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Nydia Tisdale was video recording a political rally attended by major Republican candidates for high office. The Rally occurred at Burts Pumpkin Farm on Saturday August 23. Governor Deal, Senate candidate David Perdue and U. S. Representative Doug Collins were in attendance.

After the Rally had been going on for about 15 minutes, Ms. Tisdale was suddenly confronted by a security guard who demanded that she stop recording the event. When she refused, he grabbed her and dragged here away to another location where he charge her with Felony Obstruction.

Ms.Tisdale cried out for help and no one came to her aid. The Dawson County Republican Co-Chairman condemned what was occurring and left the scene.

Watch Ms. Tisdale struggle with the security guard who was actually an off-duty police officer in this video that Ms. Tisdale recorded at the time. the confrontation starts at about 14:00.

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  •  "You're resisting!" At a public event no doubt! (12+ / 0-)

    He makes sure to face the camera away from him at the end, then does something to her that makes her scream out in pain.

    Then there's the sign behind him in the background. I don't think Jesus had anything to do with what was happening to her.

    She got one of the owners' permission to film, but apparently, she didn't ask the "real" owner - the husband. Grrrrr!

    "The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out." Thomas Babington Macaulay

    by Deja on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 11:40:54 PM PDT

  •  Very disturbing and creepy. (8+ / 0-)

    I'd like to know more about this.

    If that guy is in fact a security guard, then obviously he cannot charge anyone with "felony obstruction" or anything else.

    The scene where some woman appears briefly - is that who you refer to as the Dawson County Republican Co-Chairman? - is also troubling in that she condemns what is happening but also then seemingly just exits.  

    More context is needed, identifying who all is doing what in the video, and in what capacity.  

    "Trust me... I've been right before." ~ Tea party patriot

    by Calvino Partigiani on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 12:17:46 AM PDT

    •  referred to as an off duty police officer (4+ / 0-)

      I take it since the rally takes place on private property, the party hierarchy feels they have the right to limit press coverage.  Frequently off duty cops are hired for security because they do have arrest powers which other folks lack.

      Read an article the other day about the use of violence in society and how the government is the only entity which not only has the right to commit violence against its citizens but are able to package violence and to franchise violence to others.

      An example of "officers" being able to execute violence which would be illegal for a civilian to administer would be our current situation with bounty hunters who are unregulated in many jurisdictions but who operate as quasi-official law officers in capturing people who "jump" bail:  

      •  If this was on private property (4+ / 0-)

        when she was asked to stop recording she had to stop. When she wouldn't stop, and wouldn't leave, she was trespassing. Was the security guard following instructions of the property owner or acting on his own? That's the legal question. The fact that office holders were present, and the public was invited, doesn't invalidate the private property rights of the owner of the pumpkin patch. Was it a legal arrest? Maybe not.

        I don't condone the behavior, but if events are held on private property recording can be prohibited and anyone who is recording can be asked to leave.

        "let's talk about that" uid 92953

        by VClib on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:58:48 AM PDT

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        •  So that means that any politician can have anyone (1+ / 0-)
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          arrested at any rally for any reason they want to 'fabricate' (not just for video recording). Even when the event is advertised as open to the public. (not arguing with your analysis, just drawing the conclusion)

          Scary fascist shit.

          No longer Hoping for Change. Now Praying for a Miracle.

          by CitizenOfEarth on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 05:06:00 AM PDT

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          •  Many of these events are held in public areas (0+ / 0-)

            and at those events anyone can video the event. However, if an event is held on private property there can be a no video rule. When we are on private property we are there by agreement with the property owner. Our right to be on the property can be revoked if we don't follow the rules. In some locations, in some states, shopping malls have been deemed to be a "public square" so many private property rights don't apply.

            One question I would have is if there was a public notice that no videotaping was allowed? If there wasn't, then the entire episode is more problematic. I also note down thread that the police officer is on administrative leave so clearly this wasn't a legitimate arrest.

