Acura Amanda – First Amendment Auditor Unlawfully Arrested!


Acura Amanda is a YouTube personality who films police interactions with public. Sometimes that involves traffic stops, crime scenes and government functions in the nonenforcement side. You can view her channel here ACURA AMANDA YOUTUBE. She was arrested by Officer Johnston of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.


During encounters with her and others, law enforcement egos seem to get the best of them and on many occasions they lose their cool. This usually ends up with a police officers’ feelings hurt, ego bruised and a reaction from solely filming an interaction while in the official capacity of their duties. As a first amendment auditor myself (James Madison Audits), I generally have the rule of don’t speak unless spoken to. Acura Amanda does the same in nearly all of her videos. She keeps it calm, professional and assertive. This instance she did exactly that and paid the price with an arrest.

During a police interaction in Palm Beach Gardens, Acura Amanda was seen walking down a sidewalk toward what appeared to be a crash. Acura Amanda mentioned a Richard Pearce, a police officer, who she had an issue with in the past.  He later showed up as the acting supervisor. 


Acura Amanda decided not to cross where the crash was and seeing that the sidewalk was temporarily closed she went out of her way to cross at the next available area. She filmed the loading up of the crashed vehicle onto the tow truck. She was filming from the sidewalk at this time and narrating the video.

Amanda left the scene of the crash and walked from them without incident. She approached a barricade citing “SIDEWALK CLOSED” over 600 feet from the previous intersection. She stated in her video that this was a setup, and sure enough her premonition was spot on. Where she ultimately made the decision to cross was an unmarked crosswalk, where to the common person this would be permitted in crossing the road. With all indications making it appear you could cross there, the sidewalk turns and leads you to a 90 degree intersection of the sidewalk and roadway. On the opposite side of the road the same sidewalk design mirrors an approach to the roadway.  


Florida Statute 316.130 (Pedestrian Traffic Regulations) states what is legal and lawful and restricted. Lets explore paragraph 10. It states the following in the two paragraphs: FSS: 316.130

(10) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(11) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.

Amanda performed this crossing perfectly to the statute requirements. Now according to Subsection 11, at first glance you might think she is in violation, but in fact, she is not. The officer made a report that she was “approximately 200 feet from the nearest crosswalk.” That was a false statement included in the report. Now a days in EVERY car is a computer with google maps. The unmarked crosswalk she was at was 613 feet away from the nearest, and 1300 feet away from her origin of travel. Between those two marked crosswalks with signals functioning was THREE adjacent intersections (see diagram below).

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Officer Johnston unlawfully stopped her for “Jaywalking”. Jaywalking is not a legal term in Florida and has no meaning in the Florida Statutes. Crossing midblock in almost all occasions is legal due to those intersections as mentioned above. Officer Johnston demands ID from Amanda and she refuses with authority and is in the right. He threatens, unlawfully, to arrest her for obstruction without a valid law violation. Amanda states to him that she can’t walk all the way back there and officer Johnston incorrectly states, “That doesn’t mean you can cross across the street.” In fact, it does. Since there are SEVERAL intersections between the two intersections it is permittable. Even the CDC, DOT and Pedestrian Safety Central Florida indicate crossing in this area is legal. She attempts to point out all of the indicators that show that this is a permittable spot. But Officer Johnston, with a clear retaliatory decision for filming the previous crash, wants to press this issue very hard with her. During her video the officer stated “the sidewalk is closed”. Amanda’s quick thinking gets him to repeat this but Officer Johnston is still too oblivious to understand how this is playing out. He states that she has to turn back and go to a crosswalk; that is definitely incorrect. Sergeant Pearce arrived on the scene and they both realized who each other was. She again refused the unlawful demand for ID and was arrested. The officers state “do not fight” which is typical of their tactics when they want to start up a justification of resisting on you. The live stream ends with her arrested.

Amanda was taken into custody, and was injured, receiving bruises that lasted for weeks if not months for them squeezing her so hard.  She ultimately was also ROR, or Released on her Own Recognizance, which means a notice to appear was given or was it an arrest then they realized they screwed up. From my experience you “cut them loose” if it’s a questionable arrest. In fact, this was an unlawful stop, arrest, detention, and citation. This officer and sergeant are bad cops, this was a punishment and retaliation directly for filming.  

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12 thoughts on “Acura Amanda – First Amendment Auditor Unlawfully Arrested!

  1. There are apps to help with grammar, punctuation, spelling etc. Grammarly I understand is pretty good. I say this because this article sucks. It was killing me to try and read it all the way through. Writing is not like talking and we should not write as if we are talking. So C for effort and ummm c- on the article. I look forward to reading your next work.
    Runcmt

    1. Mr. Little,

      Perhaps you should use Grammarly yourself. Proper names should be capitalized.

      Your name should read as follows- Paul C. Little

      I give you a D (for douchebag).

  2. I was informed there are 26 ‘walking’ related laws on the books in Florida. Maybe the auditing community could make videos hi-lighting these laws. Vox had video discussing it and popo targeted black community more.

  3. James Madison Audits: thank you for taking time to explain the illegal detainment (KIDNAPPING) of Citizen-Journalist, Acura Amanda. Intrepid Free-Press Advocates are not beholding to either the Police Departments or Large Corporations, as is most of Main Stream Media (MSM). Without these Patriots, news disseminated to the Public would be skewed entirely to one side; promulgating Public Servants who abuse temporary loaned Privileges, granted them, BY The PEOPLE!
    We leave no one left behind, for the sake of protecting fragile LIBERTY, for the long-term sake of All Our Progeny, regardless one’s hue; while in Pursuit of Individual Happiness, within a stable, lawful environment, which tyrants seem to constantly TWART!

  4. James Madison Audits: thank you for taking time to explain the illegal detainment (KIDNAPPING) of Citizen-Journalist, Acura Amanda. Intrepid Free-Press Advocates are not beholding to either the Police Departments or Large Corporations, as is most of Main Stream Media (MSM). Without these Patriots, news disseminated to the Public would be skewed entirely to one side; promulgating Public Servants who abuse temporary loaned Privileges, granted them, BY The PEOPLE!
    We leave no one left behind, for the sake of protecting fragile LIBERTY, for the long-term sake of All Our Progeny, regardless one’s hue; while in Pursuit of Individual Happiness, within a stable, lawful environment, which tyrants seem to constantly THWART!

  5. Can’t stand Amanda, that Skank. She routinely and purposely harasses Civilians, Senior Citizens and even films children.
    She’s rude, uneducated, disrespectful, vulgar and a TRUE embarrassment to ALL Legit Auditors out there.

    So glad she got what she deserved. FINALLY!

    Best part about this is ~ regardless the outcome of the charges (dismiss, settled, trial) Amanda Ghetto is IN THE SYSTEM and ALL THE POLICE know who she is, where she lives, her DL#, her S.S.#.

    The Video was POSITIVELY EPIC!!!!

    Well done, Hero Cops

  6. Hey Amanda, love your work. I notice today that the two police officers from Summitville, IN who beat the crap out the guy in the truck. A video you showcased for Esquire. The Town Marshall job has an opening. I wonder what happened…prison or retirement? Just wondering.

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