Despite already facing a two-year jail sentence for two resisting arrest convictions and up to 20 years for three wiretapping charges if convicted on those, Cop Block co-founder Adam “Ademo Freeman” Mueller is still not afraid to stand up to police officers in New Hampshire.
In the above video, he is recording a Londonderry police officer in the Manchester airport who tells him it is a crime to record audio without his consent, which we all know is hogwash.
But Mueller turned off the camera after he was threatened with arrest because he frankly doesn’t need any more arrests on his record at this point.
But shortly after, Mueller returned with a buddy who was carrying the camera to teach the cop a lesson.
“You didn’t really threaten my friend here for video recording, did you,” his friend asks the cop on camera.
“Nobody was threatened,” the cop responds.
Mueller reminded him that he did, in fact, threaten him with arrest.
The cop then walks back inside the airport, proving he was only bluffing when he threatened Mueller with arrest.
If only all of Mueller’s legal battles were that easy.
Last month, he was indicted on three counts of wiretapping charges after he called police and school officials to ask them about an incident that took place at a local high school.
Mueller unfortunately failed to inform the officials that he was recording, which gave them enough evidence to indict him. After all, New Hampshire law makes it a crime to record telephone conversations without consent from the second party.
Now he is trying to decide whether to hire a lawyer, which he calls the “defensive” route, or to just try to win the battle in the court of public opinion, which he calls the “offensive” route.
It really boils down to funding. He needs to raise between $4,000 to $6,000 to hire a lawyer.
But if he raises $3,000, he said he can try to win the case by defending himself while having fellow activists create a public relations nightmare for the officials trying to convict him.
“We’ve done twice before, in Jones County, Mississippi and in Greenfield, Massachusetts,” he said in a phone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Monday.
“We would spend a good amount of time demonstrating outside the courthouse, distributing DVDs and flyers, highlighting that this isn’t really about a victim.”
The ideal thing would be to go both routes, but if he has to choose, I strongly believe he needs to go the defensive route and hire a lawyer.
After all, it’s easy to go the offensive route when the written law is already on your side as it was in the two cases he mentioned when he was arrested openly recording cops in public.
That is not the case here.
Click here to read his description of his dilemma. There is also a link to donate to his cause, to which I hope people contribute.
Below is him describing the resisting arrest charges and his pending jail sentence.