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A journalist and co-host of radio show goes to prison for reporting police brutality.
Adam “Ademo” Mueller, co-host of radio show Free Talk Live faces 21 years in prison for reporting on police brutality toward students at a Manchester, NH high school.
Mueller was charged with three felony counts of wiretapping with each count carrying a 7-year maximum penalty.
Mueller founded CopBlock.org which is an online project that wants police to take accountability for their actions.
The video of 17-year-old Frank W. Harrington being lifted from where he was sitting in the school cafeteria by a police officer surfaced on the website. In the video, Harrington was slammed face first into a table.
The student was arrested by school police for allegedly taking his sister’s purse. He said he was “just messing around.” his sister didn’t seem to be too concerned at the time. However, school officials called school resource office Darren Murphy who lifted the boy off of his sit and arrested him.
Harrington was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He received a suspension for 12 days on top of it.
Another student at the school recorded the incident and later told by a school official that it’s “illegal to film.” Michael Proulx, the 17-year-old junior, pretended to delete them from his phone.
When Mueller found out about the incident, he reported it on CopBlock.org. He also called the Manchester police department and school asking them to comment on the incident. Mueller recorded all his conversations with the Manchester police captain, the school principal, and school secretary. A few months later the recordings came out. He is now accused of recording conversations without the other person’s consent.
Under New Hampshire law it is a crime to record someone without their permission.
Mueller was offered a plea deal for a two-year suspended sentence which he does not want to take.
Mueller wrote a post saying:
“Here’s how I see the offer: it’s a stellar deal if I actually thought what I had done was wrong. First, I can’t go against my principles and sign a deal that says I acknowledge my actions as wrong or illegal. Second, I’m not a hypocrite. How can I advocate refusing plea deals and sign one myself? I don’t judge anyone who has taken pleas because each case/charge is different. Third, I am confident I can show a jury, with facts and logic, that I shouldn’t be caged for my actions…. Let the circus begin!”
What do you think? Should Mueller be charged or not charged?