Friday, April 24, 2009

Concord,NH: Open Carry Incident #6; Detention #4

It happened again tonight. I was walking around Concord while waiting to meet someone and a call went in that I was walking around the river. I at that time was walking on Main. St heading back to my car to leave to meet a friend. I debating leaving or letting them find me. I decided we'd see if they detained me.

I walked back toward where the radio call came from and walked by a officer driving on Main St. She didn't stop me. Not sure if she had been looking for me or was on other business.

I got back toward the Capitol Building and hadn't been stopped yet. I debated just going to my car or continuing. I decided I'd head toward Center St then walk back around the back streets there back to my car. As I was passing the bus stop I saw an officer in the left turn lane turning onto Main St. It drove by and I assumed saw me. I figured they confirmed I was a known person, (side note, this time it wasn't 'it sounds like that activist, it was 'a known person from Dunbarton).

As I was walking up Center St. the officer drove by and pulled into a lot.

Got out of the car I got my camera up and did the "You're being video and audio recorded." Got the "No you don't." I turned the camera off, and meant to turn it on while I was speaking, but missed the first few times. At some point he questioned if the camera was off, and "if it wasn't and I recorded a single word of his he'd arrest me." He questioned the way I was doing things. I wasn't sure what things he was questioning. I just told him I want to be able to walk around without having to be detained. He asked if I talked to the chief and I said I had and he said he leaves the discretion up to the officers... and lets things be somewhat open.... he was one of the two officers from detention #2. He agreed that dispatch should get more details to determine if a crime was occurring by someone carrying a firearm but said I should talk to the chief of the city council to develop a plan.

I'll send the chief a letter this week.

I asked a number of times if I was free to go, and only received a shrug in response. After the fourth or fifth time I got a more affirmative response and left.

After leaving he reported I didn't give my name but that officer pearl and he had a contact with me a few weeks ago and they went up and back to look up and retrieve my name. I'm not sure for what purpose they tried to determine my name.

I also still wonder why I only have issues in Concord and have never been stopped in Manchester, Nashua, Londonderry, Derry, Salem, Hampton Beach or any other place I've OC'd?

Video and transcript or recording of police scanner will be available in the near future.

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