Friday, May 20, 2011

Dearborn Arrests: Unedited Video Footage

Several people have requested unedited video footage of our arrests in Dearborn, to see whether the claims of police and Mayor O'Reilly (e.g., that we we inciting a riot, that we were screaming at people, etc.) are true. The idea seems to be that, even though we obviously weren't committing any crimes in the videos we posted, perhaps we were causing a riot in between scenes. In case there are any doubters, here's unedited footage of our final twenty minutes at the festival. As you can see, nothing important happens apart from what we originally posted. (The footage begins several minutes after the "Roger Williams Incident," which you can view here. Police testified at our trial that we were arrested based on our behavior when they approached us, not based on Williams' complaint. You can see our behavior in the following video.)



How does this video footage line up with Dearborn's story?

Here's Mayor John O'Reilly's version of events:

On Friday, June 18, they behaved very differently than what you saw on film from Saturday, June 19. They were not handing out flyers but were aggressively engaging passers-by in confrontational debate when they were arrested and cited for Breach of the Peace and Failure to Obey the Lawful Order of a Police Officer.

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At the time he was arrested on Friday, June 18, Mr. Wood had gathered a large crowd around him, blocking a key access point between the tents. The crowd was forced to grow bigger solely because people could not pass. Those who created this public danger did so with the knowledge that they were violating the laws because they wanted to be arrested while their cohorts were actively recording the event for posting on the web. They knew that they could inflame the passions of viewers who would be taken in by their misrepresentation of what was really going on. They have even found media that would put them on air to repeat these inaccurate representations without seeking information or the truth from others. (You can read Mayor O'Reilly's letter in its entirety here. Notice that, despite obvious and blatant falsehoods, the Mayor's letter continues to be put forward as fact by the City of Dearborn.)

The City of Dearborn posted its own version of events. Here's the relevant portion:

The police command center received a complaint, from a Christian volunteer working the festival, regarding members of Acts 17 Apologetics harassing and intimidating patrons of the festival and that a large crowd was gathering. Officers responded to the area where, in fact, a large agitated crowd had gathered due to the actions of the individuals of Acts 17 Apologetics.

Public safety became an issue for both members of Acts 17 Apologetics and the gathering crowd. The four (4) members of Acts 17 Apologetics chose to escalate their behavior, which appeared well-orchestrated and deliberate, and chose not to follow the directions being given to them by the responding officers. The behavior of these individuals drew and incited a large crowd to a point where they were in violation of City of Dearborn Misdemeanor Ordinances of Breach of Peace and Failure to Obey the Lawful Order of a Police Officer. They were arrested. Upon their arrest, the crowd dispersed without further action being needed. (The rest of the City's response can be read here. Notice again that the City of Dearborn continues to portray their blatant falsehoods as fact.)

Here's an excerpt from the police report (by Sergeant Jeffrey Mrowka):

As a result of Qureshi screaming into the crowd while uniformed officers were present and the fact that the crowd had increased in numbers and agitation, all three were handcuffed and escorted to the police command post in an attempt to gain control of the situation and avoid a possible riotous crowd.

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Negeen Mayel, Nabeel Qureshi, David Wood and Paul Rezkalla’s actions caused a crowd to gather and become agitated. The weather conditions, hot and humid temperatures, fueled an already agitated crowd. This was evident by the crowd’s yelling profanities and repeated calls to security on the behavior of Mayel, Qureshi, Wood and Rezkalla. When uniformed officers were present Qureshi was yelling into the crowd further inciting the crowd.

Of course, people keep telling me that everything is fine in Dearborn, and that the city is thoroughly dedicated to upholding the U.S. Constitution. The facts say otherwise.

For a complete summary of the events in Dearborn, click here.

37 comments:

Tizita said...

WOW! I cant believe this! I'm at a lose of words as to what to say. I wonder who tole the police a lie for them 2 grab u guys like that and arrested u guys?

Maybe it was that ghetto muslims dude, that curses like a drunk sailor!

Joe Bradley said...

Mayor O’Reilly, Police Chief Haddad and the entire Dearborn Police Department are a disgrace to the city.

I found it amusing that Cpl. Gregg Allgeier, President -Police Officer's Association of Dearborn - had mentioned, on the Association website, what a terrific Christmas party the Association had for the officers in 2010.

Enjoy your Christmas party while you can Gregg as I'm pretty sure that it will become politically incorrect with your Chief and you won't be having any more of them.

Just be good little soldiers, turn your back on your oath of office and do what Sharia tells you to do.

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Haecceitas said...

