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Police State Monday: Comprehensive Ferguson Timeline, Mentally-Ill Woman Shot By Police While Holding Cordless Drill, LAPD Beat Another Man To Death, And MUCH MORE

Monday, August 18th, 2014


Every Monday, the Angel Clark Show is dedicated to highlighting police abuses.

Today Angel discussed:







Three Teenagers Created An App To Document Police Abuse


Five-O lets users submit the details of any incident of police abuse and rate the specific officer. The app also has community boards for different counties so that users can communicate and plan responses to any difficulties with local police. The idea is to collect data that users can then bring to community activists, the media, and other forms of law enforcement. That way, it’s not just “he said, she said,” Caleb said. And they’re hoping to illuminate both the negative and the positive interactions users have with police officers. They want the good examples to serve as motivation for officers to do better.


This Is How Ridiculously Fast A SWAT Team Can Break Into A Home And Make An Arrest


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A recently released video from a SWAT team member’s helmet cam captures a raid on a home in Evansville, Indiana. In less than 30 seconds, the team broke down a glass door, tossed in lash grenades, and located one resident hiding in the home. She was innocent and they were at the wrong house…


Kids Devastated After Officer Shoots Tame Deer In Front Of Them: ‘It Was My Best Friend’

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Residents of a Ohio community said this week that children in the neighborhood were devastated after they witnessed an officer shoot a deer that had become so friendly that it regularly ate out of people’s hands.


County Officials Refuse To Pay Medical Bills For Baby Bou Bou, Toddler Burned By SWAT Grenade — Say It’s Illegal To Pay The Bills

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Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year. They claim it’s illegal.


Cops Gun Down Man Holding Toy Rifle In Walmart

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Police fatally shot a man carrying an air rifle at an Ohio Walmart earlier this week.


The Angel Clark Show talked with Lyn Ulbricht, mother of the alleged founder of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht. Ross is accused of being Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), and is currently sitting in a cage, awaiting trial. Hear what his mother had to say about the Government’s charges here:


South Carolina mother arrested for cussing in front of her kids

Danielle Wolf says she grew upset when the frozen pizzas in her cart smashed her loaves of bread. (Source: WJBF)

A woman was handcuffed and taken to jail when she was accused of using prohibited language in a grocery store.


Insane Case Of Mistaken Identity: Woman Arrested, Told She’s Actually Dead, Jailed Anyway

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A 42-year-old St. Louis woman filed a federal civil suit against not only local police, but court personnel for arresting her and putting her in jail even after realizing that the actual person they were looking for was dead.


Ferguson Cops Beat Innocent Man, Then Charged Him With Bleeding On Their Uniforms

Police take up position to control demonstrators who were protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

The officer-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown this week and the subsequent protests across the United States have rekindled interest in another case of alleged excessive force blamed on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department.

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Yet Another Man, Omar Abrego, Died After Police Beating In Los Angeles


Los Angeles Police Department officers allegedly beat a man to death little more than a week before their fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, KTLA is reporting. An officer broke his hand during the incident, Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, told the local TV station.


For Months, 911 Callers Got Automated Message That Said “Hang Up And Dial 911”

No one suffering from an emergency expects to be greeted by a recording when they dial 911. Yet 911 callers in Caddo County, Oklahoma were unable to reach a human operator for months in 2013. Instead, they were routed to an automated message that “instructed callers to ‘hang up and dial 911′ if their call is an emergency,” the Federal Communications Commission said.


Mentally-ill California woman shot by police while holding cordless drill

The scene of a police shooting involving San Jose police versus a woman carrying a cordless drill.  Aug. 14, 2014. (Source: Patrick Tehan / Bay Area News Group)

A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.


Police Cadet Opens Fire On Ex-Girlfriend’s Family, Is Killed By Her Brother

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A Tennessee police cadet shot and killed another man at his ex-girlfriend’s house before the woman’s brother shot and killed him.


