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Howie Hawkins: Free Randy Credico, Arresting for Taping Cops Unlawful

Randy Credico

From Howie Hawkins’ campaign website:

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, called today for the immediate release of fellow candidate Randy Credico and the dismissal of all charges.

Credico was arrested and detained over night in New York City when he began to videotape two white men aggressively stopping a Black man. The men, who were apparently plain clothes transit cops, then arrested Credico.

Americans have the constitutional right to videotape cops in public places. Such taping is critical to help reduce the problem of police violence against citizens, particularly people of color and those who politically dissent. Such as the recent videotaping of the police killing Eric Garner.

In addition the New York Police Department Patrol Guide states that “taking photographs, videotapes or tape recordings” is not cause for arrest or detention so long as the activity does not jeopardize the safety of officers or others.

Federal court rulings in Baltimore, Boston and Indianapolis have affirmed that recording officers in public places is protected by the Constitution.

Thanks to Deran for this news.

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Jed Ziggler

Jed Ziggler is a Libertarian and alternative party activist from Pennsylvania. Email news tips to jedziggler@gmail.com

12 Comments

  1. Starchild Starchild August 15, 2014

    Does anyone have any info on which authorities we can call or email to support Randy Credico in his fight against this police abuse?

  2. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn August 15, 2014

    Randy is a candidate for Governor in the Democratic primary against Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout (great name for a prof. at my alma mater, Fordham Law School).

  3. Deran Deran August 14, 2014

    Credico is lucky he is not a young African American man or he would probably be dead for interfering with the police.

  4. Deran Deran August 14, 2014

    Oops, sorry about the misunderstanding on my part. I saw Howie Hawkins and I saw Credico reffered to as a Lt Gov candaite and I forgot that Jones is the GP’s LG candidate.

  5. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn August 14, 2014

    Randy is a good friend of many of us.

    I wish him much success in his fight against the State.

  6. Antirevolutionary Antirevolutionary August 14, 2014

    I did overhear him mentioning the LP as well, even though stating why he is running in the Democratic Party primary; he thinks the turnout will be low.

  7. Antirevolutionary Antirevolutionary August 14, 2014

    I ran into Randy at a festival in Woodstock, New York a couple weeks ago. Although I didn’t speak to him, I saw how he campaigned and was pretty impressed. He did an interesting impression of Ronald Reagan. Hope he gets out soon.

  8. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn August 14, 2014

    Randy was the Libertarian Party candidate for US Senator (he lost to Schumer) four years ago.

    He was also nominated by short-lived Anti-Prohibition Party.

    Randy and I were co-plaintiffs in US District Court, EDNY, in Credico v. NY Board of Elections, in which we successfully nullified a portion of the New York Election Law which prohibitted a candidate from simultaneously appearing on the lines of two independent bodies, even though party candidates may appear on multiple lines.

    All of these matters and more have been covered by IPR in the past.

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