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‘Photography is not a crime:’ Kansas teen charged after filming cops speeding

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A Topeka, Kansas teenager pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of inattentive driving and having a television receiver in front of him while driving, after filming police officers citing him for a traffic stop he complained were speeding.

Addison Mikkelson, 17, made headlines last year after he filmed police arresting him for jaywalking. In that video, displayed below, he asked officers what he was being charged with and his camera was thrown to the ground. Officers said he was “obstructing justice,” though the video seemed to suggest they were unhappy with his recording the incident.

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On Monday, he plead not guilty to new charges. In a second video he posted Sunday, he filmed a patrol car allegedly speeding and failing to use a turn signal, and then was pulled over for what police say was inattentive driving and driving behind a television receiver. No receiver is shown.

Mikkelson told the Topeka Capital-Journal he made the film to protect himself.

“I’m not stopping,” he said. “Photography is not a crime. I’m trying to hold people accountable for their actions.”

“It’s pure harassment, I think,” his mother added.

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Mikkelson received another citation for “not stopping before pulling out a drive” Feb. 16. Since he wasn’t recording at the time, he said he couldn’t prove his innocence and opted to accept the court’s $142 fine.

In his latest video, where he seemed to catch police speeding and not using a turn signal, the Kansas teen didn’t display particular tact.

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“You are a loser,” he told one of the officers. “You are a loser.”

His trial has been set for April 7.

Mikkelson’s video of his being cited for driving behind a television receiver and inattentive driving:

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Mikkelson being arrested after allegedly jaywalking:

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[Photo credit: Shutterstock]

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

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Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

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