I could theoretically get four years in jail for this 90 second video. I tried to intentionally disturb or disquiet the assemblage of people meeting inside this religious schools. Except that the teacher claims it is not a religious school. My trial is coming up and Scientology demanded that judge have me take down this YouTube video and it's www.rutube.ru copy. I have now put the video back up under the judge's stipulation that everyone in it become anonymous.
I deliberately engage in civil disobedience to draw unwanted attention to the Delphi Academy of Santa Monica. Why? Because LA County sheriff Lee Baca IS a Scientologist and would never prosecute Scientology. Because the air has gone out of anonymous protests and nobody wants to protest at a school, much less anyplace else. Because journalists are afraid to discuss Scientology unless they are hiding behind a court case. In other words, society, the police and the press refused to act. I was willing "take one for the team." But I could go to jail for four years over this video also.
The police arrive after my civil disobedience at the Delphi Academy. They naively allow me to record them for 17 minutes before asking to see my camera. What happened when the camera turned off? Find out below.
The teachers at the Delphi Academy claim they are not affiliated with Scientology. And yet Kendrick Moxon, their main lawyer, knew all about my arrest just days later. He interrogated me at length regarding my Delphi Academy incident during a deposition on an unrelated matter. Moxon loves to abuse depositions and discovery (gathering legal evidence from the opposition). At first I refused to talk but my lawyer suggested I answer the questions.
|WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE CAMERA WAS OFF|
I approached the Delphi Academy of Santa Monica wearing a colorful, kid friendly rainbow shirt. I deliberately recorded everything I could so there would be no questions or confusion as to events.Unlike last time, there were no children outside. I photographed the inside of the classroom from the windows facing the street. There were no people in the classroom. I was looking for evidence of E-meters, study tech, Applied Scholastics, W.I.S.E. (World Institute of Scientology Enterprises) and A.B.L.E. (Assoc. for Better Living & Education). I entered the courtyard of the church next door. There was almost nobody around. The classroom doors were all closed. I saw two or three children inside.I began loudly informing the teachers of the problems with their religion, Scientology, using standard protest announcements. These included “Scientology is a cult,” “You deserve a living wage,” “You should be ashamed to be Scientologists.” I did NOT use any obscenities or discuss adult topics like “David Miscavige is sleeping with Laurisse Stuckenbrock.” The |
They asked if I was the person the school had called and what was going on? They had me sit down next to the plants on the sidewalk while they had a long talk with school officials. I have seen the police in
Eventually I was silent. A cop I will call “Good Cop” tried to talk about the weather. I said “You don’t have to make conversation.” The police brought a woman out. I assume she was with the Delphi School and not the church next door. The police said “Listen to this woman.” The woman told me she did not want me to come back. The police re-iterated “She doesn’t want you to come back. Do you understand?”They decided to arrest me. I “assumed the position” as they went through my things. They confiscated all my memory chips: 1 – the camera I used in the raid, 2 – the bodybuilding footage from the HD camera, 3 – a memory chip in my bag (don’t remember if it held anything). "Do you like ... bodybuilders?" the cop asked sheepishly. They found my medical marijuana and asked about it. They found my HIV and psych med and asked about those. I was handcuffed and placed in the squad car. Then the police began to confer and, apparently, get cold feed. Outside I heard them debating and one cop said “He admitted he did it!” I said “C’mon let’s go! I’m not gonna arrest myself here!” When the cop got in and began driving me to jail I told him I wanted this to go quickly or the Scientologists would arrive with their photographers and use the pictures of me being arrested as propaganda for their members. As we drove to jail the cop mentioned that Santa Monica was a very liberal place where protests occurred often. He also told me that a lady from the school had had me "citizen's arrested." That is important because it means that if I am found not guilty in court I can sue her for false arrest.
Although I had heard people complain that jails have revolving doors but it looked like an ordinary door to me. At the jail my USB memory stick was also confiscated from my keychain. My belt, shoelaces and anything else I could harm myself with was taken away. I was placed in a holding room whose toilet flushed every time the door opened. The guard lady said this was to prevent people from flushing evidence away. The policeman from the school told me that, because I take a psych med and HIV meds they were going to let me go without having to post bail or be incarcerated until the next day to see a judge. “That will save you some money” he said. I thanked him. I was held for about four hours “cool off” time, fingerprinted, allowed to call my lawyer, and released. The phone cord in prison is very short so nobody can strangle themselves with it. I used the time to tell the police about Scientology, which interested them. While being let go I told the jailer I had a habit of buying websites about Scientologists without their knowledge, thereby stealing their internet identities. “Man I wouldn’t want you mad at me!” he joked in what sounded like an Australian accent. As the female jailer let me out the exit she pointed at the landscaping and said “Now no stepping on the flowers!” I laughed and said I only step on them to make the police arrive, and, this being a police station, they were already here! They seemed to enjoy this rare visit from a “political prisoner.” Also I heard them all laughing a lot. I'm sure it is pretty boring in there as they only get three or four people arrested a day.
