www.OrlandoCopwatch.com John Kurtz Faces 6 Years in Prison for Filming Police May 12, 2011 Tuesday night, John Kurtz spoke to supporters regarding his upcoming trial at the Orange County courthouse set for Monday May 16th at 8:30 am Mr. Kurtz is facing a maximum sentence of up to 6 years in prison for 3 charges leveled against him by Officer Adam Gruler. Kurtz was arrested early morning new years day when he was filming a police arrest on Church Street, Downtown Orlando. Aside from the contrary nature of the 3 charges (resisting without violence, battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, obstruction of a police officer), supporters adamantly defend Mr. Kurtz whom they say is a peaceful activist being targeted for his work exposing local police officers when they use overt and excessive force via his website OrlandoCopwatch.com. Mr. Kurtz himself says he employs the “Non-Aggression Principle” in his activism, which asserts the initiation of force or threatened use of force is illegitimate conduct in civil society. “John would never act with violence, let alone assault an officer. Obviously he is a thorn in the side of the police departments that try shielding their own from being held accountable. But when police can wrongfully arrest someone and potentially ruin their life, where is the accountability? John is lucky because he has means to take this to Trial, where most would be frightened into taking a plea.” said a supporter who wished to be left unnamed. When Officer Adam …
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1) Reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, documenting incidents and keeping police accountable. We maintain principles of non-violence while asserting the rights of the detained person. We provide support to victims whenever possible. We also seek to educate the public about their rights, police conduct in the community and issues related to the role of police in our society.
2) Empower and unite the community to resist police abuse.
3) Encourage people to solve problems WITHOUT police intervention. We want to explore alternatives to calling the police.
4) Most importantly, we encourage people to exercise their right to observe the police and to advocate for one another.