Family pet shot in the head by plainclothes cops searching at wrong address

(Source: Megan Shimburski)

A family was traumatized when gun-wielding police officers in unmarked cars and out of uniform walked onto their quiet property without a warrant and shot their dog in the head in front of a 5-year-old while looking for a man who did not live there. When the dog lived, Erie County Sheriff’s Office deemed her a “dangerous animal” and authorized deputies to “seize the said dog harbored by the said Megan Shimburski” and to “hold, care for, or dispose of” Lady, pursuant to New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, Article 7, Section 123. The deputy and an animal control officer took Lady away to the animal warden, leaving her with an uncertain fate.


Ex-Police Chief Who Was Demoted After Reporting Cop’s Sex Abuse Photos Can Sue

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A former police chief who reported another officer for photographing the sexual abuse an unconscious woman has a case for retaliation, a federal judge ruled.


Lawsuit Details How Trooper Turned Traffic Stop Into Abduction And Brutal Rape

Oklahoma State Trooper Eric Roberts (KOTV)

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has opened an investigation into one of their own troopers over allegations that he raped a woman during a traffic stop. According to a lawsuit obtained by Tulsa World, the victim, who was only identified with initials, was driving with a female friend near Tulsa on July 22 when she was spotted by Trooper Eric Roberts.


U.S. border patrol shoots unarmed Mexican teen in the back from across border fence

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez's mother Araceli poses next to a shrine for her son. (Source: MCT via Getty Images)

While walking on a sidewalk on the southern side of the border, a Mexican teen was shot to death by U.S. Border Patrol from atop a border fence. After two years, the U.S. government has still not released the identity of the shooter(s), nor any details of its secret investigation.


Sheriff With History Of ‘Misconduct’ Accused Of Pistol-Whipping Motorist

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FBI agents arrested a New Mexico sheriff and his son on Friday after the lawman allegedly pistol-whipped a motorist following a high-speed car chase, officials said.


Police taser 8-year-old girl when babysitter calls for help

(Source: Daily Record / Sunday News, Jason Plotkin)

The use of force on a child sparked controversy after an 8-year-old girl was tased following an apparent suicide threat.


Fired Officer Gets 5 Years Probation For Raping Woman While On Duty


The fired Fayetteville police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation Friday in a plea deal with prosecutors, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.


Government seizes elderly woman’s savings when she tries to fly with cash

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Federal agents seized thousands of dollars from a woman at an airport because she didn’t tell them how much she had.  Now the government seeks to keep the cash seizure, without placing a criminal charge against the woman.


Unarmed Man With Pregnant Fiancée Killed By Police For Pulling Up His Pants


Police shot and killed a 20-year-old Monday who was wanted for probation violation, but the man’s brother said he was wearing headphones and could not hear officers’ orders.


Police stage realistic hostage drill on nursing home, terrorize unsuspecting staff

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A nurse says she begged for her life after being taken hostage by an unidentified gunman during a shift at a Colorado nursing home.  Unbeknownst to her, the armed intruder was actually a cop in disguise, masquerading as a bad guy in a “routine” safety drill.


Governor Candidate Arrested For ‘Menacing’ Police Officers With Umbrella

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A long-shot candidate who hopes to be the Democratic nominee for New York’s gubernatorial race was arrested when he attempted to film police officers in a subway station as they detained an African-American subway passenger.


Oakland officer reinstated with back pay after throwing grenade at unconscious man, bystanders

Scott Olsen suffering from a fractured skull after being attacked by Oakland police.  (Source: AP/Jay Finneburgh)

An officer who violently attacked a group of civilians — including an incapacitated man bleeding from a head injury and the people who tried to help him — has been reinstated to the department with back pay for the nearly 3 years of missed work.


Police Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting Fellow Cop’s 9-Year-Old Daughter


A 20-year veteran with the Chicago Police Department is currently being held for allegedly sexually assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of a fellow officer while attending a barbeque at the girl’s home, ABC 7 Chicago reports.


Washington State Police Release ‘Tweeting Guidelines’ For Citizens

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Law enforcement agencies in Washington state are asking social media users to give their tweeting fingers a rest when it comes to posting the real-time activities of police officers on the job.


Mall Cop Ignores Racist Harassing Protesters And Pepper Sprays Black Bystander Instead

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An African-American Seattle man who happened to be walking by a pro-Palestinian protest said that he is still confused as to why a security guard would have pepper sprayed him instead of a white man who was harassing demonstrators and yelling racial slurs.


