Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes Addresses Pasadena Arrest of Dreadlock Hippie AJ Redkey

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Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes
As the three-year anniversary of Kelly Thomas' beating death by Fullerton police approaches, emotions are still running high. There's a new Chief in town, but old anger remains. The latest outrage surrounds the Pasadena arrest of inLeague Press livestreamer AJ Redkey last month on a warrant stemming from a failure to disperse charge during a January 18 protest after the Thomas trial verdicts acquitted two ex-cops. In a rare move in local politics, councilman Bruce Whitaker agendized the arrest for frank discussion during Tuesday's meeting of the city council.

After three long hours and a 10 minute recess, the council finally came to the item around 10 p.m. Supporters of Redkey stayed until the end, but a detractor, Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes, spoke first. The top cop stated that he'd be limited in what he could talk about but reiterated that detectives operating outside the city is normal practice. "The answer is simple, yes it is," Hughes said.

He mentioned that a detective on Redkey's case actually wanted to arrest him locally after a judge served a bench warrant on March 20, but "he was unable to locate him." Hughes reached back five years in offering statistics on arrests made outside of Fullerton: 631 for felonies and 635 for misdemeanors.

How many for non-violent failure to disperse misdemeanors?

Or how commonplace is it to send two supervisors and four detectives to apprehend a harmless hippie in Pasadena? Redkey's supporters remained unpersuaded by the Police Chief's presentation. "This is bullshit!" yelled one man from the audience.

Tony Brandenburg, better known as the legendary lead singer of Fullerton-bred punk band the Adolescents, mentioned that he called the picket protest in Pasadena where a small group of five people, including Redkey, showed up as did detectives. There were more Fullerton police than activists! "Were they lost?" Brandenburg asked? "Probably not."

Two others sang a spirited 'Ballad of Anaheim James' to an unamused council, "What do you do with a dreadlocked hippie?" they belted. "All he did was film the police!" Chief Hughes seemed unnerved by it all bursting out of order calling ex-council candidate Barry Levinson a "liar." Another time, he refused to look at Fullerton gadfly Stephen Baxter as he made his points from the podium.

No action was taken on the hour-and-a-half discussion. Hughes mentioned that his department is currently looking into lapel cameras and reached out to Rialto police for more information. The news gained rare applause for the lawman.

How much the fiasco of sending six Fullerton law enforcement agents out to Pasadena to nab a hippie livestreamer cost the city's taxpayers wasn't disclosed and remains an unanswered question. Watch Fullerton howl once that info is made public!

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"he was unable to locate him."

Due to his police accountability advocacy, someone like AJ whom I've seen at these events has the full weight of the surveillance state on him 24/7. Fullerton police chief Dan Hughes is full of refried beans again. You should see how he fawns over the "office of independent review". It's almost a torrid love affair at this point.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

At least Fullerton PD did not send the SWAT team to make the arrest.

Katerwriter
Katerwriter

Chief Hughes has had many months to "look into" lapel cameras. I strongly suggest he get cracking.

There were several dozen people who "failed to disperse",  though there was no order to disperse from Kelly's Corner after the peaceful "riot."  FPD went after the citizen journalists, snatching them in the dark like thugs, and ignored many others. Clearly many cases of harassment. In AJ Redkey's case, a supreme case of harassment.

Stupidest use of taxpayer money ever. 

Why does the corporatocracy eat their young?


 

OpFullerton
OpFullerton

inLeague Press- Special Report from Fullerton City Council Meeting 06/03/2014, regarding #OpFullerton  #KellyThomas  ,The illegal arrest of Livestreamers, the revenge arrest of Anaheim James, the persecution of Fullerton's homeless population, and the continued employment of three of Kelly's Killers.


While Police Chief Dan Hughes confirmed with statistics that going out of jurisdiction to arrest an individual for misdemeanor warrants, he did little to address the fact that taxpayer resources were sent after an individual for exercising his first amendment rights.  The entire City Council meeting seemed little more than two sides of an issue at a stalemate – one clearly empowered by their “because I said so” authoritative status and the other with very real questions about how a police department can target people who were filming a protest in the aftermath of the Ramos/Cincinelli acquittals.  It is this irony that remains the core issue of the Fullerton Police Departments behavior and one that seems likely to be unaddressed, especially when the Council was clearly unconcerned with anything that the citizens of their city had to say.  It should be noted that the Police Chief himself departed from civility with an outburst calling one citizen a liar and spoke with evident animosity in his voice.  


It is not a hidden fact that the members of the Fullerton Police Department contributed to the bail amounts of Ramos and Cincinelli as well as their defense fund in which high priced lawyers who were experienced in defending police brutality cases were secured.  So, with all of this money being invested in the defense of a brutal murder, how can it be overlooked that the police officers on video was what started the problems between Fullerton and their police department?  Could these police officers have a special kind of grudge against those who are legally filming them?  Could they also have acted in defense of Manuel Ramos when they arrested Anaheim James?


