Formal Complaint Filed Against West Covina Police detective Mark Tedesco for Civil Rights Violations
Note: To see the entire video of the Internal Affairs Investigative Interview regarding this case, click here: LibertyFight.com: Filming Cops Archive
To see a condensed version of where the W.C. investigators affirm it's everyone's right to film police in public, click here: Police Internal Affairs Investigators Confirm that Filming Cops in Public is 100% Legal 9/26/12
July 9, 2008
On Tuesday, July 8th 2008 in the 3 o'clock hour I was pulling into the shopping center located in the block of 350 S.Glendora Ave, West Covina, CA 91790.
The first thing I saw as I pulled into the center, to my shock, was a large uniformed West Covina police officer push a hispanic teenaged boy down to the ground with both arms. The boy, who had been standing, landed backwards onto the ground on his backside. There were two other boys sitting down on the grass next to him. (See photos below). This incident occured between 2 buildings, which were a furniture store and a taco restaurant in the strip mall. After seeing this occur, I stopped my car and got out my camera and started taking video and photos for documentation. The officer continued to point at and stand over the boy.
I did not view what occured prior to the push-down, so I am not making a final judgement on the entirety of that incident, or drawing any conclusions, other than what I directly witnessed. This complaint deals with what I witnessed as well as the direct aftermath and the police involvement with myself afterwards.
As I filmed, the officer continued questioning the boys, while several other men not in uniform were standing around the 3 boys. One of the plain clothed officers then walked to a dark colored Dodge Durango SUV, California license plate number 5ZDV991. This plain clothed officer, who was later identified by Watch Commander Lt. D. Brooks as Dective Mark Tedesco, then saw me filming from across the parking lot and started to walked over to my car. I rolled up my windows and locked my doors before he arrived to my car. As I filmed him, he motioned for me to roll down my window. I rolled down the window a few inches and Tedesco sarcastically asked if I wanted to come out and film closer to where they were. I wasn't interested in becoming involved in the arrest or questioning of 3 unknown and detained people, and thought it was a highly innapropriate and bizzare request. So I replied "No, I'm fine". The officer then remarked 'your car is so filthy I didn't think you could see out the windows'. I replied by asking "what is your name?" Tedesco, who had already initiated the contact with me and had given me commands, refused to answer, refused to identify himself, and instead asked me "what is YOUR name?" Since he had no probable cause or reasonable suspicion to question me and also since he also illegally refused to identify himself while acting in the capacity of a police officer, I replied "none of your business". He immediately turned away from me, walked to the front of my car, read my license plate number, and walked directly back over to the other officers, told them something in their ear, and then they all started looking over towards me.
I then continued filming and taking photos. Eventually, both the dark SUV, the plain clothed officers, and all the uniformed officers left. I saw 4 marked west Covina squad cars, numbers 10, 11, 23 and 17 pull out of the parking lot. [Squad car number 17 had license plate number 1278953 and was driven by a female blonde uniformed West Covina officer.]
If it were not a traffic stop, why did Mark Tedesco approach my vehicle and tell me to roll down my windows?
Note that the officer whio pushed the boy down was not Mark Tedesco. It was someone else whose name I do not currently know. Who was the boy that was pushed down into the ground?
In conclusion: Let it be stated unequivacably clear that I will never tolerate any violation or even attempted violation of my liberty, my free choice of movement or actions, or my God given rights. I am a Roman Catholic Christian law abiding citizen, constitutionalist and civil rights advocate. I was a also precinct captain for the presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul M.D. (R, TX). I publicly reject and condemn the immoral and unprofessional behavior, comments and actions of detective Mark Tedesco and I will never stand for attempted shows of intimidation by Tedesco or any sworn public servants. Such actions and behavior on the part of law enforcement are becoming increasingly prevalent across the country. In the age of the internet, however, such news is dispersed widely and rapidly across the world. Free people of all ages and races are becoming increasingly conscious and aware of their God given rights in this republic, and are highly unlikely to ever sacrifice them or give them up willingly. The trend towards intimidating, bullying and tyrannical tactics used by police departments acrosss the country are documented in videos and top-rated websites such as INFOWARS.COM, POLICESTATEUSA.net, CHECKPOINTUSA.org and numerous "cop watch" and civil rights websites; as well as high profile stories on myspace, youtube and google video. The case of Brett Darrow in Missouri is a particularly notable case in which Darrow was repeatedly threatened for simply invoking his God given rights and refusing to answer a police officer's questions. Darrow was subsequently illegally threatened by the officer, who promised to 'make something up' to charge him with. In one of Darrow's cases, the officer was fired from his job for illegally threatening Darrow, after Darrow had released the video to his friends on youtube and it subsequently spread like wildfire, airing on CNN and worldwide.
I suggest law enforcement and elected officials familiarize themselves with the resurgence of the freedom movement in America, and revisit their knowledge and commitment to the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and their state constitutions.
I request answers to all my questions above raegarding this July 8th incident; and note that as outlined in their complaint form, the West Covina Police dept. policy is to keep citizen complaints on file for a minimum of five years. May this be a stark reminder to West Covina police detective Mark Tedesco, and to all officers across the state and nation, of their legal and moral obligation to uphold the oath that they took when they were sworn into duty.
I intend on seeing this through and receiving resolution to this violation of my civil rights by West Covina Police detective Mark Tedesco, and will proceeed with the appropriate legal action in that regard.
Long live the U.S. republic, and Glory to God in the Highest.
CC: Local and international media
West Covina City Councilmembers Steve Herfert, Mike Touhey, Shelley Sanderson
Mayor Pro-Tem Roger Hernandez
Mayor Sherri Lane
U.S.Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis
32nd Congressional district
California State Assembly Assemblymember Ed Hernandez (57th District)
California State Senate Senator Gloria Romero
County Board of Supervisors Supervisor Michael Antonovich (5th District)
Assistant City Manager- Artie Fields
City Manager Andrew Pasmant
St. Christopher Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, West Covina
Following is the video and some photographs and stills from the video.
Uniformed officer in the black uniform, arms folded, standing next to Mark Tedesco, is the one who pushed the child down.
Tedesco sees me
Tedesco at his SUV
Tedesco approaches me
Kids and officers look over at me filming. Kids look relieved.
There were eventually at least 4 marked police cars at the scene.
Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze, Whittier Daily News, LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, Educate-Yourself.org, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, Jonathan Turley blog, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, Dr. Kevin Barret's Truth Jihad radio show, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, Redlands Daily Facts, BlackBoxVoting, Strike-The-Root, David Icke, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org.