Video Coverage of Bucking-the-Law Gate

August 8, 2012











7 comments:

The Saipan Blogger said...

I think the talk of assault is a stretch.

And the last person on the planet I would want to serve me a court summons is HJ Park. That's one big dude!

Anonymous said...

Agreed. I did not see any 'assault'. The way Glen made it sound Tina was beaten up on video, thrown to the pavement and kicked in the stomach like Rodney King. You should watch some of the videos from Seattle where police are tasing college students in broad daylight, shoving news reports with batans and mace. If a police officer orders you to stay back then stay back.

Wendy Doromal said...

Above commenters, please consider

Did anyone say that the videos shown on KSPN contained the only video footage that was shot? Did anyone claim that the police shoving (assaulting) Tina was video-taped?

I do not believe that Glen ever suggested an all out beating as you suggest: "The way Glen made it sound Tina was beaten up on video, thrown to the pavement and kicked in the stomach like Rodney King. You should watch some of the videos from Seattle where police are tasing college students in broad daylight, shoving news reports with batans and mace." Fact check please.

If a police orders a person to stay back for his/her protection, for the protection of others, or to preserve a crime scene, by all means stay back. If a police officer orders a person to "stay back" in order to prevent that person from covering a news story where the police are abusing their authority and obstructing justice, then absolutely question their order!

Anonymous said...

You see these Carolinian thugs around Fitial all the time in plain clothes. I had no idea they were badge heavy DPS officers!

It's not your money! said...

Hello Wendy,

Typically, an assault does not require physical injury, or even physical contact. An attempt to cause bodily injury (which includes any pain) or a threat to cause bodily injury is enough to constitute an assault. Once the perpetrator actually strikes, beats, wounds, etc., in a manner that causes any bodily injury, it's an assault and battery, but again, mere pain is all that is required. There is no requirement for obvious physical injury such as a bruise or cut. The law therefore protects people not only from conduct that might injure them, but also from unwelcome touching that reasonably places them in fear that they might be injured.

If the police, by their actions, seemed to threaten the reporter with bodily injury, or attempted to do so, she'd have a valid complaint for assault. If the news reporter was actually held, restrained, or pushed, for example, and if that caused her any pain, she would have a valid complaint for assault and battery.

Anonymous said...

Edward Buckingham is on the way to lose the line. I am curious to find out why governor FITIAL accepted AG's resignation withdrawal. Now CNMI Senate and House are recommending governor to suspend or fire AG. The good people of CNMI are patiently waiting to hear from governor what he got to say? Dirty P game to be revealed soon.

Wendy Doromal said...

Hello INYM

Thanks for the legal clarification!