Archive for October, 2011

Kevin Devine: From Police Thug To Crime Reporter

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Just found this interesting. Kevin Devine was an ex-Denver police officer. He and Ricky Nixon were fired for lying on their report and excessive force used against some women doing nothing, who were more than half their size. While looking up on these officers I found that Kevin Devine is now the official “Denver Crime Examiner” for the Denver Examiner. I think I just vomited in my mouth from the predictable, yet still disgusting absurdity.

Here is Kevin’s Bio at the Examiner website and here is a link to the video of him as a cigar chomping, lil’ women beatin, thug with a badge.

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Moms Plan Raw Milk CivDis

Monday, October 31st, 2011

raw milk 300x169 Moms Plan Raw Milk CivDisTomorrow a group of mothers will buy milk in southeast Pennsylvania then caravan to the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Big deal right? Well, actually it kind of is, because the milk is raw, sales of which are “illegal” in Maryland.

Any half-thinking person knows that the simple act of buying raw milk isn’t a crime. There is no victim. It’s a consensual interaction. The thing that sets these mothers apart from Joe Sixpaack is that instead of cowering to arbitrary dictates they stand for what they know is right.

The sooner more of us do so the sooner we can live in a world where people don’t believe text on paper or a piece of metal on their chest legitimizes their actions.

If you’re in the Mid-Atlantic consider joining The Raw Milk Freedom Riders caravan tomorrow. If you’re out of the area watch their livestreaming feed. Hopefully this level of transparency – and commonsensical approach to this issue – will protect them from threats of ransom or cages. If that happens, we’ll update this post and work to get more eyes on their situation.

Watch live video from FarmFoodFreedom on www.justin.tv

More:
RawMilkFreedomRiders.com
Raw Milk Freedom Riders – Milk and Cookies Rally Facebook Event
FDA headquarters on November 1 in defense of raw milk
by NaturalNews.com
2011.10.27 episode of Free Talk Live when a Raw Milk Freedom Rider called-in

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Nashville Journalist Arrested, Video Indicates Cops Lied About His Charge

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Over the weekend, a journalist from the Nashville Scene alt-weekly was arrested while covering the Occupy Nashville protests here in town.

The Tennessee state trooper who arrested Scene reporter Jonathan Meador last night on Legislative Plaza during the THP’s second late-night crackdown on the Occupy Nashville protests was kind enough to slip the small video flip-cam Meador was carrying back into his pocket. Thanks to him, Meador was able to produce this unedited video of his own arrest — or to be more accurate, the audio, since with troopers slamming Meador to the ground from behind and rendering him helpless, the image isn’t so hot.

No matter. The sound speaks volumes.

What you will hear, very clearly, is a trooper telling another officer to book Meador for resisting arrest. You will also hear, very clearly, audio evidence of Meador’s contention: that he was simply doing his job as a reporter and tried to get off the plaza to comply with the law — but the troopers wouldn’t let him off that easy.

What you will not hear, in any form or fashion, is the slightest mention of public intoxication — the specious charge against Meador the THP has broadcast to the world. If that charge was made up later to discredit Meador — or even more appallingly, to divert attention from what a Metro Night Court judge last night told officers was a blatantly unconstitutional overstepping of government and police authority — nobody who cares about their First Amendment freedoms should sleep in Tennessee tonight.

The publisher is demanding an apology from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Article also includes a quote from conservative blogger Bill Hobbs, who also says Meador didn’t appear at all intoxicated. Here’s the video. Or mostly audio:

 

AOL Threatens CopBlock.org Over Picture of Police Officer

Monday, October 31st, 2011

On October 3rd, 2011 I received the following email from DLA Piper:

Mr. Ademo Freeman

ademo@copblock.org

Re:       Intellectual Property Rights of AOL, Inc.

