It started when one of Newt Gingrich’s goons assaulted Adam Kokesh because he did not want to be video recorded by a Ron Paul supporter.
Kokesh, who was with former cop and current activist Bradley Jardis at a New Hampshire high school where Gingrich was about to speak, attempted to file a complaint with a couple of police officers standing by.
But the Hudson police officers made it clear they did not want to take the report.
Finally, after some urging from Kokesh, the officers told him to file his complaint at the police department.
So they did just that the following morning, meeting Lt. Charles Dyac in the lobby of the police department, who immediately threatened to arrest them if they did not turn off their camera.
Dyac informed them that they were in violation of New Hampshire’s wiretapping law, which he claimed forbade them from audio recording him.
Kokesh and Jardis reminded him of last year’s First Circuit Court of the Appeals decision that confirmed that citizens have the right to record police in public.
Dyac claimed that decision did not affect New Hampshire law.
Kokesh and Jardis told him he was wrong, citing a couple of examples. Kokesh urged Dyac to take the time to research the law.
And guess what? He did just that.
And 25 minutes later, he emerged from his office and admitted he was wrong.
After reviewing the Glik decision, Dyac told them they were allowed to continue recording in the lobby of the police department because it was a public space.
However, they would not be allowed to record once they entered his office to file the complaint because that is not considered a public space.
It’s true the Glik case did not address police complaints behind closed doors, but you would hope that police would allow citizens to record their complaints to ensure accuracy and accountability.
But that’s a battle for another day.
This battle was clearly victorious.
“I was a police officer for eleven years and I’ve never seen a police officer reverse his position on an issue like Lieutenant Dyac did,” Jardis wrote in a Facebook message to Photography is Not a Crime.
“If only all police officers would be willing to listen like this police commander did, the Constitution would be far better protected.”
The video is long but worth watching. They end it with Kokesh informing Dyac that he wants to file a complaint against the original officers who refused to take his initial complaint.
The video showing the Gingrich goon assaulting Kokesh is below.