Good to see some of the unedited footage - even if for no other reason than to shut some more critical mouths.

I presume your plans for participating in this year's festival are already being made as the festival will be less than a month for now. Have you applied to get a booth? And have you received a reply from the organizers on that issue?

I'm also wondering when will you be back in court for the civil lawsuit.

Joe Bradley said...

Sue the B-Tards!

Only when Dearborn and those responsible for this travesty are facing the brink of financial insolvency will they think the next time they act.

Clearly they have, ALL, become unthinking Islamo-Bots who have chosen to ignore the Ten Commandments and Constitutional Law in favor of Sharia.

O'Reilly and Company have born false witness for the purpose of justifying their violation of the First Amendment.

stanleycharles30 said...

My Dear Brother,

You are using the F word while addressing JESUS and GOD, please restrain from using foul words - I have many muslim brothers and sisters in Bahrain, Pakistan and around the world they are so gentle and speak with respect - I believe in JESUS as the Messiah, my brother and others there who questioned show us in the bible where JESUS says I am divine and GOD - here are the verses - Mathew 26:65-67, Mark 14: 60-65, Luke 22:66-71.
GOD bless:

Quran says JESUS will come in glory and majesty and judge the universe and reign in power and glory - Why does JESUS come and not anyone else.

Also read the Bible: JESUS talks about end times: Mathew: 24, Mark: 13 and Luke:21
Brother who was using foul language please restrain and fear GOD - the fear of the Lord is the begining of Wisdom, brother JESUS taught us to love and serve you can insult every believer and even hit and kill us - but remember you cannot take away our Obedience, Faith, Soul and Spirit they belong to GOD and JESUS our Lord - they only thing you can get is our dead body which is of no value - I am ready to die and give my life to JESUS and not kill anyone but love and serve - that is the diff Bro.

stanleycharles30 said...

There was this young little boy who asked this question - show me in the Bible where JESUS says He is GOD - The Bible is JESUS - and please read these Verses my Brother:
Mathew: 26:65-71
Mark: 14:60-65
Like: 22:66-71
John all the chapters

The End: Mathew: 24, Mark: 13 & Luke: 21.

GOD bless you little Child of GOD - JESUS has taught me to pray for you - love you and serve you.

GOD is love - Love it was that made us - Love it was that saved us, Love was GODs plan when He made man - GODs divine nature is Love.

stanleycharles30 said...

In JESUS mighty name I pray that JESUS talks to these brothers and sisters in dreams and visions and thru signs and wonders and help them save their souls - my Lord and my GOD save these people and forgive them for they refuse to see the Light JESUS CHRIST.

GOD bless

Joe Bradley said...

Bad news for Michigan . . .

http://dearbornunderground.blogspot.com/2011/05/inside-outside-upside-down.html

Satish Kumar said...

May be the Mayor O’Reilly trying to please Muslims to get their favor. Or May be he wanted to get noticed or recognized by President Obama for defending Islam.

Joe Bradley said...

Satish Kumar,

I believe you have hit the two headed nail squarely on the head!

Congratulations!

crusader66 said...

Whatever came of this story? Were you found guilty or were you acquitted of charges? Were those police officers ever reprimanded? It was clear the arrest was unwarranted. Please give an update.

David Wood said...

Check the "Dearborn" tab at the top of the blog for more info.

dstewart said...

I came across this, and I watched the whole thing on the "dearborn" tab and saw what some other people said about it because I just couldn't believe it, and I just couldn't believe that Christians of all people would be accusing you guys.

Anyway, if you listen carefully at about 3:00, you can hear Negeen panicking in the background, I guess trying to get your attention, "Stop touching me! Don't take the camera!". As far as I know, the only criticism I'd found saying why the police may have been justified, was about the stuff that happened AFTER that point.

So my question is:

Do people really believe the stuff they make up to justify this even though they can clearly see what really happened from the video?

dstewart said...

And one other question:

I think this was partly why I couldn't believe this. I still can't understand why they picked on you guys, but others are saying that they can't believe there was a problem, even people who say they're Christians who live there. Why do you think that is?

Esp said...

Shame on you Mayor and Police Chief.
This is a free country not North Korea.

Donna said...

This is awful ... Since you have all of this on video and you have the proof for the world to see , is there anything else you can do to prevent DEARBORN CITY's law officers and the mayor up on charges for cooking up a story and falsely arresting you guys . There just has to be something that can be done to stop this kind of shady behavior by city officials !

David Wood said...

Hi Donna,

We're suing the city of Dearborn.

Angel Michelle said...