To Whom It May Concern:

Our firm is outside counsel to AOL, Inc. and its related entities, including Patch, Inc. (collectively, “AOL”) with respect to copyright matters. As you know, AOL is a leading-edge web services company, including a network of premium and niche content sites, and an extensive offering of world-class tools and platforms. In connection therewith, AOL is the owner of all content (the “Content”) published on its website.  This Content is very valuable to AOL, and AOL has developed and utilizes a specific licensing program, whereby use of AOL’s Content by third parties is discretionarily authorized by AOL and complies with AOL’s specific guidelines as outlined on http://legal.aol.com/copyright-permission.

It has recently come to our attention that, despite AOL’s proprietary rights in and to its Content, you are operating a website, located at the domain name <copblock.org>, upon which you are currently posting and making available to the public identical copies of a photograph in our article – “Local Police Chief Born to Protect and Serve” – athttp://www.copblock.org/8168/local-media-fails-supports-police-and-targets-pittsburgh-copblock/ (the “Infringing Content”).  Such use is not authorized by AOL as outlined the in guidelines noted above, and is thus infringing the proprietary rights of AOL.

As owner of the Content, located at http://sewickley.patch.com/articles/local-police-chief-born-to-protect-and-serve#photo-4338765, AOL has the obligation to prevent the improper use of its proprietary material.  Before pursing any additional avenues to remove the Infringing Content, we are demanding that copblock.org take immediate steps to remove and disable access to all Infringing Content, and agree to never repost or use the Infringing Content or any other AOL Content, absent compliance with the third-party use guidelines identified above.

Due to the nature of this matter, we require that you immediately comply with our demands above and provide us with confirmation of such removal within five (5) business days of your receipt of this letter.  We anticipate and appreciate your cooperation resolving this matter.

Please note that this letter is made without prejudice to any other rights or remedies that may be available to AOL.  Nothing contained herein should be deemed a waiver, admission, or license by AOL, and AOL expressly reserves the right to assert any other factual or legal positions as additional facts come to light, or as the circumstances warrant.

Sincerely,

DLA Piper LLP (US)

AKF/DBR/az

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

The information contained in this email may be confidential and/or legally privileged. It has been sent for the sole use of the intended recipient(s). If the reader of this message is not an intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication, or any of its contents, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please reply to the sender and destroy all copies of the message. To contact us directly, send to postmaster@dlapiper.com. Thank you. 

It should be noted that I never agreed to the confidentially agreement at the conclusion of these emails. After reading this I responded the same day with the following:

To Whom It May Concern,

I’m unaware of any content that is on our site that doesn’t give credit where credit is due. Both the pictures and quotes are link ed to Patch, Inc.’s site. If you’d like to be more clear that may help in resolving any complaints. Also, if possible can you forward any and all complaints to this email as well.
In Liberty,
             Ademo
Eleven days later I received another letter from DLA Piper LLP, yet it wasn’t signed with any name, stating: 
Dear Mr. Freeman:
We are writing in response to your e-mail correspondence of October 3, 2011 in connection with the above-noted matter.
We must insist that you take immediate steps to remove the infringing content at http://www.copblock.org/8168/local-media-fails-supports-police-and-targets-pittsburgh-copblock/ (as demanded in our letter of October 3, 2011), and provide express written confirmation that CopBlock.org has complied with this requests within five (5) business days.
This letter is made without prejudice to any other rights or remedies that may be available to AOL, Inc.  Nothing contained herein should be deemed a waiver, admission, or license by AOL, Inc. and AOL, Inc. expressly reserves the right to assert any other factual or legal positions as additional facts come to light or as the circumstances warrant.
Sincerely,
DLA Piper (US) LLP
AKF/DBR/az

Three days later (I was in NYC) I responded with:


To whom is may concern, 

First, I wish you – whoever you are – would provide your name, business or agency and the exact complaint in which you received – and who filed it. Also, you’ve yet to clarify what content it is that you want me to remove? How can I fullfil your request, if I need to at all, without knowing exactly what content you feel is in violation?Again, I’d be happy to address the concerns if you would be more clear. Right now I’m only confused.
In Liberty,
Ademo
 
