Archive for December, 2011

Dealing with Anonymous Drug Tip Lines

Saturday, December 31st, 2011


Anonymous tips by telephone are a real danger for cannabis users, and they have to be stopped.

The best way to stop anonymous tips is by calling in bogus or phoney anonymous tips, and often. But doing this is not danger-free, and can lead to your incarceration. The idea is to have the cops go on so many fruitless phoney tips calls that such calls will no longer be trusted, especially by judges issuing search warrants. Bogus tips resulting in call outs cost cops money and waste time. They can also be used in other ways, as you will see. So here are my tips for phoney drugs activity reporting:

1. Contact: ALWAYS USE A PAY TELEPHONE, and NEVER ALLOW YOUR IDENTITY TO BE REVEALED. Pay phones cannot be connected with any individual user, so it is difficult for cops to arrest you for false reporting. Never use a cell phone Do not use a computer. I would even say wipe the phone free of your fingerprints, or do not leave fingerprints at all. Cops even look for footprints if such can be found around phones in question.

2. Time: SPEND AS LITTLE TIME ON THE PHONE WITH THE COPS AS POSSIBLE, THEN LEAVE THE PHONE QUICKLY. Cops trace these calls, and they come very fast. Give out the information needed to be given, and then leave.

3. Content: Tell the cops that suspicious drug activity is going on at; (a) the house or business of a known PROHIBITIONIST or simply somebody you don’t like: DO NOT RAT OUT OTHER CONSUMERS OR DISTRIBUTORS, or (b) an outdoor grow op is being conducted at a REMOTE AND DIFFICULT TO ACCESS PLACE. Even neutral persons are okay to “bust”. Politicians are great! But all cannabis users are on the same side here, so know who the REAL enemy is and spare your brothers. But a bogus call concerning a prohibitionist will cause HIM to have his door kicked down. Sending cops to remote and difficult- to-access outdoor locales wastes their time and money. It will eventually exasperate judges issuing search warrants by casting “probable cause” into doubt in regards to anonymous tips.

4. Details: Always include a few details about the person or locale to be “busted”, to convince the cops that this is not just a prank call. Names work. License plates work. Locations work. Personal descriptions work. BUT DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME DOING THIS. Tell the cops you have to go, as you think you might have been overheard. Hang up and leave discreetly but quickly.

The more often and the more people who call in such phoney tips, the more difficult it will be to trace these reports to any one person, the more time and money will be wasted by the cops, and the less credibility such calls will have. One must be very careful, as this could get you jail time if you are caught. But it will be a great help to every cannabis user in your area. If enough of this is done, soon judges will not sign warrants based only on “anonymous tips.”

-James Bong
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VYPER: Be Blunt

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

When I read new Cop Block contributor VYPER’s blog titled “Why I am different from the rest of the LEO’s,” I was quite pleased to see that I am no longer the only current or former law enforcement officer who is a participant here seeking greater police oversight and accountability. 

I would like to offer some thoughts on points he made about discretion and accountability.  Essentially, I’m sure VYPER is in fact different, but I want you to understand that his personal difference only exists because he is either extremely discreet or whatever he does differently is tolerated by his superiors.  A police officer or federal agent cannot simply just get hired and adhere to their own set of principles. 

In support of this, I offer the following select quotes from VYPER’s blog with my responses:

Police Officers are tasked with enforcing the laws put in place by our elected officials. it’s easy to say that if we don’t like the laws we have then we need to change them but those that are elected to make such changes are often times elected because they ” Purchased” that position. That is a shame.

Police agents are in theory tasked with enforcing “the laws,” but this really isn’t what happens practically.  Sure, you enforce the law…  but you first and foremost follow orders and kiss the proverbial ring of those who are above you in the chain-of-command.  If you enforce laws that your superiors do not want you to enforce, or if you don’t enforce laws that your superiors do want you to enforce, you are going to be quickly placed under the microscope by your administration.

That means you had better do everything perfect…  or find a new job.