            "let's talk about that" uid 92953

            by VClib on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 05:17:51 AM PDT

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          •  COE - to answer your question directly (1+ / 0-)
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            No, politicians can't have you removed from a meeting open to the public for any reason. There are always legitimate reasons for removal, such as being disruptive, but the rules need to be disclosed in advance, either online, posted at the event, or read at the beginning of the meeting. I would think that the no video rule would become nearly universal, particularly for Republicans. I expect that Republicans will hold meetings on private property, monitor who attends by charging admission or requiring an advance registration, and have very tight rules on what is allowed at the meeting. They really don't want any Democrats at the meetings, or to have them videotaped by the public.

            "let's talk about that" uid 92953

            by VClib on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 05:25:17 AM PDT

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  •  This is a serious example of inappropriate (9+ / 0-)

    law enforcement behavior.  The constriction of reporting is always a bad sign in a free society at a publicly posted event of a major American political party.  The officer had no name, badge number and was unable to resolve a minor problem without force and charged this poor woman with a felony.  There were so few people there how was she such a threat to peace and order?  Was it necessary to hurt her?  It looks like we need a fund which can be used to raise legal questions in court for such an incident.  Damages are another possibility.  To me any officer who refuses to identify themselves is unworthy of the task of law enforcement.

  •  Porky the Cop has a Davidson Co. Sheriff logo on (8+ / 0-)

    his shirt. I watched a bit of the vid... She starts off with a few b-roll shots, locks down the camera and records all the speakers, then around 14 minutes in Porky steps up out ornate blue and hustles her and her gear into another room.

    I hope he enjoys his 15 minutes in the spotlight, cause I have a feeling he's about to meet the internet.

    [Blam] [Blam] "Get on the ground!" [Whack] [Whack] "Stop Resisting!"

    by here4tehbeer on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 12:40:18 AM PDT

    •  steps up *out of the blue (1+ / 0-)
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      Fucking mac crap.

      [Blam] [Blam] "Get on the ground!" [Whack] [Whack] "Stop Resisting!"

      by here4tehbeer on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 12:42:24 AM PDT

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    •  He wears a badge for the Dawson County Sheriff (0+ / 0-)

      Officer Wooten works for the Dawson County Georgia Sheriff's Department.

      He was off-duty at the time provided security for the event. He was being paid by the event organizers.

      Off-duty police can arrest people.

      He was placed on administrative leave with pay for a short time and then found to not have done anything wrong by an internal review which is still ongoing.  

      •  Ack, you're correct - Dawson, not Davidson. (0+ / 0-)

        Bill Elliot country.

        To be clear, I wasn't disputing Deputy Dubya's authority to make an arrest... Just his reasoning, manner, malicious method and pretty much everything else.

        [Blam] [Blam] "Get on the ground!" [Whack] [Whack] "Stop Resisting!"

        by here4tehbeer on Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 03:47:50 AM PDT

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  •  So no one thinks to follow these jackasses (4+ / 0-)
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    Sandino, elwior, Pinto Pony, a2nite

    When they're harassing women? That's pretty crappy that they just let it happen.

  •  Was she actually charged? (1+ / 0-)
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    The threat is in the video but no actual charge is read.

    This is not a sig-line.

    by Joffan on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 01:01:33 AM PDT

  •  So another site did a follow up (7+ / 0-)

    With a little more info that answers a few of the questions in this article. Here's the link.

    Yes he was off duty, yes he really did charge her (while off duty????? How???) and he's on administrative leave for his little stunt. Hopefully he's looking for a job by next Monday.

  •  Video Journalist Forcefully Removed From Republica (3+ / 0-)
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    Pinto Pony, worldlotus, unfangus
  •  Interesting question. (1+ / 0-)
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    Public has the right to film cops at work, presumably even on private property (e.g. they bust into your house or your neighbors's).

    Does the public have the right to shoot video of police, off-duty, when they suddenly decide to assert that they are police acting as police?

    Can't see why not.

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:42:18 AM PDT

    •  Haha. Cops investigate themselves and clear (1+ / 0-)
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      themselves. How convenient.

      Fascist cops are above the law. And I guess Repubs don't like being recorded so that they can be called on their lies.

      Are we a police state yet. Don't answer, I already know.