Michael Brown: Ferguson Articles — Most Recent First 

Police Captain Blames ‘A Lot’ Of The Press For ‘Glamorizing’ Ferguson Protests


The police leader with authority over the policing effort of the racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, thinks “a lot” of the media has played a part in enabling the violence.

In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday morning, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson accused reporters of swarming around agitators, giving “them a platform and glamoriz[ing] their activity.”


The Front Page Of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Says It All

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Ferguson: Dozens Arrested, Reporters Detained, Assembly Rights Restricted

Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

Confrontation resumed on Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, as police used tear gas to disperse protesters. Live ammo was shot in the altercation, with two people injured. Thirty-one people, including a journalist were arrested.


Another Night Of Chaos In Ferguson As Police Fire Tear Gas And Stun Grenades


Police fired several rounds of tear gas and stun grenades into a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on the third consecutive night extreme tension has rocked the suburb of St. Louis. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, according to Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.



Police Arrest 31 In Ferguson As Police Face Off With Protesters — Media Sent To “Designated Areas” (PICS)






Monday In Ferguson: Hedy Epstein, 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Arrested During Michael Brown Protest


“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper Is Disgusted By The Police’s Show Of Force In Ferguson

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CNN’s Jake Tapper became verbally exasperated on air late Monday night as protesters and police engaged in a standoff in a third consecutive night of tension in Ferguson, Missouri.


ERIC HOLDER: The Amount Of Sensitive Information That’s Been Released About Michael Brown Is ‘Troubling’

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday evening that he was troubled by the amount of “sensitive” information pertaining to the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that he said has been “selectively released” over the past week.



Bill O’Reilly Dismisses Ferguson Protesters: ‘These People Don’t Want Justice’

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly criticized protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night and minimized fatal police shootings against Black men during a phone interview with guest host Eric Bolling.


CNN’s Don Lemon Pushed Around By St. Louis Cops: ‘Now You See Why People Are So Upset’

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CNN host Don Lemon criticized St. Louis County police on Monday for both physically shoving him during a live broadcast and changing their policies regarding demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri in a seemingly arbitrary fashion.


Rush Limbaugh: Democrats Are Spreading ‘Myth’ That Police Shoot And Kill Black Men

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Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused Democrats on Monday of drumming up interest in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri for their own gain.


Missouri Governor Calls Off Curfew In Ferguson After Two Nights Of Mayhem

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Monday lifted a midnight curfew in the beleaguered town of Ferguson, Missouri, in which there have been two consecutive, chaotic nights of protest.


Ferguson McDonald’s Was Looted — To Get Milk For The Eyes Of Protesters Who Had Been Teargassed By Police


In the hours leading up to the midnight curfew in Ferguson, Mo., police in riot gear and military equipment fired tear gas and smoke projectiles into a large crowd of protesters, still angered over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer.


Oliver: Deny Militarized Cops Their ‘F*cking Toys’ As Long As They’re Killing Unarmed Black Men


On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver used the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, to address the increased militarization of America’s police departments, mocking the wearing of camouflaged uniforms in urban environments and purchases of armored vehicles better suited to war zones.


Jay Nixon Criticizes Ferguson Police For Releasing Michael Brown Robbery Video


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Sunday criticized the Ferguson police for releasing a video allegedly showing Michael Brown robbing a convenience store before he was shot and killed.


Mayhem Is Erupting Again In Ferguson As Police And Protesters Clash


The National Guard has been called to Ferguson, Missouri, where protests have escalated over the past two days after a midnight curfew was imposed by Gov. Jay Nixon.


Michael Brown: Federal Medical Examiner To Take Another Look At Ferguson, Missouri Teen’s Death


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has taken another step in his investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has led to fierce protests in the relatively small city of Ferguson, Missouri.


One Person Shot, Seven Arrested After Protesters Defy Curfew In Ferguson

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The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency and a midnight curfew in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Saturday afternoon, and while many decided to go home before 12 a.m., a large number of activists stayed in defiance of the order to continue their protests.


‘This Officer Should Have Been Arrested’: Ferguson Cop Shot Mike Brown 6 Times


An unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased’s family said on Monday.


