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According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, Journalists Without “$50,000 cameras” May Be Detained

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, journalists without “$50,000 cameras” may be detained until police deem them legitimate.

During a press conference early Tuesday morning, Johnson addressed the country on the evening’s events as Furgeson, Mo. recovered from yet another night of unrest.

After receiving repeated questions regarding the treatment of journalists, Johnson claimed that reporters peacefully filming with cameras other than those used by mainstream media outlets may be taken into custody.

“I’m going to tell you, in the midst of chaos, when officers are running around, we’re not sure who’s a journalist and who’s not, and yes, when I see somebody with a $50,000 camera on their shoulder, I’m pretty sure, but when some journalists are walking around, and all you have is a cell phone, because you’re from a small media outlet… We may take some of you into custody, but when we do take you into custody and we have found out you’re a journalist, we have taken the proper action,” Johnson said.

While Johnson alleged that journalists were not among the 31 arrests made that night, reports from several media outlets proved the statement to be false.
Ironically, the First Amendment does indeed grant anyone the right to film or report on government officials regardless of occupation. Despite this, Ferguson police have continued to pick and choose who they think should be granted constitutional rights.



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ron paul has all ways been on alex jones are you new here?

Ron Paul interviewed on The Alex Jones Show on 2/15/07 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_FSkc2BDrA

There are plenty of media reports on this, yet you smear us...

...by posting some crackpot website on the front page?

The clown who wrote this couldn't even spell "Ferguson" correctly.

If you like Alex Jones and what he's selling, that's your business. I won't judge you, just as I don't just people who read supermarket tabloids. But let's stop pretending his website is a reputable source that most people on the Daily Paul want to associate with.

Haha, after only 20 days here you think you know what the

DailyPaul deems reputable? Tell it to Dr.Paul... Who has made numerous appearances on Alex's show.
Start your own website if you have an appetite for controlling the "reputable sources".

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

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tie a string to you cell phone camera, with the following written on the tag: Price: $50,000.01

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

The First Amendment Doesn't Grant Any Rights

The First Amendment doesn't grant any rights. It prohibits the Congress from making any law infringing our individual freedom of the press (that is, we can't be stopped from using the press to express our individual speech).

Of course, "the press" also includes the T-shirt, the photocopier, the camera, and the cell phone video. We all have freedom of the press.

In fact, they can't make any law infringing the inalienable rights of anyone in the world. Citizen or not.


What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I agree with the captain

I agree with the captain anyone with a camera could be mistaken for the press.

I don't agree with the captain when it comes to treating the citizen and press differently. It is public property and they both have the same rights don't they?

I agree...

I agree that it's wrong to force civilians to leave but not media.

But I do not understand how this is a story or how people here don't recognize that this is just clickbait? All he said is that some media outlets have smaller cameras or cameras strapped to their body, and they aren't obvious members of the media.

If they detain/arrest these people inadvertently, that they'd immediately release them.

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Yes it is certainly digging

Yes it is certainly digging and a good imagination to find something to report on.

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Thats what happens when you give imbeciles...

a gun, a badge, and a microphone.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
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9/11 Truth.

stupid clickbait

Infowars has become Huffington Post. This obviously is a blatant twist of facts.

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Arbitrary #. What is the difference between 50K & 49.999K?

Nothing. Who are these people charading as police officers?

Amazon is selling a very professional-looking camera for $599.99 that should do the trick.
The most expensive camera found on Amazon that I could find was $9K.

These fascists want to change the Constitution into this:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the [official] press [with $50,000 cameras];

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and any government employee who violate Constitutional Rights

will be sued in Federal Court in both their personal and professional capacity under Title 42 USC §1983

42 USC § 1983 - Civil action for deprivation of rights
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

It is up to each and every person

to KNOW their rights and defend them. If the attorney representing you does not know, either find another or educate him/her - or represent yourself with a fully informed jury.

Here are more:

§ 241. Conspiracy against rights
§ 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law
§ 243. Exclusion of jurors on account of race or color
§ 244. Discrimination against person wearing uniform of armed forces
§ 245. Federally protected activities
§ 246. Deprivation of relief benefits
§ 247. Damage to religious property; obstruction of persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs
§ 248. Freedom of access to clinic entrances
§ 249. Hate crime acts

which are detailed here:


"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Can you hear the music?

(Lee Greenwood singing)
"....and I'm proud to be an American....where at least I know I'm free....."

Is this a really bad dream? Why and/or how could anyone really believe this?

Kill the TV, free your self from the machine!!!!

Here's your propaganda machine at its best:


And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

Too-rich-to-jail media

Police without $50,000 firearms also may be suspect.

This problem in Ferguson will

This problem in Ferguson will not go away until the Police simply go away. What is the one element that is there in each of the nights of the riots? The police! The big unknown is, how are the police going to react to whatever the situation is? If you got rid of the police, I'd give it a day or two and things will resume to normal. Looting? you say? If there are no cops, business owners will now be responsible to protect their own property, and they'll figure it out way better than these buffoons.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.


I bet the gun shop in ferguson has seen pretty quiet days and nights since all of this started.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

I don't know what it is going

I don't know what it is going to take to awaken people from their stupor.
Maybe it's better if we all just sleep during the execution of our nation.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Shove it Ron Johnson

The 1st Amendment doesn't end at the "official" media's doorstep.

Because obviously the 1st and 4th amendments only apply

...to those that government officials deem as "journalists."

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

Mr Johnson shows his true colors

By restricting the freedom of speech guaranteed by the US Consitution AND the Constitution of the State of Missouri.

He is definitely channeling Senator Diane "We decide what defines a journalist" Fienstein here.

America is dead the enemy has been revealed

There is the enemy. Proof they are planning on kidnapping people without any principal accuser who alleges all elements in valid cause of action.

Cops arresting people without accusers of the people invoking their agency is exactly what is going to ignite a full blown hot revolution. People who actively plan and execute such blatant intent of criminal acts are tyrants who should be given the death penalty for overthrowing the peoples' government.

The most powerful Law of Nature is Time. It is finite and we all will run out of it. Use this Law to your advantage, for it offers you infinite possibilities...

violation of the first the First Amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

then they violate the 4th, 5th and 6th while they are at it.

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

This make perfect sense in the United $tate$.

If you're a wealthy journalist from a wealthy main-stream (bought and paid for) media outlet, it affords you special privileges. If you are 'regular ol' citizen journalist guy' from news.com, you're way down here with the rest of us tax payers. Solution: Make a big ol' bogus shoulder mounted, fake camera and stick your smart phone in there.

Another amusing observation...

Earlier, the governor of Misery surrounded himself with black people to do his press conference, here's a black state police captain surrounded by white people. Someone should do a side by side by combining the two stills, and post it on social media.