Thursday, March 27, 2014

Felony Complaint Report filed by the Bridgeport Police Department against Mr. Mark Adams

Here is a copy of the police report filed by Chief David Duffett concerning the arrest and charges against Mr. Adams.
The recording of the events in this report are not the way that I remember things happened. Maybe it all comes down to having "Powers of Observation", if the police chief had any he should have been able to tell that contrary to his statement on page 5 that "At the end of the Youtube video, an unknown female is heard saying, "This will be on the internet tonight, which is what he wanted", it is actually two different people with two different voices.  One person says "This will be on the internet tonight" and the other person says "That's what he wanted".  Combining the two statements made by different people changes the context of those statements.  The person that says "That's what he wanted" was merely stating her opinion, not a fact.
I guess this whole incident comes down to each person's perception of the incident. Perception of what constitutes "aggressive", "assault", "batter", "wound", "resist", "obstruct", "endanger";  the only incidences of those behaviors I witnessed were being inflicted upon Mr. Adams by the police, not the other way around.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rules Of Conduct for Bridgeport Township Board Meetings

Bridgeport Township may be adhering to the letter of the law of the Michigan Open Meetings Act but they are not adhering to the spirit of the law which is to encourage openness and transparency between a township and the residents.
Very little information is given regarding the items being voted on and passed by the board members at these meetings.  You are not allowed to ask questions about the agenda items.  If you want further information you are told to schedule a private meeting with either the township supervisor or manager during business hours.
Many of the items being rubber stamped in these meetings are actions that are being decided and handled by the unelected members of the DDA board.  Most residents have no idea what is going on really unless they attend both meetings.
Michigan Open Meetings Act
Rules of Public Comment & Participation – Board Meetings

The Bridgeport Charter Township Board recognizes the value of public comment on township
issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on
matters of community interest. But, for the benefit of all, and in the interest of all, the
following rules of participation and public comment shall apply at all meetings as allowed by
the Open Meetings Act.

Any person or group wishing to place an item on the agenda shall register their intent in
writing with the Township no later than seven (7) days prior to the meeting and include name
and address of the participant, group affiliation, and the topic to be addressed.

The Township Administrator or presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public
participation is permitted shall administer the rules of the Board for its conduct.

The Township Administrator or presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:

1. Attendees must register their intention to participate in the public portion of the meeting
upon their arrival at the meeting.
2. Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and will be requested to preface
their comments by an announcement of their name, address, and group affiliation, if an when
3. Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three (3) minutes duration, unless
extended by the presiding officer.
4. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic.
5. To ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to speak, please be brief and limit
your comments to one topic.
6. All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no person may address or question
Board members individually.
7. The Board will not respond to comments made during the public participation periods unless
it is necessary to ask a clarifying question, correct a factual error, or provide specific factual
information in answer to a direct question.
8. The presiding officer may:
a. interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant’s statement when the statement is too
lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;
b. request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe
reasonable decorum;
c. request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly
person when that person’s conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the
d. call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum
so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to arrant such action.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

More video of the arrest of Mr. Mark Adams at the Bridgeport Township Board Meeting

There was another person that took video of the Bridgeport Township Board meeting on March 4, 2014.  This video also shows what happened after Mr. Adams was removed from the meeting room.  I call this video "Grab The Taser"

Monday, March 17, 2014

The sordid history of Bridgeport Township and their abuse of power and the citizens rights

Bridgeport Township has had more than their share of controversies that have ended in recalls and  legal battles.  They seem to just run over the laws and the voice and rights of the residents.  Here are the stories found online.

"Bridgeport business owners could sue to block township trail"

"Bridgeport Charter Township going to court over tax petitions"

 "Bridgeport Township Supervisor addresses recall petition"

"Calling Them Out: It's in everyone's best interest for voters to decide special assessment in Bridgeport Township"

"Bridgeport Township supervisor battles recall election, county clerk says ballots can't be altered with election eight days away"

"Bridgeport Township supervisor seat to remain vacant until November election"

"Bridgeport Township business owners fight to stop work on bridge, path project"

"Judge orders work to stop on park near Bridgeport's State Street Bridge"

"Case involving State Street Bridge project in Bridgeport to go to trial"

"Police, fire millage on ballot for Bridgeport Township voters"

"Bridgeport Township resident files petitions to recall entire township board"

"Saginaw County Sheriff's Deputy shows up at Bridgeport polling location"

"Winchell to critics: Bridgeport Township recall allegations are 'community killing poisons'"

"Four up for recall in Bridgeport Township"

"Accusations fly in wake of Bridgeport board recall"

"Judge: Bridgeport business owners can sue for damages in restored State Street Bridge case"

"Saginaw County judge to decide what type of damages Bridgeport business owners can claim in State Street Bridge case"

"Jury awards damages to Bridgeport store owners who sued over State Street Bridge relocation"

"Letter: Bridgeport Township officials should be ashamed at the way they've treated citizens"

"Judge awards more than $100K in attorney fees, costs to Bridgeport store owners who sued over State Street Bridge relocation"

Bridgeport Township vs Mr. Adams video of previous problems

In 2010 Mr. Adams purchased land along the Cass River in Bridgeport, MI and since then it has been a constant battle with the Bridgeport Township Board.  Here is a video posted by Perry222777 on YouTube of some of the previous interactions between Mr. Adams and Bridgeport Township.

Man gets arrested for going over time limit at Bridgeport Township Board Meeting March 4, 2014

A property owner in Bridgeport, Michigan was addressing his grievances at the monthly township board meeting when he went over the 3 minutes allowed for public comment.  At 2:40 into the video you can see when the police go to remove him from the meeting and when he doesn't comply in a fast enough manner for them, it sounded like they said he was under arrest for disturbing the peace.  When he reached to get his coat is when several officers then grabbed him. Once they removed him from the meeting room it sounds as if he was slammed to the floor in the area outside the main room.  You can hear it on the video tape.  This man was arrested for Assaulting, Resisting and Obstruction of a police officer, (a felony charge) and for Disturbing the Peace.
This man has had a 3 year ongoing legal battle with this township board. It involves the violation of his property rights, continual harassment by the township officials. The Bridgeport Township board has a history of recalls, legal battles, court cases, this is not a one time occurrence for this township.  This video is just another example of the abuse of power by this township and the police force.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."