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“Gotta Cover Our Ass” Illegally Confiscated Cellphone Records Cops Framing an Innocent Man

Hartford, CT — On September 11, 2015, journalist and police accountability activist, Michael Picard was illegally detained for lawfully open carrying and filming police on public property. During the illegal detainment, Connecticut state troopers confiscated his gun and his camera. However, the trooper who took the phone went on to make a critical mistake — he left the camera rolling while fabricating a story to falsely charge Picard.

The resultant footage provides a rare, behind the scenes look at what officers are capable of doing to people with whom they disagree. It is nothing short of jaw-droppingly infuriating.

On that September night, Picard and a friend were on public property and warning drivers of a DUI checkpoint ahead. They were several hundred yards from the checkpoint and not interfering at all when troopers drove up, without lights on, and against the flow of traffic, to begin harassing the two gentlemen.

Trooper First Class John Barone, Sergeant John Jacobi, and Trooper Jeff Jalbert falsely claimed that Picard was waving his gun around and pointing it at people. However, Picard was holding a sign the entire time and did not touch his gun. Also, as you will see below, the officers admit that they were lying.

Had Picard actually been waving a gun, these troopers would have approached the situation in an entirely different manner, with guns drawn and possible SWAT backup. However, they did no such thing, because there was clearly no threat from the activists.

The fact that they were no threat did not stop the subsequent assault, though.

Two troopers approached Picard while forcefully removing his gun and then grabbing his camera, falsely claiming it is illegal to film. When Picard informs the officer can legally film here, the officer ignorantly asserts that “It’s illegal to take my picture. Personally, it is illegal.”

“Did you get any documentation that I am allowing you to take my picture”? asks the cop.

When Picard attempts to explain to the aggressive officer that he doesn’t need a permit because he is on public property, the trooper then makes the asinine declaration that, “No I’m not (on public property). I’m on state property. I’m on state property.”

State-owned roadways and right of ways are public property. The trooper’s assertion that it is illegal to film on his ‘state property’ was entirely false and in violation of Connecticut Bill No. 245, which “protects the right of an individual to photograph or video record peace officers in the performance of their duties.”

All this aggressive and unlawful behavior of these troopers, however, was about to come back to haunt them. After illegal confiscating the camera — the trooper forgot to stop it from recording.

What happened next was a behind the scenes glimpse of what it looks and sounds like when cops lie to charge innocent people with crimes.

The corruption starts as an unidentified trooper begins to search for anything that these gentlemen may have done to trump charges up on them. However, they were clean. At this point, Trooper first class Barone chimes in describing how they now have to charge these men with something to justify their harassment and subsequent detainment.

“Want me to punch a number on this? Gotta cover our ass,” explains the trooper.

“Let’s give him something,” says an unidentified trooper, pondering the ways they can lie about this innocent man.

“What are they going to do? Are they going to do anything?” says Sergeant Jacobi, noting that they are entirely innocent.

“It’s legal to do it,” he continues, describing how the actions of the two activists are completely legal, before going on to make up charges on them.

“I think we do simple trespass, we do reckless use of the highway and creating a public disturbance,” Jacobi says as he makes up these false charges against innocent people. “All three are tickets.”

Once they figure out the false charges to raise, the officers then brainstorm a story of lies to back them up.

“And then we claim that, um, in backup, we had multiple, um,” the unidentified trooper stutters as he makes up his fake story. “Um, they (the non-existent complainants) didn’t want to stay and give us a statement, so we took our own course of action.”

The corrupt cops had then solved their fake case, lied about a cover story, and were set to charge an innocent man with three crimes — all in a day’s work.

But there was just one more thing…. “Oh shit!” blurts out the cop as he realizes their entire scandalous corrupt conversation was just recorded. Apparently, however, the officer felt that it must not have recorded their conversation as the phone was returned.

The cops then gave the innocent man back his weapon, and it’s back to the DUI checkpoint for them — to harass and detain more innocent people.

In speaking with the Free Thought Project, Picard said, “Per my lawyer’s request, I have kept quiet until now.”

“My lawyer and I went to the first court appearance on Thursday, January 14th, 2016, where the prosecutor offered a $25 fine, in lieu of the original $300 fine, to make the case go away,” he said. “I rejected the deal because I did nothing wrong. As of now, the prosecutor has not dropped the case despite having video evidence of police misconduct.”

The trial is set for April 25th.

Watch the video below and remember that this can happen to anyone anywhere and at any time. All a corrupt cop has to do to ruin the lives of those they do not like, is make up a lie and get their fellow cops to corroborate that lie. Had the cop not left the video going, Picard’s situation would be much different and the world would think he’s a criminal.

Connecticut State Police at (203) 630-8090
New Britain prosecutor’s officer at (860) 515-5270


Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.

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  • amerikkka is over

  • they took a constitutional oath guaranteeing to not violate the absolute and natural rights we were born with, they have constitutional privilege not us

  • if someone tries to take your phone, you attack them with lethality. regardless of the costume they’re in

  • More fine policing!! Then people wonder why cops are disliked! Because of assholes like this!! I’m sure they will get paid suspension and it’ll be swept under the rug! What if he didn’t have his camera rolling then what would be the out come?

  • here’s an idea, wonder what would happened if u put a postage stamp on the back of your phone and then put the address if your lawyer and wrote CONFIDENTIAL LEGAL MAIL

  • What we allow…

  • Ridiculous

  • Taelor Marquetti

  • It doesn’t seem to matter if these guys get “caught”. I’ll be surprised if they’re charged. They may not even be fired.

  • i would like to say that i am leaving you page. though your information and questions are well put. i clicked on a link to read a article about the rainbow gathering being terriost activity. shortly after reading a few lines a pop up blocked the page, and demanded that i do what i already have. click “like” & subscribe. Demanding that people do something for information is not “free thought” good by.

