Activist John Kurtz Is Facing 6 Years For Filming The Police In Orlando, Florida.
Just before 2 AM on January 1st, 2011 John Kurtz left a Private Party on Orange Avenue and Church Street, Downtown Orlando to investigate some apparent police activity on Church Street.
Kurtz approached the scene and videotaped the incident, which included the use of tazers, a violent take down and a pepper spraying AFTER the suspect was subdued and in handcuffs.
Officer Adam Gruler repeatedly told Kurtz to go away and turn off the camera. When Kurtz informed Gruler that he knew his rights and wasn’t going anywhere, Gruler violently took Kurtz to the ground and arrested him.
After multiple attempts to deny Kurtz bond, relentless efforts by Kurtz’s friends, family, attorney and other privately contracted help, Kurtz was finally released from Orange County Jail after a full 7 days behind bars.
Kurtz’s Video Camera with the evidence on it that would easily clear or condemn him of these charges mysteriously went missing.
It was not in Kurtz’s personal effects when he was released from Jail, nor was it entered into evidence. It is unknown what happened to Kurtz’s camera however at best it reflects negligence on the Orlando Police Department for failure to secure evidence, At worst shows absolute corruption and evidence tampering.
John Kurtz is a peaceful person who adheres and promotes the non aggression principal. Kurtz is known by his friends as a pacifist, more likely to turn the other cheek, than to retaliate with violence.
The evidence against Kurtz is nothing more than the word of a few Police officers.
The evidence defending Kurtz includes multiple third party eye witnesses and video evidence from the street camera on Church Street. All who show Officer Gruler as the aggressor, and Kurtz simply video taping.
About Officer Gruler:
Officer Adam Gruler was named by the Orlando Sentinel as a ‘Hunter’ and one of the top Tazer users on the force. Gruler is notorious in the poverty stricken area of Orlando known as Parramore for tazerings, verbal abuse, violence and questionable conduct. Gruler’s Internal Affairs profile includes dozens of civilian complaints.
Officer Gruler also has a reputation for arresting anyone who tries to video tape him, as seen in this video where he arrests a Cannel 9 News reporter.
About John Kurtz:
Kurtz is known locally for not only his work with OrlandoCopwatch.Com, but also for a variety of civil disobedience and street theater, geared at pointing out the injustice and absurdity of some of the laws and ordinances in Orlando. Kurtz made national headlines when he refused to comply with a city ordinance in Orlando banning the feeding of the homeless within 2 miles of City Hall, Kurtz and others repeatedly held food sharings at City Hall. Kurtz is an active Jurors Rights activist who spends many mornings at the Orange county Court House informing Jurors of their rights. Kurtz has been a political activist as well, formerly a Precinct Chair for the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, and currently a District Coordinator with the Florida Campaign for Liberty, Kurtz has spent countless hours campaigning for local candidates and lobbying politicians for fiscally conservative and socially liberal practices. Kurtz has been a successful Real Estate Broker for 6 Years in Central Florida, and considers friends, family and liberty the most important things in his life.
His trial starts on Monday but you will be able to hear from him this Friday on the Liberty Underground Radio show. The show starts at 9 am on www.1787network.com Call in number is: 866-826-1340 You can listen live and see what is going on in the studio Friday morning here:http://1787network.com/listen-live/ https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=222792887734694
Please help STOP the INJUSTICE!
Call The Media!
You can simply say “please cover this” and/or you can add that videotaping police is not a crime reminding them the same OPD Officer Gruler arrested a Channel 9 reporter for doing the same thing, that the case is a waste of taxes and time, and that it’s just wrong to harass an innocent man who is being politically assassinated because of his activism for freedom: City Hall Sandwich Club, CopWatch, jury nullification, etc.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out –
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Its only a matter of time before you, someone you love or a friend is accused of a VICTIMLESS CRIME!
PLEASE SUPPORT JOHN KURTZ – He is a good guy that is standing up for the people and holding the state accountable for their actions!
PLEASE CONTACT THE MEDIA!
Channel 2: 407-645-2222
Channel 6: 407-521-1323
Channel 9: 407-841-9000
Channel 13: 407-513-1313
Channel 35: 407-741-5027
Orlando Sentinel: 407-420-500-0580
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