Missouri Gov. Declares State Of Emergency, Curfew Following Ferguson Protests

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Missouri governor has declared a state of emergency and set a curfew in Ferguson suburb where a black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police last weekend, sparking a series of week-long mass protests.


Protests And Violence Again Rock The Streets Of Ferguson One Week After Police Kill Michael Brown


A fragile peace shattered in Ferguson early Saturday, after armored vehicles, law enforcement officers in riot gear and tactical rifles returned to the streets, and looters robbed neighborhood businesses again.


Family Of Slain Ferguson Teen Michael Brown Says Police Are Now Assassinating The Character Of Their Son

Michael Brown Shooting Ferguson Mother Lesley McSpadden

The family of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, has released a statement saying they are “beyond outraged” at the “character assassination” of their son.


Ferguson Police Are Now Saying The Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Didn’t Know He Was A Robbery Suspect

Thomas Jackson Ferguson police chief

The Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager Saturday apparently did not know that he was a suspect in a convenience store robbery that happened just minutes earlier, police said in a press conference Friday.


NYPD Threatens Mass Arrests At Ferguson Solidarity Rally

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Thousands of people in New York rallied in solidarity with residents of Ferguson on Thursday, showing support to people across the US who have been victims of police brutality. The NYPD threatened mass arrests if people did not stop blocking traffic.


After Ferguson Shooting, Nearly Half Of Americans Don’t Believe In Justice

People sit on a car as it drives by a peaceful demonstration, as communities react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 14, 2014. (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

Forty-five percent of US citizens don’t trust in justice amid police killings of civilians, according to a poll by HuffPost and YouGov in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teen, by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.


Local Police Kill At Least 400 People A Year, Mostly Minorities

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A white police officer in the United States killed a black person on average of twice per week from 2005 to 2012, according to homicide reports offered to the FBI. But this data is limited, as only about 4 percent of law enforcement agencies contributed.


FOX NEWS: Ferguson Protesters ‘Forgetting MLK’s Message’

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During a “Fox & Friends” interview on the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Fox News channel ran a headline declaring that the predominately African-American demonstrators were “FORGETTING MLK’S MESSAGE.”




Members Of Congress Want Hearings To Ask Whether ‘Local Law Enforcement Is Out Of Control’

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Three members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Thursday asking him to hold hearings on a series of issues related to local law enforcement in the wake of the controversial police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri this week. In their letter, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia), and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) said the situation in Ferguson raised the question of whether “local law enforcement is out of control.”
“For five days the citizens of Ferguson have protested the killing of an unarmed teenager by local police. Last night, law enforcement broke up the protest with brutal force: confronting demonstrators in riot gear and armored vehicles, arresting journalists, and firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds,” the congressmen wrote. “These incidents raise concerns that local law enforcement is out of control and, instead of protecting the safety and civil liberties of the residents of Ferguson, is employing tactics that violate the rights of citizens and hinder the ability of the press to report on their actions.”


OBAMA: There’s ‘No Excuse’ For Police To Use Excessive Force In Ferguson


President Barack Obama condemned violence on both sides of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri in a statement on Thursday afternoon.


Police Report: Michael Brown Robbed Store Before Being Shot By Ferguson Officer

Demonstrators outside a church in St Louis, Missouri protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson (AFP)

Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday, appears to be the same man seen in a video of a store robbery that took place just before his death, police said in a report released on Friday.


BREAKING: Darren Wilson Identified As Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Brown


After almost a week, Police Chief Thomas Jackson has identified Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri.

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House Democrat Readies Bill To Demilitarize Local Police

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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) announced Thursday that he plans to file legislation aimed at stemming the militarization of local police — something on full display this week in Ferguson, Missouri, where officers in riot gear have been showering largely peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.


Here Are Some Of The 16 People Who Were Arrested In The Fifth Night Of The Ferguson Protests

At least 16 people were arrested during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Thursday night, including a St. Louis politician, a filmmaker and two journalists. Meanwhile, the police officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been identified or charged.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol Will Be Brought In To Replace Local Police In Ferguson

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has pulled local police in Ferguson off the job of controlling protests that occurred after the killing of an unarmed teenager in the St. Louis suburb.


