Boston Police Declare War on Miami Blogger Carlos Miller

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Carlos Miller at a Monsanto protest in Miami.
Yesterday afternoon, something insane happened. Prominent local blogger Carlos Miller declined to comment for a story when reached by New Times. This was remarkable because (a) Miller loves to talk and (b) the circumstances of the short conversation were rather strange.

Miller, who runs the blog Photography Is Not a Crime to defend citizens' right to record public officials in the streets, might soon face criminal charges in Boston for witness intimidation -- a crime that carries a potential ten-year prison sentence.

Last month, Boston resident Jay Kelly posted a video on YouTube showing his recent confrontation with city police over his right to record an arrest on a public street. Seeing this, Miller and his blog's followers went apoplectic.

This wasn't the first time Boston officials had assailed a resident with a camera. In 2011, the Boston Police Department forked over $170,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a man who'd been arrested on "wiretapping" charges when he recorded cops in a public park.

Now, two years later, scores of callers dialed city police spokeswoman Angelene Richardson over what they perceived as another infringement of a First Amendment right. One of the them was Miami journalism student Taylor Hardy, who recorded his conversation with Richardson and then posted it to YouTube. This upset Richardson very much. She claims she was never told she was being recorded.

Hardy refutes that claim: "I did," he said in a Facebook post. "I have it in the beginning [of my recording.]" But, he says he soon realized, he "messed up" the recording and had actually cut off that section of the call.

Boston Police then filed an application for a criminal complaint against Hardy, seeking charges against him for felony wiretapping. In Boston, any resident can file an application for a criminal complaint, which can bolster probable cause to launch a criminal case.

Miller was livid. He responded by blogging about the application, publishing both Richardson's phone number as well as her email address -- public information.

The Boston Police Department didn't see it that way. Calls inundated Richardson and the public information office, so the cops filed another application for a criminal complaint -- this time against Miller. They want to slap him with a felony count of witness intimidation, a charge that carries a ten-year prison sentence.

"I've never spoken once to Angeline Richardson, who I'm supposedly intimidating," Miller told the Washington Post. "I've never sent her an email, never made a phone call." Nonetheless, she's listed on the above document as the alleged "victim."

The Boston Police Department didn't immediately return New Times' request for comment, but we will update this story if it does.

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There is enough going on in Miami. That fag and his FOO FOO doggie should mind their Miami business, and leave Boston alone. 

Camilo Melendez
Camilo Melendez

Arrrest this fagg0t, give him 10 years. Maybe then he will learn to get a real dog, not a little shit. lmfaooooooo

Kristofer Jesus Castellar
Kristofer Jesus Castellar

All The Kings Men Can Wire Tap, But not a peasant . . . Same Governments, different names. No matter what time period we live in, it's the same crap

Stephen Monticello
Stephen Monticello

How bout using that energy to apprehend REAL criminals! So Pathetic! !!!!!

Sergio Alejandro
Sergio Alejandro

If the numbers are indeed public information (which they are since Richardson is a servant of the people) then this isn't going anywhere. Nowhere in his blog post did he mention trying to intimidate her.

Xoo Toth
Xoo Toth

Sp let me get this straight. It is OK for NSA to wire tap the citizens and Governments of world but citizens are getting a felony arrest for doing this?


So Carlos has been blogging about this for weeks now and it's not until the WaPo does all the journalistic hard work that Miami New Times decides to jump on the bandwagon.  Nice, drive-by journalism, MNT.

HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@jorger  That's how they operate nowadays.  Let someone else do the legwork, then repost.

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