Is it legal to possess weed without a medical Marijuana card (if your state allows that)?. No it’s not legal. Is an arrestable offense? Yes it is. Is it MANDATORY to arrest someone in possession of weed? Well It depends, is it a joint or 500lbs.  In the case of having a joint it’s not mandatory and is an Officer Discretion situation.

Lets guess for a minute that VYPER is a Federal Protective Service police officer (the federal uniformed police wing of the Department of Homeland Security).  One day at work he receives a memorandum from his supervisor who received a memorandum from Washington that states the new policy of the agency is to have zero-tolerance policy for possession of marijuana.  Discretion = gone.  Just like that.

Sure, VYPER could find someone who has marijuana and let them go without arresting them contrary to his new marching orders…  but if he gets caught he would stand to be disciplined which means a suspension, written warning, verbal warning, letter of concern, or termination.  He also could face the possibility of being charged for destruction of or mishandling of evidence or not fulfilling the obligations of his office.  That isn’t discretion… that is breaking an order and the law and hoping not to get caught.

Few, if any, law enforcement officers I know would take that risk.  This all comes down to following orders or breaking them and risking one’s livelihood.  It should be readily apparent to you why only a minuscule amount of individuals would take that risk: government pay-checks and benefits are pretty good.

Marginalizing your morality is easy when you are rewarded so well for it.

I believe that the Discretion is often times abused because it allows an officers personal emotions to be considered when making his or her decisions which I believe goes beyond the scope.

If VYPER believes himself to be “different” from other law enforcement officers, and I believe it to be true, I think it is reasonable to assume that he is different because of how he feels about the application of certain laws to certain people in certain situations.  It is impossible for a law enforcement officer to do anything without human emotion playing a part.

I had a debate with two superior officers once about the enforcement of New Hampshire’s adultery law.  The superior officers told me flatly that they would never enforce the law.  I asked them what authority they had to completely disregard a law because they disagreed with it, and they didn’t have a response.  A similar debate happened between myself and other officers over the gambling law here in New Hampshire.  The gambling debate began because another officer got in hot water for hosting poker nights at his house for money, a crime.  When I asked how is it okay to disregard some misdemeanors (like gambling) for some people (law enforcement agents) and not some misdemeanors (like possession of innocuous chemical substances) for other people (non-law enforcement agents) once again, I received no answer.

It all comes down to the whims of your chain-of-command when you work in a paramilitary law enforcement setting.  They decide what laws get enforced and who gets to break them.

Now, I mention discretion for several reasons. It’s a small example if why I disagree when people say we are political robots that do what we are told whether we agree with it or not. That’s just not the case in my opinion.

If you don’t do what you are told, you will be screwed with and eventually will be fired.  This is the case, and it isn’t an opinion.

When a Judge says ” Officer I order you to arrest Ademo Freeman because he called me an asshole in the parking lot”. it’s an order from a Judge but aside from the question of whether it’s a lawful order or not, I still have both a choice and discretion.

If a judge orders you to arrest someone you have no choice but to comply with the judges order.  If you don’t, you’ll probably be guilty of direct or indirect criminal contempt and charged with a crime.  The same superior officer who said to me that he would never enforce the adultry law said to me once that if a judge ordered him to give someone a few “licks” that he would comply with the order.  I tried pointing out to him that a judge couldn’t order him to break the law.  He responded by shaking his head.

This is the mentality in the police world.  Do.  As.  Your.  Told.

Saying you still have both a choice and discretion in this situation is like saying you don’t have to pay federal income taxes.  Sure, you don’t have to do it…  but you are going to face severe consequences.  Police officers and federal agents blindly follow the whims of politically appointed lawyers who wear black robes.

This is a fact.

I can choose to KNOWINGLY violate Ademo’s Civil Rights by carrying out the order OR use my Discretion and say” Your Honor I am not permitted to violate civil rights and I don’t see a crime so I am refusing to carry out your order and expose myself to criminal and civil litigation” which would be my response if in that situation. Even though I am Police Officer I still have the choice of how and when to use the powers I have been granted.

