Friday, June 25, 2010

Phish Concert Camden, NJ Police Brutality

Everything was going along wonderful, it was a sunny beautiful day at the Pre-Phish concert party Camden, NJ on shakedown street. Jack and I had a nice spot next to Kristen and Adam. Jack went to get something to drink, and I was watching our booth, when all of the sudden someone ran up and said "They are beating up your boy. The cops are beating up your boy." After a moment of shock and bewilderment, I ran down shake street to see what was going on and sure enough there's a Camden, NJ police officer brutally attacking Jack. The Camden police officer R. Thorton #1106 was laying on Jack and the officer had his elbow pressed into jacks neck and he was strangling Jack. I immediately pulled the camera out of my pocket and started recording video of the Camden City police brutality being used against Jack. It was horrifying to see Jack tossed around like a rag doll. It is obvious that Jack is fully co-operating with the officer, yet the cop was really rough and completely out of line.



Police Assault Video - A video of the Police officer R. Thorton #1106 Driving the Camden City police van too fast, without full regard for life or limb on Shakedown St at the Phish Concert in Camden NJ immediately prior to the incident.



Video of unnecessarily rough treatment by Camden police - After Jacks admittedly uncalled for, and smart comment to the officer about the loud siren, the officer got out of the police van, attacked and arrested Jack. Then note a big mean cop comes at me and tells me to turn off the camera, because I video taping the incident. I was scared for my life after seeing him beat up Jack, I thought he was going to attack me too. Is it wrong to video tape a police officer abusing an American Citizen? I hope not or we're all in trouble!





Video of police assault witness - These 2 local girls from Camden City, NJ witnessed the entire incident from Jacks comment to the brutal arrest that followed. I video taped their comments about the incident.

Unfortunately I was forced to sell our pavilion tickets for the Phish concert that evening due to the incident with the Camden, City police, but they let Jack go after the concert with no bail and a ticket for improper behavior which he eventually paid just to put the incident behind and move along, even though the improper behavior was really on the behalf of the officer that manhandled Jack.

-- photo blog post from my iPhone
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:42 PM

    I was arrested for videotaping the aggressive behavior of police officers who were supposed to be security at a concert. I witnessed 4 officers all working together in a parking lot after the event let out. The 2 female "officers" were behaving in a completely inappropriate manner and cuffing and citing just about anyone who said anything to them. My response was to immediately pull out my phone and begin recording. At that point a male officer saw me and became quite upset. He commanded me to walk towards him (about 25-30 ft) and I complied fully. I was then placed in cuffs and had my cell phone and other belongings taken away. When this happened my girlfriend pulled out her phone and began recording the incident involving me. She too was told to walk forward and she too complied. She was then placed in cuffs and put in the back of a squad car. Now while in cuffs I had an officer threaten me a number of times telling me, "I'll split your skull". My girlfreind, of african american descent, was repeatedly refered to as "Darkness" while in custody as well. As bad as everything sounds so far the real kicker was when we got our phones back and my videos had been erased and my girlfriends had the SIM card removed entirely. In the end we were both charged with "improper behavior", whatever that means. I still have not been told what I did wrong! The best part is that without the proof on those phones I have no case and most likely will plead "No contest" to get the whole thing over with. More than anything I am angry that they can abuse the authority they have been given and there is nothing I can do about it. I have consulted a lawyer who agreed to defend the case but he was very honest when he told me I was making an emotional decision. If I were making a business decision I would cut my losses and be done with the whole thing. There is the chance that I could pay for my defense as well as the fines associated with the charge. If you have advice or know anyone I can contact please let me know. I have a court date in Camden, NJ next Monday. Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Spata

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