Sen. Simpson/Cong. Webster asked to block all video releases/postings re. police/civilian violence!

by Brian Patrick Moore


State Senator Wilton Simpson, Florida, 10th district for Citrus, Hernando and parts of Pasco Counties; Fl. Senate President.

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Daniel Webster, U. S. Representative, District 11, Florida

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West Central Florida, May 5, 2021:

A west central community activist, Brian Moore, has written his Florida State Senator Wilton Simpson, and U.S. Congressional Representative Daniel Webster, urging new legislation to block the release and/or social media postings of all electronic audio and video/body-cam materials involving police-victim deaths or violent events potentially involving a subsequent formal trial.

Moore’s concerns were based on this past year’s deaths of black citizens at the hands of police officers, the provocative reactions by civil rights leaders and the prejudicial response by the media and public based on

Premature release and social media postings of partial recordings prior to proper investigations and trial.

Moore wrote Simpson that even though he has been critical of police actions/covert surveillance in his group’s own antiwar and social justice demonstrations, he also emphasized that in a democracy we have to "protect the rights and safety of all citizens to guarantee a fair and impartial administration of justice.”

In writing Congressman Webster, the local activist reiterated the same concerns as expressed to Senator Simpson, and also acknowledged that he had also written Cong. Webster last Fall regarding Moore’s ongoing 11-year efforts to investigate the death of a black fugitive [James “little man” Rayford”] at the hands of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department [and its use of a police helicopter to cause Rayford's drowning in a lake].

Moore wrote that he is a civil libertarian and believes in an individual’s right to due process and a fair and equal application [rights]under the law. The Chauvin conviction and the Rayford drowning, in Moore’s eyes, support the same premise, that both the policeman and the fugitive, had democratic and human rights which were egregiously abridged.


Following are the highlights of a letter Moore had released on a May 3rd letter, which he posted on this blog on May 4 (may be duplicative from previous blog posting):

NPR’s 1A program host is criticized for program's emphasis on “swift justice” by agreeing with premature release of police body-cams and influenced by misleading and provocative public comments by family lawyers. This writer agrees with a N.C. judge’s action to not release body-cams as harming the state investigation, threatening the safety of all involved and is a serious threat to the administration of justice.

[today’s May 5th news reports, not included in May 3rd letter; re. a Chauvin trial juror wearing a BLM hat and Floyd protest shirt of police on necks of blacks, and whether juror answered jury questionnaire truthfully, is now in question]


May 4, 2021, Two separate and distinct letters sent to State Senator Wilton Simpson and U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster:


Florida Senator Wilton Simpson

Senate President

State Capitol

Tallahassee, Florida


Senator Simpson:


Would appreciate you considering for your next session, or even for a special session, to pass a bill that will block all releases of audio and video footage (body-cams and citizen I-phones) of critical and violent events between the police and citizens that might create provocative reactions by the community and prejudice any future court activity.


A bill of this nature would protect the safety of all those involved (including police officers) and guarantee a fair and impartial administration of justice.


As we witnessed in the George Floyd-Derek Chauvin case, I believe officer Chauvin was denied due process and that his conviction was based on prejudicial actions by the premature release on social media of a partial iPhone video unfairly labeling and convicting officer Chauvin by the court of public opinion, even before the trial started 10 months later.


Traditionally, I have been a social activist and antiwar demonstrator, and have been subject to unfair and covert monitoring by police authorities, and have even protested this type of police actions.


However, I am also a civil libertarian, and believe in an individual's right to due process and a fair and equal application of the law. The recent civil rights actions and accusations, and the release of partial or any videos, has now created a "rush to judgment" by the public and the media. Ironically, my fellow leftists and the civil rights leaders and lawyers have become the new lynch mobs, when historically; it was the white lynch mobs that denied black individuals protections and due process and have been killed cruelly in a grave miscarriage of justice in America.


Thank you.


Brian P. Moore


U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster

The Capitol

Washington, DC


Dear Congressman Webster:


Would appreciate you considering for your next session, or even for a special session, to pass a bill that will block all releases of audio and video footage (body-cams and citizen I-phones) of critical and violent events between the police and citizens that might create provocative reactions by the community and prejudice any future court activity.


A bill of this nature would protect the safety of all those involved (including police officers) and guarantee a fair and impartial administration of justice.


As we witnessed in the George Floyd-Derek Chauvin case, I believe officer Chauvin was denied due process and that his conviction was based on prejudicial actions by the premature release on social media of a partial iPhone video unfairly labeling and convicting officer Chauvin by the court of public opinion, even before the trial started 10 months later.


Traditionally, I have been a social activist and antiwar demonstrator, and have been subject to unfair and covert monitoring by police authorities, and have even protested this type of police actions. I also recently wrote you in the Fall regarding my ongoing 11-year efforts in investigating the death of a fugitive at the hands of the Hernando County Sheriff Department in 2009.


However, I am also a civil libertarian, and believe in an individual's right to due process and a fair and equal application of the law. The recent civil rights actions and accusations, and the release of partial or any videos, has now created a "rush to judgment" by the public and the media. Ironically, my fellow leftists and the civil rights leaders and lawyers have become the new lynch mob, when historically; it was the white lynch mobs that denied black individuals protections and due process and who were killed cruelly in a grave miscarriage of justice in America.


Your efforts in this urgent matter would be appreciated. Thank you.


Brian P. Moore

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