On paper and in the press you’re not allowed to violate civil rights, but in practice you do as your told.  The government courts have gone so far as to create the almost sadistic concept of “qualified immunity” to make sure individuals are never held accountable for things they do wrong.  Essentially, if you act on good faith doing something (ie: a judge/superior officer ordering you to arrest someone), and even if you violate the person’s constitutional rights, any attempt to sue you will be dismissed because of the fact that you acted pursuant to orders.  You cannot sue a maliciously acting judge either as they get even better protection called “absolute immunity.”

All-in-all no one is really ever held accountable for the abuse of peaceful people…  and the system is cleverly designed to perpetuate a lack of accountability.

Actually, one person could be held accountable in all of this, VYPER himself, should he disobey the bad order given by a judge in the hypothetical situation of Ademo being arrested by him.  He just wouldn’t be held accountable if he violated Ademo’s civil rights.

Back asswards, I know, but strict adherence to morality, statutory law, and the Constitution will get any police officer or federal agent fired.  I’d love for someone to try and prove me wrong on that.

When I am driving to the grocery store and see a car speeding do I pull him over or call it in? The answer is neither. I speed too, not because I am a cop but because its nearly impossible to stay UNDER the limit at all times. COP doesn’t mean BETTER or Above the law.

Police officers routinely break the law and routinely get away with it.  There are dozens of tickets that I didn’t write because someone identified themselves to me as a police officer.  “Professional courtesy” is an open secret that the entire world is aware of.

I hope to have a good public debate with VYPER where we can shed some public light on the problems inherent in the system.


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Prisoners at Corcoran Administrative Segregation Unit Challenge the CDCR & Advance Prisoners’ Struggle

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Prisoners in the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) at Corcoran State Prison issued a petition listing 11 demands for reform to the CA Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR). The prisoners explained to CDCR officials on December 19th that the petition serves as a notice of a peaceful protest if these demands are not met in a timely manner.  CA hunger strike supporters, prisoner advocates and family members were informed today that prisoners at Corcoran began refusing meals on Dec. 28th. Supporters are currently trying to get more information, and will send out another update as soon as possible.

Click here to read the prisoners’ petition.

Update from the Pelican Bay Short Corridor

Friday, December 30th, 2011


(December 2011)

A Shout-out of respect and solidarity – from the Pelican Bay Short Corridor – Collective – to all similarly situated prisoners subject to the continuing torturous conditions of confinement in these barbaric SHU & Ad/Seg units across this country and around the world.

This is our update of where things currently stand and where we’re going with this struggle – for an end to draconian policies and practices – summarized in our “Formal Complaint” (and many related documents published and posted online, since early 2011)

As many of you know… beginning in early (2010), the PBSP – SHU Short Corridor Collective initiated action to educate people and bring wide spread exposure to – the (25+) years of ongoing – progressive human rights violations going unchecked here in the California Department of Corruption – via dissemination of our “Formal Complaint” to 100’s of people, organizations, lawmakers, Secretary Cate, etc… wherein, we also sought support and meaningful change.

The response by CDCR – Secretary Cate was “file an inmate appeal” (collectively, we’d filed thousands); therefore, after much reconsideration and dialogue, the collective decided to take the fight to the next level via peaceful protest action – in the form of hunger strike.

With the above in mind – beginning in early (2011)… we again sought to educate people about the ongoing torture prevalent in these prison systems – solitary confinement units; and pointing out our position that – the administrative grievance process is a sham, and the court system’s turned a blind eye to such blatantly illegal practices – Leaving us with no other meaningful avenue for obtaining relief, other than to put our lives on the line and thereby draw the line and force changes, via collective peaceful protest hunger strike action.

We believed this was the only – fully advantageous – way for us to expose such outrageous abuse of state power, to the world and gain the outside support needed to help force real change.

We requested support in the form of – asking people to write letters to those in power… we received more support than we ever expected – in the form of letters, rallies, and hunger strike “participants” – more than (18,000) similarly situated prisoners and some people on the outside!

All united in solidarity, with a collective awareness – that the draconian torture practices described in our “Formal Complaint” are prevalent across the land; and that – united in peaceful action, we have the power to force changes.

