Looks like a witch hunt

Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 2:14 a.m.
I am very concerned at what I see going on with regards to certain officials of the City of Alachua, the State Attorney's office, and Charlie Grapski. I wonder why taxpayers' money is being spent to go after a man who is exercising his rights - our rights - to see what our government is doing.
The charge against Grapski of illegally recording Clovis Watson is bogus. Watson is a public official that Grapski recorded during a conversation about public business in his public office. What is more incredulous is that Watson knew he was being recorded. As a matter of fact, public meetings are routinely recorded. Did you know that when a citizen gets up to speak at a City or County Commission meeting, every word is being recorded? Did anyone ask for your consent? No, because it is public business.
Did Watson make the same consent demand of the TV20 crew that videotaped him in various capacities while he was on the public time clock? Has he sought to get them arrested, too? What Charlie Grapski did is not a crime and is certainly not an arrestable offense.
What is the purpose of our police force, our jail and our State Attorney? To protect the government or protect the people? What is going on here?

John Prosser,


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