      No longer Hoping for Change. Now Praying for a Miracle.

      by CitizenOfEarth on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 04:53:55 AM PDT

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      •  No, read the article. (0+ / 0-)
        "All the witnesses we've talked to...concludes Capt. Wooten was acting in the lawful performance of his duties at the request of the property owner to have Ms. Tisdale to stop recording and when she refused, to have her removed from the property," Carlisle said.
        The rally was NOT a government event.
        The rally was NOT held on public property.

        (Given these two facts, any First Amendment assertions go out the window.)

        When it comes to private property, the owner has the right to grant or revoke entry permission to the public, or to any individual, at any time.

        Before you crank up the outrage, consider that this is the SAME legal concept that allows you to post "No Trespassing" and "No Solliciting" signs on your property...and allows you to call the police to evict/arrest anyone who disregards them. It's the same legal concept that allows some businesses (in some states, anyway) to ban guns from their premises.

        Now, we didn't like the result in this particular case, but that's what the law allows. The property owner asserted his rights, and the cop acted properly in that context.

        The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

        by wesmorgan1 on Sat Sep 06, 2014 at 09:44:49 AM PDT

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    •  The issue is the protocol. What the officers (2+ / 0-)
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      myboo, Woody

      are taught is that if they comply with the protocol or the commands of a superior officer, they are immune from the consequences of their acts. It's called "qualified immunity" because of the qualification contained in the 'if' statement. That is, if they follow orders, regardless of how irrational or illegal, they're going to get off scott free.
      That's the bargain with which the culture of obedience rules. It is the same bargain that governs the military. But, of course, troops on a battlefield are in a different situation and it really wouldn't do for each soldier to question their superior's directives.
      Our domestic peace officers are in a different situation and should be able to keep in mind the governing principles of the Constitution. But, that's not what they're taught. Many of our public officials have not bought into the principle that the people rule and public servants do not rule. Especially now that there's universal suffrage and no class of adults can be deprived of their rights, the people are perceived as enemy number one.
      Whom is it safe to dump on to show what happens when they don't obey? Michael Brown is dead, but the aftermath is ample proof that black people are no longer safe.
      Will women now demonstrate that they're not safe either?

  •  Video Journalist Forcefully Removed from Rally (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Just saw a great quote in the comments (1+ / 0-)
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      of the fetchyournews link:

      "The really dangerous American fascist... is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power... They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection. "
      — Henry A. Wallace - VP to FDR
      quoted in the New York Times, April 9, 1944
      Absolutely brilliant and frighteningly prescient.

      Today's matinee feature is Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour in "The Road To Fascism".

      (That sound you are hearing is a paradigm being shifted at Warp Factor Infinity using no clutch.)

      by homogenius on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 12:56:37 PM PDT

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  •  The video needs a new title and it needs (0+ / 0-)

    to be republished in shorter form.
    The download function on Youtube seems to be working well, so I've got the original.

  •  This Incident could move the Election in Georgia (3+ / 0-)
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    The Nydia Tisdale Affair could be a Political Game Changer.

    If enough Georgia women see what the Republicans did or allowed to be done to Nydia Tisdale at the Deal-Purdue Rally at Burts Pumpkin Farm they would likely not vote Republican in November.

    The Republicans singled her out to make her stop video recording their Rally because they knew that she would immediately post it in full on Youtube for everyone to see and they could not allow this to happen.

    The Republicans allowed a Dawson Police Officer to openly abuse Ms. Tisdale while eveyone watched and they did NOTHING to stop it. She literally screamed for help and no one responded.

    The Republicans allowed the Dawson Police Officer to charge Ms. Tisdale with felony obstruction and they did nothing to stop it. Well not quite, Attorney General Olens asked that she not be charged but the Dawson Officer, who was dressed as a private security guard, refused.

    I will say it again.

    If enough women voters in Georgia find out what the Republicans did to Nydia Tisdale they could lose the election.

