Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tony Brandenburg: The Ballad of Anaheim James

January 2014: Fullerton PD Fun Run
(Mod: The events our intrepid reporter and Autism Rights protester T-Money discusses here are now also written about in the OC Weekly. Click here for additional coverage.)

Mary and I were running late. Big surprise, right? We were on our way to the big Pasadena Education Foundation fundraiser where you could drop 50 'denas and get yourself a scrumptious plate. Edward James Olmos was the keynote speaker and Pasadena Mayor McCheese was getting the Bill Bogus Award for all of the great things he's done for Pasadena's students. You can count them all up on your fingers and still have a hand left for one of those charity $25 a splash PEF wine glasses.

But me, slower than molasses, and driving like Mr. Magoo, had a pit stop to make. I needed to go to Office Max and run off about 50 flyers to pass out. Little did I know that most of the people would not even look my way, let alone get close enough to me to take a flyer. I must've had boogers all over my face or something. By the end of the night my friends Greg and Eddy put them on car windshields on one side of the street, while my Mrs. and I put them on the other side of the street.

About ten people were going to get together to remind the Pasadena Education Foundation, the City of Pasadena, and the Pasadena Unified School District that we are all important. We needed to remind them about a little autistic boy who was punished for being autistic. We needed to remind them that money thrown into a sieve is money that is lost.

Mary and I pulled up to Pasadena City Hall and saw Anaheim James (AJ) along with Ryan and the In League Press guys with their camera and their beautiful sense of humor waiting. They helped Mary and I unload the signs from the truck. I could tell it was going to be a fun night.

The Police Arrest Anaheim James
I parked my truck a couple blocks away and started walking back to City Hall. I got a text from Mary Brandenburg.

 AJ has been arrested by the Fullerton Police department.

What? I couldn't believe it. We hadn't been there five minutes yet. I hustled over as fast as a weeble-wobble can. Sure enough, there was Ryan, still in his soiree suit, and there was AJ's top hat. But there was no sign of AJ anywhere.

I felt pretty bad. This guy came out to Pasadena twice just to help lift our spirits and let us know that there are people in the world that care about what happened to our son. People who wanted to give us hope in humanity, and to shine a light out of the darkness that we have fallen into spiritually. His reward was to get arrested within minutes of my handing him the posters. And the undercover Fullerton PD guys tried to confiscate those posters along with AJ's camera.

Ryan told me not to feel bad. He said that the Fullerton PD were trying to find AJ ever since he got away from them a couple months ago. There was no wondering how, it was simply a matter of when. The element of surprise worked because none of us could figure out why the Fullerton PD traveled all the way to Pasadena to do it. At rush hour. For something that is hardly worth the bother.

To be honest, the whole scenario back in January was one of humor. I watched the police actually laughing at this witty, good natured young man earlier in the day. Clearly from the situation - which I watched on a live stream later when I was at the airport going to Seattle, and then two days later - was one of chuckles and full belly laughs. The police department were telling the crowd to disperse as the day wore on. It had thinned out significantly. From most of the footage I saw, the crowd was one guy. Asking goofy questions. And he was joking with them, and presented no threat to anything or anyone. They were even laughing from time to time.

AJ was simply refusing to leave an area that, from what I could tell, was completely and totally secure. The problem was really one of a balance of power, and the refusal of the weaker individual to submit to the will of the stronger.

The City of Fullerton Must Have Lots of Taxpayer Money to Waste
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Mary told me they came from nowhere. Ryan said the same. They looked up, and there were visitors. That fast.

She described about six men, looking like alternative hippie guys, walking over perhaps to give directions or ask for a sign. Then whoosh. The pulled out badges and arrested Anaheim James that fast. Later Ryan and I walked over to the Pasadena Police Station and Ryan asked if AJ was being held there. No, was the response, and they mused over why Fullerton PD drove all the way to Pasadena to pick up a guy on a $75 warrant for failure to disperse. That's it? All of this effort over a failure to disperse?

It really didn't make sense, true. But many things about this didn't make sense. Though the Pasadena Police seemed to have no knowledge of the situation, there were 6-10 Fullerton police officers, a Fullerton PD undercover car, a squad car, and truck. That probably also meant weapons as well. No. They had to know if another police agency was fifty feet away from Pasadena City Hall and the Pasadena Police Station. Right?

So, Fullerton PD sent 6 undercover police officers, maybe more, all probably on overtime wages. They took three vehicles, none of which were gas efficient machines. They traveled 35 miles each way during rush hour traffic. They staked out the area.

Then they arrested a guy for a victimless crime. He had made fun of the police, and he definitely outran them, and it was caught on film. It embarrassed them, but it hurt nobody.

But ask yourself, Fullerton, is this why your city bought these cars? So three of them could be driven 100 miles to nab a guy on a silly misdemeanor? That is a very expensive toy, my friends. Meanwhile, homeless families go without a home, and children go without food.

Add to that the Fullerton PD, who just spent thousands of dollars in overtime, gas, and equipment to nab a guy on a charge that may net $300, most of which will go to the court. All of this when a fax to the Pasadena PD could have had him picked up.

You must be proud of this abuse of your tax dollars, and doubly proud that you didn't release this agency and hire the sheriff.

So, What then, is the Real Problem?
I am not sure why the Fullerton PD came all the way out to Pasadena to nab a prankster. It is beyond me. Especially when what he was doing in Pasadena was, for all anyone would care, a pretty decent reason.

But I am also puzzled by the seemingly nonchalant attitude of the Pasadena PD about a bunch of potentially armed guys in costume beards wandering around a function in which city government and Pasadena's rich and elite are attending.

