Nick Vitori shared the overview below, whichi details the theft of property done by some wearing North Huntingdon police badges.

Date of Incident: 10/23/2014
Outfit: North Huntingdon Police Department
Phone: (724) 863-8800

The North Huntingdon Police department located in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania illegally seized cell phones of 11 or more students. The police department is not commenting too much on how or why the cell phones were confiscated but have said they had no warrant. This is clearly a unreasonable search and seizure and against there constitutional rights!

Editors Note: What would it be called if you and some friends stolen the cell phones from a group of teenagers? Just because those who took the property wore badges does not grant their actions any extra leeway. Theft is theft.

This happens way to much in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and needs to stop. The people must know that these kids rights were not upheld – causing me to think if and when the police could do this too me.

I’ve talked to some legal experts and they have given me the run around trying to defend this clear violation of the constitution. This needs to end one way or another I hope you can help!

As reported by Herald Hayes at Pittsburgh.CBSLocal.com:

A spokesman for the Norwin School District issued only this statement:

Norwin School District cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing police investigation. Those questions now fall under the jurisdiction of the North Huntingdon Police Department.

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The 1000 Camera Initiative

A Canfield Watchmen and WeCopwatch Project

“We Need More Copwatchers. Not Cops with Cameras.” – David Whitt, Canfield Watchmen

The Canfield Watchmen is a community based Copwatch project recently formed in the Ferguson, MO, Canfield Green apartments, where Mike Brown was killed.

Canfield Green residents organized to educate themselves on their rights in police encounters and equip themselves with video cameras as a deterrent to further police misconduct. Funds raised by the Watchmen and Oakland, CA – based WeCopwatch enabled hundreds of Canfield residents to be trained and receive cameras.

The cameras led to a significant decrease in police harassment and violence, prompting the Canfield Watchmen to train residents of other St. Louis County neighborhoods and groups active in the Justice for Mike Brown movement.

Today, the Canfield Watchmen are announcing the 1000 Camera Project, a joint project of the Watchmen and WeCopwatch. One thousand St. Louis area residents will be trained and armed with copwatch cameras.

If you and your community reside in the ST Louis area and want to make a difference. Contact us! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Canfield-Watchmen/283798761811477?fref=ts

If you support this project. Come buy some gear at WeCopwatch.org/shop All proceeds are currently going towards Copwatch projects in Ferguson


Wake Up shared the video below, which documents his interaction with some folks wearing badges who claim the right to ransom him (despite no victim). Then, as Wake Up does not comply with their unjust actions, the strangers wearing badges then claim the legal right to kidnap and cage him. Who are the criminals?

Date of Incident: second week of August 2014

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Are you in transportation, or are you traveling? Business or pleasure?

One pays and the other does not.

I am not in transportation.

Editors Note: For related content out Randy Stroud, who’s active with similar issues, and who has documented his activities via video: https://www.youtube.com/user/letsfindabetterway/videos?sort=p&view=0&flow=grid

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This content was shared by an individual threatened for no cause by strangers wearing badges.

Date of Incident: 4-3-2014
Outfit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Phone: (626) 332-1184

The day I recorded the video me and a few friends were hanging in front of a family members house when, as they do too often where I live, sheriff employees pulled up and immediately start giving unlawful demands – to walk to their car to be illegally searched for no other reason than us being together.

Editors Note: The behavior of the Los Angeles Sheriff employees – firearm unholstered, not answering questions, making demands, etc. –  sure doesn’t seem to be aligned with their stated mission, to “Partner with the people we serve to secure and promote safety in our communities”

I have been following cop block for a while before this incident and purchased a camera to help protect my rights. As you can see in this video, this is how we live and how we are treated.

Editors Note: If you live in LA and want to help support the videographer, reach out to him via his Youtube channel

As a result of me recording the police five days later gained a search warrant for my house under false pretenses in direct reprisal and arrested me on bogus charges. I have been fighting my case for 7 months and I believe that I am being railroaded because there are aspects of my case that are sealed and kept secret from me.

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Justice for Austin Public Poll

Justice for Austin!

Justice for Austin!

This post was received via the Cop Block Submission Page: http://www.copblock.org/submit

Background Info:

Date of Incident: 09-28-13
Police Employee(s) Involved: Scott Sudaisar & Alex Monarch
Employer: Oregon State Police Department
Address:
4th Floor
255 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97310
Email: ask.osp@state.or.us
Phone: 503-378-3720
Fax: 503-378-8282

Public Opinion Poll:

An officer with the OSP had been allegedly been assigned to a case that involved an individual who he knows in his personal life. The individual he allegedly knows has expressed to several people related to the victim in this case that said officer is “my very good friend”. The officer has shown him “reports” “a video from a Walt-Mart surveillance camera in Hood River” “along with a mountain of evidence”.

