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Subject: Video Recording Meetings, Part 7/8: The police aren't interested until I mention the video
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BradB7


Posts:22


04/13/2018 5:54 PM  
Video Recording Meetings, Part 7/8: The police aren't interested until I mention the video

I said in Part 1 of this series that recording meetings was the best thing I have ever done as a board member. Having a video came in handy when I was threatened at a board meeting when we had a large turnout of irate residents. I had no idea all these people were coming, and this mob came for blood.

Now before anyone says "Hey board president you need to learn how to control your meetings", I do control my meetings, and if anyone violates our meeting policies I have order restored in about two seconds. At this meeting it was a mob that had come together and was feeding off each other, kind of like a shark feeding frenzy.

At one point during all the yelling, a homeowner stood up and said "Where's the camera! I want to make sure this is on video!" He then faced the camera and proceeded to threaten me in front of a room full of people. No one said anything. Not the other residents, not the board members, not the property manager.

The next day I called the police and reported what happened. I spoke to an officer and told him about the threat made to me. He wasn't interested. I told the officer that the threat was made in front of a room full of people as witnesses. He wasn't interested.

I told the officer that the meeting was recorded and the threat was on video, and I would show it to him if needed.

Now he was interested.

I learned several things from this experience. A group of hostile people doesn't care about being recorded, and neither did the person who made the threat. It was stupid to make a threat in a room full of people, but even stupider that he wanted his threat on camera. That was good for me and the police, and I learned that the police like videos.

I also called our attorney and told her that I'm glad I didn't follow her advice not to record meetings. After that experience I never had a doubt again about recording.

Next:
Part 8/8: What I learned, and why I will always record meetings
AugustinD


Posts:1222


04/13/2018 9:29 PM  
Posted By BradB7 on 04/13/2018 5:54 PM
I also called our attorney and told her that I'm glad I didn't follow her advice not to record meetings. After that experience I never had a doubt again about recording.


Who paid the HOA attorney's fee for the time she spent on the phone with you? If the HOA is paying the HOA attorney's bill for you to be on the phone gloating, and you see no problem with this, then I think you are joining your fellow members in the insanity.

Are your own abuses perhaps driving people to make threats against you?
GenoS
(Florida)

Posts:2525


04/13/2018 9:48 PM  
I don't see anything wrong with calling the attorney and letting them know that an owner threatened a board member at a meeting, the meeting was recorded on video, and that the police are investigating. Gloating wouldn't be appropriate, no, but as a heads-up I don't see a big problem. Maybe the attorney will advise about ejecting unruly people from meetings, hiring off-duty cops as security, or something along those lines. A mob scene sounds really ugly and dangerous.
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:16050


04/14/2018 3:15 AM  
There is apparently a whole back story about the irate members that wasn't told.

Having had a similar experience of facing a neighborhood of irate members, this was due to cutting down trees, I can understand the concerns of the OP.
MarkM31
(Washington)

Posts:394


04/14/2018 5:43 PM  
Where oh where is 8/8?
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