
Can you please contact me at your convenience at my office, 617-343-6681. I realize that you do not trust the police and that is fine but I assure you I am not trying to jam you up. I just wish to have a cordial conversation with you and clear the air about a few things. Please do not post my office number or email to your website as I have numerous victims of serious crimes who contact me on a daily basis and It would not be fair to them or me if my voicemail box is full and they cannot get ahold of me.
My supervisors and the District Attorney’s office are aware of this request but I assure you that the conversation will just be me and you, not recorded, and again, Im not trying trap you into anything incriminating. As I relayed to Mr. Hardy I try to give everyone involved in my investigations the benefit of the doubt and speaking with you about this hopefully will accomplish that. Thank you.
Boston Police Department
Given that Carlos has been through the wringer a few times, one would suspect he could see what was coming a mile away. But, and this is an important lesson for armchair anarchists, nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them. Nobody thinks that a nice request to chat is anything more than a nice request to chat. Nobody thinks they can’t talk their way out of it.
As Ken observed in retrospect,
By the way, I often tell people to shut up rather than answer questions from cops, because when cops say they are “just clearing up some issues” or “just want to straighten some things out” or “just want to get some facts,” they are very often full of shit: they are trying to get you to incriminate yourself. As an example of what I mean, consider the dishonest, unctuous bullshit that BDP Detective Nick Moore used in an effort to get Carlos Miller to talk before charging him.
Both Carlos and Hardy are set to appear before a magistrate to plead to the charges. And the fat cop who pushed Hardy around in the first place will be free to attend sensitivity training at the local Dunkin’ Donuts, while Richardson’s fear and intimidation will be on public display and Moore will put on his best cop suit for the medal award ceremony.
I’m not privy to Carlos’ plans, but there is no doubt he’s a fighter. Neither Richardson nor Moore would have likely anticipated the embarrassment they brought on their department by making themselves look like such worthless, fragile twinkies, but if they thought they could intimidate Carlos (and perhaps the rest of the internet) into behaving as they command, they made a grave mistake.
At the same time, I don’t imagine Carlos and Hardy planned a fun trip to Boston this week when they started down this road.