I hope you win. The mayor and those officers should be fired. He is obviously not an honest man and the officers are not honest either. what if this had been a situation where someone was injured or killed and their lies where on official paper like that. Thank God He has giving us video capabilities and footage so the world can see what He sees and we can point out the LIARS. The devil is the father of liars and we don't need know devil following people in important offices and in "respectable" Police positions. This bothers me. Although I could see that everyone who talked with you was not interested in learning, or peacefully discussing other beliefs and you probably should have walked on and maybe a more receptive fish would have bit into a sincere conversation. I think these guys just wanted to argue and these type of people we should not cast our pearls to. But with that being said, it was still peaceful aside from the other guys frustration at you for who you are and what you where doing. Sometimes it might not be about winning souls, sometimes God wants to expose things that aren't right in HIS country and yes for the police to arrest you because someone else (I don't believe it was a Christian Volunteer) thought you might be causing trouble was not a reason to claim you breached peace. I didn't even hear the officers say anything to you for you to resist or shout about. I think it was a set up. The boys where sent over there to divert you from continuing to walk throughout the event. Although I wouldn't advise anyone to walk through an event like that trying to preach our faith. I think setting up a booth where others could come to you with questions might have been a better option or just passing out flyers like others and if they don't want it they can say no or throw it away. Once someone has proven that they are truly not being sincere and trying to prove you a bad person then "shake the dust off your feet" and move on. I believe this is good for proving a false arrest and how you were targeted, harassed and falsely arrested. All of those people came in your face. They found you to non violently cause you to LOOK like you where causing trouble and have you arrested. It sounds like to me that the only thing the Arab people concentrate on is that they believe their prophet Jesus is a liar and rebuttal any attempt to try to explain the fullness of the Godhead in Jesus. People have to be ready and searching for more. Those type of events, passing out a pamphlet that gives key scriptures for ministering to Muslims would have been more effective and cause less of a ruckess.

Angel Michelle said...

The officers should have asked you to leave rather than just arrest you. I think that would have been the way to have you removed without trampling on your constitutional rights. I am glad you believe and follow the truth and God will start sending sincere people to you to ask questions. He has plenty of people who are hungry and searching for the truth and you would be perfect in helping them find the treasure they are looking for. No need to have to interact like that with people who clearly are not looking for anything more than what they THINK they already have. I hope you don't waste your time doing that again : ) I pray God will tell you exactly where to cast your net next time, so you will be a fisher of men that are ready and willing to bite and get out of the water and convert to truth. God will show you and use you in a mighty way in Jesus Name I pray brother. God bless you & the Lords Will be done in this case. I pray God be your lawyer and use them to make a serious point and example of how the justice system and it's officials are corrupt. I pray God clean it all up in the Name of Jesus Christ lets pray. America was birthed and belongs to Jesus Christ. We should not be punishing our minsters for peaceful speech and communications in any part of American soil. America needs restoration and some offices need to be cleaned out and replaced so that can happen. Our founding fathers would have a cow if they new this happened in America. God please fix our justice system for YOUR NAMES Sake

David James said...

I hope that many people see this, especially people in Dearborn, and watch the video that clearly exonerates you. Those who arrested you on false pretences and the officials who lied about it must be brought to a public accounting of their anti-democratic and unamerican behaviour. The constituents may well want to keep the Mayor in office, but at least if they do so, they should do it with full knowledge of his misdemeanour so that they also bear communal responsibilty.

May the Lord Jesus Christ bless and watch over your ministries, and bring fruit from them to His own glory.

David James said...

I hope that many people watch this, especially local residents, as the video completely exonerates you and shows misuse of power by the authorities. You should receive a public apology and compensation from the mayor, who also should be removed from office for lying. I hope the people of Dearborn will show themselves to have integrity by ensuring his removal.

God bless your ministries.

Kim Teas said...

The police were the racist in this video. It is perfectly clear that the police feared Muslim anger. You were arrested to prevent a riot, police could not pull you aside and tell you so without appearing racist. Great witnessing, keep the faith.

Nick Pradhan said...

I can not beleive this is happening in the heart of US.Islam is the deadliest plaque which is spreading quickly in US. It needs to be stoped at all cost for humanity and for world peace !This religion of hatred , fear and suppression doesn't go well with the freedom of United State . I don't blame those kids either though as what can you expect from kids who have been taught to hate other befoire they were taught how to walk .Thats the product of feeding koran ..AMERICA WAKE UP ! STOP ISLAMIZATION !

Nils Eldor Alterskjær said...