When the family of the victim, Austin Herd specifically asked this OSP officer face to face if this was true he very awkwardly denied knowing this individual. Stumbling on his words and making lame excuses for past encounters with this individual then exiting the room.

Before you follow these links…

Police: Man Fighting with Girlfriend in Moving Van Killed in Crash

and read this media…

http://www.kgw.com/story/news/ 2014/07/25/12567872/

report know this:

The 3rd passenger in the van told a completely different story immediately after, implicating the “girlfriend” as the instigator of the argument and the aggressor in the fight. Witch is consistent with the history Austin’s family, friends, and neighbors of the off and on couple witnessed many times in the past. This history was given to OSP officers along with several names and phone numbers to verify.

Austin’s family also gave the contact information for the friends house that was stopped at by the couple on their trip from Galveston Texas to Portland Oregon, at witch Austin was never seen. As far as Austin’s family knows none of these people have been contacted. Jesse Walters has also since vanished, and has never made attempt to contact the family of the man he allegedly saw murdered right in front of him. The “girlfriend” has stopped communicating with the family and hasn’t been seen since March of this year. Austin’s family would like to speak with Mr. Walters, if anyone knows his whereabouts please email us at rickmalonelives@gmail.com. To Jesse, if you see this please come forward and set the record straight.

OSP is calling this case an “accident” but 13 months later it remains open. Just 3 days after Austin’s death the Multnomah county medical examiners office submitted the information for the death certificate calling his death an accident. The investigation was still ongoing. Just 5 days after his death, he was cremated without even one family member seeing his body, in what the medical examiner herself called an unusual case.

Multiple other mistakes have been made by OSP and the medical examiner’s office that Austin’s family is very aware of and will not be silent about.

Our questions to the public right now are:

  1. Should this OSP officer who denies these allegations be allowed on this case?
  2. Has the integrity of the OSP investigation of Mr. Herds death been compromised?
  3. Have Austin’s rights been violated?
  4. Should an outside investigation by the Department of Justice or another organization for police misconduct be in order?

This is the opinion and recollection of events of Mr. Herd’s family, friends and supporters. For more information or questions please contact JUSTICE FOR AUSTIN!! At rickmalonelives@gmail.com

 


The content below was shared by someone appalled at the impunity granted to a person who killed another.

Date of Incident: 2011
Individual Responsible: Brian Beardsley Outfit: Canajoharie Police Department Phone: (518) 673-3111
Individual Responsible: James Curry Outfit: Hamilton County Prosecutor Phone: (518) 648-5113

New york state trooper Brian Beardsley admits to drinking and running a man over on his way home. He then fled the scene of the accident and left the man to die.

In May of 2011 Beardsley was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident – a Class D felony. If found guilty, he could have been caged for up to seven years.

Yet, four months later, in September of 2011, James Curry threw out the charge and Beardsley faced no repercussions for taking the life of another.

Beardsley is now an officer again at Canajoharie Police Department in New York. Why can this man still have the nerve to write us tickets? Fuck him.

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Killer cop Brian Beardsley is now employed at the Canajoharie Police Outfit (518) 673-3111

 

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Editors Note: Impunity afforded to police employees is not surprising, after all, their entire apparatus is based on double standards. If situations such as those involving Beardsley do not sit well with you, quit granting legitimacy to those who claim to provide safety at the barrel of a gun.

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The proposed censorship regulations that we collectively and vehemently opposed a few months ago have been revised (as of October 20).  The deadline for public comments is November 10—short notice.

Please submit your comments regarding the revisions asap!  (A sample letter is included below.)  The revisions can be viewed here.

The CDCr specifies:  Please submit comments to Timothy M. Lockwood, Chief, Regulation and Policy Management Branch, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA, 94283-0001; by fax to (916) 324-6075; or by e-mail at rpmb@cdcr.ca.gov before the close of the public comment period. Comments must be received or postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2014.  (We additionally recommend that those responding by e-mail cc staff@oal.ca.gov)

The revisions made since these proposed regulations first came out on March 25, 2014, appear to be non-substantive.  Our comments supposedly will only be “heard” to the extent that they address the revisions, rather than the originally proposed text.

To the extent that the revisions incorporate language from the newly approved STG regulations that went into effect on October 17, 2014, they need to be robustly resisted.  The revisions specify, at 3006(c) and 3006(c)(19), that “[w]ritten materials or photographs that indicate an association with validated STG members or associates, as described in subsections 3378.2(b)(5)-(6)” are deemed contraband. Well, 3378.2(b)(5)-(6), as adopted and enacted on October 17, 2014 (along with all of the new STG regulations), describes—in vague terms open to subjective interpretation by prison staff— materials that may innocently be present in a person’s cell, such as:

“[a]ny material or documents evidencing STG activity such as the membership or enemy lists, roll call lists, constitutions, organizational structures, codes, training material, etc., of specific STGs or addresses, names, identities of validated STG affiliates. …”

“[i]ndividual or group photographs with STG connotations such as those which include insignia, certified symbols, or other validated STG affiliates. …”

In other words, under the revised regulations, any of the following may be considered contraband: an address for, or photo of, a loved one whom happens to be deemed an STG affiliate; a photo or item that includes cultural iconography deemed “certified” by the CDCr (e.g., a jaguar, a pyramid, an image of MLK); a copy of the San Francisco Bayview, as discussed below.

