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August 13, 2008

No Tasers Were Harmed in this Videotaped Incident (genghis)

Sometimes the adage is true: When you’re in a hole, stop digging. As a corollary, when you’re trespassing at a police union hall trying to dig up political dirt…well…

(Gabe has promised to tack on a 3,000 word analysis of the legal implications by Wednesday morning, so I’m eagerly awaiting that)

”Off-duty police officers last week forcibly removed a Democratic Party cameraman from a news conference where the Seattle Police Officers' Guild was giving its endorsement to Republican Dino Rossi.”

“Guild members threatened the young man with arrest and made an emergency call to 911, bringing uniformed officers to the scene. Cameraman Kelly Akers was warned about trespassing.”

The Seattle Times has the full story here, but I don’t really need to add much more to this since the intrepid cameraman kept the video rolling while he was being escorted out of the building. A couple of paragraphs do stand out, though:
”Akers was confronted by three off-duty police officers, and he says one or more grabbed him and pushed him out of the building. Once outside they continued to argue as the officers held Akers in what he described as a "submission hold."

Tell me more you say?

”As Akers was evicted from the office, his camera recorded him saying, in an increasingly loud and alarmed voice, "Sir, could you please take your hands off me? Sir, could you please take your hands off of me?"

Sadly, for Mr. Akers anyway, they did take their hands off of him. But I’m guessing for at least one bright shining moment the thought had to be going through his head: “Yes, this just might be possible…it really could be possible!” Alas, sometimes dreams don’t come true.

Video below the fold.

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