The hunger strike actions of (2011) achieved some success, in the form of – mainstream world wide exposure – solid, continuing outside support – some small improvements to SHU/Ad-Seg unit conditions … and assurances of more meaningful – substantive changes to the overall policies and practices re: basis for placement and amount of time spent, in such units – a substantive review of all prisoners files, per new criteria – and more change to the actual conditions in such units.

However, this fight is far from over! Notably, the second hunger strike action was suspended in mid-October … in response to top CDCR administrator’s presentation that the substantive changes be finalized… would be provided to “the stakeholders” (this includes our attorneys), within 60 days for comment. To date, CDCR hasn’t produced anything re: SHU/Ad-Seg policy changes; and PBSP’s Warden has not even replied to the (2) memo’s we’ve sent him concerning – additional program – privilege issues, per core demand #5 (see footnote #1 below)

Naturally, many people are not happy about CDCR’s failure to abide by their word – again – and they are asking… “what’s the next move in this struggle?”

Based on our collective discussions, our response is … people need to remain focused, and continue to apply pressure on CDCR, via letters, emails, fax, etc… summarizing the continuing core demands – immediately! There’s real power in numbers!! (see addresses to contact below, at footnote #2)

It’s important for everyone to stay objective and on the same page – remember… united we win, divided we lose. And, if we don’t see real substantive changes within the next 6 months… we’ll have to re-evaluate our position.

Additionally, now is a good time for people to start a dialogue about changing the climate on these level IV mainlines… As it stands now, these lines are warehouses, with all the money meant for programs – rehabilitation, going into guard pockets.

It’s in all of our best interests to change this in a big way, and thereby force CDCR to open these lines up and provide all of us with the programs and rehabilitative services that we all should have coming to us!!

Respect and Solidarity,

T. Ashker, A. Castellanos, Sitawa (s/n Dewberry), A. Guillen

Footnote#1: To date, we’ve received zero improvements re: core demand #5 … while Corcoran and Tehachapi have gained on canteen and dip-pull up bars – which, is all good. This is an example of what we pointed out in our “Formal Complaint” re: disparate treatment at PBSP-SHU compared to other SHU’s.

This is also a typical CDCR attempt to create discord and disruption to our unified struggle…we’re certain this feeble move will fail because all of us understand what our main objective is – an end to long term torture in these isolation units! It is our fundamental right to be treated humanely… we can no longer accept state sanctioned torture – of our selves! (and, our loved ones!) and we remain unified in our resistance!!

Footnote#2: Addresses of people to write

  1. Tom Ammiano, Assemblyman/ Capitol Bldg. Rm# 4005 / Sacramento, CA 95814/ Phone# 916-319-2013/ Fax# 916-319-2113
  2. Governor Edmund G. Brown/ State Capitol, Ste #1173/ Sacramento, CA 95814/ Phone# 916-446-2841/ Fax# 916-558-3160
  3. CDCR – Secretary Matthew Cate / 1515 S. St. Ste. #330/ Sacramento, CA 95811 / Phone# 916-323-6001


All prisoners writing to these people should be sent ‘confidential mail’ and anyone outside of prison, supporters, family members, etc… please write and also email.

Batesville, MS Police Brutality

Friday, December 30th, 2011

This came out in the paper today and has been the talk of the town of these two cops who obviously don’t respect people’s rights.

A suit was filed in federal court Wednesday against the City of Batesville, BPD officer Greg Jones and Sgt. Shawn Dalton by parents of a minor who was apprehended Halloween night after curfew hours and in possession of toilet paper.
Plaintiffs Sally and Stacy Simmerman are seeking a jury trial, that a Halloween curfew be declared unconstitutional and unenforceable, compensatory damages for their minor son and reasonable attorney fees and expenses.

Ron Lewis of Oxford is the attorney for the Simmermans.
Court documents state that the Simmermans’ son, his girlfriend and her mother as well as another group were at Walgreen’s purchasing toilet paper “. . . in preparation for a Halloween prank on one of (the group’s) cousins.”

