Saturday, September 8, 2012

Santa Cruz Indybay: Gary Johnson's Odyssey Jailing

Judge Orders Gary Johnson to Jail

Jail Refuses to Accept Him

Then Johnson Arrested at Courthouse

photo by Bradley Stuart Allen (also, below, more pics)
by Brent Adams 
 Friday Aug 24th, 2012 4:12 PM
 With Sleep Crime Activist Lawyer Ed Frey by his side, Gary Johnson is ordered by judge gallagher to jail at 3pm today.
While video taping Gary Johnson, Ed Frey and others in the hallway a deputy forced me (Brent Adams) to leave the courthouse with my camera insisting that I didn't have permission to videotape; while many other video cameras were rolling and exposed. I was threatened to have my camera taken.

The county jail refused to accept Gary, ordering him to return Monday 8am.
Gary was frustrated with this and returned to the Courthouse. I asked the deputy at the entrance for permission to follow Gary in with my camera and it was granted.

Gary Johnson was immediately arrested by a sheriff's deputy who shouted that my camera be confiscated.
I explained that I'd received permission at the entrance. The deputy rushed to me as I quickly back-stepped to the doorway.
I was allowed to exit with my camera.

The last visual report of Gary Johnson is that he was seen being handcuffed and led down the hallway.
It is unclear why he was being detained.

I left the building under threat of having my camera taken. 

Camera-Censoring Constable
by Robert Norse  
Friday Aug 24th, 2012 9:19 PM
I'm still unaware of any rules prohibiting videoing or audioing in the corridors of the courthouse. That sounds concocted. Ed Frey was going to investigate that when some deputy tried to shut down audio recording 2 years ago, but the issue subsided.

A special salute to Brent Adams, whose documentation of these abuses, is done under threat of jailing--particularly since he faces false charges in the Santa Cruz Eleven case, which will be hanging over his head until January.

I'm hoping to see the video, and also salute Brent for posting the first full story on the Police "Snitch, Search, and Destroy" operations against homeless survival encampments at . I've added Don Lane's e-mail to me, and my response to him today, for those who want to keep updated.

Gary is a courageous guy, but what the people being persecuted that his case points to---both political activists and homeless people trying to sleep at night--is even more important.

Gary called me from jail a few hours ago from the holding cell. He noted that the jail hadn't known how much time to give him--but ended up--at his suggestion--giving him an out date of Saturday, November 17th. He seemed in his usual good spirits when he spoke with me.

To be able to receive collect calls from Gary, you need to get on a special account which I tried unsuccessfully to do earlier this year when Gary was in jail before. If anyone succeeds, let me know.

Gary Johnson Denied Entrance to Santa Cruz County Jail
 by Bradley Stuart Allen
Sunday Sep 2nd, 2012 12:12 AM


On August 24th, Gary Johnson was ordered by Judge Gallagher to report to the Santa Cruz County Jail at 3 p.m. The jail refused to accept Johnson, and ordered him to return on Monday at 8 a.m.

Without having a legal place to sleep, Johnson was frustrated and returned to the Santa Cruz Courthouse. Upon entering the courthouse, he was quickly arrested by a sheriff's deputy.
§Gary Johnson and Supporters at the Santa Cruz County Jail
by Bradley Stuart Allen Sunday Sep 2nd, 2012 12:15 AM

§Occupy the Commons Tent at the Santa Cruz County Jail
by Bradley Stuart Allen Sunday Sep 2nd, 2012 12:16 AM

§Linda Lemaster, Steven Argue and Gary Johnson at the Santa Cruz County Jail
by Bradley Stuart Allen Sunday Sep 2nd, 2012 12:18 AM

§No Jail For Sleep: David Silva and Becky Johnson at Santa Cruz Courthouse
by Bradley Stuart Allen Sunday Sep 2nd, 2012 12:21 AM

If you can write to Gary in jail, or even put some cash on "his books" in the jail system that he can use because he's a vegetarian and the jail kitchen is not, I'm sure he would appreciate that, and I believe it will help to know others care. 
Here's his address for now:

Gary Johnson, S-228822
Roundtree Lane Facility
90 Roundtree Lane
Watsonville, CA  95076

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