Today the Liberty Web Alliance received  this email from DLA Piper, only this time it had a name Ann K. Ford, she’s an AOL “enforcer.” I highly doubt AOL, or their sister company Patch Inc, stumbled across my alleged copyright violation. I wonder who filed the complaint? The officer? The author?  I asked for a copy of the complaint but my request was ignored.
I’m not sure what’s going to happen now but I wanted to publish this for transparency. Are pictures of public officials intellectual property? What’s AOL’s goal here? How does posting this picture harm anyone? Are we causing AOL a loss? Click here to read the post AOL is threatening CopBlock.org over. It should also be noted that a simple google search of Leetsdale PD turns up the picture as well, is google being sued too?BannerNTAP.org  AOL Threatens CopBlock.org Over Picture of Police Officer

 

 

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Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Right to Keep and Bear Cameras

Monday, October 31st, 2011

photo 467 The Right to Keep and Bear Cameras

- Tim Dunkin

One of the fundamental premises upon which any truly free society must be based is the notion that the government is open, transparent, and accountable to the citizens. To the extent that this is not the case, a society cannot be called “free,” and it is a notable, and lamentable, fact of modern America that our government at all levels has been growing more and more secretive, less and less accountable for blatant wrongdoing on the part of its officers and employees.

Instead of government activity being exposed to the disinfecting light of an informed citizenry, we are routinely kept in the dark about most of what our government does, as it tries to hide the corruption and injustices that would bring the system crashing down around the ears of our “betters” if we the people were to find out about them.

At the federal level, many laws—in the form of “administrative regulations,” and lacking wholly in legislative sanction—are created by an executive branch run amuck, something true regardless of which Party holds the White House. Whether by executive orders that the public rarely if ever knows about, or by the myriad of rules generated by an alphabet soup of unelected bureaucrats in unaccountable agencies, our lives are impacted detrimentally by the coercive powers of the state through means that have completely bypassed the legislature elected (supposedly) to be the close representatives of the people directly in government. Law and regulation are often made at our expense for the good of the favored few who constitute an incestuous circle of lobbyists and influence-peddlers, corporate donors, politicians, public unions, and career bureaucrats.

Just look at the current Solyndra scandal that has finally started to see the light of day (despite the best efforts of the leftist MSM to squelch the story): a “green” company, which just so happened to be an investment opportunity for a certain President and his associates, which received hundreds of millions of taxpayer “stimulus” dollars and ended up collapsing because there was nothing ever really there—it was just a cash funnel for corrupt corporate executives and corrupt politicians working hand in hand. Or what about the LightSquared scandal: revelations that another company (which just happens to be a major donor to high profile Democrats) was to have its open broadband product fast-tracked through the FCC’s approval process, allowing it to bypass the maze of regulations that hinder and afflict its less-favored competitors, despite concerns that said product almost certainly would interfere with civilian and military GPS applications. We all get to suffer degraded GPS performance and military protection so that a corporate Friend of Barack can save some bucks

At the state level, the same applies. Corporate and union corruptions drive much of the closed-door decision-making, and have worked to strangle much of the economic recovery that could have been seen in many of the states across this land. Take, for example, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s executive order a few years ago in which he mandated the vaccination of all pre-teen girls in his state with the anti-HPV (human papillomavirus) drug Gardasil. Thus, just as with all those people who would rather continue to fight the failed War on (Some) Drugs than accept that it’s a catastrophe that does nothing but shred our Constitution, the liberty to decide what goes or doesn’t go into your body takes a back seat to “safety.” As it turns out, Perry had just received thousands in campaign donations from Gardasil’s manufacturer, Merck.

