Occupy Denver: Police track down protesters' identities using YouTube (VIDEOS)

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It's not a new tactic, but for some, it might be a surprising one: One of the ways the Denver Police Department has checked the identities of those faced with warrants for Occupy Denver is through online archival footage, including the average YouTube search. Previously anonymous protesters can be -- and have been -- easily identified through crowd and news coverage of weekend events. Depending on what they're wearing, not even Guy Fawkes masks can keep them anonymous.

"We can use that information from videos to help identify individuals suspected of criminal activity, and that's pretty significant," says Detective John White, a DPD spokesman. "I wouldn't say we use online searches frequently, but if our investigators believe there is some useful information on one of those YouTube videos that could be used to identity someone suspected of criminal activity, we do."

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In this screen capture from a video below, Sean Driggers is on the right wearing a cap.
That's how Sean Driggers was caught, at least. Driggers was arrested on suspicion of felony assault on a police officer days after John Sexton had been taken in for the same investigation on the same day. (Sexton's charges have since been dropped.) Although the DPD repeatedly claimed that two felony assault cases had resulted from the October 29 demonstration, Driggers's full name wasn't released for a week before finally becoming public.

Early on in the DPD's statement of probable cause (on view below), Driggers is referred to only as an "unknown male," who, according to the document, attempted to strike Lieutenant James Henning with "a stick" while police removed tents from Civic Center Park. Officers said the perpetrator wore a brown and cream-colored newsboy hat, a brown T-shirt with stripes on the shoulders and blue jeans. According to the statement, he was seen holding the stick, also referred to as a "wooden lathe," and striking Lieutenant James Henning with it.

But how to determine who did the deed? The statement of probable cause explains the police approach: "Detective (Joey) Perez conducted an internet search for any video taken of this incident. He located a video titled 'FAKED STAGED!!! Protesters surround Denver Police who retaliate with pepper spray' on YouTube.com... the aforementioned person wearing the 'Newsboy' cap could be seen clearly."

As far as the actual method of online search, the department remains tight-lipped: "I don't want really want to get into what our techniques are," White says.

Page down to see videos featuring Driggers and more.


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Robert Podrasky
Robert Podrasky

I am interested in doing live and studio interviews with people interested for or against occupy Denver. I am putting a podcast together on this and many other topics. You can reach me at TheStudioZoo@gmail.com

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

All these clowns can keep talking their fiction while either they never been to the occupation or went and asked a bunch of idiots like them about the occupation no wonder why they are so falsely informing people about what's going on when you all really got facts then bring them not your half ass stories this is coming from a solid occupier which doesn't use fiction to wanna feel special like the loud mouths on this page

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

So include yourself while you talk behind a computer and join your law enforcement buddies who wear mask .

Marie Devine
Marie Devine

LA Signs say, The Present is struggle, the future is ours.  Party for Socialism and Liberation,  PSLweb.org

PSLweb.org website says event coming:Dec 03   Marxism Class: The Scientific Basis for Socialism,  Chicago Class

Only a garden paradise lifestyle can solve the pollution to air, land, water and food already making young and old diseased as well as energy crisis, war, immigration, inequality, financial instability, and huge government payrolls to administer helps; not union wages for all

Rob
Rob

I certainly hope that the Office of the Independent Monitor is just as excited at the prospect of having documentary evidence to use in cases against the multitude of officers who are shown violating department policy on wearing of badge numbers and name insignia, using disproportionate force, and deploying chemical crowd control agents against their agency's policies.  Also, I'm pretty sure that there's a legal requirement to decontaminate those expo0sed to chemical agents after their use.  When can we expect these charges, City of Denver?  Can you use those high-speed investigative talents fairly for the community as a whole, or are they merely useful for maligning an entire social movement?  Are some animals more equal than others, DPD?

CSLady
CSLady

Kudos for the Animal Farm reference! Orwell is one of my favorite authors!

