We do not “hate cops in fact we respect those honest cops as you have one of the toughest jobs on the planet, and we as citizens are very happy to have our officers in a time of need, but with that being said” We believe that no one – not even those with badges – has extra rights especially civil servants who are paid to protect us. The failure to realize and act on that is to our detriment. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials we safeguard not just our rights but those of future generations.
This website is created in the honor of ONE Southgate Michigan Officer (Michael Gratz) as my arrest prompted me to make sure to warn others and to stand up for your rights. Also make sure these officers are on video at all times, they cannot be trusted and please make sure you KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW THEM OR CARE TO HONOR THEM.
Officer Michael Gratz and Southgate Police has already been SUED for their actions, not only was his attitude which was ridiculous in my case but also in the lawsuit WON found in the public records. in part of the lawsuit that resulted in Southgate Michigan to have to pay the defendant but also injuring the defendant. Below is in the lawsuit filed which the defendant was awarded compensation for these actions resulting in the lawsuit. 2:12-cv-14557-PDB-PJK
You can see the full document (PDF file on the lawsuit) on the Southgate Michigan page showing some of Southgate police actions over the past few years.
Despite DEFANDANT having complied with all of the officers orders and having answered all of their questions, GRATZ and SZYMONIAK turned inexplicitly hostile toward him. then Officers GRATZ and SZYMONIAK grabbed the defendant and threw him to the ground.
Then with the defendant lying on the cement with Officer Gratz/Szymoniak lying on his back the officers then slammed his head into the concrete. Now if that is not good enough for someone who was not allegedly wearing his seat belt with his 18 year old son watching.
Then for good measure some of the other 5 officers mentioned in this civil lawsuit started punching him in his head. That is 7 officers with some officers beating on 1 person who was not wearing a seat belt all while his kid watches this. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! This is what taxpayers are paying you for? These officers are acting like thugs plain and simple, where conversation is not a option just sheer force and police brutality then charge the defendant for resisting as he is getting beaten,
And this is even funnier when you see how many videos that are online with Southgate police not wearing seat belts. So lets recap, dad and son playing racquet ball leave the parking lot get pulled over for a seat belt violation and the next thing you know dad is getting his head smashed into the concrete and getting punched in the head by several Southgate cops. So my arrest a year later again reconfirms that these so called civil servants have learned NOTHING. I also witness a very similar situation recently and have that video tape as well of them face planting this guy into the cement then charging him with resisting and again another incident where jail was mentioned for looking at the new police vehicle. Yes that is correct just looking at a cop car I guess can get you arrested. (have these cops studied the laws at all? How about the Oath they swore to? The Constitution? Guessing NO.
No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him.
As you will see in the video coming April 1st, you will clearly see his attitude is ridiculous after pulling over the vehicle for NO REASON, towards everyone in this video, from calling these defendants druggies saying without proof we was on drugs, to saying he smelt Marijuana which ended up in a search of the vehicle where the results was NO MARIJUANA was found after he said he smelt it. (apparently his nose is not working properly)
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
To threatening the defendants wife and friend who was in the car violating their amendment rights by demanding them to go into a bar they were not even at and threatening the wife to go to jail if she did not go into the bar. Officer Michal Gratz refusing to give information as to why her vehicle was being towed and why her husband was being arrested. I also seen and heard recently a Southgate Officer threaten a employee at a local bar for looking at his new squad car. (last time I checked we can look at a damn car) or face planting someone drunk in the parking lot as well. ( have that video as well coming soon) So my arrest was AFTER the lawsuit so its very obvious OFFICER MICHAEL GRATZ has NOT learned how to properly treat citizens that PAY HIS SALARY.
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
Even funnier is Officer Mack comments in the video on this page, he says what is my daughter/kids going to think when they see this video of you accusing me of being high? Well Officer Mack what did you officers tell the 18 year old son when you beat dads ass over a seat belt? Of me telling my kid when thhey clearly can see in the video nothing wrong was done to be pulled over, arrested and my wife and friend threatened? What the HELL do we tell our kids? We tell them that cops are NOT to be trusted, and to always video tape these cops who keep VIOLATED OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!!! In fact due to our new generation of cops gone bad, citizens of this great country have NO TRUST in police officers! These are FACTS 5% trust cops all due to the actions that are addressed in this website.
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all.
The only way we can hold civil servants accountable is to put videos online so everyone can see how these so called officers who have sworn to a oath to serve and protect us. This site will also provide info/links/articles/videos on how you can protect yourself from over zealous and uneducated cops. If you do you not now your rights they will violate them. their are not here to protect your rights as they are suppose to, their are here to lie, deceive and violate your rights and take your money.
I am presently on a path to bring the Michigan law to a Federal First Amendment test. That is my goal. It is my duty to do this. It is a great risk in the State of Michigan. They are making me their test case to apply this law widely in Michigan to prevent its citizens from critiquing their police or prosecutors with threats to its citizens about posting factual information online.
The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.
Cops Caught On Video is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability.
When you think about it, this is a line between freedom and tyranny because if you can’t gather information to back up your story in court and the policeman has more credibility in the court’s eyes, the policeman can lie with comfort and you can not prove them wrong as with my case I clearly have the evidence of NO wrong doing and still get prosecuted.
Thankfully, the First Amendment guarantees us all Freedom of the Press, meaning we have as much as right to to report on and disseminate the news as professional journalists, even if we’ve never set foot in a newsroom. In fact, it’s absolutely crucial that we step up to fill the void left by the mainstream media.
The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.
And we can begin doing that by recording police when they interact with the public, including our very own interactions such as traffic stops. The goal is to not just record possible instances of police abuse, but to remind these officers that we are well aware of our rights to record them in public where they have no expectation of privacy (as they do to us).
I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
After all, it is very clear that many of them don’t know we have that right or most likely would like to convince us we don’t have that right, even though numerous court decisions state otherwise, including the landmark Glik vs Boston decision that specifically stated that Freedom of the Press was guaranteed to all citizens.
I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.
So what can be done about this?
A) Every officer should have body cameras on them like they did in California resulting in 90% decrease in incidents. and to be periodically reviewed to critique their actions.
B) Officers found guilty (civilly or legally) of police brutality will immediately be FIRED.
C) Officers found violating citizens rights should be required to get retrained in the first instance, second instance should be 1 month no pay suspension and third offense of violating citizens rights to be FIRED.