State governments routinely bypass legislatures, create unelected bureaucracies, encourage empire-building, give free reign to its agents to “enforce laws,” and discourage too close inspection by interested and concerned citizens. It is especially at the state and local levels that government agents—police, judges, and so forth—have been actively trying to discourage citizen oversight of their behavior. One or the major means in which this is done is by misusing existing wiretapping laws to criminalize the taping of police and court officials in the performance of their public duties. These laws were most often originally intended to protect citizens against secret taping of privateconversations on phones in places (like their homes and businesses) where there wasthe reasonable expectation of privacy. In other words, some third party, say a business competitor or nosy neighbor, couldn’t install a tap on your phone line without your knowledge and subsequently record your conversations. However, the incidence of police officers arresting (and prosecutors prosecuting) citizens for videotaping the police in their public duties is increasing, relying upon these anti-wiretapping laws as a buttress.

Before exploring the nuts-and-bolts of this issue, the question any citizen should ask his or herself is why a police officer would feel threatened by someone videotaping them. Why do many police officers get so bent out of shape that they will smash cell phones and cameras, arrest, and beat up people taping them, and threaten them with decades in prison? This pattern of behavior suggests that many police officers believe they have something to hide, something they don’t want going onto a camera that they can’t control and alter at a later date. All too often, that something is some form of official misconduct, often revolving around violence or intimidation done under color of authority. In short, cops don’t want citizens recording them when they harass people, rough them up, or otherwise do things they shouldn’t. And even when police are not doing these things in any particular encounter between officers and citizens, they don’t want the precedent to be set that private citizens could videotape them, hence the many times where police will escalate otherwise peaceful encounters once they realize they are being taped or filmed.

And let’s face it—there are a lot of times when police overstep their lawful authority and abuse their positions. Such as when six officers beat and taser an unarmed homeless man to death in an ordeal lasting 10 minutes. What about when they strip, handcuff, beat, and taser an unarmed suspect after he’s already been “immobilized”? Or whenthey’re shaking down out-of-state travelers and stealing their cash and other property? How about when they’re pointing guns at and pepper spraying the family of a scared teenage driver who ran from a minor traffic stop and hid out at his parents’ home, after forcibly busting into the home without a warrant? And of course, nobody likes to be videoed when they’re pulling over random vehicles and threatening to kill the passengers. Then there’s the case where Massachusetts cops handcuffed and then beat up a pro-life activist for handing out fliers at a public fair. What about the cop in Ohio who threatened to beat and execute a motorist who informed him of his concealed weapon, like concealed carriers are supposed to do by law? How about when they shoot a Marine in his own home, admitting later that they found nothing illegal going on?

And these are really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to stories of police brutality, excessive force, and official misconduct.

One thing that several of the stories above have in common is that by one means or another they were caught on tape, and therefore saw the light of day. The police couldn’t cover them up. In several cases, the official police testimony of the events was radically contradicted by the actual video evidence, indicating that the officers involved were lying to investigators. It’s no wonder that police officers, especially those involved in shootings, will go to great lengths to prevent uncontrolled citizen recording of their behavior. For instance, there’s the case of a man in Miami Beach, Florida, who recorded the shooting of a suspect by police on his cell phone. When the police figured out what he was doing, one of them pointed a pistol at his head, smashed his cell phone, and handcuffed him (video here). Fortunately, the owner of the phone had the foresight to hide the memory card in his mouth.

Not an isolated case, of course. A woman in Rochester, New York was arrested for videotaping police officers making a traffic stop in front of her house, while she was doing so from her own front yard. In Concord, New Hampshire, a lemonade stand operator was assaulted and threatened with arrest (for wiretapping) for videotaping a police officer at a farmer’s market. In Maryland, police arrested and charged Anthony Graber with violating state wiretapping laws because his helmet camera captured a state trooper pulling a gun on him and ordering him off his motorcycle. The charge carries with it the possibility of a 16-year prison sentence, while the speeding and pop-a-wheelie that got him pulled over originally only merited a ticket. Police in Suffolk County, New York even arrested a news cameraman for videotaping the tail end of a police chase.

Do the police have such a bugaboo about “civilians” recording them because they know that they may often have something to hide? After all, the police tell people whose vehicles and homes they want to search without a warrant that “if you don’t have anything to hide, then you don’t have anything to worry about.” Why go to such lengths to keep people from recording you in public, unless you think you might be doing something you don’t want people to find out about?

