Undercover Fullerton Police Arrest ANOTHER Citizen-Journalist...in Pasadena?

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"Anaheim" James films the police
Fullerton police are at it again! Alan James Redkey of inLeague Press traveled to Pasadena City Hall on Wednesday in a show of solidarity with Adolescents lead singer Tony Cadena. The punk-rock legend (and longtime educator) is in an ongoing fight with the local school district over the mistreatment of autistic students, including his son. Redkey, better known as "Anaheim" James, stood outside ready to protest when a number of plainclothes Fullerton police officers came to arrest him. His crime? Anaheim James failed to disperse, just as 10 others before him during a Jan. 18 protest in Fullerton over the Kelly Thomas verdicts.

Redkey's inLeague Press colleague Ryan Moore started filming the arrest live on his Ustream channel. One burly officer with a cheap fake beard probably bought at a second-rate costume shop chatted with Moore. "Do you know if it's a minor misdemeanor?" Moore asked. "Yeah, bail is only $7,500," the cop replied.

The Weekly tried following up with Fullerton spokesman Sergeant Jeff Stuart. He didn't bother responding after previously demanding questions be sent by email instead of phone, citing our "incredible slant." Can't win either way!

Now out on bail of jail, Redkey gave an interview to the Weekly about how the whole ordeal started. "They tried to grab me a couple of times that day," he says of the Jan. 18 protest. "Never once did they say I was under arrest. Three months later, they sent me a citation in the mail for failure to disperse.

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inLeague Press snapshot

"They took me from Pasadena and booked me in Fullerton. They confiscated my Guy Fawkes mask as evidence," Redkey adds. "They took me to county after people started showing up and blowing up the phone lines." The irony is that Redkey worked on setting a date to go before a judge about the citation before leaving to Pasadena, only to get arrested.

The long trek has Fullertonians wondering, "Why Pasadena?" and whether police intended to also send a message to Cadena's band for their provocative new album-cover art, depicting a homeless man ready to whack a Manuel Ramos piñata head filled with God knows what. Whatever the reason, Redkey's cuffing follows a pretrial date last month for members of the so-called Fullerton 14. The Weekly profiled live-streaming citizen journalist PM Beers and how police reports framed her as a leader of an unruly mob of protesters disobeying unlawful assembly orders during the post-verdict protests. Beers filmed her own arrest on the evening of Jan. 18 for failure to disperse.

Anaheim James shows up in police reports from the protest as well. "REDKEY still hadn't dispersed the area as requested and continued to video tape us," wrote officer Barry Coffman. "He asked me how I was doing and asked me questions like, had I killed any innocent people today like Kelly Thomas."

Redkey is known to protesters as a fun-loving guy who's always sporting his long dreadlocks, a tie-dye shirt and Guy Fawkes mask. He's the kind of hippie who'd put a flower in the barrel of a weapon in the name of peace and love. Fullerton police apparently consider his inLeague Press citizen journalism so threatening they sent officers all the way to Pasadena just to snag him--CLASSY.

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snsyanez8
snsyanez8

Why dont they do this for sex offenders and real criminals! Scumbags!

KMB123
KMB123

Whether I agree with you or not...........If you wear a Guy Fawkes mask you are a tool.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Aren't most journalists citizens?


tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Arrested him after the fact in a different city for failing to disperse? What asswipes.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

What are Fullerton Police doing in Pasadena they're out of their jurisdiction.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

It's like they think that they own the streets in other cities now. What are they doing out of their jurisdiction in another city.

OVERWATCH
OVERWATCH

Have to say some of the Very Best coverage was by InLeague Press, especially the interviews, America land of the free, home of the brave!


America! where someone like him is free and his family is alive.



Dyanna Avila
Dyanna Avila

Don't care to tell anyone anything your articles are biased. that remark proves their point we as the public have opinions you as a publication should have facts period

Heather McCoy
Heather McCoy

We have yet another rogue fascist police department in Orange County.

OVERWATCH
OVERWATCH

"Calls for Service at the Fullerton PD took a severe dive even before the infamous video appeared from The OC Courts"


The Department should be seriously afraid of their duties, thats why they are  struggling with their own existence, and need to "Police and stifle peaceful dissent" 


What really really took its toll is the crossing of the "Blue Line" online?

twoodruff1966
twoodruff1966

The Fullerton Police Department provides a direct threat to our freedoms as Americans, and good people should demand a Federal takeover of this rogue agency. This has gone on too long, and seems to be getting worse. 

Johannah- Joey Falke
Johannah- Joey Falke

We'll if that's the case I guess I'm incredibly slanted myself. I agreed with EVERY word in that article. When will Fullerton learn?

Marlena Serpico Carrillo
Marlena Serpico Carrillo

Ron Thomas and all his blind followers have NEVER wanted justice for Kelly Thomas. They want BLOOD MONEY.

Marlena Serpico Carrillo
Marlena Serpico Carrillo

You are all being misled. The video shows Ron Thomas telling the FPD to arrest protesters... AJ can be heard saying "you didn't hear that."

rainfirecat
rainfirecat

Aside from whether any of these arrests needed to happen or not, they were definitely done to send a message. The ones in Jan could've easily been non-custodial arrests. These are victimless misdemeanors, people! AJ is often seen around Fullerton, the expense of the cloak and dagger mission was unnecessary. WTG Fullerton!

billdoughzer
billdoughzer

This is the only article I’ve read about this and I can see why the police department mentions “… slant”.If you’re the only one reporting this, don’t sound biased.Keep it classy.

