Investigative journalist James O’Keefe has released bombshell police bodycam footage showing New Jersey school board officials colluding with the police to target “Trumpish” school board hearing attendees.
According to O’Keefe, head of O’Keefe Media Group (OMG), the footage offers “the most riveting and fascinating psychological case studies into what school board officials, superintendents, and cops are saying, thinking, and believing about you.”
BREAKING: Police bodycam footage shows NJ School Board officials calling police on citizens they don’t recognize who look “TRUMPISH!” Police colluded with school officials to scan license plates of all attendees who looked ‘different’.
POLICE: ‘I don’t answer to journalists.’ pic.twitter.com/9cVIlINwwA
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) August 31, 2023
He explained in the clip above that the incident happened during a Livingston School Board hearing on Aug. 8th after school board officials called the cops on several hearing attendees whom they didn’t recognize.
“There’s a group of about nine men. They’re there, they’re on their phones, they’ve never been there before. It was just a little bit of a concern,” one official could be heard saying in a recorded 911 call that was made that day.
“There’s about eight of them, and none of our administrators recognize them as past students. They’re not parents. They’re different-looking. Some look Trumpish. They look a little scary,” the same official, identified as executive assistant to the superintendent Toni McLaughlin, later told a responding officer.
The responding officer was identified by O’Keefe as local Ofc. Pancione. As for the group of eight men, whom McLaughlin and Pancione later went on to compare to Antifa terrorists, O’Keefe identified them as “citizen journalists” working for OMG.
“They [McLaughlin and Pancione] apparently forgot that the body cam was recording over 40 minutes of conversation back and forth as they compare O’Keefe Media Group citizen journalists to Antifa,” he said at one point in the clip up top.
Later in the clip, O’Keefe could be seen confronting McLaughlin as she arrived at work about both her “Trumpish” remarks and remarks she made suggesting the eight men were somehow intimidating.
“What is intimidating about citizens showing up at a school board meeting talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion?” O’Keefe asked.
“I did not know what the citizens were going to talk about. Usually, we have people commenting on items on the agenda,” McLaughlin replied.
“Why did you call the police?” O’Keefe then pressed.
“Because I was directed to do so,” McLaughlin claimed.
The clip then switched back to the bodycam footage and showed Pancione trash-talking O’Keefe and OMG with McLaughlin and several other school officials. At one point they claimed that O’Keefe and his “citizen journalists” weren’t allowed to attend a Livingston School Board hearing because they didn’t live there.
“What’s remarkable is the officer is still wearing the bodycam but apparently forgets that he’s wearing it, because it captures his blasé, mini-tyrannical side, saying that he doesn’t answer to citizens, he doesn’t answer to citizen journalists, and he doesn’t care that we are journalists,” O’Keefe said in response to the trash-talking.
“Obviously, the police officer does indeed exist to serve and protect the citizens and has to answer to citizens. That’s why we obtained the bodycam footage in the first place through a public records request,” he added.
O’Keefe then debunked the “living in Livingston” talking point.
“At one point, Ofc. Pancione, in conjunction with Toni McLaughlin, questioned whether we, I, have a right to be at the school board meeting. This is clearly erroneous. The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act … ensures the public can attend all school board meetings in the state regardless of where you live, so this officer is ignorant of the law,” he said.
But not only was the officer ignorant of the law — it appears he may have been in violation of it as well.
“At one point, Ofc. Pancione speaks with Susan Berman. She’s an official in the human resources department in the Livingston school district, and Susan Berman is absolutely giddy about scanning license plates of the citizens in the parking lot,” O’Keefe noted.
Indeed, and Ofc. Pancione was 100 percent down with it, telling her, “I can run the license plates.” Based on what? Evidently nothing more than the claim that the eight men looked “Trumpish.”
“The police officer reiterates that they can indeed scan the plates. Scanning plates that don’t even belong to people working for me or any citizen journalist. They just start scanning all the plates. I think they found one car with a plate from Massachusetts, and they used that as apparently the probable cause to become suspicious,” O’Keefe explained.
To watch the raw body cam footage, play the clip below:
RAW: For full transparency I’m sharing the raw police body cam footage depicting the collusion between the Livingston School Board and local police. Are you interested in learning how to hold your local school board accountable? Take my masterclass: https://t.co/3mjtKPQv0T pic.twitter.com/B70oiZndfp
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) August 31, 2023
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