Fortunately, recent rulings are showing this to be one area where the courts, surprisingly enough, are getting it right. Last month, the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a man who had recorded police during an arrest of a suspect (which included an officer punching the arrestee) had a constitutional right to do so, and in fact, that the police should have known this (PDF of the decision here). In Illinois, a state judge ruled as unconstitutional a state eavesdropping law that was used to prosecute a man who had recorded his interactions with police and with a judge in a closed session, saving him from 75 years in jail. Earlier this year, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the public has the right to record police in the performance of their public duties. Back in 2005, the U.S. District Court in eastern Pennsylvania ruledthat a citizen who was arrested for videotaping Pennsylvania state police as they performed truck inspections had his 1st amendment rights violated. This case was later used by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide a case in favor of a man who had been arrested on wiretapping charges for videotaping an encounter with state police as a passenger in the detainee’s vehicle.

As such, there does seem to be a good deal of broad-based precedent being built for affirming the constitutionality of videotaping or otherwise recording police as they perform their official duties. This has led at least one state (Connecticut) to consider a bill before its state legislature that would make it illegal for police officers to hinder or harass citizens who videotape them, provided the citizen isn’t directly obstructing the officer’s performance of his or her duties.

As much as liberty lovers criticize our elected officials, we should at least give credit to our legislators when they do the right thing and work to restrict the ability of out-of-control police and other executive agencies to take away our rights and to hide their activities in the shadows. While lovers of liberty have a lot of work to do across the board as far as fighting to regain lost freedom and to keep what little we still have, codifying the right of citizens to “keep tabs” on public officials, including (or perhapsespecially) police officers, is a lynchpin in gaining and keeping liberty. With greater authority and the ability to exercise the raw power of state-sanctioned violence necessarily come the need for greater oversight and control by the group who really form the basis of all legitimacy for government—the people themselves. If government agencies and their officers cannot bring themselves to accept citizen oversight and accountability, then those agencies and officers lose their claims to delegated legitimacy, and should rightly be removed. It’s time for lovers of liberty to make this point explicitly clear.

Tim Dunkin

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Tim Dunkin is a pharmaceutical chemist by day, and a freelance author by night, writing about a wide range of topics on religion and politics. He is the author of an online book about Islam entitled Ten Myths About Islam, and is the founder and editor of Conservative Underground<, a bi-weekly email newsletter focusing on foundational conservative worldview and philosophy. He is a born-again Christian, and a member of a local, New Testament Baptist church in North Carolina. He can be contacted at : patriot_tim@yahoo.com

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Google refuses to remove police-brutality videos, it says – Bangor Daily News

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Bangor Daily News

Google refuses to remove police-brutality videos, it says
Bangor Daily News
“We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming ...
YouTube keeps police brutality videosPress TV
Google refuses official requests to take down YouTube video of police brutalityDaily Mail
Police Advise Google to Remove Protest VideosCenter for Research on Globalization
DigitalJournal.com -Daily Free Press (subscription)
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Cop provocateurs compromised at #Occupy Oakland.

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Officers caught on video at protests in Oakland – dressed as protestors! Yet another reason to film police at all times, so if one day they try to flip sides to start violence – “to do something that we want them to do” – we can out them publicly like Oakland CopWatch did here.

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2 San Francisco police officers fired for misconduct – San Francisco Examiner

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

San Francisco Examiner

2 San Francisco police officers fired for misconduct
San Francisco Examiner
Two San Francisco police officers have been fired — one for excessive force and unlawful arrest of a witness and the other for accessing confidential information about a citizen — though the cases remain shrouded in secrecy because of police privacy ...

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Santa Barbara Council Members, Candidates Respond Cautiously to Police … – Noozhawk

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Santa Barbara Council Members, Candidates Respond Cautiously to Police ...
Noozhawk
“There are various incidents that are pending with the police force and the general public has had enough,” Aldana said. “Right is right and wrong is wrong, and it goes without saying that the public continues to see our Chief Sanchez and other ...