  • Guys lucky those pukes didnt smash his phone into bits after they figured out they were fucked….stick it to the cops that are traitors!!

    • Wait, what?

    • The guy that the cops tried to frame is lucky he got his phone back from them after they relized they were recorded….those cops are traitors for not upholding the oath they took and being big pos….do i need to clarify more

    • Any cop that trys to frame someone should be dealt with accordingly!

  • Can never just watch the video from your link. It lags like crazy

  • And that is how it is done. two liars conspiring. And we pay for that service.. That is the pig in therm all. Blue needs gone.

  • #CopsLiesMatter

  • It is no wonder that people have lost trust in the police. How many of them use these kind of tactics?

  • Looks like he has good grounds for a lawsuit the state police will have to pay out if I was the prosecutor for state I’d fire these guys

  • I wonder how things will turn out in Apr. I will keep an eye out for the results.

  • cops are the new corrupt gang just like the politicians…

    • oh they aren’t new and neither are corrupt politicians lol

  • Eh just another good guy doing his job

  • I wonder how the judicial system will find a way to let these guys go? I can’t hit the like button on this one.

  • Well under the current state of affairs, in the whole of US, Any DA’s and Grand Jury would find that not only these fine and dignified Officiers did their job and nothing is to be held against them, but also by fabricating false evidences they did their duty of protecting the people from these two “could have been” dangerous and raving mad agitators !!!

  • Incredible.

  • Negligent Hiring laws have made it nearly impossible for an employer to hire those w/ any kind of criminal record (whether dismissed, expunged, or guilty). If they hired someone, and they had previous knowledge of a criminal arrest/conviction, they might incur a hefty lawsuit- if that person commits a crime during working hours. However, that only applies to those w/ records of any kind; not to people who had no prior record (obviously). But is it really fair to suggest that those who have been arrested before, off the job, would be any more likely to commit a crime in the commission of their work duties?! Ban the Box does nothing. It just kicks the can down the road; failing to take responsibility for the over-criminalizing atmosphere that the Judicial System has created (lack of due process, over-zealous prosecutors, under-staffed public defenders, the litany of new laws added to our nearly 40,000 criminal laws already on the books, the complete disregard for Mens Rea, etc.). They helped to create this problem, they should help to fix it; not drop it into the laps of corporate America. Please consider reading and signing my petition. If you know someone who would consider signing- please kick this over to them. Thank you! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/human-potential-being.fb49?source=c.fb&r_by=7048385

  • Let me guess the police department will review the case and declare they did nothing wrong.

  • …not surprised at all…

  • Sako Gekchyan Kaelon Drae Your thoughts?

  • So when are Americans going to stand up for their rights. Cops need to know this isn’t a police state.

  • Standard procedure…nice vid…

  • Wow…sad…those who are to uphold the law!!!!

  • This is standard operating procedure for almost ALL cops. I would expect that over 50% of all tickets given and arrests are made on false charges. They know that anything they write you up on will cost you time and money to fight it and the courts always side with the officer and believe them …unless there is video. This guy should sue them for a couple million and include the prosecutor in the lawsuit. The court will eventually drop the case if he fights it. It will cost him a lot to do so though.Make it viral on the internet, People need to see ALL this stuff.

    • I agree this is standard operating procedure. I had a off-duty Police Officer almost hit me on my motorcycle. When we pulled over to discuss it. He trumped with his badge. He made several lies. Impounded my motorcycle for reckless driving. To make matters worse, the DA added some additional charges. Asshole almost runs into me and I get hit charges. Our Justice system is corrupt and broke.

    • Agree 100%!!

    • To collapse the court system, everybody needs to plead not guilty to the tickets get a court date, turn up plead not guilty defend yourself and get the second court date which is called the “hearing” the cops involved need to attend ring up an hour before the “hearing” date and say you can not make court due to sickness or death or what ever you make up and get another date.. This has now cost the system to have X amount of officers off work and in court and the court staff 1 day.. Repeat this for the second date and the third.. It would have now cost the system 3 court dates X amount of officers off street and court system itself.. It begins to run up a bill much higher than your fines and they will likely drop it, if not you have atleast got your moneys worth out of the system :D.

  • I lay odds on paid vacations,unbelievable.

  • Typical abuse of power

  • Hannah

  • Chad Bailey Neil Skilling

  • It’s wat the my do fake ass making shit up when they know they fucked up

  • they should be fired…no excuse…

  • Classic.

  • And then they want to know why people run around yelling “Fuck the Police”!!!!

  • It is hard to believe this kind of open tyranny goes on in America today!!!! What exactly is it that our military has and is fighting for if this goes on here!?!?! We are told that they are fighting to protect our freedom but this happens every day!!! This is the exact opposite of freedom!!!!!!

  • One of my assistant manager’s was a former Conn. State Trooper ; I asked him one day : ” Why did you get out of it ? ” , ” I thought , I was going to get killed ! We set up so many people . ” He did it for 2 years . Later he did my old job , for a few years ; Until , he was arrested for , child porn.

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  • LordSega

    Any update on his court appearance?

  • ben dover

    those cops will die on duty

  • DisqusThisNow

    Contact the FBI and file a complaint with them, and file a civil rights violation lawsuit.

  • 58 Squarebird

    Called and asked why they thought it was ok to violate someone’s rights and fabricate a story against them .. They hung up on me.

    • rick

      yes me to .

  • dufas_duck

    Everything is normal. This the way cops usually do things. I am in my mid 70s and have seen this going on since I was old enough to pay attention to what is going on……. Cops never change, they just find other ways of messing with innocent people and protecting themselves