Repost Undercover Cop's Public Facebook Photo, Get Charged With Felony (InformationLiberation)
Tuesday October 16th, 2012
Police relish posting tax-slaves photographs all over the internet when they're booked over some petty crime, yet when a tax-slave dares repost a
public servant's god-creature's publicly shared Facebook photo, the taxfeeders pull some charges out of their "felony grab bag" to slam them with.
Carlos Miller reports:
A Texas woman who came across a Facebook photo of an undercover cop was arrested after she posted the photo on her own Facebook page.Hopefully, in accordance with the Streisand Effect, this act of censorship and intimidation will backfire and the cop's photo will be spread far and wide.
Melissa Walthall was charged with retaliation, a felony charge that can land her in prison for ten years.
Her friend, Bobby Stedham, who found the original photo, then turned it into a flyer, which he intended to post in public identifying the officer as an undercover cop, was also arrested for retaliation.
Walthall was arrested for posting a photo she took of the poster.
But the real retaliation is coming from the Mesquite Police Department for arresting them on a baseless charge.
According to the statute, a person is guilty of retaliation when they commit an offense that “intentionally or knowingly harms or threatens to harm another by an unlawful act.”
The key word here is “unlawful.”
It will be hard to prove they acted unlawfully when they took a photo that was already posted on the cop’s Facebook page and outted him as an undercover cop.
[...]According to the Dallas Morning News:
Walthall did so, according to reports, because the officer had testified against her friend George Pickens about two months earlier in a drug case. Her post identified the officer as being undercover, and her caption said, “Anyone know this [expletive]?” according to a federal affidavit.
It was Pickens, 34, who found the investigator’s photograph on Facebook. He and his brother used the photo to print fliers that they were planning to display like “garage sale signs,” the affidavit said.
A caller tipped off Mesquite police to Walthall’s Facebook post on Sunday.
The caller said Walthall was an acquaintance and that she noticed the photo of the narcotics officer on her Facebook news feed.
A police investigator confirmed the photo was posted by Walthall and concluded that it posed a “viable threat to that officer’s safety,” the affidavit said.
As Carlos pointed out, there is nothing criminal about what these two did beyond possible "copyright infringement." The cops on the other hand are running a criminal racket involving extortion, theft, murder, and outright terrorism. They have the guns and they make the rules though, so it's all A-OK.
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