Saturday, January 06, 2007

Can Political Activitists be arrested for being near an official in public?

Does the below mean I can be arrested on sight, anywhere I am in public in Connecticut?:


Governor M. Jodi Rell, photo taken by the gentleman below, Click Here for his post to go with the above photo


Ken Krayeske, Click Here for his blog

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Editor's Note: Journalist Ken Krayeske became the envy of all Connecticut reporters looking for ways to jump-start their careers. He will be indebted forever to the Hartford police and, perhaps, others. The focus now should be on how the city and the state handle this matter. Someone working late at the Capitol should tell the Hartford mayor and police chief they are apologizing to Krayeske, and that high-level company is available. Of course, such an action could lead a judge down the road to cut an award for civil rights violations [sorry, Norm, but you probably don't have to worry about that happening.]


Reporter Arrested for Political Activism
by Christine Stuart
Click Here for story with latest updates from ctnewsjunkie
Friday, Jan. 5, 2007

A freelance journalist, who has worked on political campaigns, was arrested by Hartford Police Wednesday as he took photos of Gov. M. Jodi Rell's inaugural parade in downtown Hartford.

Ken Krayeske, who worked on Green Party candidate Cliff Thornton's campaign for governor against Rell, was near the corner of Ford and Pearl Street photographing Rell's inaugural parade when, according to the police report, he was identified as a 'political activist'� and a threat to the governor. Krayeske was arrested and charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer.

Norman A. Pattis, one of the state's best known criminal defense and civil rights attorney, called the charges "ridiculous."� Pattis entered an appearance on Krayesk's behalf Friday in Hartford Community Court where Krayeske was arraigned and entered a "not guilty" plea.

Now the case will automatically be transferred to Hartford Superior Court. Where "we expect it will be nolled or dismissed,"� Pattis said.

"We're not admitting we did anything wrong,"� Pattis said Friday. But if the "governor's goons"� take exception to that then he looks forward to a "vigorous and spirited fight in court," he said.

According to the police report, plainclothes Hartford Police Officers recognized Krayeske from a photo they were given by the Connecticut Intelligence Center and the State Police Central Intelligence Unit that "briefed us on possible threats to Gov. Rell by a political activist."

Krayeske was working as a freelance photojournalist at the time of the arrest Wednesday. He was previously arrested in 2003 for demonstrating against the war. In 2004 Krayeske worked on Ralph Nader's presidential campaign and in 2005 he traveled to Syria to report on the war. He has also contributed stories and photos to ctnewsjunkie.com

After he was in custody Wednesday, he was taken to police headquarters where he was put in an interrogation room. Hartford Police Sgt. Andrew Weaver read Krayeske his rights then attempted to interview him.

"The accused refused to be interviewed and asked for his lawyer, so he was taken to booking and charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer," the report states. Krayeske was given an eyebrow raising $75,000 bond and taken to state lockup on Lafayette Street.

Krayeske didn't make bond, but nonetheless was released at 1 a.m. on a promise to appear in court Friday.

Krayeske showed up at court Friday with Thornton, whose campaign platform for governor included free college education and the legalization of drugs. Krayeske fought hard, but failed during the campaign to get Rell and her Democratic opponent to include Thornton in the televised debates.


Attorney Norm Pattis

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Is this playing politics or is Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell honestly concerned about OUR American Rights?

added Jan. 8, 2007, 6:32 PM EST:

CONNECTICUT NEWS
Rell Questions Arrest Of Political Activist At Inaugural Parade
1:56 PM EST, January 8, 2007
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Gov. M. Jodi Rell is questioning the arrest of a political activist who allegedly stepped toward her during her inaugural parade last week.

The activist, Ken Krayeske, was on a list of people labeled political threats by police. Rell, in a letter to the state's public safety commissioner, said today that she was "disturbed" to learn of the existence of such a list.

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She called on Commissioner Leonard Boyle to review the circumstances of Krayeske's arrest and determine how he came to the attention of state police and how his name and photograph were provided to the Hartford Police Department.

"In this environment of heightened security, the use of information must be balanced with the individual rights of our citizens," Rell said in the letter. "In providing security and protection, we cannot permit the rights of individuals to be trampled."

Krayeske, 33, of Hartford, was charged with breach of peach and interfering with an officer after he was detained during Wednesday's parade through downtown Hartford. Rell was sworn in that day to her first full term as governor.

Krayeske's attorney said Krayeske was working as a freelance journalist and was trying to photograph Rell.

According to a police report, officers at the parade recognized Krayeske from a picture provided by state police and the Connecticut Intelligence Center, a multi-agency entity under the umbrella of the state's homeland security programs.

Officers said they recognized Krayeske when they saw him speed up on his mountain bike, dump it and jump off, then run up the street and step off the curb into the parade route.

Krayeske was campaign manager for Cliff Thornton, the Green Party's candidate for governor. During the campaign, he took issue with Rell's refusal to debate Thornton, appearing at Rell's campaign headquarters and at least one event. Members of the state police provide security for the governor at such events.

