The content below was shared by Dan Petry via the page CopBlock.org/Submit.

In 1980 as a newly married Security Guard I was an eyewitness to a Police crime and victim of that crime as well, while working at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in S.L.O., Ca. In this 10-minute documentary/webcam podcast interview I go into details about that crime, which links to an hour long interview.

Petry now hosts C.O.P.$. which goes live on SMC-TV and TAP-TV in Lompoc and Santa Maria.

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Episode #6, and the associated description, is below. You can contact him at dlpetry23cabrillo@hotmail.com

After trying for two years to get the media, local or National to cover the tragic, allegedly suspicious death of their son Mr. Anthony Charles Chatman in a holding cell in Missouri, Mr. Charles Chatman (Father) and Kathy Schmidt (Mother) contacted me and asked to appear on my show: C.O.P.$. They traveled to Santa Maria, Ca. all the way from St. Louis, Mo. to finally get some media attention to simply find out the truth of what really happened to their son. In episode 6 you will here their horror story, in their own words, on dealing with what they feel is an alleged cover up of the truth and reports that do not add up.

What Good is Government: Dan Petry’s Battle with Corrupt Cops is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights


The groups below are now listed and included on the map at CopBlock.org/Groups If you’re nearby the areas where these new groups were established, reach out and get involved!

In Virginia:

Thanks to everyone involved in getting those groups off the groups! It’s great to see the impact being had in Virginia thanks to the connectivity and collaboration of all involved with these efforts.

Note that those groups are also listed on the page Virginia Cop Block’s Local Chapters http://virginiacopblock.org/virginia-cop-blocks-local-chapters, which notes that five other chapters are in the works! Much love to Nate Cox who’s been instrumental in those efforts, and who recently created the excellent video Cop Block is Decentralized, which is now included on the page CopBlock.org/JoinUs

In Georgia:

  • Forsyth County Cop Block – Facebook / Twitter / ForsythCountyCopBlock@gmail.com

From Richard Snyder:

a local chapter is being set up in Forsyth County, GA. we only have a few people but were looking to get groups to hold accountability tours, checkpoint blocking, etc.

Outside of Virginia and Georgia? Get Involved with Those Nearby!

And Invest in Yourself!

New Groups – Forsyth County, GA; Charlottesville, Fredericksburg & Hampton Roads, VA is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights


Boys Like Their Toys

But of course they are:

Police associations are beginning a major lobbying push to protect their access to the military equipment that was used against demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo.

Law enforcement groups argue a Pentagon program that provides surplus military gear helps protect the public, and they are gearing up for a fight with lawmakers and the Obama administration over whether it should be continued.

“We are the most vigorous law enforcement advocacy group, and we intend to be at our most vigorous on this issue,” said Jim Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police organization in the country.

The Fraternal Order and other groups told The Hill that they are already meeting with lawmakers’ offices in an attempt to get a jump on the issue before Congress returns from the August recess.

Congress is facing a time crunch in September, with only a handful of legislative days on the calendar before members head back to their states and districts to campaign for reelection.

Police groups fear a stopgap bill to fund the government, which Congress must pass in September to avoid a government shutdown, could be used to stop the transfer of military gear.

Lawmakers in both parties have expressed support for curbing or defunding the Pentagon’s 1033 program, which provides police with weapons and equipment, such as rifles, grenade launchers, night-vision goggles and armored vehicles, such as Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles for free. The Pentagon notes that only 5 percent of all equipment given to departments through the program are weapons.

Jim Pasco is the same asshole who recently had this to say in the wake of OBVIOUS police misconduct in Ferguson:

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.

“I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation,” director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill.

“I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office,” Pasco added.

Pasco harkened back to 2009, when Obama criticized a Massachusetts police officer for arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, when he was attempting to break into his own home. Obama said the officer had “acted stupidly.”

“That is one where the president spoke precipitously without all the facts,” Pasco said, adding that the current situation “is a much larger and more tragic incident.”

He’s like the Wayne LaPierre for shitty cops.

BTW- how come the wingnuts never go after police unions?

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In the past 24-hours several sources have contacted Cop Block to warn of heavy gang activity this weekend – August 29 to September 01 – in the Tennessee counties of Hamilton, Hardin, Hawkins, Marion, Maury, Montgomery, Shelby, Smith and Union.

Individuals involved with the “THP” – believed to stand for the Terrorist Highwaymen Patrol – have announced their intentions to stop and kidnap peaceful travelers, transport them to their hangout, strap them down, and take their blood.

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So brazen are those active with the Terrorist Highwaymen Patrol that they have already stated that they will accept “No refusals.”