Moreover, the CDCr’s October 20 revisions of 3134(d)-(e) do NOT reflect the community’s concerns regarding the originally proposed text—as recently expressed via hundreds of public comments—regarding the inclusion of publications (e.g., newspapers and the publications of rights organizations) in the list of items that may be considered “STG materials.”  Nor do the revisions reflect the community’s concerns over the prospective permanent banning of publications.  The text of 3134(d)–(e), as originally proposed, is more or less unchanged, except to the extent that the term “STG recruitment materials” has been swapped out for the phrase “STG written materials or photographs, as described in 3378.2(b)(5)-(6).”

Some publications, like the Bayview, may and often do contain the self-disclosed names of, and/or addresses for, persons who are validated. Thus, they are subject to censorship under 3378.2(b)(5)-(6).

Sample letter:

[DATE]

Dear Mr. Lockwood et al.,

I recently reviewed the Revisions to Text as Originally Proposed (Obscene Materials) issued October 20.  To my dismay, the Department has failed to meaningfully take into consideration concerns previously expressed by hundreds of community members regarding the originally proposed text.  This, despite the Department’s promise that it would go back to the drawing board, and its claim that the public had misunderstood its intent.

If the public misunderstood the Department’s intent, the minimally revised language around so-called obscene materials does not clarify what the Department’s intent is.  E.g., the text of 3134(d)–(e), as originally proposed, is not changed except to the extent that the term “STG recruitment materials” has been swapped out for the phrase “STG written materials or photographs, as described in 3378.2(b)(5)-(6).”

Moreover, “STG written materials or photographs, as described in 3378.2(b)(5)-(6)” comprises a category of materials that’s highly subjective to individual interpretation and whim on the part of staff.  It apparently includes a host of innocent items that may be found in a person’s cell, including but not limited to:

—An address for, or photo of, a loved one or friend who happens to be deemed an STG affiliate

—An item that includes cultural iconography (e.g., a jaguar, a pyramid, an image of Martin Luther King)

—A copy of the San Francisco Bayview newspaper

The Department needs to go back to the drawing board again to ensure that (1) no person in custody will be penalized for possessing materials that in and of themselves have nothing to do with prohibited conduct or any rules violation; (2) no publication will be banned—permanently or temporarily— merely because a person in custody has chosen to publish his name and/or location in an editorial or news article, for example, or is seeking a penpal.

Sincerely,

[NAME]



I'm happy to announce that my latest piece on Waging NonViolence focuses on the organizing of family members of people who have spent years, if not decades, in California's Security Housing Units (aka extreme isolation or solitary confinement).

The temperature in Corona, Calif., can soar above 100 degrees in the summer, sometimes climbing as high as 110.

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My latest on Truthout examines private prisons, campaign contributions, personal investments and the upcoming election:
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Let's start with several hundred thousand dollars in campaign contributions.

Idaho, for instance, has recently seen how campaign contributions can ease corporate accountability when scandals and lawsuits hit.

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The content below was shared by Deo, who’s involved with Greater Cleveland Cop Block.

 

Outfit: Cleveland Police

I put out a call to the Greater Cleveland Cop Block area to get me some local content!!

The following video was submitted by Jim Conley, and he in turn, received a Cop Block coffee mug and a Cop Block care kit!

Thanks for playing Jim! Next time lets be a little more current! lol Can’t complain. It’s local content, taken by someone other than ME!!! lol Its Cleveland! I have to actually take the opportunity to commend Cleveland PD a little. They have actually embraced the fact that we are allowed to record, so don’t be afraid to record them Cleveland!!!

The last checkpoint I blocked in Cleveland, the officers were civil, and gave me a paper explaining Cleveland PDs stance on recording. It said they were informed we had the right to record and it gave a guide line for recording that I can agree with. It is a 30 feet safe zone. For the photographers and the cops safety. They also remind you in the letter, that interfering is a crime. I take that as a warning to observe the thirty foot distance, and avoid being accused of interfering. So get your cameras out Cleveland!!!!

Other cities in the greater Cleveland area such as Parma, are not so easy to embrace the rights of its citizens. They fight me at every turn, rather than just accept, this is the way its gonna be so long as I’m around!!!

Keep vigilant Cleveland! And Jim, Make sure you have your cop block care kit with you when you go out to film! Parma, Maple Hts, and all the Greater Cleveland Cop Block cities!!! Keep filming the police!!! Keep em honest OHIO!!!!!!!!

Remember Badge Don’t grant Extra Rights!!!

-DEO

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