Police Chief Rips Obama For Ferguson Remarks — Doesn’t Think Cops Used Excessive Force

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


Pentagon Supplied St. Louis County Police With Military-Grade Weapons (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

A police officer watches over demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Reuters / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

Images coming from a tense Ferguson, Missouri this week show local police armed to the teeth and appearing as an occupying force in attempts to suppress citizen outrage over the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer.


FBI Takes Control Over All Police Operations In Ferguson

Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

The governor of Missouri will reportedly relieve St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, paving the way for possible state or federal intervention.


Police In Ferguson Have Continually Attacked And Harassed Journalists


The assault and arrest of reporters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night is perhaps the most egregious example of a continual pattern of police harassment that journalists covering the unrest in the St. Louis suburb have faced.


‘They Said, Let’s Take Him’: Reporter Describes Being Seized By Cops In Ferguson

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Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, who was briefly arrested by police while reporting on the ongoing demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, said to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that he felt police left him and a colleague no way to avoid being taken into custody.

“I’ve been in a lot of scenarios with heavily-armed police officers,” Lowery said. “I’ve been in a lot of scenarios where journalists could conceivably be arrested. I don’t believe Ryan [Reilly} and I did anything that merited us being taken into custody and we were both behaving in ways to try to avoid being taken into custody. Because, frankly, I would rather be out in the street right now talking to protesters, trying to tell this story — no disrespect to you — and not sitting in this chair talking about me.”


KKK Raising Money For ‘Hero’ Ferguson Cop Who Shot ‘Jewish Controlled Black Thug’

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The Ku Klux Klan is soliciting funds for the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, 18.


Livestreamer Behind Ferguson Footage Says Cops Were Shooting Tear Gas Near Homes

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<p>A Missouri man who live-streamed the police action against demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday that authorities were shooting tear gas into a residential area even after the latest anti-police protest ended.</p>
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<h1><a href=‘Holy Sh*t!’ Watch As Ferguson Cops Fire Tear Gas And Bean Bags At News Crews

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Late Wednesday night, police in Ferguson, Missouri shot tear gas and riot-suppressing bean bags at Al Jazeera America and KSDK reporters, KSDK reports.


Ferguson’s Police Chief Freaked Out After Finding Out His Cops Arrested 2 Reporters

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The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, had a stunned response after he learned his officers had arrested two reporters who were covering the ongoing protests that began in the city after an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by police there Saturday.


Missouri State Senator Tells Police Chief She Was Tear Gassed While Protesting Peacefully In Ferguson

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During a press conference on Wednesday, a Missouri state senator claimed she was hit with tear gas while protesting peacefully in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that has erupted with rioting this week after the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.

When Maria Chappelle-Nadal asked if she would be gassed again like she was on Monday, Ferguson’s police chief Thomas Jackson kept a stoic expression until he found out she was a state senator:

He then replied: “I hope not.”


Missouri Governor Calls Situation In Ferguson ‘Deeply Troubling’

Jay Nixon

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) issued a statement early Thursday morning describing the situation in the city of Ferguson as “deeply troubling.” Protesters in the city have been demonstrating since Saturday after police killed an unarmed black teenager. Law enforcement officers have responded with rubber bullets and tear gas and Nixon has been criticized for his reaction.


Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

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Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown


Anonymous Released The Name Of The Cop Who They Say Murdered Michael Brown

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The hactivist group Anonymous released information Thursday regarding the murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri.


WATCH: Cops Aim Weapon At Local Official, Lock Media Out As Ferguson Protests Continue

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Video filmed by a St. Louis alderman shows police aiming a weapon at him while responding to the latest round of demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.


Another Police Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

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Violence again erupted in the St. Louis area near the site of the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, according to local police, despite calls by U.S. President Barack Obama and activists for a measured response.


Ferguson Police Fired Wooden Bullets At Crowd During Protest Over Teen’s Death


Police fired at protesters with solid wooden bullets during the latest demonstrations in Missouri against the killing by a police officer of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown.


Police Express Sympathy For THE COP Who Killed Unarmed Teen In Ferguson, Missouri

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Riots have gripped Ferguson, Missouri, since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday, and police have taken to the website PoliceOne to offer their own insights into the tragedy.



