Carl Mrozek, an American journalist and filmmaker from New York, believes his civil liberties were violated while filming a controversial Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild burro roundup near Yuma, Arizona. After his footage from a previous roundup aired on AZ TV newscasts—showing a helicopter chasing a burro and flipping it over—BLM employees began harassing him. Then one day, in 103 degree weather, things got worse. His camera was ripped from his hands, he was manhandled, handcuffed and detained in a ranger vehicle until he passed out and was rushed to the emergency room. The BLM searched his belongings and took his video footage—all without his permission. Carl needs your help with airline miles and donations towards defending his civil liberties. Thank you for helping Carl stand up and fight this. Donate to firstname.lastname@example.org via Paypal. Every dollar received will help fight this.
Dear friends of wild horses and burros. I want to share the latest information from the Bureau of Land Management about the incident at Yuma. Below is an email from Tom Gorey
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Subject: Response to your e-mail
From: “Gorey, Tom” <TGorey@blm.gov>
Date: Wed, June 13, 2012 9:29 am
To: Anne protectmustangs
This investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, and until finalized, we are not providing additional information. Court documents are typically a matter of public record and should be available when charges are finalized through the courts. When the venue is confirmed, the BLM will be able to respond to requests for this information.
On June 10, 2012, two public observers were contacted by BLM Law Enforcement Rangers outside the designated viewing area. One of the individuals (MROZEK-MALE) had been previously asked on numerous occasions to leave the viewing area based on his failure to comply with instructions from law enforcement officers. The other individual (HAYDEN-FEMALE), who was in a restricted area, was asked repeatedly to move to the designated viewing area, for her safety and the safety of those involved in the gather operations, and she refused to comply. Rangers had to make physical contact with both individuals to gain compliance. Both individuals were detained pending charges. Both individuals were placed in air conditioned law enforcement vehicles. Both individuals requested medical attention. Ambulances were called at their request. One individual was transported by ambulance. One individual was evaluated and released at the scene. Charges are pending against both individuals.