A group of state lawmakers planned a 2 p.m. news conference at the Legislative Office Building on today to react to Krayeske's arrest.

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added Jan. 8, 2007, 10:40 PM EST:

Rell's Letter to Boyle more...

by Christine Stuart
Permalink 05:00:00 pm, Categories: State Capitol, 292 words

Commissioner Leonard Boyle
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457

Dear Commissioner Boyle:

I am writing with regard to the incident last week involving Kenneth Krayeske which led to his arrest by the Hartford Police Department.

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I recognize that security assessments are by necessity comprehensive, and I understand that our State and local law enforcement agencies must work together and share information. Law enforcement agencies also have the difficult job of assessing the information they receive. Nonetheless, I was disturbed to read in media reports allegations regarding the existence of a “list” of individuals.

It is my expectation that all State Police information is maintained in strict compliance with federal law. In this environment of heightened security, the use of information must be balanced with the individual rights of our citizens. In providing security and protection, we cannot permit the rights of individuals to be trampled.

The parade was a public event, and moreover an event at which public participation was invited. People also have a right to protest – and that right is one of the fundamental freedoms of our state and nation.

Most importantly, security procedures must be uniform and consistent in order to safeguard both the people and places of Connecticut as well as our basic freedoms.

Accordingly, I am requesting that you review the circumstances of this incident. Specifically, I would like to know how this individual came to the attention of State Police and the circumstances under which his name and photo were provided to the Hartford Police Department.

In addition, I am requesting that you evaluate existing procedures to ensure that information gathered by the State Police is reliable and reported to other law enforcement agencies in a responsible manner.

Sincerely,

M Jodi Rell
GOVERNOR

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Comment from: itoldyouso [Visitor]
Let me get this straight -- CTnewsjunkie broke this story Friday morning at 11:50 a.m. The Hartford Courant followed at 7:15 p.m. Friday night on its Web site. The Associated Press ran its own story Friday night in which one of the governor's many spokesmen said "no comment" on the entire matter.

Rell made no phones calls and sent no letters Friday night, Saturday, Sunday, or all Monday morning.

Then 30 minutes before the Democrats heavily publicized press conference, she decides to show some phony, cynical concern on the matter by issuing a letter??

Rell as got no guts. No leadership. No ethics. Thanks for "setting the tone" for the next 4 years.

Permalink 01/08/07 @ 17:51
Comment from: James Beam [Visitor]
Let me help you understand a recent letter sent to Connecticut Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle from Lisa Moody, ummmm Governor Rell. RE: InauguralGate

My translation appears in whatever this color is.....

Dear Commissioner [Leonard] Boyle:

I am writing with regard to the incident last week involving Kenneth Krayeske which led to his arrest by the Hartford Police Department. You idiot I told you to make sure no one embarrassed me during my coronation and you let this happen! you twit

I recognize that security assessments are by necessity comprehensive, and I understand that our State and local law enforcement agencies must work together and share information. At least you got someone else to do the dirty deed. Law enforcement agencies also have the difficult job of assessing the information they receive. Nonetheless, I was disturbed to read in media reports allegations regarding the existence of a "list" of individuals. You better not let anyone even think that I or the Governor had any knowledge of the list. After all I, uh Jodi has been Lt. Governor from 1998 to 2004 and Governor since July 2004. It is my expectation that all State Police information is maintained in strict compliance with federal law. You better find some loophole in law, the patriot act or something like that so I can say we did nothing wrong. Remember the fundraiser tickets I made you sell to your staff? Well we got away with that didn't we? In this environment of heightened security, the use of information must be balanced with the individual rights of our citizens. Don't be stupid, next time.In providing security and protection, we cannot permit the rights of individuals to be trampled.The parade was a public event and my time to shine, and moreover an event at which public participation was invited. Well the ones on our side. People also have a right to protest – and that right is one of the fundamental freedoms of our state and nation. Most importantly, security procedures must be uniform and consistent in order to safeguard both the people and places of Connecticut as well as our basic freedoms. rotfl Accordingly, I am requesting that you review the circumstances of this incident. Specifically, I would like to know how this individual came to the attention of State Police and the circumstances under which his name and photo were provided to the Hartford Police Department. In addition, I am requesting that you evaluate existing procedures to ensure that information gathered by the State Police is reliable and reported to other law enforcement agencies in a responsible manner. Figure out how this happened and make sure the next time your staff does it right. Plausible denyability, loopholes in law etc. Next time you are in my office you had better bring me the head of some trooper, I don't much care if he had anything to do with this or not.

Sincerely,


M. Jodi Rell
GOVERNOR
Permalink 01/08/07 @ 19:03
Comment from: fuzzyturtle [Visitor]
ha, Jim Beame.. thanks for the translation!!! ;)
Permalink 01/08/07 @ 21:35
Comment from: Steven G. Erickson [Visitor]
The abuse has gone on far too long.

The officials in Connecticut have just gotten beyond sloppy.

Arrests and prosecutions of dirty officials is necessary.

Bring on the justice.
Permalink 01/08/07 @ 22:33


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