My feeling is they knew. Maybe. And I believe they were comfortable with learning that rascal a lesson. Maybe it will discourage him from coming back. Lord knows we don't need a Fullerton level protest happening in Pasadena, or anyone coming into town to stir up an investigation, or activate the press and the citizens (click here). Maybe coming into the SGV and making a big deal out of the death of a college student which, for all the investigators care, was his own fault for not wearing a belt.

Just like it was Kelly Thomas's fault for having schizophrenia and being confused.

Maybe Pasadena doesn't want outsiders poking around? I have never seen them being too concerned about peaceful protests, so I can't really speculate. It is possible that they don't want people live streaming what they do around here. I mean, when young men get killed by the police in Pasadena, neighborhoods don't erupt into protest like they do in Anaheim and in Fullerton.

Yeah, sure it was a Fullerton PD bust, but it was lame and pathetic. And it was coordinated and I don't know how Pasadena PD couldn't have known. But maybe a councilman should be asking exactly that question. Did Fullerton request an agency assist, and if they did, where were the Pasadena Police when this man was-for all any outsider would have known- abducted by armed men in broad daylight.

The alternative, my friends, is that, perhaps,  they didn't notice 6-10 armed guys wandering around in their front yard. That is a rather frightening alternative.

It is also highly unlikely. I hope.

Go to In-League Press (click here), and then take a look. Draw your own conclusions. We have a video too, but it isn't uploaded. Yet. Also, be aware that law enforcement use Facebook almost as effectively as I do to dig up dirt on people.

Big Brother is definitely watching you. And the irony is that you gave him the keys to do it.

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36 comments:

  1. Fullerton PD is a bunch of wankers. Abusing the citizens in their own city is not enough. When will it be enough to make us take notice?

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    1. What happened in Fullerton should be known. These bully cops are now going out of their city to harass citizens?

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    2. To me this sounds like the Fullerton police department have targeted Anaheim James. He best be careful as they are bastards who don't like to be shown up.

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    3. I thought the bad element on the Fullerton City Council was recalled and replaced by the voters with good people. What happened?

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    4. You're right 12:14! The Chief of police was replaced as well. Sounds like the new one can't keep a handle on the police.

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  2. Think of all the money the taxpayers in Fullerton would have saved if their PD was in better shape and could run faster.

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  3. Maybe the Fullerton PD should hire Anaheim James as a conditioning coach.

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  4. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !!! Pat and De. Being Grand Marshall of the 4th of July Parade is an honor that you both deserve.

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    1. Great news :)

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    2. The Alcorns: Grand Marshalls--Great People!

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  5. Another story that the local media will NOT pick up.

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    1. Killer cops are bad for business. Better just to keep it quiet.

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    2. Tony B how do you manage to find yourself in the middle of all these interesting situations?

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  6. Reader poll. If you were in trouble and needed someone to come help you, who would you call?
    A) Mayor Harabedian
    B) AJ

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    1. AJ hands down!

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    2. AJ doesn't strike me as being a McMansion guy.

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    3. If I lived in Fullerton I know I wouldn't dial 911. Now I'm having more doubts about Pasadena police after this fiasco.

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    4. Situations like what we are seeing in Fullerton, Anaheim and Pasadena are consequences of unchecked local government. They can kill people and suffer no harm. How did it get this bad?

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    5. The local governments are unchecked because too many people aren't paying attention. This story isn't being blasted in our local media, nor in Orange county media.

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    6. In too many cities our tax money goes to empower the very worst elements.

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    7. AJ for Mayor, get rid of little Johnny!

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    8. anaheim james all the way

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    9. Tony was Honowitz at the PEF event?

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    10. haha! yes, as a matter of fact, he was but he didn't stop to say, 'hi.' :)

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    11. Mr. Ed is a very shy man. Particularly around those who don't have anything he wants.

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  7. You do not welcome everybody. You only welcome those who think the way you want them to think.

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    1. That is partially true, Jimmy. But in the case of your other post, which is a particularly hateful, expletive laced and frankly clueless rant against a lot of people who I don't feel deserve your abuse, it will remain lost in the electronic ether.

      That said, my take is you should go and start your own blog. I don't owe you anything, and as such I feel no obligation to help you promote the kinds of garbage you apparently espouse. If you go to the upper right hand corner of this blog you will see a link that will allow you to start one of your own. I suggest you do that. Then you can curse a blue streak at whatever it is that has crawled between your ears at the moment.

      Good luck finding someone who will want to read it more than once.

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    2. Why hasn't the Star News picked up this story?

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    3. Let's get this Anaheim thing straight.
      If the Pasadena PD DIDN'T know that the Fullerton PD was here they must be incompetent. If the Pasadena PD DID know that the Fullerton PD was here they are incompetent AND official, card carrying, criminal Killer Cops. Am I understanding this correctly? Maybe I'm challenged mentally (apparently, at least the mod thinks so) and just don't understand, but this seems like a classic case of Catch 22

      I'm willing to bet there's a bit more to "Anaheim's" story than is being mentioned here.

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    4. @Jimmy Carter: Anaheim James' "story" is that he is a citizen journalist and a peaceful protester for human rights. That has become a punishable "crime" by those in power these days- the police. Forget 1st Amendment protections. Jimmy I wager you're a cop, or someone who is affiliated....DA....City Attorney...?

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  8. If you refuse to leave an area you go to jail. He deserved it, and will go again if he refuses to follow what the police lawfully tell him.

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    1. AJ was a member of the press filming what was going down in Fullerton. He also dispersed, which is why the police didn't arrest him in January. Rather than being so concerned with following killer cop's orders, you should wonder where local police were in all of this. Did they know they had a sting operation going on under their noses?

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  9. Case dismissed! When's the next city council? - Anaheim James

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