Carlos Miller, who runs a Web site about the public's right to take photos in public, faces a hearing in Roxbury District Court tomorrow in which police will attempt to have him charged with the felony offense of witness intimidation for an incident stemming from a video showing a police sergeant getting in the face of somebody else videoing an arrest in August.
Meanwhile, a Northeastern student who faces a wiretapping charge for videoing a Boston cop arresting him during a post World-Series confrontation has yet to be arraigned, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Miller wrote about the video in August, after which a Florida student who reads the site called the BPD public-affairs number and spokes to a secretary in that office. He recorded the conversation on his iPad, then posted part of it on YouTube - which led to a possible wiretapping charge against him because the secretary claims she didn't know she was being recorded; the student claims he told her he was recording.
Miller then posted about that last week - and suggested his readers start calling the woman, at her work number and ask her to drop the charges because somebody who works in a PR office should know anything she says should be considered public.
And that led to Detective Moore filing a criminal complaint against me for witness intimidation, which I received Friday and is posted below, claiming that I caused [Angelene] Richardson all kinds of pain and grief because I posted her publicly available work contact info on my blog.
If a clerk-magistrate agrees with police and formally charges Miller, he could face up to ten years in prison if found guilty at trial. The hearing is being held in Roxbury District Court because BPD headquarters is on Tremont Street in Roxbury.
In the Northeastern case, authorities have yet to name the student who allegedly "refused to follow Boston Police officers’ orders to leave the area of Kenmore Square and recorded the confrontation on his cell phone." However, the Huntington News talked to the student, Tyler Welsh, who gave his side of the story.
Last year, BPD agreed to pay a local lawyer $170,000 to settle his lawsuit over the way he was arrested for photographing an arrest on Boston Common.