Anonymous Launches #OpFerguson After Cop Kills Unarmed Teen

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Hacktivists have set their sights on the town of Ferguson, Missouri after police there on Saturday shot and killed an unarmed man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, elevating a wave of protests that have occurred in the days since to the digital realm.


Gun Sales Spike Around Ferguson After 3 Days Of Riots

Demonstrators hold signs while protesting the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb, has led to a spike in firearm sales at some local gun shops, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.


LAPD Kills Young Black Man Days After Ferguson Shooting

Police officers keep watch while demonstrators (not pictured) protest the death of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 12, 2014 (Reuters / Mario Anzuoni)

Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old black man described by his family as having “mental problems,” was shot and killed by a Los Angeles, California police officer Monday evening, barely 48 hours after an unarmed black man in Missouri suffered the same fate.


#FergusonShooting: Outrage As Missouri Police Shoot And Kill Unarmed Black Teen

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Hundreds of residents of a predominantly black suburb in Missouri took to the streets after police fatally shot an 18-year-old black man on Saturday.  Michael Brown was a recent high school graduate who was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College on Monday. He was killed in Ferguson, a city in St. Louis County that has about 21,000 residents – two-thirds of whom are black.


#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Social Media Calls Out MSM For Portrayal Of Mike Brown

Police force protestors from the business district into nearby neighborhoods on August 11, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

If you were killed, what photo would the media use in their stories? That’s the question that the #iftheygunnedmedown hashtag asks on social media as minorities point out media bias in the deaths of African-Americans.

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Tensions Still High In Missouri ‘War Zone’ After Monday’s Riots


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An uneasy calm settled over Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday after a second night of violent clashes between law enforcement and residents protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, with another demonstration planned for mid-morning.


Ferguson Seeks Answers After Police Shooting Of Michael Brown


Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting.



9 Powerful Photos That Show How Police Have Turned Ferguson Into A War Zone


Since the fatal shooting of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown at the hands of a local police officer, the town of Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in unrest as citizens have taken to the streets in outrage for more than three days.



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Puppycide – the “Service” From A Still-Unnamed Lancaster PA Police Employee

Friday, August 8th, 2014

It’s occurred yet again – another instance of puppycide. This time, in Lancaster, PA, about 80-miles west of Philly.

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Meredith Wilterdink witnessed the unjust shooting by a still-unnamed Lancaster Police employee

The dog’s owner said the use of deadly force was unwarranted. Multiple witnesses echoed that sentiment, including one many who physically tried to stand between the police employees and the dog.

Meredith Wilterdink, who works at a nearby eatery, described the scene:

He’s not scowling or growling but this one cop has a rifle and he’s threatening to shoot.

Randy Schamber, an employee of the Hager Parking Lot where the shooting occurred later told area media:

I don’t understand why they had to shoot him; he didn’t hurt anybody.

The still-unnamed police employee was so driven to kill the dog, it seems, that one man present was put into handcuffs when he chose not to move upon dictate. Once that dose of tyranny was administered, the dog was executed and the man was released from his constraints without further threats.

Witnesses said the animal didn’t go after anyone:

The dog got loose and ran away from the officers in fear, but as it was running away the one officer tased the poor pitbull. The officers then surrounded the dog and shot it twice!

Bill Hickey, who, though not at the scene, felt compelled to run damage control for his killer colleague, told area media:

There were a lot of factors here — rush hour in downtown, a busy street, a public parking lot — that made for an unfortunate outcome.

It’s telling that Hickey left off that list of factors the reason this situation is getting attention – the action of the person who pulled the trigger. That person is responsible.

The mission of the Lancaster Police Outfit is to, “provide outstanding service with professionalism and integrity.”

double-standards-theft-taxation-you-own-yourself-think-and-govern-yourself-copblock-libraryYet their actions have been the polar opposite [which isn't altogether surprising, after all, their "customers" are forced, at the barrel of a gun, to pay up, or else], the shooter’s colleagues are running damage control, replete with an “internal investigation.”

I called the Lancaster Police Outfit on Friday, August 08th, 2014 at 5:30pm EST.

