Just shooting the Girls of NORML calendar!Some members of NORML were were in Phoenix Papago Park at Hole in the Rock on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at about 6pm shooting some photos for the Arizona Canna Kush Calendar.
This is not a commercial calendar, but rather a non-profit grassroots effort by members of NORML who are involved in political activity attempting to use our First Amendment right to free speech and freedom of the press to help us end the insane "war on drugs" and re-legalize marijuana.
Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor orders us to stop shooting photographsThen out of nowhere comes Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor, who doesn't even ask us any questions, but simply orders us to stop the photography and not resume shooting photos until we paid $100 to get a permit from the city of Phoenix to shoot photos in the park.
I should say the name written on his Park Ranger shirt was G Sotomayor and I later found out his name was Carlos Sotomayor by calling the Parks and Recreation Department.
If Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor had bothered to think first, instead of kicking butt first and thinking last, or not at all he would have discover that our photographic activity did not require the stupid $100 permit he ordered us to get.
The Phoenix law doesn't require us to get a permit!!!The Phoenix which we later looked up and assumed he was citing only requires a permit for commercial film making in city parks.
There are numerous exceptions cited in the law and non-profit groups who are not engaged in commercial photography are one of those exceptions.
Another exception to the permit requirement is that anybody shooting for news purposes is not required to get the permit. And the same goes for people exercising their free speech political rights.
And of course we qualified under all of those exceptions, and if Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor and used his brain before shaking us down he would have figured that out not shut us down.
Many cops, like Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor, are bullies!!!But sadly the police profession attracts bullies who get their jollies by pushing people around and I suspect Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor is one of those people.
And I suspect that is why Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor decided to shake us down, for the fun of pushing us around, not because we needed a permit to shoot photos.
They made up the law out of thin air???This isn't the first time I have seen government bureaucrats make up non-existent laws and force us to obey them at gun point.
Imaginary law making guns illegal in Phoenix parksAbout 20 years ago my friend Ricky Duncan discovered an imaginary law making guns illegal in Phoenix Parks.
Ricky saw a sign in a Phoenix park saying something like:
No guns allowed in park - ARS 13-xxxRicky decided to look up the law and see what it said. When he found it he was shocked because the law cited on the sign had absolutely nothing to do with guns.
Instead of making guns illegal in parks the law said something like "no littering" which had absolutely nothing to do with guns.
An imaginary law to run homeless people out of Phoenix parksI myself discover a number of signs in Phoenix Parks saying.
No Shopping Carts Allowed - CC 24-26Now that is another imaginary law some government bureaucrat who works for the city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department made up.
When you look up the law CC 24-26 you will see it says absolutely nothing about making shopping carts illegal in Phoenix city parks.
If you go to the Phoenix city code books you will see that CC 24-26 says:
Sec. 24-26. Prohibition of wheeled devices in public parks.Yep the law doesn't say a damn thing about making shopping carts illegal in Phoenix parks.
The law says it is illegal to operate bicycles and other wheeled devices in a reckless manner.
I guess the laying government bureaucrat who ordered the signs up saying it is illegal to have shopping carts in city parks could have posted something like:
Shopping carts are not allowed to be operated in a reckless manner - CC 24-26Of course posting the honest, truthful version of what the law actually says wouldn't create the desired effect of running homeless people out of city parks.
Don't get me wrong here, I am not condoning the theft of shopping carts. Stealing is wrong, and stealing shopping carts is also wrong.
But making up imaginary laws to run homeless folks out of parks is also wrong. Just as wrong as stealing the shopping carts.
An imaginary law requiring a permit to take photos in the park!!!After Phoenix Park Ranger Sotomayor forced us to stop shooting photos in Papago Park I talked to Philip Bradstock who is the manage of the Phoenix Film Office.
When I read Phoenix city code G-1403 I discoved that it didn't say a word about shooting static, still photos in Phoenix parks and only required a permit when films or motion pictures were being shot.
At the time I didn't think that Phoenix Film Office manager Philip Bradstock had lied to me and made up the law, I simply thought that he quoted the wrong law.
Philip Bradstock then give me what I suspect is one huge line of BS and said that since the law G-1403 allows him to make rules about how the law is implemented, he can totally redefine the law and make it apply to static still photos.
If you ask me that is 100 percent BS.
Initially I suspected that Philip Bradstock is just a government bureaucrat who decided make up the part about requiring a permit for static, still pictures to raise revenue for his department.
In Administrative Regulation 5.42 or AR 5.42 as the government bureaucrats at the city of Phoenix call it, the Phoenix City Manager magically mandated that the words "motion pictures" and "television productions" now also mean "all film and digital media activities for commercial purposes, including features, television, industrial, educational, documentary, still photography, commercials and web casts".
So from Administrative Regulation 5.42 it sounds like Philip Bradstock didn't make up this imaginary law, and that the imaginary law was made up by whoever was the Phoenix City Manager on October 1, 2008.
Some real laws on taking photos in Phoenix parksHere are the laws the city of Phoenix has on shooting photos in city parks.
Other incidents where Phoenix police shook down people for taking photos.Here are some other incidents where people were jerked around by either jackbooted Phoenix police officers or park rangers for taking photos in the city of Phoenix.
More on my talk with Phoenix Film Manager Philip BradstockI talked to Philip Bradstock who runs the photo office for the city of Phoenix. Originally I thought his name was Phil Bradshaw so in some of these web pages I call him by the wrong name.
He also said that the city code that covers shooting photos is G-1403.