Apparently those unthinkingly active with the THP are taking a page from the Gwinnett County, GA-based gang, who employed similar tactics last year.

The THP, headquartered in Nashville, with eight district offices and numerous other facilities, is the biggest gang in Tennessee. The secretive, hierarchical outfit claims a membership of over 1,000 – all of whom subsist on extortion.

If you live or may travel through the areas where THP members may be present this weekend, use extreme caution as those active with the syndicate are often quick to resort to violence.

You may find value in these resources:

CopBlock.org/FilmThePolice
CopBlock.org/KnowYourRights

Bullies will continue their tirades until they are held accountable. Ultimately, THP members will continue to partake in totalitarianism (the complete subordination of individual liberty) so long as they are allowed to do so.

In Gwinnett County, the practice of kidnappings and forced blood draws ceased after those in the area said enough. The court of public opinion is powerful. These terrorists represent just a fraction of the population.

If we are united, their aggression will be no more. Make public any encounters you have via CopBlock.org/Submit.

If you are in Tennessee connect and collaborate with those who recognize the tyranny of “no refusals” when claimed and backed by force, by anyone.

  • Cop Block East Tennessee – Facebook
  • Cop Block Nashville – Facebook
  • Clarksville MSA Cop Block – Facebook / clarksvilletnkycopblock@gmail.com
  • Elizabethon Cop Block – Facebook
  • Knox Copblock – Facebook
  • Tennessee Peace Officer Accountability – Facebook
  • Tricities CopBlock – Facebook / TNCopBlock@gmail.com

And if you currently associate with THP members, consider disassociating, or in the least, have a conversation with them – ask them what kind of world their individual choices are helping to create.

Terrorist Highwaymen Patrol Active in Tennessee this Weekend is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights


Please be sure to read the Five Urgent Action Requests below

On behalf of California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC), the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and others who joined an emergency conf call this evening to address the imminent vote by the California Assembly and Senate on SB 892 (Senator Hancock) dealing with the critical issue of solitary confinement, we want to inform you of the following and urge you to widely distribute this message to your email lists.

Issue: Between now and Sunday night (Aug 31), the CA Assembly and Senate will vote on SB 892, drafted by Senator Hancock, who got involved as a result of the prisoners’ hunger strike in the summer of 2013 to denounce the conditions in solitary confinement and CA’s unique “gang validation” policy. California’s Department of Corrections (CDCR) has what is probably the WORST, MOST COSTLY, AND MOST INHUMANE solitary confinement policy of any state in the country. As a result of CDCR policies, California has the largest population of prisoners in long-term solitary confinement in the U.S. and more than any other country on earth! A prisoner in CDCR’s custody commits suicide every ten days. Instead of reforming this policy–including placing prisoners who have engaged in no rule violations in long-term solitary for mere alleged gang membership (“gang validation policy”)–SB 892 for the first time in history adopts this draconian policy into state law.

The Opposition: The four prisoner reps who initiated the 2011 and 2013 hunger strikes have jointly opposed SB 892. Hit this link to download their letter to the legislature.

About 130 organizations and community leaders have written to the Senate and Assembly leaders explaining why they oppose SB 892. Hit this link to download their letter. Link also below. Among many others, organizations opposing SB 892 include CFASC (family members of prisoners), Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), Council on American-Islamic Relations – California (CAIR), Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF), Homeboy Industries, Homies Unidos, California Prison Watch, Asian Law Caucus, National Lawyers Guild (SF and LA Chapters), the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI), Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes and Hermandad Mexicana Humanitarian Foundation. See attached.

Five urgent action requests:

  • Please immediately forward this email to your constituents.
  • We urge organizations and community, faith-based and labor leaders to telephone the following legislators on Thursday and Friday this week to express strong opposition to SB 892: (1) Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez, Majority Whip, or his Chief of Staff John Scribner (916) 319-2051; (2) Assembly Member V. Manuel Pérez, Majority Floor Leader or his Chief of Staff Greg Campbell (916) 319-2053; and (3) Senator Darrell Steinberg, President pro Tempore, or his Chief of Staff Kathry Dresslar (916) 651-4006 or Legal Counsel Margie Estrada (916) 651.4170
  • Please consider joining a press conference tentatively planned for Friday (Aug. 29) at noon in Sacramento opposing passage of SB 892. We urgently need contact info for faith-based, black and Latino leaders in the Sacramento area who may be available to join the press conference and we also invite anyone else able to attend. If you’re able to attend or suggest someone to attend, please email pschey@centerforhumanrights.organd irene.huerta@ilwu13.org
  • In the next two days we urge organizations to please fax letters similar to the letter linked below or downloaded hereto (1) Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez, fax (916) 319-2151; (2) Assembly Member V. Manuel Pérez, Majority Floor Leader fax (916) 319-2156; and (3) Senator Darrell Steinberg, President pro Tempore, fax (916) 651-4906

