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First, Ventura police raided Scott Rolick’s home, saying they were looking for drugs being sold by his girlfriend’s grandfather who lived at the home with the couple.
finding no drugs and making no arrests, they returned five days later with a Child Protective Services worker who falsely accused Rolick of using drugs, removing his four-year-old daughter, Stevie, from the home and placing her in foster care – even after he and his girlfriend tested negative for drugs at the local police station.
And then, after he secretly video recorded a conversation with a CPS case worker the following week, who urged him to “suck it up” and attend court-mandated drug classes to “look good in court” ( despite there being no evidence he is even a drug user), the agency stripped him of unsupervised visits with his daughter in the foster home where she is rooming with a boy who has stolen from her.
She also lives among troubled teens who have difficulty controlling their temper in the
It is a harrowing story to the least, especially since he is told they have no available supervisors to oversee his visits with his daughter; a blatant abuse of systemic powers where they will now try to use California’s wiretapping law to keep him from spreading their abuse.
California is a two-party consent state, meaning he is not allowed to record others whom have an expectation of privacy, so they do have a legal argument.
In one video, footage from the foster home appears that it was recorded in a courtyard and doesn’t contain anybody else’s voices besides his girlfriends and the screaming boy, who Rolick says is about 13 years old, so it might be difficult to prove he broke the law.
But the footage with the case worker appears to have been recorded in an office without anybody else within earshot, so that might not work in his favor.
However, the state’s wiretapping law includes a provision (PC 633.5)that states it is not
illegible to record surreptitiously if it is for the purpose of gathering evidence against “extortion, kidnapping and bribery.”
And that is pretty much what is happening here.
Besides, the wiretapping laws in this country need to be updated to allow citizens to record their interactions with public officials, especially when they are trying to disrupt your life.
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