I'd like to step forward as a character witness for Javier Reyes, in protest against his arrest in Boston, May 27th.
While I understand officers in the Blue Line have a task to perform for society, that task does not include preventing civilians from keeping police actions within the boundaries of the law.
It is necessary for civilians to continually monitor police behavior. One of the most important leverages we have available is to videotape and publish transgressions. Javier was acting within his rights by informing the officers he was filming the (unlawful) arrest.
More importantly, Javier was performing a courageous act of citizenship.
The erosion of our civil liberties under both Bush and Obama has been insidious, corrosive, and we find ourselves trading freedom for security. This trend must be reversed.
I will ask you to join me in support of Javier by signing the petition to the Governor of MA to exonerate Javier of any charges from the Boston Police Department.