Saturday, April 11, 2015

Greenwood cops caught on camera?

John Pittman Hey sent this little message and video about some cops in Greenwood that are in apparent conflict with statements made by the Greenwood police chief.

The statements made by Greenwood Police Chief Ray Moore to the Greenwood Commonwealth in yesterday's newspaper are shown to be clearly false when compared to the citizen video taken by Mr. Jelani Barr of the incident. (KF note: Mr. Barr is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor.).

Mr. Barr has posted what appears to be an unedited video that he took of Greenwood police at a local service station Tuesday night.

The video shows that as soon as the police demanded that Mr. Barr leave the scene, he complied.

They arrested him anyway.

At no time did Mr. Barr approach any police officer or any other person on the scene.

At no time did Mr. Barr create a disruption or behave in an offensive manner, or interfere with the police officers' duties.

Chief Moore had stated to the Commonwealth that Barr "came as close as standing between the patrol car that had stopped the car and the car that was stopped."

But the video clearly shows that Barr never stood between the two cars. Instead, he stayed in the sidewalk that the two cars were parked beside.

Moore further stated: "He was told several times to back off, and he refused."

The video shows this statement to be completely false.

Moore further stated: "He was interfering with the officers doing their job."

The video shows this statement to be completely false.

Moore stated finally that it was Barr's "refusal to back away that was the issue."

The video shows that Barr walked away from the scene 10 seconds after he was first requested to do so.


Anonymous said...

"I ain't running for nothing but lieutenant governor."


Anonymous said...

Here is the "background" story here. Mr. Barr is a perpetual candidate for office, now "running" for lieutenant governor. His campaign strategy each time is to arrange confrontations with law officers and then scream "mistreatment." This was filmed in a very rough part of Greenwood and it is a safe bet that there was a reason that the police were out in force. Mr. Barr is a deluded individual and it is just sad that there are folks like John Pittman Hey who urge him on.

Anonymous said...

If you walk up to a hornet's nest and start poking the nest, don't cry when you get stung.
Had he walked to the store and made a purchase, then proceeded to leave in an orderly fashion, no problems, but given that his only business was to make a you tube video, he could have been considered to be lottering.

Anonymous said...

It's just my observation, but if YOU were running for LT. Gov., wouldn't you be trying to respect what law enforcement officers tell you to do? And, what was he doing walking? Oh, I forgot....his car was impounded2 weeks ago.

Yes, he seems like a trouble maker. One more thing before I go. I beleive he can make a fairly decent living off of his campaign donors. Am I right? Maybe that's all he intends to do.

Anonymous said...

3:01 pm,

Wrong. It is a protected first amendment right to film the police. He obviously wasn't interfering, so the police had no right to mess with him.

They should be fired and sued.

John Pittman Hey said...

Do commenters here even bother to read and watch the post before they comment?

Watch the video. He wasn't loitering. He stayed in front of the store for less than 2 minutes.

He obeyed the police when they told him to leave. It took 10 seconds from the first command to his turning his back and walking off.

What law did Mr. Barr break to justify his arrest?

Why did the police chief lie to the local newspaper about what happened?

And a perennial candidate? He's only run for office twice.

Kingfish said...


Anonymous said...

Kind of hard to say without knowing the whole story. But that never stopped anybody on here from opining on anything else.

-w said...

I am white.. If this were a white man in a bad part of greenwood making the exact same video someone would be crying foul.. I am crying foul. Supreme court says you can video public servants. If this incident was bad enough the police should have created a perimeter and put up do not cross tape. Instead you see a civilian video taping police holding their belts up waiting to get their next break for some doughnuts.

Their presence like that at a store cant be good for business. "someone got robbed over there i guess we will go down the street to the other gas station."

Comments on here are troubling.

"those that would give up liberty for security deserve neither." -100 dolla' bill

John Pittman Hey said...

The "back story" is that some Greenwood cops hate Jelani Barr because he is a police watchdog and regularly criticizes police misconduct when he sees it.

So this is just payback.

Which means it's just another police crime acted out on tape.

Anonymous said...

Why is he walking upon the crime scene with a cell phone video taping other people anyway. Did he just decide, I'll just walk to the store and video tape everything. We are not that stupid.

Anonymous said...

The video is very suspect. He was saying negative things about the police before they even said anything to him.

R.P. Coltrain said...

You know what, he can say whatever the hell he wants. I personally don't appreciate the guy, because I think he is a douch, but this GPD response is pig crap (pun intended). Sure, he was a BIT provocative, but he didn't deserve that BS reaction.

Anonymous said...

3:30 you're wrong. But pointing out your mistake(s) would be a futile exercise.

I wonder if the people who post here for the sole purpose of pointing out what other people post take the time to comprehend what was actually said, instead of what they think.

Loiter: to stand or wait around idly or without apparent purpose.

Simple point is he went "on the scene" to push the limits. He could have made the video from a distance with no problem. NOTHING has been mentioned (here) about his right to video the police.

Anonymous said...

Didn't this guy just cry about some black highway patrolman in Holmes county being too rough on him? There's a difference between a watchdog and an agitator, and he's the later.

On the bright side, each run in with the law gets him 10,000 votes in the Democratic primary.

Anonymous said...

Maybe somebody should interview the store OWNER and get the real story. Or, just keep making crap up.

R.P. Coltrain said...

8:fiddy sumpin
. NOTHING has been mentioned (here) about his right to video the police.

Wrong. It is a protected first amendment right to film the police. He obviously wasn't interfering, so the police had no right to mess with him.

Once again, I'm not a fan of this jackwagon, BUT he should not have been subjected to this , while walking away.
PS: the soup comment verification is HARD, beer ID is easier.

I. P. Rainwater said...

Can you believe some on here actually believe the po-po can detain, sanction or harrass you for filming them in the course of their duty (without redress)?

Anonymous said...

Who cares?

Anonymous said...

Methinks with proper legal assistance Mr. Barr might have the makings of a generous campaign donation from the carrier for the City of Greenwood PD.

Anonymous said...

Just because it's legal, it doesn't make it right. He was clearly starting trouble.

Anonymous said...

Right, wrong, whatever. Go looking for trouble and find it and then complain about it. The American way of life.

Anonymous said...

This guy is a delusional loose cannon that constantly interjects himself into situations where he can complain about the police. I'm sure the police are absolutely sick of having to deal with him. That's what you don't see on this video. There should be a way the police can get a restraining order against publicity seekers such as this.

Anonymous said...

I think the bigger issue here is the cops falsifying their police reports to reflect criminal behavior. If they can do it to this guy they can do it to you.

Anonymous said...

I don't know Mr. Barr and if I did, I might not would like him, but those of you attacking Mr. Barr to defend the police actions in this situation are dangerously ignorant!

If being an irritating troublemaker were a crime, you'd all be in jail!

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