Michael Shelton
Michael Shelton

While I agree he did the crime he's got to do the time, this is an amazing amount of time and resources spent on a lousy misdemeanor. I think there are more important things for FPD to attend to right here in Fullerton.

Dyanna Avila
Dyanna Avila

Every piece I've read by you regarding the police seems biased. That's just my opinion.

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

BOO HOO HOO you don't want to follow laws when you want to protest.

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

Your freedom of speech doesn't get you out of failing to follow a lawful order. And it's typically obnoxious a****** making it worse for those who want to protest lawfully and peacefully.

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

Why is this even an issue? You faill to disperse you potentially get arrested. What's the issue here? You can be righteously outraged over what the Fullerton PD has done to kelly but that doesn't somehow give you the right not to follow the law. f*** him if he can't handle the time then don't fail to follow a lawful order. So many of these supposed citizen journalists are nothing more then assholes who want to disrupt hiding behind some pretense that all of a sudden they're a journalist.

Greg Gust
Greg Gust

I assume they are uncomfortable answering questions about how often they send 6 people in 3 cars 40 miles to execute warrants on minor charges...

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

The ACLU should jump all over this and sue the shit out of the FPD.

smaugusta
smaugusta

He was arrested on a bench warrant for failure to appear. He was issued a CITATION, in the mail, for failure to disperse. You do not have the facts straight in your article.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip -- learn punctuation.



tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

but Mike Carona is a criminal cop that's getting a pension of 2200.00 a month while still in a federal prison. Fed prison is way different from reg jail

OVERWATCH
OVERWATCH

People have souls, even with the murderous fists of the "Thin Blue Line"

twoodruff1966
twoodruff1966

And let me count the ways... lying under oath to cover up false arrests, thefts, assaults, murder, and now revenge arrests for those that don't agree with them. Many of these attacks on our liberties were endorsed by supervisors. Now my family fears for our safety if I post this comment. 


MaryBee
MaryBee

You are making this all about you rather than about the injustice against Kelly. When will you open your eyes and see?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and worth every penny.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... just because some pig barks it, doesn't make it a lawful order.


Now bück dich and take it.

rainfirecat
rainfirecat

The issue is sending six Fullerton cops to a city 35 miles away like they were on some recon mission to apprehend someone of a violent crime such as murder, child abduction, etc. for a victimless misdemeanor. Additionally, all this from a city that claims to be broke.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@smaugusta  ... well, if they had to mail the citation, and then travel 30 miles to find him, he obviously DISPERSED.


Ipso facto.



carleo
carleo

@smaugusta  WHY is it that YOU feel you must always chime in when you do not have the correct info? How many FAKE profiles do you have on facebook? you are a disgusting stain on humanity ALICE AUGUSTA

rainfirecat
rainfirecat

@MaryBee, there's no reasoning here. This specific issue doesn't even have anything to do with Ron Thomas. Other than AJ's charge originating from the protest, it's not even about the protest itself. MSC obviously has her own agendas which upon looking just now, show previous issues against AJ.

Marlena Serpico Carrillo AJ IS A PIECE OF SHIT GRIFTER... HE IS THE ULTIMATE PROVOCATEUR.... 2 · May 5 at 6:30am

smaugusta
smaugusta

My comment was to the publication, psycho.

MaryBee
MaryBee

@gabrielsanroman @smaugusta  prior to the start of the video, one of the undercover cops said AJ was under arrest for a warrant. The undercover cops were waiting for AJ and swarmed him as if he were a dangerous fugitive. No matter what anyone's opinions are on AJ's 1st amendment rights, the point is whether FPD treated him as they would anyone else with a similar misdemeanor. Do they routinely travel for extended time to arrest other citizens?

rainfirecat
rainfirecat

Thank you, Gabriel, your correction is mine as well. I did some verifying to also learn what you just said. After bail was posted, an OR was done and the bail amount posted was returned.

I think the error of their ways was realized hence, the OR. A shame they didn't realize it before sending AJ to Santa Ana. A bigger shame they didn't realize it before the Pasadena farce.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@smaugusta Well let me clarify this MOST important aspect. Bail was raised, posted and returned. Checking in with AJ today, he was perplexed as to why they let him OR. But they did, so the appropriate correction has been made.

smaugusta
smaugusta

I will only add what one of the people who said they bailed Aj out wrote:

"On the note of donations, They changed their minds and let him out on OR so I got my money back. But thank you all for wanting to help."

rainfirecat
rainfirecat

Are you trying to say the bail was not $7,500.00? I know what bail was posted, when and by whom. Would you care to add anything?

The article was pretty clear that AJ was charged 3 months after the fact, receiving the summons in the mail and also mentioned he had been trying to work out a date to go before the judge.

There's an obvious hostility here that seems aimed more at AJ, not the writer. Is there anything else you'd like to mention?

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@smaugusta You typed 'citation' in caps as if we called what Redkey received in the mail anything else than that. The cop said $7,500 in the video and that's the amount listed on the notice Redkey couldn't pay as he tried to set up a date before a judge next week only to get arrested in Pasadena. Are you done yet?

smaugusta
smaugusta

Did you look at the bail documentation? You got that wrong, too.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

@smaugusta We looked over the documents, including the original arrest warrant and sent in a request to FPD that never got a response despite ample time. We've got our story straight. Thanks.

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