Rell’s World

[Note: This disturbing story is unfolding, and the post below is my attempt to put some of the pieces together in one place. Christine Stuart at CTNewsJunkie, Maura at MyLeftNutmeg, CTBlogger at ConnecticutBLOG, Genghis and the gang at Connecticut Local Politics, CT Bob of ConnecticutBob, Colin McEnroe of WTIC 1080AM and the Hartford Courant, and Mark Pazniokas of the Hartford Courant are all following this story as well]

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s world is a scary one, in which people get arrested for doing what I did all last year–taking pictures or video at public political events.

Ken Krayeske rode his bike out in front of the parade, camera gear in tow, and hopped off to take some pictures of Rell and was promptly arrested. CTNewsJunkie reports (emphasis added):

A freelance journalist, who has worked on political campaigns, was arrested by Hartford Police Wednesday as he took photos of Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s inaugural parade in downtown Hartford.


Krayeske was given an eyebrow raising $75,000 bond and taken to state lockup on Lafayette Street.

Krayeske didn’t make bond, but nonetheless was released at 1 a.m. on a promise to appear in court Friday. Pattis speculated this afternoon that they held his client until the last glass of champagne was poured at the governor’s inaugural ball.

I looks to me like Krayeske was arrested because his name and photograph were on a list provided to state police, presumably containing the names and photos of other known protestors.

Here’s a screen cap from the police report. Click here to view the two-page police report. Click here to view the screen cap at full size.

Colin McEnroe has some information about the list (click through for the full details):

I am trying to stay with this story as I do the show. I now have the police report on the arrest of Ken Krayeske. The information about him seems to have come, at least partly, from the Connecticut Intelligence Center, a creature of Homeland Security.

Krayeske’s attorney, Norm Pattis spoke to McEnroe on the radio this afternoon:

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Just when you thought that this story wasn’t absurd enough, here’s what Mark Pazniokas reports in the Courant:

More recently, [Krayeske] ridiculed Rell on two web sites.

“Hey, tickets to see the Fairy Godmother turn herself into Cinderella are only $150,” he wrote this week.

Last month, he posted on another site. “Whose going to protest the inaugural ball Jan. 3 with me? No need to make nice after watching this documentary,” Krayeske wrote, referring to an examination of the troubled state juvenile training center.

Genghis Conn of Connecticut Local Politics has identified the source of the second quote (“Who’s going to protest…”) as coming from his own site.

So not only is there an enemies list being used to detain Connecticut citizens who are known to disagree with Rell, apparently the internet postings of people on the list are being carefully monitored…unfuckingbelievable.

Update: Aldon sends out a letter to Sen. Andrew McDonald, chair of the Senate Judiciary committee. I recommend sending out a letter to your own state rep and state senator, and perhaps CC’ing McDonald.

8 Responses to “Rell’s World”

  1. ATalbot

    Well Beau, things certainly don’t seem to stay boring round here for long do they?

  2. Connecticut Man1

    This is just so wrong. I can’t fucking believe this? It is bad enough the guy got arrested on obviously ginned up charges (the lawyer eyewitness in the Courant article makes that plain to see) BUT just the fact that peaceful protesters and activists are being watched by these people that really should have more important things to do with their time.

    According to their red flags for watching him… They must have the entire left blogosphere of CT on their list.

  3. Maura

    Check out Paz’ updated article, too. He found a witness who disputes the police claim that Krayeske was arrested just after getting off his bike. Ken had been quietly taking a bunch of photos, Rell passed, and then after Rell passed where Ken stood was Ken arrested.

    Fucked up.

    The one piece you missed, I think, is the aspect of him being held in jail on 75K bond until Rell’s ball was over at 1AM…

  4. Orient Lodge

    Freelance Journalist Arrested, will the Judiciary committee investigate?…

    (Below is the email I have sent to Sen. Andrew McDonald, chair of the Senate Judiciary committee, concerning the arrest of Ken Krayeske.)
    Sen. McDonald,
    I am not sure if you are aware of the issue surrounding the arrest of Ken Krayeske, a freelance …

  5. MikeCT

    A list of several other state officials to contact about the issue

  6. lakezoarian

    Keeping him locked up until just after the event was over mirrors the tactics used in New York during the ’04 RNC there.

  7. SPJ Legal Defense Fund Blog

    Krayeske application under consideration…

    We are replacing Ken Krayeske’s application because he has asked us to take it down. We will replace……

  8. SPJ Legal Defense Fund Blog

    Krayeske application under consideration…

    Ken Krayeske has applied for a LDF grant and the committee is looking into the mater.
    Here is a summary……