When two members of the group returned to the cars with toilet paper an officer approached the Simmerman minor asking if he was “deaf” for not responding to the policeman.
The minor was handcuffed and taken into custody according to the document which noted that the juvenile was being apprehended for not coming when the officer summoned him.

Although the parent of his friend would later ask to take the minor home, the policemen refused, the court document states.
The Simmerman minor was then taken to the police station according to the document which claims Dalton did not put a seat belt around him and then drove erratically to the police department.

The suit also claims that the minor’s cellphone contents were searched while at the police station before his parents arrived.
The document claims that the curfew was not properly created therefore void and questions why, when there were seven children in the parking lot, only one was apprehended. The suit cites erroneous procedures when the curfew law was adopted.

The suit also claims physical damage and continued suffering by the minor.
Additonal claims include that the city as well as officer Jones are liable for wrongful arrest and detention, and Dalton is liable for use of “ . . . unnecesary, unjustified excessive force, false imprisonment and unlawful warrantless search of the contents of his cell phone.”

The complaint filed in federal court in Oxford reflects only one side of the incident and attorney Colmon Mitchell who represents the City of Batesville said last week the matter had been turned over to the city’s insurance company who would handle the claim.

- Anonymous

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Ex-Cop Expert Witness Says Unarmed Black Teen Who Had Committed No Crime Was “Illogical” To Run Away From the Three Cops Who Nearly Beat Him to Death

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Lucy Steigerwald has an update on the beating of Jordan Miles, a case I wrote about in January. Miles was beaten nearly to death by three Pittsburgh police officers who say they mistook a bottle of Mountain Dew in Miles’ pocket for a gun. (The Mountain Dew bottle disappeared after the beating.) The cops claimed they confronted Miles because a neighbor had complained that the music student with no criminal record was skulking about her property. That neighbor denies ever making such a complaint. The cops also say Miles should have known they were cops, and say he’s responsible for his own beating for fleeing them. Miles is suing.

Which brings us to the update:

In response to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Jordan Miles over a beating he suffered from Pittsburgh Police in January 2010, a “law enforcement expert” has declared that the cops’ version of events is true. The aforementioned expert was hired by the city to fight the lawsuit from Miles, so it’s not exactly surprising that he came to some familiar conclusions about why the cops just had to do what they did.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The officers have consistently said that they identified themselves as such and displayed badges, wrote Joseph J. Stine, who ran Philadelphia’s Police Training Bureau and served as chief for New Britain Township, in a report filed in federal court. And Mr. Stine suggested that Mr. Miles couldn’t have logically reached the conclusion that the men were common thugs.

“It is my opinion that in order for Jordan Miles not to have known that the males who attempted to stop him and whom he eventually struggled with were police officers, he would have had to believe that three adult white males had come into [a] predominantly Afro-American community in order to rob him,” Mr. Stine wrote, despite little precedent for such an attack. “He would have to have not heard any of the constant repetition of ‘Police. Stop. Police.’”

Steigerwald comments:

Is there really no precedent at all for several white guys to visit an African-American neighborhood and want to make trouble? There’s certainly precedent for people impersonating police officers in order to commit crimes. Maybe the men did yell police and even flash badges, but so what? It was 11 p.m. in one of Pittsburgh’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. And if the men grabbed at Miles while identifying themselves (or not), a logical fight or flight instinct still would have kicked in. Miles also said that the cops yelled “Where’s the money? Where’s the gun? Where’s the drugs?” at him, which made him believe he was being robbed, then abducted, when the men initially put handcuffs on him.

Stine says that it wasn’t “logical” for Miles to have thought that the officers were criminals, yet cops are often forgiven for reacting in the heat of the moment to an apparent threat, be it a human being with a three-inch carving knife or a dog which maybe bares its teeth at a stranger in its home. So why is then-highschool senior Miles not to be forgiven for his nervousness when adult, theoretically highly-trained cops are so often forgiven for theirs?

You could also argue that even if Miles did know they were cops, he was justified to run. For example, he might have recognized that he was a black teenager walking alone at night, he may have heard enough stories about cops who sometimes tend to assume the worst in those sorts of circumstances, and he may have consequently feared that something bad would go down if he stuck around. Something like—just hypothetically speaking—the cops mistaking an innocuous bulge in his coat for a gun, beating him to a bloody pulp, then arresting him for resisting them.

