Hey, I've been out and about and haven't had the opportunity to weigh 
in on this issue. As I see it, the situation is as follows: the 
assault on a police officer is a local (state) offense not a federal 
one, the federal government is asserting that their involvement in 
the case stems from the fact that a police car was vandalized and, as 
the car is paid in part by the federal government, they are seeking 
to transcend the protections afforded to me under the Califronia 
Shield law to obtain the footage.

I do not have footage of the officer being struck in the head and 
furthermore, I was filming the injured officers partner when the 
officer was struck therefore it is impossible that I would have 
footage of the altercation that resulted in the injury of Officer 

In regards to the documentary in reference, I contend that this issue 
is significantly different from that of the one I am currently 
facing. For one thing, according to the Officer Shields own report of 
the incident, he was stuck in the head while attempting to strike the 
protester with his baton. If it had not been a police officer who was 
striking someone while struck with a blunt object, the situation 
would most likely be viewed under an entirely different frame of 


On Apr 24, 2006, at 10:00 AM, Daryl Watson wrote:

> Well I'm sure the doctors think the photographic image of the cops 
> fractured
> skull is 'objective' enough to believe it's real.
> When the Maysles Brothers made the documentary Helter Skelter, they 
> filmed a
> stabbing in the crowd. They didn't have a problem turning the 
> footage over
> to help an investigation.
> "After viewing footage of the stabbing of Meredith Hunter police 
> identified
> Alan Passaro, a local Hell's Angel, as the man who did the stabbing,
> arrested him and charged him with murder. At his trial, however, 
> closer
> examination of the footage showed that Hunter had pulled a gun before
> Passaro pulled his knife. Passaro was acquitted on grounds of self-
> defense."
> Quote: http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0065780/trivia
> That the Maysles obliged with the cops' request certainly hasn't 
> detracted
> from the quality of their documentary or their future work. (see 
> Quote:
> http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0065780/trivia)
> Josh Wolf may have footage of a guy having his skull fractured by 
> an unknown
> identity, but by calling the issue a challenge to the fundamental 
> rights of
> journalists sounds more like the guy who just wants to grandstand 
> and make a
> reputation as a journalist where there isn't one in the first place.
> Yeah yeah, it's about the principle...
> Daryl
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