I suspect the law which allows private citizens to take photos, but which requires private citizens who are taking fotos for "commercial use" violates the "equal protection" clause of both the US 14th Amendment and of the Arizona Constitution.
The Equal protection clause of the Arizona Constitution says:
13. Equal privileges and immunitiesThe Equal protection clause of the US Constitution which is in the 14th Amendment says:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.Here is a law that is related to this which is probably unconstitutional. The law was passed by the city of Florence, Arizona in an attempt to drive a copper mine out of business, or rather prevent the mine from even starting business.
I am going to file this lawsuit against PhoenixHere is a word copy of the lawsuit. I plan to file against the City of Phoenix, Phil Bradstock, and Carlos Sotomayor for violating our 1st and 14th Amendment civil rights.
I will be filing the lawsuit in Federal Court.
It will be a Title 42 §1983 lawsuit pretty much like the one Rodney King filed against the LAPD for beating him up. It is also pretty much the same type of lawsuit that the owners of the Phoenix New Times, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin filed against Sheriff Joe and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas for false arrest and civil rights violations.
Here is a list of all the different versions of the lawsuit. Of course only one of these versions will be filed in Federal court.
Letters & E-mails about this issueHere are all the letters and emails I have sent or received about this issue.
When you listen to people running for office they usually give you a line of BS about how they are going to be a "public servant" and work for you the taxpayer who pays their salary.
Sadly once these jerks get elected to office they usually turn into royal rulers who no longer consider themselves the "public servant" they promised you they would be, but suddenly consider themselves "royal rulers" who are their to micromanage your life and spend you money, not to help you, but to spend it on stuff that benefits themselves and the special interest groups that helped them get elected.
I have pretty much have had that problem with all of the people that I have written emails to in the city of Phoenix government asking questions about the laws on this issue.
I had to write 2 letters to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton before he responded to any of my letters.
It also took 2 letters to the Phoenix Police before they responded to my questions.
And as of now I have written 3 letters to the city of Phoenix Clerk who is Chris Meyer. As of yet Chris Meyer has not responded to any of my emails.
While Phil Bradstock has responded to my emails he has not given me any of the public records I requested as of now.
I still don't have a copy of the law that gives him the power to force people to pay $100 and obtain a permit to take photos in city parks.
Nor has Phil Bradstock given me a copy of the email he sent to the legal department which I asked for.
I sent him an email which contained all the information required by the Arizona Public records laws, which is A.R.S 39 §121 but he stoned walled me on that.
Phil Bradstock claim said he was not going to answer my request for public records until I filled out some silly form made up by the city of Phoenix.
Request for public records made to PhoenixHere is a list of requests for public records I have made to the city of Phoenix about this issue. Please note that while elected officials in the city of Phoenix tell us they are "public servants" and that they serve us, in reality they behave like royal rulers who want to micromanage our lives and steal our money. With that in mind they have not answer any of the requests for public records which I have made so for. The requests for public records which have been answered I highlighted in green, and the requests for public records which have not been answered are highlighted in red.
PDF files and documents related to this lawsuitHere is a list of all the PDF files or PDF documents related to this lawsuit.
Phoenix Phone Numbers & E-mail AddressesHere is a list of phone numbers of city of Phoenix bureaucrats that I need to call for this lawsuit.
Salaries of all the government bureaucrats that are jerking us aroundJust so you will know how much these government bureaucrats who are jerking us around are paid we went out and made public records requests for their salaries and included them on this web page.
Well really we didn't need to make requests for most of the salaries, because the Arizona Republic newspapers already has made public records requests for the salaries of most government bureaucrats that work for the city of Phoenix and they are listed here on the Arizona Republic.
We were falsely arrested? Probably!When this incident happened I was certain that our Constitutional rights were violated. Probably our First and Fourteenth Amendment Constitutional rights.
At the time the incident happened I was not sure if we had been falsely arrested, although I suspected we had been falsely arrested.
I have two reasons to believe we were falsely arrested.
First one of the people in the incident said that Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor said he would call the cops if we didn't stop shooting our photos, and in that case we were under arrest.
Second the definition of arrest according to Black's Law Dictionary says and arrest is:
a seizure or forcible restraintand based on that defination I would say we had been arrested because Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor ordered us to stop shooting photos and effectively forcibly restrained us from shooting photos.
So we had been arrested because our freedom to shoot photos was restrained.
My notes on the lawsuitHere are my notes about the incident. These are more legal notes rather then the notes I have written up all the other times I have been falsely arrested by crooked cops.
Fake, bogus laws enforced in South Mountain ParkAdd a blurb here about the fake, bogus, non-existent imaginary laws enforced in South Mountain Park.
Do a request for public records on the Library abuseRemember when I was accused of abusing the library? Do a request for public records on that to get the nitty gritty details of what I was accused of.
PHP and SQL programsPHP programs SQL programs
Only 20 emails a day - that's a civil rights violationI suspect their new email spam filter is Title 42 Section 1983 Civil Rights violation of my 10th Amendment rights because it limits my free speech to bureaucrats in the city of Phoenix.
Tiny URL for this lawsuitI created this tiny URL tinyurl.com/papago you you can quickly get to this lawsuit without remember the name of that Maricopa County Sheriff Randall Carney who I also filed a lawsuit against in Federal Court for violating my civil rights.
Here is more on that tiny URL.
Computer geek mumbo jumbo on index.htmlIf people just click on randall-carney-police-officer.tripod.com/norml it will get them to this index.html.
Randall Carney False Arrest Lawsuit
Park Ranger G. Sotomayor Lawsuit
Park Ranger Carlos Sotomayor Lawsuit