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Be right back

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Time: 10:41 AM

I'm currently monitoring the AFSCME Presidential Forum and providing video clips for various national blogs so reporting on local issues will have to be put on hold for a little while.

Things in the works:

• There are still grumblings over Mayor Mark Boughton's "lack of leadership" regarding addressing the community about the incident at the Danbury Fair carnival. The News-Times obtained a copy of a portion of the video from the security cameras but the quality is pretty bad to say the least. I'll explain why it's SO important for everyonr to not jump to conclusions AND why it's important for all witnesses to keep their mouth shut.

• The city charter revision committee meets tonight at City Hall and this should be rather interesting.

• If you think I'm taking a break from my quest to have Comcast enforce their rules on Tom "BigT" Bennett for his long history of profane, indecent, and violent remarks, think again. There are some rather interesting developments in this story, which should play out hopefully in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

• Oh, there are some elected officials that have to explain themselves when it comes to the so-called parade ordinance. Don't think I'm done with this subject or holding people accountable for their actions.

• With the festival season underway, I'll have to play catch-up and post my video presentation from this year's Greek Experience.

• I'm working on preserving the Danbury Live! episodes and I'll start making their footage available soon.

• Elmer "Fudd" Palma is lucky that I wasn't in a position to call and ask him questions during his "ass-kissing" interview on Ivon "Idea's at Work and Beyond." After watching that interview, I'm one step closer to starting my own public access show and setting the record straight.

• We're going to hit the streets again and start a new door-knocking campaign with our new video material for residents. Since the traditional media has dropped the ball on several subjects (i.e., parade ordinance), we feel that it's up to us to pick up the slack and get the real story behind this god-awful ordinance out to the public as soon as possible.

• Be on the lookout for more guest posts...details to come soon.

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

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Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

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