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Copwatcher Founder Convicted For Resisting Arrest In Missing Camera Case

July 10, 2011
Carlos Miller, PixIQ
7/8/2011

John Kurtz, the Orlando Copwatch founder who was facing six years in prison for battery on a law enforcement officer, was acquitted of that felony charge last week.

But he was convicted of resisting arrest without violence – even though the officer testified he was not resisting – proving once again that Florida has an unethical and unconstitutional habit of dishing out resisting arrest convictions without underlying charges to justify the arrest in the first place.

And I’m still not clear on what the judge stated about Kurtz’s missing video camera, the one that was confiscated from him, never to be seen again, which would have proved he never physically pushed the cop. Nobody who attended the trial has been able to explain that to me (and yes, I’ve been asking).

In fact, it was surveillance footage from a security street camera shown in court that showed jurors Kurtz did not attack Orlando Police Officer Adam Gruler.

But despite all that, Judge Alan Apte still sentenced Kurtz to 30 days in jail along with one year probation, indicating that he didn’t seem to keen on upholding any shred of legal objectiveness in the courtroom.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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