Thank you

Irene Huerta
California Families Against Solitary Confinement

Peter Schey
President
Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law

Letter opposing SB 892 from the four prisoner reps who initiated the 2011 and 2013 hunger strikes: 8-12-14 Letter to CA Legislature re Hancock Bill

Letter opposing SB 892 from 130 organizations and community leaders: 8-26-14 Sign On Letter to CA Legislature re Hancock SB 892



Thursday, October 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

As part of the Interference Archive exhibition Self-Determination Inside & Out, I'm going to be part of a curated video program and discussion (off-site).

The videos and discussion examine criminalized self defense, negligent healthcare, and "protective" isolation in order to explore organizing against prisons as organizing against gender violence. With Sara Kruzan (remotely), Victoria Law, and Cecily McMillan.

NOTE: The program is NOT at the Interference Archive.

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The post below was authored by Orion Martin and shared via CopBlock.org/Submit

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Hello CopBlockers,

There is a new crowdfunding campaign that recently went live for the app Sidekik – an app which will give people a powerful tool in their dealings with the police state.

When the app is activated it will perform two actions:

  • First, it will activate the audio and video recording devices on the user’s smartphone and begin streaming the data as it is being recorded to a secure server and,
  • Second, it will initiate a video call which will connect the user in a matter seconds to an attorney who will interact with the officer on behalf of the user.

View the campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sidekik-real-time-representation-and-data-storage#home

Legal representation through Sidekik is included in the Sidekik subscription. The user does not need to pay anything for the attorney to represent them aside from the subscription, which my partners and I estimate will be $60 for a year. The yearly subscription will include 12 uses of Sidekik. Some people have assumed the app user needs to pay some huge amount to be represented, and this is not the case.

If enough people start using Sidekik then police departments across the country will be faced with a Maywood, CA situation. In early June of 2010 the City of Maywood received a notice that their insurance was being cancelled, primarily due to the number of complaints filed against the police department. When the city tried getting coverage from other insurers, no insurance company would cover them. Maywood councilman Felipe Aguirre said, “Nobody will insure us, not as long as we have the police department.”

Since cities require insurance to legally operate, and no one would provide coverage given the number claims against the police, the entire 60 member department was disbanded on June 30th, 2010. Sidekik will streamline the formation of lawsuits against police departments by ensuring that evidence of rights violations is preserved and by providing a steady flow of attorneys willing to file lawsuits based on that evidence. In short, when the use of Sidekik becomes widespread, police departments will have two choices: change the way they do business or go out of business.

Thanks for your support.

Regards,

Orion Martin
Info@Sidekik.co

Crowdfunding Campaign for New Anti-Police State App is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights


Sam Burnett, an employee of the Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit, kicked a man in his head who was sitting on the ground.

Korey Honea, the head-honcho of the Butte-based outfit, told ActionNewsNow.com “that he immediately launched an internal investigation to see if the deputy violated any policies.”

How can there be any question that kicking a seated person in the head doesn’t align with policies?

And a press release authored by Miranda Bowersox, another Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit employee doing damage control, framed the incident as a fight, of which the video captured only the end.

an internal investigation into this incident and has requested an independent investigation through the District Attorney’s Office. Deputy Burnett has been reassigned from patrol duties

In layman’s terms, that means Burnett is still on the job, and still being paid – he’s just, until the public attention on this situation dies down – being kept off the street.

And, since neither the corporate news coverage and certainly not the press release mentioned it – all those cited – Burnett, Honea, and Bowersox, subsist on money stolen from their neighbors. They claim the right to extort to then protect. How can anyone ever buy into their claim that they stand for transparency and accountability?

The person who was kicked in the head was supposedly questioned by Burnett per an outstanding warrant. Many may default to then think that person was in the wrong – but we are unaware of why that supposed warrant was said to exist. What if it were due to a non-crime? What if you partook in an action that caused no victim, that some self-proclaimed rulers decreed was illicit, and who then hunted you down, and kicked you in the head. Would you be in the wrong at all?

Clearly, without the video captured by bystander Shawn Montana, the action Sam Burnett chose to take – to kick a sitting man in the head – would likely not have received as much attention, thus setting the stage for something even more egregious.

If you have or witness a police interaction – film!

CopBlock.org/FilmThePolice

Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit

The Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit employees seem more keen on making their paramilitary efforts – with a helicopter and Lenco Bearcat – seem normal to those they steal from (under the guise of protection).

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Check out the double-speak employed by whatever Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit employee who shared the picture below to their Twitter account – I’m sure those girls desired the assistance of being caged for their non-crime.

