A Western New York man claims he’s performing First Amendment audits to police and government agencies across Western New York but according to the Dunkirk Police Chief, he’s harassing his officers and putting their lives in jeopardy.
According to the Dunkirk Observer, Daniel Warmus has visited the Dunkirk Police station at least three times since August and is constantly filming and harassing his officers during each trip.
Warmus says he has filmed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain bodycam video of his September 9th encounter where he was caught filming marked police vehicles.
Police Chief David Ortolano says he’s not releasing any records to Warmus due to his videos resulting in multiple threats to his officers.
Warmus is suing the Department for FOIL violations.
Chief Ortolano sent Warmus a letter stating the reason for the denial saying, “After the first video posting by Mr. Warmus and the group of followers there have been several threats made toward our facilities, our officers and statements made that they will wait in the parking lot and follow our officers home,” the police chief said. “Due to this threat to the safety of our officers, facilities, and families there is an ongoing open investigation and there will be no information released.”
Warmus was arrested for his participation in the January 6th Capitol riots after he bragged about his actions to his dentist during a routine visit. The dentist then alerted authorities, leading to Warmus’ arrest.
Warmus’ YouTube channel has multiple videos of him performing “audits” against multiple Western New York law enforcement agencies. He has thousands of views on those videos. In almost all of them, he can be seen harassing and attempting to rile up officers.
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