Sharpshooter
Sharpshooter

You mean not one of the 140 HALO cameras in Denver helped the cops catch these rabble rousers? Shit, I forgot. Those only catch criminal cops!

KeepingItReal
KeepingItReal

Brilliant! Thank you Denver PD for being savvy enough to use the "protester's" (anti-democratic political agitators) technology against them. If the revolution is going to be televised then the footage that results belongs to both sides.

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

Lmao you cheer for DPD which has a history of abusing it's people like you who empower police abuse WOW be proud be very proud we can't wait till they beat your ass just for breathing people like you need to get your ass kicked by them then you fuck heads are real quick to say police abuse I ran into so many people like you in my life your a joke and I know one day you will find out when you wake up in a ally while thanking your DPD

NCalConservativ
NCalConservativ

LOL! That's great that Sean Diggers is so stupid that he gets himself and his name on the news and gets caught.  Hope he does time!!

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

Yup and yet you live in your cage in your home while you talk about others you have no clue about and or the full story keep your fiction going I am enjoying all you peoples fairy tales

Test Tcc
Test Tcc

People,

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KeepingItReal
KeepingItReal

This is exactly the type of thing people need to be paying attention to. Thank you so much for posting this. While the OWS serve as a political diversionary technique, the fascist president introduces bills which EXPAND UPON the horrible Patriot Act. And I thought that George Bush was bad! This president has to go.

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

Wow you are slow sorry to inform you but the Occupation has already been on this and their is already multi petitions for this area I suggest you inform yourself better before not having facts

Ricky Taylor
Ricky Taylor

See how denver pigs are entirely white?  Typical trash.

R-

kkwd
kkwd

The officer that was pushed off of his motorcycle by an occu-commie was black.  I guess that shows the occu-commies are racists too.

CSLady
CSLady

Occu-commie?? Really?? You should have the BALLS to say it to that guys face!!

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

Lmao you mean the guy the cop ran over because he was in a rush to get to where his stupid ass needed to go yes the guy helped the damn cop get to his area then the cops jump him wow these clowns have no nuts they all hide behind a badge and weapons as you all can see the occupation have no lethal weapons yet the criminal law enforcement are geared for war .keep seeing only what you people wanna in the end you still be the fool

KeepingItReal
KeepingItReal

See how racists don't like white people? Typical trash.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Detective Perez meant "wooden lath"; much safer to be struck by a lath than a lathe.

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

The video is a great view of what went down but i never see the guy in question i did see a few people defending themselves but nothing else...

OrangeFree
OrangeFree

"...i never see the guy in question i did see a few people defending themselves but nothing else..."So, the guy in the hood, who unprovoked comes out of no where, grabbing the night stick and pushing the cop down, followed by Driggers (who's very obviously right there unless you look away from the screen for 15 seconds), also unprovoked, wacking at the cops on the ground with his protest sign, were just defending themselves? 

My, I want to live in your world.

OM17 Power
OM17 Power

First, you shouldn't be doing anything illegal in a "peaceful protest".Second, if you have to hide your identity, you are a pussy,

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

So you including yourself and all the law enforcement who wear mask and all the officials sitting on there asses ordering law enforcement to abuse the people ,second of all you people would believe any bullshit that the one 1% tells you but yet you all don't see the truth how about the kids which they abused yet they didn't show all that right maybe some of the protesters felt to protect or help the kids how about all the females which got abused and the elderly and the disabled,vets,patients,etc poof be gone cause you don't have a fucking clue wtf you talking about

Scott Greene
Scott Greene

OM17 Power - Is that why u dont use a real name??? I hid my face so the cops wont kill me at a later time when they find me walking around on capitol hill late at night

KeepingItReal
KeepingItReal

The only reason to hide your face is that you know you're doing something illegal or unethical. Apparently that is what you believe.

You to stupid to understand
You to stupid to understand

You another goddamn Idiot all these lazy ass talkers that sit on their couches talking shit to people who are not only fighting for them but you slow ignorant people .And you should learn how to keep it real not with your fake ass

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