26 June 2012
Hello Chief Sullivan,
I have not yet received a response from you or someone within the department regarding your assistance on how to obtain the phone audio recordings outlined in my initial email to you.
Please consider this a formal request for the following and advise via email or phone as to when I may pick up the electronic media. I am in need of this information as soon as possible.
12008509 / 1 Incident report
Please provide via electronic media the phone recording of when School Board Chairman called in requesting police assistance.
Please provide via electronic media the phone recording of when Wynne called in requesting police assistance.
If this media cannot be provided within 72 hours, please advise in what reasonable time it will be released to me. I may be reached at this email. If your response is that it is ready for pick up, a call to me at 603.486.7494 is fine, provided no discussion about the incident is incurred.
I have included a copy of the original email request below my signature for your reference.
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Attn: Chief Sullivan
20 June 2012
Hello Chief Sullivan,
Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today while I was in the Police Department building to obtain a copy of the report. I did mention to you that I feel there "may" be some discrepancies in the report and going from memory, could be as such. I also mentioned to you that my camera was on in preparation of filming the meeting. Upon leaving with both of my cameras, I did not realize one of them remained as I was "escorted" from the building. being nervous about my First Amendment Rights being violated. It was not until I reached my vehicle to store them that I realized one camera remained on. It was not my intention to knowingly leave the camera on, and I want you to be aware of this fact. I have not reviewed the media on the camera at this time, however I do believe a review will detail additional information regarding the report filed by Officer Pinard. Please advise how I can obtain a copy of the recordings when Mr. Pancoast called in his issues and of course mine as well. Your assistance is appreciated.
In review of what I have on my home page of GoffstownToday.com, as follows;
GOFFSTOWN - 18 June 2012: Wynne was asked to remove his cameras and leave the building by the Goffstown Police Department at the outset of the School Board meeting this evening. Story will be forthcoming. Stay tuned! - update - my email, text and phone has been non-stop busy. Don't let Pancoast fool you with his statement at the beginning of the meeting. It is entirely due to Pancoast and at his demands to the Police that I was told to remove my cameras and vacate the building; while we prepare our story, we reference 91 - A:2 and the U.S. Court of Appeals "Clik" decision in Boston regarding actions by the School Board Chair and the Goffstown Police Department, which appear to be clear violations of the First Amendment and the August 2011, "Glik" decision.
note: Other cases are available, however not referenced in this communication.
This information is factual and actually how events were occurring, (from my memory) "either remove the camera at the table center from its location or be escorted from the building" I was told by Officer Pinard. Officer Pinard was unable to provide a reasoning to me of just how the camera was interfering with the meeting, so I chose to leave because I had no other alternative based on the actions and demands by Officer Pinard. Mr. Pancoast was not providing a reason of how the camera was interfering with the meeting. Attempts to explain why the camera was located where it was (and always has been for prior meetings in this location) fell on deaf ears and while Officer Pinard was professional, Mr. Pancoast was certainly belligerent in his handling of the matter, all without explanation.
I am sure you can understand why I may have appeared frustrated in the presence of Officer Pinard because giving me no alternative but to leave without explanation, which is still unexplained today and not outlined in the police report would frustrate anyone. Both of your Officers were professional, however did not uphold the NH Constitutional Rights in a proper manner, and for that, I trust you will meet with them over this matter.
First Amendment Rights are precious, and when a elected official rips them away from "the people", the people have a right to know why! It is my feeling the two officers who arrived failed to scrutinize the matter closely to protect my First Amendment Rights by asking one simple question of Mr. Pancoast, and this is; Mr. Pancoast, how is Mr. Wynne's camera disrupting the meeting? I feel comfortable saying to you Chief Sullivan, that Mr. Pancoast has not and cannot provide a legitimate answer to this question. Therefore, I was forced to leave the building under escort by the Goffstown Police Department without explanation as to how a camera was interfering with the meeting.
I wonder if any School Board Member is aware of HB1223 which may impose a $250 to $2000 fine on an individual who violates the Right to Know law in bad faith. That individual can also be held liable for the municipalities attorney's fees and costs. And the fine goes back to the municipality, so perhaps there will be some incentive for individuals such as Mr. Pancoast and all Law Enforcement Personnel to get up to speed on HB1223. The Governor signed it on June 13. Unfortunately it does not go into effect until Jan 1, 2013.
Regards, and I await your response at your convenience in the next couple of days.
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