Two of the three cops have been the subject of prior excessive force complaints and lawsuits. Yet thanks to police union clout, all three were not only suspended with pay, they were also paid for the overtime they might have worked had they not been suspended. All three are now back on the force. The union also deemed the three cops “heroes” for beating the hell out of an unarmed, 150-pound viola player. When a local prankster put out a hoax press release mocking the union’s absurd celebration of Jordan Miles’ beating, the Pittsburgh Police Department launched a full-on raid of the video store where they thought the fake release was created.

Professional Courtesy

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Good on Sgt. Parker, as well as the cops who treated him as if he were anyone else.

But it’s unfortunate, and telling, that he’d feel compelled to send this email.

A Maine State Police sergeant accused of drunken driving has asked his law enforcement colleagues not to retaliate against other officers in the department for arresting him.

Sgt. Robin Parker of Sanford, an instructor at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, was arrested Dec. 18 on the Maine Turnpike near the New Gloucester toll plaza, according to a previous report in the Bangor Daily News. Parker is on paid administrative leave. Last week, Parker sent a mass email to members of the law enforcement community taking responsibility for the charge against him and asking his colleagues not to blame the officers involved in arresting him. Parker was not specific about what, if anything, has taken place.

“What I have done to my family, friends and our State Police family has saddened me deeply,” wrote Parker, according to a copy of his letter provided to the Bangor Daily News anonymously. “There is one other thing that has saddened me and that is what I’m hearing around the department. I understand that there are many that are very upset that I was processed by our own and perhaps not ‘treated differently.’ Although this anger may stem from a respect and appreciation for me as a person and Trooper, they are not healthy.”

Parker said the troopers involved in arresting him were the “professionals that we all strive to be.”

Morning Links

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Hey Manch: I’d Rather Stand on my Conscience Than Fund Your Violence

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Join Ademo Freeman & friends
January 9th – 10:30AM – Manchester District Court

On June 4th I was one of eight arrested outside the Manchester Police Department when at a pro-police accountability event. I was alleged to have been “disorderly” – twice. Over six months later, I was told I was “guilty” of violating an ordinance and told to pay a 248 FRN ransom.

From Garret Ean:

Pete Eyre, was found guilty at the non-criminal violation level of one of the two charges. Interestingly enough, the charge he was convicted on was not the reason for his arrest, but was attached later. John Patti, who ordered Pete’s arrest but was my arresting officer, arrested us for allegedly refusing an order regarding a city ordinance violation. Neither the order nor the basis of the order were substantiated in court, yet Pete was, retroactively, in a sense, found guilty of having been in the “crime scene” and having been ordered out of it. The disorderly conduct statute is so over broad that you are automatically guilty at the violation level if you have been given what is considered a “lawful order”. By refusing the order, you are then guilty at the criminal level.

Order of events:

  • March 3rd, 2010 – Christopher Michlovich is beaten by four off-duty Manchester PD employees (Jonathan Duchesne, Matthew Jajuga and Michael Buckley, and Ernie Goodno). An internal investigation exonerated the actions of the four aggressors. Tom Clark (city solicitor) toed the “official” line.
  • May 25th, 2011 – Michael Delaney (NH attorney general) states that the Michlovich beating was “not the Manchester police department’s finest hour” but will not pursue charges against those responsible.
  • June 4th, 2011 – individuals gather outside Manchester PD to voice concerns about the lack of accountability, eight were arrested and nine phones/cameras were seized
  • October 24th, 2011 – Pete Eyre has court at Manchester District, two class b misdemeanor disorderly conduct threats, ordered to submit “memo of law” to support points argued
  • November 10th – “memo of law” deadline, document was received days prior
  • December 27th – William H. Lyons (aka “the court”) says Eyre is not guilty of the two disorderlies but is guilty of a violation. Ransom is set at 248 FRNs.
  • December 29th – Eyre calls “the court” to inquire how to sit the time rather than pay the ransom

I self-describe as a voluntaryist and therefore don’t want to fund the violence of the state. The state – to be specific – is just a bad idea. Everything its actors do is destructive and if not immoral, inefficient. The initiation of force, censorship, and control are its only tools.