It is true that the majority of arrests were those who were filming the protest.  It is true that Anaheim James was arrested the exact night before an immunity hearing for Manuel Ramos who may be facing federal inquiry into his role as the murderer of Kelly Thomas, a hearing in which Anaheim James was planning on protesting.  So the question seems a bit more fundamental then whether or not out of jurisdiction arrests are common practice.  The question should be whether or not the Fullerton Police Department intentionally obstructed a citizens right to speak his opinion on whether or not a former Fullerton officer should be allowed immunity after his ridiculous acquittal.  The question should be how much of that blue line is interfering with the Fullerton Police Departments ability to successfully and correctly interpret the law.  The question should then extend to the apathy and animosity displayed by Fullerton's civil servants in their treatment of the people that night.  It is increasingly evident that Fullerton is nothing more than a bloated self congratulatory system who are entitled to their paychecks and comfort zones with all the motivation in the world to ignore valid criticisms – criticisms intended to improve the city and the people within it.   -MemoryShock/inLeague

Whophantom
Whophantom

This case should be filed in the "NO BALLS , COW CUNT, CHICKEN SHIT MOTHERFUCKERS cabinet of the OC D A Office.

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

It is comforting to know that the Fullerton Police Department is enforcing laws rather than recklessly neglecting them like so many of our politicians.  Good work, Fullerton PD!


JIm Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project

reflex
reflex

um, that was a four hour wait. with the intention of wearing down the community.

JoeImbriano
JoeImbriano

We'll be fighting in the streets

With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again

Change it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fall that's all
But the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
No, no! 

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do ya?


There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

DavidZenger
DavidZenger

Chief Hughes seemed unnerved by it all bursting out of order calling ex-council candidate Barry Levinson a "liar." 

GSR, this does not sound like the guy who weathered the  KT council meeting storms with a certain level of aplomb. Can you pleas elaborate on this? Barry can get real excitable but I don't think I've heard anyone ever accuse him of lying.

WideStance
WideStance

@Whophantom Oh, Yeah, you mean the same guy who was RE_ELECTED in a 2 to 1 LANDSLIDE (He EVEN HAD an OPPONENT THIS YEAR!) because 85% of EVERYBODY IN O.C. DECIDED -NOT- TO GET OFF THEIR ASS AND VOTE??? Is THAT the one you're talkin'  bout, Willis??

Whophantom
Whophantom

Hey Gilchrist, why don't you and the mi nute men become bounty hunters so you can earn a living &'save us taxpayers money. I'm sure there is plenty of business out there.

wynema_and_michael
wynema_and_michael

@jimgilchrist @jimgilchrist Ummmm  They sent 2 supervisors and 4 officers 35 miles to a different city is mid-day/afternoon traffic with three SUV type vehicles to arrest one non-violent man on a failure to disburse warrant.....  Can you say OVERKILL?!?!?!?!?!  So lets see, the travel to and from, observation, arrest and what not took an estimated 5 hours...The average officer makes $20.00 an hour, the average supervisor makes $30.00+ an hour...  2 supervisors at $30.00 an hour for 5 hours=$300.00, 40 officers at $20.00 for 5 hours = $400.00 for a total in manpower of $700.00 now add the gas for 3 guzzler vehicles to go from Fullerton to Pasadena and back at Cali gas prices and I'd be willing to bet that $30.00 per vehicle is a low estimate soooo  $700.00+$90.00=$790.00 now on top of that we'll add ONLY $10.00 for wear and tear on the vehicles for a new sub-total of $800.00...  Now on top of that we have all the time it took to prepare the officers and paperwork prior to heading to Pasadena which was likely a minimum of 3 to 4 hours so we will take the 3 hour estimate and knowing governmental entities they had at least 3 people working on paperwork plus the 6 officers standing by so we will say the people doing paperwork get $15.00 an hour =$405.00 now add those 4 officers on standby for 3 hours = $240.00 and 2 supervisors on standby for 3 hours = $180.00 Now we have a new subtotal of $1625.00 and keep in mind when they got him back they had several hours of paperwork left from the apprehension itself plus all the other BS...  We will be nice and say another 3 hours for $800.00 man hour dollars and likely $200.00 other misc. expenses adding another $1000,00 to it for a GRAND TOTAL of $2525.00

All this for a man who they knew would be back at their city council meetings, and who was I REPEAT.....  NON VIOLENT!!!!!

TheFullertonista
TheFullertonista

@jimgilchrist Failure to disperse?  You're defending cops over sending multiple officers outside of the city to arrest someone for failure to disperse? I didn't realize that the Minutemen were a police baton fellating organization.

MaryBee
MaryBee

@DavidZenger From what I saw, Levinson had just commented that Kelly was found innocent of any charges, per what Hughes had said at a prior council meeting. It was after that comment that Hughes blurted that Levinson was a liar in the middle of Levinson's public comment.


Another question that was never answered was.....why Pasadena? Of all the cities neighboring Fullerton, and where AJ was more likely to be, why go to another county to try and locate AJ.....especially when it was never confirmed anywhere that he would definitely be in Pasadena. 

WideStance
WideStance

@MaryBee Why Pasadena ?Killer doughnuts there?

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

@reflex @MaryBee Excellent point, mate. 


"The devil-horned piñata head of ex-Fullerton cop Manuel Ramos, shaded in a piggish hue of pink, dangles as a homeless man wielding a stick readies a whack to the delight of other homeless in the background. HA!"

I hope that description made FPD's collective blood pressure spike. Kudos to Gabriel San Roman. 

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