I’m still converting clips of the trial so I can post them here but I couldn’t resist editing the above clip that shows Miami-Dade Police Major Nancy Perez lying blatantly on the witness stand about me calling her “names.”
As many commenters have confirmed, she made a horrible witness and didn’t do the state any favors.
The fact that she lied about me calling her names is not surprising. She also lied to a local news station that I was being monitored by the department’s Homeland Security Bureau because I had been making threats on the internet.
Prosecutor Thomas D. Graham acknowledged in court that the reason I was being monitored was because I had stated on either Facebook or Twitter that I would be documenting the Occupy Miami eviction, writing something to the effect of “let’s see what happens.”
I tried to search for that Facebook update or tweet but could not find it, but I could see myself writing something like that and even the judge said that doesn’t come close to being considered a threat.
And we saw what happened. I ended up in jail and had my footage deleted and I was under the threat of being imprisoned for a year.
The actual email from Homeland Security was not entered into evidence because it also mentioned that I had been arrested twice before, which is not something my attorney wanted the jury to know. And I can totally see his point even though I have no shame in arrests considering none of those charges stuck.
The email was sent eleven hours before my arrest but Perez testified that she had not viewed it until the following week because she had been teaching a class that day.
But she does have a department-issued Blackberry phone, which means she is able to access her emails even when she is not sitting in front of her computer.
And as the head of the department’s media relations department, it would be highly irresponsible and negligent to completely ignore her emails hours before what was to be one of the largest operations ever conducted by the police department.
After all, she claims, she is the type of public information officer who likes to take journalists by the hand in order to protect them from arrest.
She also testified that I made no attempt through the eviction to inform her that I was a journalist but that is not my responsibility.
In fact, it is her responsibility as a public information officer to reach out to me if she had any doubts or questions as to whether I was a journalist or a protester.
And considering she was among the officers that was blocking my shot as I was trying to record an arrest, she should have heard me tell one of the officers that I was doing a job.
Meanwhile, here is the testimony from my surprise witness, Miami Herald reporter Glenn Garvin.