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Oh – and by the way – the Butte County Sheriff’s Outfit is recruiting more to join it’s gang – just look at all the toys you could play with!

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Thanks to Tim, who – recognizing the value in making more folks aware of Burnett’s unjust actions, shared this incident to Cop Block’s Twitter account.

Butte County Sheriff Unsure if Kicking Man in Head Aligns with Policies is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights


As decentralization and the spread of sound ideas are thought key, high-resolution graphics used to create Cop Block gear are now accessible. If you have the ability to print gear yourself, know a friend with a set-up, or you want to get a batch made at a local printshop, do it up!

These graphics, like all ideas and content at CopBlock.org, are not owned by anyone – they are meant to be shared.

On a related note, check out CopBlock.org/Flyers for print-ready flyers.

High-res graphics are accessible on CopBlock.org in two places:

from CopBlock.org/Store

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and from CopBlock.org/Graphics, near the bottom of that page

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In the near future the contact information for a friend based in NYC who has a printshop operation, and who is willing to take Bitcoin, will be listed on the site. That way, those active in an area don’t have to order dozens of shirts from a normal printshop, but can get a batch of shirts – either based on the graphics above, or something new that identifies their group – for a reasonable cost.

High-Res Graphics for Cop Block Gear Now Accessible is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights


Thurs. Aug. 28: Free Know Your Rights Seminar in Las Vegas

Attorney Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs, who hosts free Know Your Rights seminars in Las Vegas.

Attorney Stephen “Bowtie” Stubbs, who hosts free Know Your Rights seminars in Las Vegas.

Note: This post was originally published on the Nevada Cop Block site.

This coming Thursday, August 28th (2014), at 7:00 PM; Las Vegas area attorney Stephen Stubbs will be giving a free “Know Your Rights” seminar. The seminar will take place at the Leatherneck Club of Las Vegas, which is located at 4360 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102 (view map to location). If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP here at the event invite.

Among other things, this seminar covers people’s rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That includes the right to freedom of speech and the extent and limitations of that freedom. In addition, the First Amendment also provides for freedom of the press, which applies to citizens ability to film persons, including government officials and the police, while they are performing their duties in public.

While discussing the Second Amendment right to bear arms, Stubbs covers Nevada law relating to open carrying of firearms, as well as the limitations, licensing requirements, and process for such that the State of Nevada places on the concealed carrying of firearms. He also breaks down the different restrictions and prohibitions placed on non-firearm (knives, clubs, brass knuckles, etc.) weapons by state and local law.

Am I Being Detained or Am I Free to Go?

Am I Being Detained or Am I Free to Go?

Another significant part of the seminar involves what the police can and cannot do in relation to searches, seizure of property, and detention of people based on the Fourth Amendment. That includes the requirement for reasonable suspicion to believe that someone is about to commit a crime, has committed a crime, or is in the process of committing a crime in order to justify detaining someone. It also includes the requirement for consent before police can conduct a warrant-less search, with a few very narrow exceptions, such as evidence in plain view and risk of eminent danger (one of several exigent circumstances). In addition, the differences between searches conducted upon someones person, a vehicle, or their home are explained.

Stephen Stubbs' Free Know Your Rights Seminar

Stephen Stubbs’ Free Know Your Rights Seminar

The Constitutional due process protections within the Fifth Amendment are also covered pretty extensively during the seminar. A person’s right against self-incrimination is explained. Stubbs goes over how (and why) people should invoke their right to remain silent when questioned and avoid answering questions without the benefit of legal counsel being present. (That second part actually has a bit of added significance, since Stephen Stubbs was actually arrested himself for refusing to leave the side of one of his clients, who had invoked his right to have legal counsel present during a traffic stop, back in November of 2013.)

In general, the seminar is very informative and worthwhile for anyone, since it’s not unusual for the average person to get stopped for, at the very least, a traffic violation and knowing your rights can’t hurt you. Beyond that, the seminar does focus largely on encounters with police and situations such as filming in public, interacting verbally with police, the legalities of whether cops can justifiably stop; search; and arrest someone, and what to do in those situations. Therefore, anyone involved in or wishing to become involved in Cop Block related activities should find this seminar very useful and well worth attending. It will also serve as a good opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals within the Las Vegas area.

If you do come (and you should) to this free seminar you will find Stephen Stubbs is a very knowledgeable and entertaining person, with a history of standing up for individuals’ rights, when they are abused by the police or other government employees. Personally, I’m very glad to have someone as well versed and approachable as him performing this valuable service for our community. BTW, did I mention that he does it for free?

Thurs. Aug. 28: Free Know Your Rights Seminar in Las Vegas is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights