I no longer have a computer...the cops took everything!!! Even my rotor....
Here's the youtube of myself after I left the Fredericton Jail after close to 6 hours being detained!
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(Fredericton, NB - January 19, 2012) - In a startling new development today in the case of well known blogger Charles LeBlanc, Fredericton City Police raided LeBlanc's downtown apartment and confiscated all his computer equipment including his monitor, external hard drive and Rogers modem, effectively shutting down his ability to update his website, charlesotherpersonality.blogspot.com, from his home.
In today's incident, Fredericton Police also laid charges of libel under Section 301 of the Criminal Code of Canada, claiming that LeBlanc libelled a Fredericton City Police officer in a blog posting last summer.
"I can't say anything more about it. The police told me I'd spend the next four months in jail if I mention the officer's name. I'll lose my apartment and end up homeless if I go to jail for four months."
Mr. LeBlanc says he caught completely off guard this morning when eight police showed up at his doorstep around 10 am. He was handcuffed, arrested, fingerprinted, photographed and jailed for close to six hours while the police went through his apartment looking for evidence of libel.
During his arrest, LeBlanc says the police asked him for the names of people who helped him with his blog.
"It's very scary stuff," says LeBlanc. "They asked me if anyone helps me with my blog, and if anyone has my username and passwords. They even wanted to know who approached me to be a blogger. Does that mean anybody who associates with me will be arrested too?"
The arrest comes on the heels of Mr. LeBlanc pleading guilty Monday to causing a disturbance last summer in front of the Fredericton City Police station. LeBlanc used a blowhorn to publicize his concerns about the unequal treatment of the poor by the City Police.
Mr. LeBlanc pleaded guilty to the Criminal Code offence Monday after consulting with friends in the social justice community who convinced him that it would be the best thing to do. He received no legal advice and there was no duty counsel available to speak to him on Monday.
"I was in a tough spot so I listened to my friends and pleaded guilty just to get it over with," says LeBlanc, "But right away I knew something was wrong and I decided to appeal. I even blogged that I was going to appeal it."
LeBlanc says someone told him that the police were going to grab him on the street as soon as he pleaded guilty on Monday, "But I didn't expect it to happen so soon and I certainly didn't expect them to raid my apartment, take all my computer equipment and threaten me with arrest and jail if I dare to mention the officer's name. It's like Soviet Russia."
A Fredericton activist, who asked to withhold his name for fear of retribution, criticized the Police move.
"All this is being done to prevent Charles from going to trial on the bicycle issue (riding his bicycle on the sidewalk) and the reason for that is because they want third party vigalante reporting so they can arrest other people on trumped up charges. Poor people have had this for a long time, single parent women who have been anonymously reported by neighbours because their kids are dirty or under-dressed, the kids are taken away from them and they have to prove they are fit. The only difference is that in Charles' case, they have this high profile guy, Dan Bussieres, the head of security at the legislature, who allegedly made the anonymous complaint against Charles. The police don't want that to come out. We can't have vigalantism in a democratic system, everybody reporting on everybody. It's extremely dictatorial and besides, who are the police to decide what journalists and bloggers say.it's a matter of freedom of speech and boils down to this: do the police have the right to eliminate opinion they don't like? What is this China?"
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