VENTURA COUNTY, CA — In a bizarre case of what some are calling government-sponsored kidnapping, California Child Protective Services (CPS) recently punished a war veteran for recording a CPS worker and now the agency is seeking a court order to stop the father from recording them. The two videos below are what CPS considers private and therefore cannot be viewed by the public. In an attempt to hide their inner workings from the public, CPS requested an emergency hearing for Tuesday, March 25th, and will be asking a Ventura County judge to order the removal of both videos.
Earlier in March, NeverGetBusted was contacted for help by William "Scott" Rolick, age 37, who served honorably as a U.S. Navy Seabee and completed tours in Iraq. Scott and his wife Sara have been recently battling CPS over custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Stevie. Scott provided NeverGetBusted with video proving that CPS had placed his daughter in a dangerous environment and that the agency was trying to force him to take parenting classes and drug classes even though neither parent had broken any laws.
On March 19, 2014, NeverGetBusted — in line with its humanitarian mission of freeing the unjustly imprisoned — published a video compilation of what Mr. Rolick had provided in an effort to help him save Stevie (posted below).
Shortly after exposing the corruption, a CPS supervisor, Carmin Franko, called and punished Stevie's father, citing that he "broke the law" by making the recording of the CPS worker in the first video below. This conversation was also recorded. In the second video below, Franko can be heard on the phone reprimanding the father and stating it's illegal to record government agents. Sources also told NeverGetBusted the Ventura Police Department wants to question Scott about the videos posted in this article. For punishment, CPS will not allow a parent/child visitation unless it's supervised and they are claiming there is nobody to supervise a visitation.
According to CPS, a government agency responsible for the care of American children, they are privileged in California and it is illegal to record them without their knowledge. One has to wonder that if it's legal to record police and federal agents in California, then why not CPS? According to a Huffington Post publication , federal judges across the nation are striking down and admonishing states who make arrests for filming public officials. This excerpt is taken from that article:
"The 7th Circuit Court found a specific First Amendment right to record police officers. It's the second federal appeals court to strike down a conviction for recording police. In August 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled that a man wrongly arrested for recording cops could sue the arresting officers for violating his First Amendment rights. That decision also found a broad First Amendment right to record on-duty government officials in public: "Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting 'the free discussion of governmental affairs." The 1st and 7th circuit decisions mean that it is now technically legal to record on-duty police officers in every state in the country. Unfortunately, people are still being arrested for it. Police officers who want to make an arrest to intimidate would-be videographers can always use broadly written laws that prohibit public disorder, interfering with a police officer, or similar ordinances that give law enforcement wide discretion. The charges are almost always either subsequently dropped or dismissed in court, but by then the innocent person has been illegally detained, arrested, sometimes jailed, and possibly paid expensive legal fees."