I noted that I was recording the call and solicited the name of the shooter. I was told that there was “no additional information at this time.” I asked if I was off-base in likening this to a double-standard. I pointed out that if had shot and killed someone in Lancaster, my name would be in the newspapers the following day, yet that has not happened in this situation, despite the passage of days. Again, I was told that the shooters’ name “has not been published.” So much for accountability.

Those at the Lancaster Police Outfit state that Tom and Leo, the two dogs who roll with their crew, are each “considered to be an actual officer and they have their own badges.” What may happen if you were to take the life of a police dog? Most likely, you would be targeted with the full resources of the injustice system. In fact, earlier this year in South Carolina, one man who killed a police dog was told that he’ll be caged for 35-years.

Do those within the Lancaster Police Outfit plan then, to open a murder investigation on their colleague, the shooter? Or do their actions demonstrate that they believe the lives of police dogs, just like their own lives, have more value?


Call the Lancaster Police Outfit

Tell them to make public the name of the individual who acted. Ask them if they will start a murder investigation, as would surely be the case if one of their four-legged partners were slain by a stranger. Tell them it’s situations like this that have caused you to lessen the legitimacy you grant to police outfits.

Lancaster Police Outfit

But what about ‘officer safety!!’ some may chime in?

According to statistics kept by Officer Down Memorial Page – which is probably one of the least-likely to skew information that would allow people to see through the thin blue line veneer, no police employee has been killed in the last five decades from a dog. Zero.

Yet how many police employees have taken the lives of our four-legged family members?


As concluded one witness:

I simply can’t comprehend the audacity that these officers have, to act so unjustly, and in broad daylight in front of so many people. I hope this event sends a message to the people of Lancaster city.

Props to my friend Wes, who sings in the Lancaster-based outlaw metal band From Under The Willow, who first put this incident on my radar, along with this message:

Hey man.. A few of my friends witnessed this and said it was completely unjustified .. We are trying to get people to see that these things do happen here.. Not just Los Angeles and NYC and shit.. It’s real. And it’s everywhere… I’m a pitbull owner.. And this really upsets me cause I don’t feel safe taking my dog out anymore..



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Young Girl Assaulted By Three Men for “Breaking” Curfew

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Clairton, PA – the setting of the 1978 movie Deerhunter.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014. Just after 10pm.

Two friends walked home. They’d just gotten ice cream.

A sedan approached, then slowed. Suddenly a door opened and a man burst out and ran toward the girls.

One of them – 17-year-old Merceedez Wright took off. She was scared. But the man was able to cover the ground.

According to friend Destiny Hester, the man “ran full force .. pounced on her, then started kicking her and pulling her hair.”

A bystander’s cellphone captured Merceedez’ screams. A nearby surveillance camera captured the three minute assault.

When the aggressor, then joined by two accomplices, attempted to force Merceedez to his car, she tried to escape. But she was tripped and kidnapped.

Eventually, Merceedez was hospitalized with cuts and bruises, and injuries to her trachea, esophagus and neck.

The men who beat her – far from being criminals on the run – are criminals being protected by the Clairton Police Outfit – where they work.

Those men – who have yet to be identified – had the gall to claim that their actions were just, and pointed to a dictate made by their friends, who conspire as a corporation called the “City of Clairton”


It is individuals who act and thus individuals alone who are responsible for their actions. Not policies. Not legalese.

Merceedez was peacefully walking. She was not committing any crime. She had caused no victim.

The criminals in this situation all wore badges. So much for the desired close relationship with the community.

If you have a moment, give those responsible a call: 412.233.6213

Much love to the individual who stopped to film!

And keep in mind that Merceedez, like each one of us, has the right to use self defense to thwart an aggressor.

As said by Lysander Spooner, “There can be no criminal intent in resisting injustice.”





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Brothers in Blue

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Date of Interaction: May 11, 2014
Police Employee Involved: Officer Welch
Police Employee Contact Information: 412-241-4496

During a youth soccer game in Wheeling, WV, my daughter and another player had a nasty but accidental collision on the field. Several parents from the other team began shouting nasty things about my daughter with the nicest being, “Kick her out of the game,” but many were of a more threatening nature. At that point I said, loudly, to them to leave my daughter alone and come talk to me if they had a problem.

