GREENFIELD, MA – A war against cameras is being waged everywhere there are unaccountable governments. On one side you have the public “servants” and law enforcers who like to film others but don’t want to be filmed. On the other side you have those who want government to be more transparent, especially in areas of justice where they enjoy monopoly privileges.
At first the jury for the State v. Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman had four people who were ready to vote “GUILTY” for their use of cameras inside a government building to record government employees (law enforcers). The other two jurors were not and, at least in the case of Darcy Merchant, were willing to sit there all day until the Jury declared Pete & Ademo “NOT GUILTY.” We were fortunate that Darcy agreed to speak with us for the following episode of Talley.TV:
Pete & Ademo had a lot of support. From the internet and the hundreds watching the live stream to the over fifty individuals who traveled to Greenfield to witness their trial. Other supporters were from the local community. But the most important supporter had never met Pete or Ademo before the State brought them together. Darcy Merchant essentially “Cop Blocked” from inside the jury room. This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Darcy. The weekend after the trial, Ademo had the random opportunity to meet up with Darcy in Keene, New Hampshire where they played cards.
You can read a transcript of the interview at Talley.TV but I’ll leave you with the following from Darcy:
Merchant: I didn’t believe that just because I hear a recording that – I didn’t know where it came from – I mean, honestly, I don’t know if you got to the police station and they recorded you because they were pissed at you. Just because you have a badge doesn’t mean I believe what you have to say.
I hope to speak with more jurors like Darcy Merchant or Juror Jim who spoke to Ian. If you were a juror and would like to discuss your experiences please contact me at  TALLEYTV or firstname.lastname@example.org.