February 18th, 2021 – As some were aware about a 12-year-old girl (2019) was apparently heckled and threatened on February 17th, 2019 with arrest for trying to record a cougar sighting from what it seems, but there is more to this story than a violation of her 1st amendment rights to film her encounter with the police officer surreptitiously without consent of the party or parties being filmed. In most states across the nation, it is a crime to covertly film anyone without informing them that they are being recorded, regardless of their status as a public servant.
The viral video (seen below) depicts her allegedly starting her recording around the time the officer is threatening to arrest her which was taken out of context. I decided to reach out to Patagonia Marshal’s Officer Joseph Patterson and we spoke briefly on the phone and through multiple emails which gave me enough details to get a feel of what is going on.
I reached out to a few sources including Officer Joseph Patterson. He received more than 261 death threats as of this date (2/18/2021) and a slew of emails and calls harassing him. Arizona’s State Law regarding filming of public officials, it is legal for them film, but to impede or interfere with an officer’s investigation (crime or other types of investigations), it is illegal pursuant to §13-3019 §§C3 and is underlined below:
Arizona Revised Statutes Title 13. Criminal Code § 13-3019. Surreptitious photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording or viewing; exemptions; classification; definitions (the subsection in bold)
A. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly photograph, videotape, film, digitally record or by any other means secretly view, with or without a device, another person without that person’s consent under either of the following circumstances:
1. In a restroom, bathroom, locker room, bedroom or other location where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and the person is urinating, defecating, dressing, undressing, nude or involved in sexual intercourse or sexual contact.
2. In a manner that directly or indirectly captures or allows the viewing of the person’s genitalia, buttock or female breast, whether clothed or unclothed, that is not otherwise visible to the public.
B. It is unlawful to disclose, display, distribute or publish a photograph, videotape, film or digital recording made in violation of subsection A of this section without the consent or knowledge of the person depicted.
C. This section does not apply to:
1. Photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording for security purposes if notice of the use of photographing, videotaping, filming or digital recording equipment is clearly posted in the location and the location is one in which the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
2. Photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording by correctional officials for security reasons or in connection with the investigation of alleged misconduct of persons on the premises of a jail or prison.
3. Photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording by law enforcement officers pursuant to an investigation, which is otherwise lawful.
4. The use of a child monitoring device as defined in § 13-3001 .
D. A violation of subsection A or B of this section is a class 5 felony.
E. Notwithstanding subsection D of this section, a violation of subsection A or B of this section that does not involve the use of a device is a class 6 felony, except that a second or subsequent violation of subsection A or B of this section that does not involve the use of a device is a class 5 felony.
F. Notwithstanding subsection D of this section, a violation of subsection B of this section is a class 4 felony if the person depicted is recognizable.
G. For the purposes of this section, “sexual contact” and “sexual intercourse” have the same meanings prescribed in § 13-1401 .
I wanted to take the time and ask Officer Joseph Patterson for a statement regarding this matter and he wanted the world to know this:
The threats were difficult for my wife to hear and caused her some great fear and unease. Every year around this time it starts up again and there will be a period of time that telephone calls come into the office telephone or my personal line that causes disruption to our life. Such a lovely thing the internet is for that.
There have been 261 death threats, including of wishes that I were dead or hopes of me dying a painful death. Most are just people being stupid and think that they can control by a fear tactic or a monster-type attitude.
I am neither fearful or scared, I am a simple man that wants the best for everyone and wake up with the hopes that every day will be a good day. I involved US Border Patrol tracking a group of undocumented migrants through the small Southern Border Town, a Mountain Lion and three different things going on at one time.
She just wanted to interject herself as much as possible to create a story. For a small department and the only officer on that day, it was busy. All this does not make the Lysiak’s bad people at all. It makes them a product of our instant judgement of actions and instant gratification of trying cancel someone out. It is a sad realism that no one can just talk or act nice to someone that they disagree with. The fact is that if they needed help or a response from Law Enforcement, Fire or Medical right now, I would be there to help and make sure we do everything in our power to make sure they are safe and well.”
As the Animal Control Officer and I left the station we passed the young reporter on her bicycle. She began to follow us and we pulled up on the 300 block of Roadrunner Lane. As we pulled to the end, we were contacted by the Fire Chief about an unrelated issue. As we started to drive out of the location, the young reporter peddled in front of my vehicle. We then drove away and the young reporter turned her bicycle around and began following us again. As I stopped at the stop sign, I reversed my vehicle and spoke to the young reporter and cautioned her about following and being behind the police vehicles. At that point, she lied about her actions and began to act like her parents. She was informed “Lying to the Marshal, during an investigation was criminal and she could be cited and sent to Juvenile.”, I took her information in an effort to one, give her the information she was wanting and two, making sure her parents were aware of the issues going on.
We returned 45 minute later and completed our original task. As we were leaving the location, we came across the young reporter a third time. Riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the road and without a helmet. I stopped and explained to her the dangers and that is when she was surreptitiously attempting to video me and she asked the question “So, earlier you said……” and that is were they began to make their viral system.
The first and second day, there was limited to no reaction, then they sent it to a unknown person in Houston, Texas on “Youtube” and at about 21:00hrs(9:00PM) on the 18th the calls from various places began to roll in. The calls continued all night and it severely interrupted the functions of the Patagonia Marshal’s Office. the next couple of days were terrible weather and during the Integrated Incident Command for a severe winter storm, I had to deal with relentless calls. One of those happened to be CNN. After learning all the information, they declined to report on the issue.
Patagonia Marshal Police Chief Joseph Patterson (February 18th, 2021)
Source of Law Section: https://codes.findlaw.com/az/title-13-criminal-code/az-rev-st-sect-13-3019.html
Background of the girl’s father, Matthew Lysiak
Something does not seem right when the daughter of the girl seems to change her demeanor, voice pitch, and body language when certain questions are asked to her like she is being coached or has these canned answered played out in her head meaning someone could have put her up to this, possibly her parents.
This leads me to believe that her parents might have a grudge against the police department and is using their daughter as a political tool to maybe incite focus on their target. I am not trying to lead this article into a flurry of Conspiracy Theories but I noticed he covers a lost of events that the conspiracy world would deem as “false flag events”.
I am not debating the legitimacy of these incidents but he seems to be an antagonist or someone looking to cover that next big story wherever he goes.