Now I am a Buddhist and in general I do not have much left over for people who as I see it try to impose their beliefs on others, which I am sorry to say I often feel also the Christians do. But I am absolute for the right to free speech, for the right to gather and stay in a public place. If we do not have the basic human rights then what do we have, it will all end in war the day these liberties are not respected. The movie it self clearly show that the Muslim are just after finding someone to fight with, they harbor great anger, that one thing is clear and they can not stand anyone who have a different opinion. I am very disappointing in the way the police do their job. But I must say these officers are in no way representative for the police in general. I am much appreciative of the work the police do in society.

chrisban35 said...

What I'd like to know is where is the ACLU in all this mess?? I mean, after all, they claim VERY EMPHATICALLY that their organization is there to make sure American's rights are not violated....

So WHERE was the ACLU in all this?? I'm sure they have heard about it, but alas, there is no POLITICAL gain in it, and its not related to anything against Republicans, so of course, they let a travesty of justice like this occur.

Within our government, there is a larger bubble between those men and women who GENUINELY serve the "PEOPLE" and those who serve another more selfish, or "clan'ish" type agenda.... I fear that it won't be long before these selfish groups and the more radical factions throughout the civilian population lead Americans back into another civil war.

It almost sounds "CRAZY" or "unfathomable" to even write that! This is SUPPOSED to be a country that "respects" the traditional values set forth by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But disrespectful foreigners to our way of life, culture and laws, along with self-serving government officials at all levels has recently brought our country to the most shameful point in its history.

You are an absolute RADICAL/EXTREMIST if you talk about violence as a small faction. I believe that to my core. But what happens when all the voices of America grow weary and these polarized viewpoints are allowed to continue to widen? Then what??

Our government is playing a very very dangerous game with the American people. They are allowing the polarization to continue, and allowing the news media to earn a profit off of it as they continue to just spread the hatred on thicker than it should be.

It will be a VERY SAD day if/when the people finally have enough. And YES, we will have our government to blame, as they are the ones who sat by and made selfish profit and power movements rather than genuinely caring about the course of this great nation....

As for Muslims and Christians, it's AMAZING how much blood can be shed over the simplest twist of words and the most ignorant of believers whom decide to enact upon certain quotes from religious text, while totally ignoring other well known passages.

Both religions speak of peace, love and harmony, yet for selfish prideful gain, both sides find it easier to shed blood than grow in depth together towards God's love...

GROW UP, stop letting ANGER be the refinement between your beliefs and another.

Regardless of HOW you view Jesus Christ, one thing is FOR SURE, during his entire walk on Earth, he NEVER got angry at the sinner, only organized religion!!! We could ALL use his wisdom in learning how to LOVE those who are different than ourselves....

BLASPHEMY?? Neither the Koran or the Bible, nor "ANY" other religious belief has an ARGUMENT with PEACE, LOVE, and HARMONY!! WHY? Because it "IS" the ETERNAL TRUTH!!!

chrisban35 said...

In reply to StanleyCharles30 - I DO NOT "FEAR" the Lord... I "FEAR" the sins I commit, the devil's temptation and the foolishness of wicked men.

The Lord God is "LOVE" and if you believe that "FEAR" is your salvation, oh what a bitter life you must live....

We are "ALL" sinners and fall short of the Glory of God. Yet, he sends to us his very son as a "gift" to save us all. How can anyone fear such incredible love??

We need to stop preaching the brimstone and fire, and be more like Jesus... WELCOME in the stranger and the non-believer. Show them the "LOVE" and the depth of God through "compassion"....

Fear?? Not in my heart.. Not when I "KNOW" for certain, that I am "SAVED".. :)

Bobby Z said...

Time to replace the mayor and police chief.

Lodathi said...

You are a better person than me. I'd be in jail.

Lunitick Patient said...

