Jaablog’s Bill Gelin whipped out his phone inside the Broward courthouse and recorded a woman being dragged out by Broward deputies. CBS Miami picked up the story and published the video courtesy of Gelin/Jaablog. Speaking of video recording inside the courthouse. When Gelin shared this story, which has grabbed international attention, with me this morning I was again impressed with Gelin’s passionate pursuit of publicly exposing matters of public importance which merit serious discussion. I immediately questioned however the disparity between the rules governing the ability to record such events from one county courthouse to another. In 2014 (while acting as standby counsel for Adrian Wyllie who ran in last year’s gubernatorial race) I was advised by Pinellas courthouse admin that I was prohibited from taking video footage in the Pinellas courthouse hallways. I was then emailed the administrative rules. I just put in a call to Chief McGrady’s office seeking comment in regards to this disparity. Stand by.
What are the losses for society when someone is prohibited from recording such occurrences in a publicly funded courthouse? Shouldn’t “we the people” who pay for the courthouse and all the courthouse employees rightly record matters worthy of dissemination about how the citizens are treated?
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel released a statement regarding the issue of his deputy dragging the woman (who had been declared incompetent) through the courthouse halls…..
I am concerned by the way the deputy handled this situation, because there were other courses of action he could have taken. Internal Affairs has initiated a complete and comprehensive investigation, and the deputy has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome. (quote taken from CBS Miami).
Mother of the woman dragged through the courthouse tells CBS Miami, “It’s the most horrible feeling. You’re helpless … At that moment I lost all my faith in the judicial system.”