    •  The video is too long. It needs to be shortened. (4+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, BeninSC, myboo, Woody

      Also, the culture of obedience requires exemplars, people who are restrained unfairly, in order to send the message to everyone else that they'd better be compliant, if they don't want to be hurt.
      What a power trip for that fat sheriff's deputy to wrastle a female out of an event and demonstrate for one and all that women are second class citizens.
      Hudgens speaks condescendingly of his wife becoming faint and then claims that talk of compromise and colaboration makes him want to throw up. Then a male candidate for Commissioner of Education volunteers that, as a former school teacher, he'd know how to clean it up, as if that were a teacher's routine obligation and perhaps accounted for him moving on into administration.
      Ordering teachers around is obviously easier than providing information and, if there's one thing Republican politicians have in common, it's a hankering for easy work.

      To repeat, the important thing about that event was that it was a power play which worked to intimidate everyone else present, except for the female Republican who objected and left the venue.
      Ms. Awesome Dawson Republican should be interviewed over and over and made the heroine of the day.

    •  Let's hope you are right, and that the story gets (0+ / 0-)

      the attention it deserves.

      Good first diary, PorterSprings!

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      by BeninSC on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 07:34:17 AM PDT

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    •  Are Women Allowed To Vote In Georgia? (1+ / 0-)
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      "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

      by kerplunk on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:01:08 AM PDT

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  •  Wonder Who The Lady Is At around 15:20 Who (0+ / 0-)

    says "This is wrong".  She said she was the Chair of something.

    Another tubby Georgia good ol' boy security guard who thinks he's a cop and looking forward to someday standing on the top of a police tank in some poor American neighborhood pointing a grenade launcher on American citizens with their hands up and knees to the ground and blasting away.

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 09:58:37 AM PDT

  •  Private Property Rights is NOT the real issue her (0+ / 0-)

    Property rights is not the most important issue here as some seem to think. The property rights issue is placed center stage just to divert people from the real issue.

    The real issue is "why did the Republican operatives at the event target Ms Tisdale"?

    She was NOT the only one in the room with recording equipment.

    Sitting two rows behind Ms Tisdale was the reporter for FetchYourNews located in Gilmer, Pickens, and Fannin Counties. That reporter audio recorded everything and he captured the still photos that you see of Ms Tisdale being dragged away by the cop. He sat there and witnessed the whole thing and published a report about what he saw. Go to to see his many excellent reports on the event.

    There were other is the room with recording equipment. We live in the Internet Age and many folks probably were recording parts of the event on their SmartPhones as routinely occurs now.

    The Republican operatives did NOT eject the Fetchyournews reporter. They did not tell the public to turn off their SmartPhones.

    The key question is why did the Republicans deliberately target Ms Tisdale?

    In an earlier post on, long-time Georgia political pundit Jim Galloway gives his opinion about this.

    Jim Galloway said that Ms Tisdale was specifically targeted because she had a reputation for video recording events and them just posting the whole thing unedited and without any comentary on Youtube for the whole wide world to see. Galloway said that certain Republicans knew what she was going to do and felt a need to stop her because letting unedited videos of their rally could be damaging publicity.

     For more information go read Mr. Galloway's post on on 'how a plan to keep a GOP Rally off the Internet went astray".

    The private property issue is just a diversion to distract people away from the real issue.

    In a way Ms Tiisdale was providing a free service to the Republicans. She was getting their unedited message out for them to the whole wide world without it costing them a thing.

    What could really be wrong with that?

    Nydia Tisdale has an archive of over 600 unedited videos of open public meetings and other events of general interest. Most of her work is done in Forsyth County Georgia where she is "notorious". Her Work is on display at the NydiaTisdale Channel on Youtube. Go and see what she does for yourself. Ms Tisdale is a great advocate for free speech and open public meetings in our time. She is totally politically nonpartisan.      

  •  Thank you PorterSprings (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for keeping this story going so that as many eyes as possible see & share.

    Georgia needs as much help as it can get.  

    Just as important, fellow citizens need to be aware of these abuses and thus be informed and be prepared.

    Recently court (AG!) ruled in her favor wrt  The Open Meetings Act over a similar abuse in Cumming GA in the past.....

    Good on Ms. Tisdale for standing up for her rights.
    (Courageous considering what she is apparently up against in these areas)

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