THE MAYOR OF DEARBORN MICH. IS GETTING PAYED BY THE MUSLIMS. ITS A CONSPIRACY ITS SAD CUZ THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND RELIGION IS JUST A WORD AND IN THE BIBLE AND QURAN IT SAYS DO NOT WORSHIP ANY FALSE PROPHETS FOR I AM THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD. NOW THAT MEANS STATUES ,CARVINGS, CHRISTMAS TREES, SANTA , EASTER BUNNYS.NOW HERE COMES THE MIND BLOWER MAN WRITIN THINGS MEANING BIBLE AND THE QURAN ABOUT THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD FOR THE ONES WHO WITNESSED THE MIRACLES ARE LONG GONE AND THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT WHATEVER THEY WROTE IS WORD FOR WORD OR IT CAN BE THE WORDS OF SOMEONE WHO ALTERED BOTH BOOKS. I DONT CARE HOW MANY BIBLES AND QURANS THERE ARE WE ARE READING THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN ALTERD THRU THE YEARS. THE QURAN AND THE BIBLE BOTH HAVE BLOOD SHED IN THEM IF YOU BELEIVE IN ANYONE OF THEM THEN ITS YOU WHO ARE A GOD AND TAKE THE CONTENTS OF THAT BIBLE OR QURAN AND LIVE GOOD OR BAD. GOD IS IN YOU THAT VOICE YOU HERE THAT VOICE TELLS YOU TO DO RIGHT WHEN YOU FEEL LOVE AND HAPPIINESS SHARING AND CARING THATS GOD IN YOU AND ONE THING I KEEP WITH ME GOD GAVE US CHOICES. WHEN WE DO BAD THE VOICE STRAYS AWAY FROM YOU BUT IF YOU ARE HUMBLE AND TEACH THE YOUNG KIDS THAT LOOK UP TO GODS LOVE THAT IS IN YOU AND JOY YOU ARE GOD AND HE WILL FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS. I DONT KNOW THATS JUST MY BELEIVE AM I PERFECT NOT AT ALL BUT THE MORE I PRACTICE THE MORE I CAN BECOME CLOSER AND CLOSER TO GOD WHICH IS IN YOU.AND AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN I REST MY HEAD I AM AT PEACE WITH MYSELF

Editor said...

@Lunitick Patient - Well I think you appropriately chose your name based on your "ALL CAPS" message.... ;)

In a softer note, there is universal wisdom about God. It's amazing that on both sides of the world, humans existed and they worshiped a power greater than themselves.

They knew long before the first scientists proved it, that the "being" of God ran through all things in the universe. Both living or dead. That he was everywhere, and that he was you.

Yes, even Jesus said this and the Prophet Mohamed. The Buddhas believe in this "oneness" and so do Dharma, Karma, Fucius, you name it.. So there are a lot of "universal" truths about God and who he is.

People who "fight" over religions are those who do not "completely" have faith in their own. Anytime someone takes the action of "FORCING" another into a belief or culture they are literally DEFYING God himself!!

We were "ALL" given "choice" by God. So if God himself allows man to follow his own choices, then who is man to DEFY that logic?

Whether sinners, atheists, or whomever wishes to NOT believe, they cannot help but KNOW there is a Universal presence that oversees us all. They can lie, deny, defy all the wish, but they cannot tune out that which they "KNOW" exists.

In the end, we will "ALL" be judged by the one who is the "judge" of men. And NONE OF US will have a mark put against us because of how another man judged us, but rather by how we "judged" others!! Remember that people the next time you wish to PUT DOWN another race, culture, religion, etc.

Editor said...

too funny, the comment that says "EDITOR" is "my" comment. So why does it have the Editor's name next to it, instead of my name??

I am very confused here...

Lifeverlasting said...

I live in LA, and I though LAPD was the worst in the USA, until I saw this video. At least LAPD give people freedom to protest and speech.

Christian Saylor said...

In reply to chrisban35.

(Proverbs 1:7) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

You will either receive the wrath of GOD or the grace of GOD.

Fortunately like you said Jesus Christ gives us salvation, but don't declare that you KNOW you will get to heaven.

(Ephesians 2:8-9) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Chris Banzet Sr said...

In response to Christian Saylor: Although you have quoted the exact things which give me the faith to "know" for certain I am saved, you question my thoughts about entering into heaven....

That question was already answered for me with "one" drop of blood. So it is with pure knowledge and faith combined that my destiny is heaven.

And yes, I can know that without any doubts....

a guy said...

@Chrisban35, "fear of the Lord" is something commended through Scripture, even in believers because despite salvation we all sin, and should fear Him to whom sin is a grave offense, and to His holiness. Only He without sin has no fear, and no Christian no matter how sanctified has none: he who says otherwise, is an antichrist. I think an old song captures well what balance there is that though we are, by grace, saved, it is grace itself which teaches us to fear He only who is deserving of fear, and also that which relieves such fear, but we should not fail in that fear because of grace. Actually, some pastors are writing on this very topic, recently, in their own particular theological circles, http://baylyblog.com/blog/2013/10/they-assert-their-firm-belief-only-thing-we-have-fear-fear-itself

dkmuthiah said...

I am from India. It is clearly shocking to any right minded person. But it doesnt work that way with Islam, which actually is a political religion meaning power somehow! So it is not surprising the police and mayor are sold out or may be intimidated. We see that happening all the time in India.