Aug 13, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(AP) — A New Hampshire man has been sentenced to just under three months behind bars for secretly recording conversations with Manchester police and school officials.
The recordings made by 30-year-old Adam Mueller (Miller) were posted on a blog affiliated with a website that claims to police the police. The Huffington Post describes the background of the case:
Last October, video surfaced on CopBlock.org of 17-year-old Frank W. Harrington being lifted from his seat in the school cafeteria by a school police officer and slammed face-first into a table.
At the time, Harrington took his sister’s purse and said he was “just messing around.” Although the West High School teen said his sister was largely unconcerned, school officials involved school resource officer Darren Murphy, who lifted Harrington off his seat, spun him around, forced him onto the table and arrested him.
Harrington was suspended for 12 days and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Michael Proulx, the 17-year-old junior at the school who recorded the incident, was also told by a school official that it’s “illegal to film,” and ordered to delete anything he had recorded. Proulx lied, saying he had only taken photos, and pretended to erase them.
In response, Mueller took to CopBlock.org to defend both Proulx and Harrington, noting in a report that “Murphy provides the misguided administrator an exact example why filming police is important – oh, and it’s not illegal at all.” He also called the Manchester police department and the school seeking comment.