The next day my medical marijuana, psych med, HIV meds and bag were returned to me. My cameras and memory chips were not. Without the camera I could not protest Scientology. After some effort my lawyer eventually got those back. However, copies of the memory chip from the raid camera took many months to obtain. This concerned me because Scientologists love to steal evidence from evidence lockers. They have done this several times in Riverside.
|DELPHI SCHOOLS PROTEST DATA REMOVED AS PER COURT ORDER|
|2010: Today my lawyer Graham Berry and I were in court near LAX in Los Angeles to plead on misdemeanor loitering and disturbing the peace charges in my Delphi Schools protest trial. But first the cult's lawyer, the DA and my lawyer all went off the record and discussed with the commissioner the fury Scientology is feeling from my posting of an Aug. 4th protest video at the Delphi Schools Santa Monica. We were given a letter from the parents of the child I called "angry gay pope jr." complaining that his face was not pixelated and I had recorded him without permission. The letter sounded like it was written by Kendrick Moxon. In it the parents recount that, although they got my video deleted from youtube, they could not get it deleted from www.rutube.ru, the Russian youtube. Scientology was also furious that I posted Scientology internal memos with cultists names on them. These were obtained in the police report.|
After some negotiation it was agreed that I would, within 48 hours, take down the video, redact the names and delete the police report until the trial is over. Feeling that without the video there was no story I simply deleted everything, including identifying materials I took from the school's own website. The judge reassured me that I could write anything I wanted on the story as long as I didn't use any names. This is where anon style nicknames like "angry gay pope jr." and "Antishirtless lady" come in handy!
I was then offered a plea bargain. I would have to stay away from Scientology schools, do 30 hours of community service and take gobs of anger management classes. Can you imagine that? Welcome to anger management class. What's your name? I'm the angry gay pope. "Boy, we got our work cut out for us on this one" teacher would say! They had also contacted the Riverside DA where I am on probation for my PansyGate protest. If I took the plea bargain I was assured that Riverside would not prosecute me for a probation violation.
I plead "not guilty" to all charges, which had now doubled from four to eight. They are all variations on loitering and disturbing the peace. Charges based on events in the August 4th video starring AGP jr. are sure to lead nowhere. Not only is my loitering caught totally on video, it is only ninety seconds long! That's not loitering. That's not even an entire single "loit." Also, some of the charges claim I refused to leave when asked on Aug. 4th. Anyone who sees the brief video will note that nobody told me to leave at all.
Case goes to trial in late February.
|ANGRY GAY POPE PLEA BARGAINS IN DELPHI SCHOOLS PROTEST CASE|
|MAY 9, 2011 LAX COURTHOUSE LOS ANGELES: Today my lawyer Graham Berry and I went to the courthouse for about the fifth-sixth time because my trial was almost scheduled to start. The longer you wait the better your bargaining conditions can be I have found. That's because the criminal justice system is starting to collapse. There is no money. The Santa Monica City attorney's office is closed every other Friday now. The Riverside justice system is emptying jails because they have no money to run them. Throughout California the justice system is closed for a day sometimes to save money. Now Gov. Jerry Brown wants to shove state penitentiary convicts into local jails to ease overcrowding. When you are scheduled to go to trial on a certain date that is "zero day." The courts have 30 more days to give you a room, a judge and jury. If you don't get them justice is not served and you might not even go to trial at all. So my day zero is somebody else's day 30 and the court puts that case on priority. So the DA is much more likely to settle once the clock starts ticking. That is what happened in my Pansy Stomping trial in Riverside and it happened again here. This morning I told my lawyer Graham Berry I wanted to take this thing to trial but he warned me against it. "Yes most of the charges are bogus. But they will still get you on one or two and that's all it takes. There you are doing it on video and they'll play all those other videos of you yelling. The DA says that if you want to go to court, good you'll go to jail."|
I agreed to these conditions because it prevented my lawyer's biggest fear: that I would lose my case and be banned from protesting all Scientology locations. He told me "I would hate to lose you as there aren't very many protesters in LA and you are one of the best." For example, I was the only one to show up and protest Tom Cruise at the Wiesenthal Center. It galls me that the DA who never prosecuted Scientology (especially their preposterous Santa Monica Mission) could order me around. But by November my manual labor will be over and my Delphi videos will still be up and I will still be able to protest and my community labor will be over. I have re-uploaded the original video of the Delphi School denial.