The arrest of freelance report and political activist Ken Krayeske has raised questions about who and how state police and other law enforcement agencies gather intelligence. These pictures taken on Oct. 5, 2006 on the north steps of the State Capitol prove big brother is watching political activists like Krayeske, who happened to attend this protest. Krayeske’s back is the foreground of the second photo below. Christine Stuart photo
Christine Stuart photo
On Oct. 5, 2006 about 25 protesters joined hands and talked about the Bush administration’s attack on the U.S. Constitution and their civil rights.Capitol Police at one point outnumbered the protesters, but that didn’t stop them from taking photos of the group. When asked if the pictures were going to be turned over to the federal government, then-Capitol Police Chief Bill Morgan said that’s not why they take pictures. He said the police take pictures during events like this in case any property is damaged. “It’s a liability. We just want to document what’s going on,” he said. “We do it at most big events” Morgan said citing the University of Connecticut basketball championship parade as another event police documented.Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle told WTIC radio host Colin McEnroe there were about 8 to 10 people on the dossier for Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s parade Wednesday. How did they get there?“As a result of their actions or words,” Boyle said. But just being there didn’t make them a threat, besides the Constitution gives them the right to protest. Boyle admitted that if there was no probable cause for an arrest then it would be a violation of someone’s civil rights. Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez joined the group of elected officials calling for an investigation of the arrest. On Tuesday, Perez asked Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts Tuesday to look into the arrest to make sure the department’s protocol was followed. “I want to make sure that all departmental policies and procedures were followed correctly and I would like clarification of the role played by the Connecticut State Police in the arrest,” Perez said.