LAS VEGAS, NV -
UPDATE (in reverse chronological order):
Tuesday, 9:22am PST – Yesterday afternoon Adam was unexpectedly released from his cage!!! Thanks so much to everyone for your help keeping pressing on those violating his rights. More soon on our next-steps.
Check out the video below or listen to the Sept. 20th episode of Free Talk Live to hear Adam in his own words:
Monday, 10:00am-noon PST – A half dozen of us did outreach about Adam’s situation outside the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center. We were harassed by a few people with badges – video on that soon. I then stopped by the Las Vegas Detention Facility where Adam was being held. I was told that judge had reviewed his charges and planned to “see” Adam (via videoconference) on Tuesday, which meant another night in jail.
Monday, 9:00am PST (written by Ian Freeman) – Adam’s mom and Pete report that Adam was kept in a cold cell with no blanket, was locked to a chair for five hours, and was not allowed to have water. The jailers have threatened more punishment for Adam if “his clan” keeps calling, including revoking his “phone privileges”. Apparently calls out from the jail are $10 each.
Monday, 5:41am PST – Pictures of the signs I’m bringing with me to the Vegas Regional Justice Center in a few hours:
Monday, 4:32am PST – Made a couple “Free Adam” graphics. Feel free to use them, tweak them or create new graphics if you’re so-inclined.
Monday, 2:58am PST – Just decided to stand near the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center this morning holding a sign advocating for the release of Adam Mueller. Hopefully the judge who reads his file will happen to walk by. In the least, I’m sure some folks will inquire about Adam’s status and thus learn just how unaccountable those with badges purporting to serve them really are. Action Items: If you’re in/around Vegas join me! If not, call the judge’s office and tell them to release Adam: 702.382.6878.
Sunday, 9:47pm PST – Just spoke with Adam on the phone. He decided against being bailed out tonight due to the cost ($136) and the length (8-9hrs once the process starts) and instead hope to be released tomorrow. Action Items: Call the lockup and ask them to give Adam a blanket: 702.229.4908 & call the judge’s office and tell them to release Adam: 702.382.6878
Sunday, 8:00pm PST – Adam was arrested by the Metro Vegas PD earlier today for “obstructing”. The bail amount is $640 but Adam indicated prior to being transported that he did not want people to bail him out but that if they’re so-inclined they can make calls on his behalf.
He’s being held at the Las Vegas Detention Facility (702.229.4908). I’m told he’ll be there overnight, that a judge will look at his paperwork (without him, or any public present) at noon and that the lockup will have more info around 2pm (PST). Adam may be released on his own recognizance or the DA may drop the charge. Or, if the judge (702.382.6878) tomorrow believes that there was probable cause Adam will be kept in a cage and won’t see him until Tue. or Wed.
Earlier today, after capturing footage for a video about Food Not Bombs Las Vegas, Adam and I stopped by Weedz Alternatives – a store a couple miles north of The Strip that sells synthetic marijuana – as we heard the owner had been getting harassed by folks with badges.
After learning that the owner wasn’t around, we left our contact info and headed back to MARV, which was parked behind the store in a gravel parking lot on the opposite side of the alley. As we always do, before we parked we had looked around for signs indicating that we could not park there. We found none.
Soon after we returned to MARV we saw a Las Vegas Metropolitan police vehicle cruise by. A short time later two officers approached MARV, one on each side, and barked orders for us to produce ID. The following video, captured via Liberty On Tour’s Qik channel, shows a large chunk of the conversation that preceded the arrest (00:21:06):
When we exited MARV the cops asked “How many more people are inside?” I responded, “None, only us two were inside.” Nevertheless, they entered MARV, guns drawn. I loudly stated to them that I was not consenting to their entry into my home. They ignore me. Adam was placed in handcuffs both of our phones were in his possession. They were taken and placed on the dash of a squad car. We were then held outside, surrounded by cops (at the point of greatest police presence there were five squad cars and eight cops) and peppered with questions for a long time (30-60min?). Adam asked for his handcuffs to be removed. They were not. We were told that a nearby building happened to be a federal building and that they were there out of concern for terrorism.
We tried to communicate that there was no victim for our alleged offenses. When we made clear that we were peaceful they noted that maybe we were doing a “dry run.” We debated at length their actions and their reliance on the use of aggressive force. Prior to Adam being transported I was given both our phones back, which is how the footage below was captured. I made sure to get everyone’s info to better be able to hold them accountable.
Before being placed in the squad car Adam made clear at least twice that though he wasn’t going to cooperate with his being transported he would not resist. Sgt. W. Wilson tried to talk him out of it – essentially telling him that such action was childish. Adam remained steadfast (00:03:48).
I later did an update on the way to the Las Vegas Detention Facility (00:01:26):
I visited the jail to get more information about Adam’s situation (00:02:48):
I was told that Adam will spend the night in a cage (00:01:55):
Please call the Las Vegas Detention Facility at 702. 229.4908 to inquire about Adam’s status.