Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Yesterday, I was driven about by various people to camcord things. Unfortunately, we were always 3 minutes late to the places where voter intimidation was happening.
Except for one.
I stopped by a polling place and was shooting the breeze with some nice poll workers. I quietly showed them my camera (I had left the camcorder in the car because I was worried about some things). My camera will take clips of video, although the audio is pretty terrible.
Suddenly, one of the women stood up, pulled me aside and said, "Honey. Look over there." I turned my head to see a Jeff Koch poll worker look behind him and then walk down steps to the voting area. I quietly turned my camera to video and followed his movements. I couldn't zoom in because by then I'd turned the recording on.
As he went inside the polling place, I had to walk to follow his movements. Suddenly, his buddy realized what was happening and yelled to him, "HEY! SHE'S TAKING PICTURES (name of friend goes here)!!!"
He turned around and began to head back up the stairs.
Then I panicked. I wanted to say something back to the guy who was yelling but I couldn't think of what to say. I felt like I was doing something wrong- but I wasn't.
I was with a guy who was then loudly interrogated by the guy's buddy. He loudly said, "YOU WANT TO DIG? OH WE CAN DIG AND FIND THINGS!!!!!" By this time, I'd hopped in the car. The guy I was with was able to calm the Koch supporter down and then we drove away.
I decided to send the video to a reporter for advice on what to do with it. Was it worth anything?
Was it appropriate to upload the video? Should I leave it alone?
In my opinion, it was an example of a pattern of rule breaking that had been occurring all day.
The reporter watched the video and told me to upload it.
It will be available later tonight.
Posted by Agent Ska at 1:42 PM