Media Access Curtailed - 91 - A:2 - First Amendment Rights Violation?GOFFSTOWN - 21 June 2012: A few days have passed since Wynne was escorted from the Goffstown High School Media Center Monday evening (scroll down for video). Although the "incident report" states, "I then escorted Mr. Wynne into the library where he removed his cameras and then left the building escorted by Officer Weeks". Let me be clear, I was escorted from the building because I had absolutely no choice but to leave (see 91-a footnote). When a Police Officer fails to understand or even try and figure out what is going on, I am of the opinion that both officers especially in this instance then become part of the problem (see footnote). Although professional at all times, both Officers lacked the desire for inquiry and therefore I became a victim of discriminatory practices by all involved, especially Goffstown School Board Chairman, Phil Pancoast. As you can see by the image and caption below, my camera was placed, and has been placed in this location for several years filming in the media center to record the audio portion of the meeting. My other camera was further back and off to the side as it always has been when filming at this location. Pancoast says the camera was obstructive and wanted it moved. I tried to explain to a belligerent Pancoast that it is for audio purposes, but he would not listen. Also sitting at the table are former Chair, Keith Allard and SAU#19 Superintendent, Stacey Buckley who are well aware of my prior filming of School Board Meetings with cameras in these very same locations. Neither said anything to Pancoast even though this is the history of camera locations in past filming events in the Media Center.
The question kept surfacing in my discussions with the Officers; where is the obstruction, I asked? where is the obstruction? The camera has a history of being in this location, never with a complaint. All I received was a standard response from the Officers, "we are here to keep the peace" and that is all. I further advised that I am being denied my Constitutional Rights because of this matter and all without explanation, and again, "we are here to keep the peace". Where is the obstruction? Still no answer from the Officers with other repeated responses such as, "you will need to move your cameras or be escorted from the building". The circle of discussion begins again. What is the problem and why? Where is the obstruction. "Either move the cameras or be escorted from the building", I was once told, again. 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; however, the Incident report says otherwise, "I again explained to Mr. Wynne that he was not removed due to the request of Mr. Pancoast and that he was removed under his own choice due to the fact that he did not want to find a different location for his camera". My discussion with the Officer clearly stated why there is/was no other option but to leave based on what Pancoast demanded and what the Officers kept telling me. Option 1. move camera - (can't do that, it's always been there and it is for audio primarily) or leave. Option 2. leave or be escorted from the building. Well it is clear I was escorted from the building. I was not removed under my own choice as the incident report states. I had no alternative but to leave voluntarily or be forced to leave and possibly face arrest.
I also met with the Goffstown Police chief on the 20th because I feel the report filed by Officer Pinard is not entirely accurate. I explained that I would need to review the report in depth to determine any discrepancies. You may view the incident report as well as my follow up email to the Chief. Bottom line is that "I was forced to leave the building under escort by the Police, as there was no other alternative available".
All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public's right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.
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