So, I may sit at Valley Street for four days. I’ll have time to brainstorm. Read. Maybe workout. And, unless they keep me segregated, time to have conversations with other individuals harmed due to the belief in the bad idea that grants some a “legitimate” right to use force, as well as those who pretend their costume allows them to do actions wrong for you or me.

The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.
– Lao Tsu

On the phone Kim even said most people “just pay.” What if everyone didn’t? What if no one took plea deals? What if everyone realized that they have nothing to fear if they’ve done nothing wrong?

Screen shot 2011 12 29 at 9.48.07 PM 300x285 Hey Manch: Id Rather Stand on my Conscience Than Fund Your ViolenceI think it’d be a lot better world.
State vs. Garret Ean: NOT GUILTY on
“The Tiny Dot”
by Larken Rose

A couple of the Manchester PD employees told me they’d meet me for a bite after the conclusion of this round in legal land. (As I did with Keene PD employee Jim Cemorelis.) Let’s see if they hold true to their word.

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The time has come where you buy new calendars and spend free time reflecting on the past 12 months, yep, it’s New Years. I thought I’d take advantage of the time to post’s Top 3 post and videos from 2011. With that, lets get it started.

Top 3 Post

  1. When Should You Shoot A Cop - Posted on June 28th, almost six months into the year, Larken Rose’s post was an instant hit receiving almost 20,000, of the 65,000 +  views this year, in the first month! The featured article by Larken went on to make waves in the law enforcement community as well. It was posted to several police website sites (like policeone), got two republican party officials in trouble and prompted the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center to release a classified document (even though one of their officers admits he never read Larken’s post). Larken hit a home run when he asked, “When Should You Shoot A Cop?” I encourage you, as always, to not act like the police and read the article – explore what Larken says for yourself.
    Other stats: 535 comments, over 5,000 shares on FB and 114 tweets
  2. Young man with Asperger’s syndrome responds appropriately to police- Post in April, by CopBlock contributor George Sand, this article brings to light the abuse of a young man with a serious illness. It’s a sad story that shows once again the purpose of the system – to control and break people. Those who claim to protect you, end up hurting more than they help. Due to the, “everyone’s a suspect” mentality of police today. George’s post grabbed the second spot in this years top three with almost 40,000 views.
    Other stats: 650 shares on FB and 90 digg clicks.
  3. Police wrongly visit house 80 times- The number three spot goes to Dr. Q, now operating MassCopBlock, for his post about police raids on the same house over 80 times. So many that the previous owner sold the house for this very reason. Dr. Q’s post was published on March 6th and has received just under 20,000 views.
    Other Stats: 120 FB likes.

Top 3 Videos

  1. Fight Leads to Police Brutality – This video was sent to us, via a supporter, and has received over 200,000 views. The video itself is a great example not only of how easy it is to film police (or violent behavior) but also how quickly the police can escalate a situation.
  2. Manchester Police Officer Uses Excessive Force – When Mike filmed his best friend getting harassed by an officer in the high school cafeteria he wasn’t thinking the video would get 140,000 + views, but it did. Mike and helped bring this serious matter, child safety in public schools, to light. Read more on this here.
  3. Ademo’s Improper Influence or.. - In June I attempted to ask a district court judge in Keene, NH three questions. He didn’t respond to my questions and instead stated to bailiff’s, “This man is threatening me about  a decision I just made.” Due to the ‘judges’ actions I spent two days in jail, still have an open case and have heard nothing about the complaint I filed – go figure.

I’d like to thank the readers, contributors and supporters of Without you wouldn’t exist. I wish you and yours the best in 2012. I hope continues to grow in that folks point more cameras at public officials, question more actions of those who claim authority over you and speak up for injustices. There is a problem with the system, help fix it before it fixes you.

Happy New Year.

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