Then a guy stood up and shouted, “You better watch your mouth, I am a cop.” Keep in mind he is from Churchill, Pennsylvania, and we were standing in Wheeling, WV at that moment – about ninety-five miles and a whole state away from his jurisdiction.

Of course I said,”I don’t care who you are, you all need to leave my daughter alone.”

This cop, AND his wife, walked down to our team’s bleachers and he sat right beside me so his leg was touching mine. He started asking if anyone had any weapons. I told him, “Maybe”. He then said, “Do I need to start patting people down?” I answered, “You can try.”

Now his ego was bruised, so he called local 911 and, I shit you not, requested “back-up.”

A local deputy arrived. He sprinted over and told the local deputy lord knows what. At that point, he was the only person who had even gotten out of their seat.

The local cop came over and, as you can guess, his mind was made up. He asked me what was going on. I asked to step away from the psycho Tackelberry-esque Pennsylvania cop. He asked my name, and I told him. I asked to tell my side of the story and the local cop said, “No, I don’t need it. I need you to leave the premises.” I said I would, but again asked to tell my side.

The local cop said, “I am warning you; go now.” I told him the route I planned to walk and said,”I just wish you would have let me tell my side.”

Boom. The cuffs came out. He arrested me and walked me to his car. While he was putting the cuffs on, the Pennsylvania Cop came running at me and screamed,”Get on the mother fucking ground now, mother fucker!” Yes, he said that at a soccer game in front of children. Then, while being walked, the psych Pennsylvania cop began getting in my face and screaming, “See, I told you my brother would take care of your ass.”

The local cop, took me downtown, printed me and wrote me a citation for the worst trespass he could. The penalty was a fine, not less than $100 and up to $500, with up to 6 months in jail.

Today I went and saw the County Magistrate. I finally got to tell my story. Long story short, charges were dismissed and she actually called the local cop to her office and explained her displeasure at how this went down.

I have tried to contact the psycho-cop’s chief, but he never seems to be in and he never seems to call back. The number I listed is for that police department.


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Bogus Address

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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Date of Interaction: 2004
Police Employees Involved: Deputies of Columbia County, PA Sheriff’s Department
Police Employee Contact: Columbia County Sheriff’s Department

While at home recovering from open heart surgery one week prior, I answered a knock at one of the two back doors of my house. As I opened the door, one of the deputies spoke into his radio, “We’re in.” I was tackled from behind, thrown to the floor in a cross throat hold, and assaulted by five uniformed deputies. When they finally allowed me to stand, they showed a warrant for a person I’d never heard of at a non existent address. I lived at 392 Main St. Benton, PA in a corner property. The warrant bore the address 394 Main St. which did not exist. When they realized their mistake, they disappeared like the wind, offering no assistance or apology. There has never been any acknowledgement from the department over the incident.

-William G. Lenhart

Police officers raiding homes with the wrong addresses and wrong occupants has become a common occurrence. Unfortunately, it continues to happen because there is no personal accountability or repercussions for the individuals carrying out such acts without confirming their ‘facts’ are correct beforehand. -Editor

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Philly Cop Charged After Wrongfully Arresting War Vet

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police officer who has been investigated by internal affairs a dozen times since 2009 has been suspended after being charged this week with false imprisonment and other counts related to a March 2013 incident caught on film.

Officer Kevin Corcoran, 33, was suspended on Wednesday morning this week after being faced with multiple counts stemming from an altercation last spring in downtown Philly in which he handcuffed a local man, hauled him into his SUV and drove him around the city for roughly 16 minutes before releasing him without charge. The first moments of the incident were captured by the cell phones of eyewitnesses and uploaded to the internet last year.

Corcoran turned himself in to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit early Wednesday and was promptly stripped of his gun and badge before being processed that evening with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and official oppression — all misdemeanors — as a result of a nearly year-long probe launched by city officials to investigate the officer’s handling of an incident between an Iraq War veteran and himself that occurred at around 2 a.m. last March 31.

On Wednesday, the Office of the District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia issued a statement to say that the 11-month joint investigation conducted by the DA’s Special Investigations Unit and the Philly PD’s Internal Affairs Department had concluded with charges being filed against Corcoran, a nine-year veteran of the force.

The DA Office’s statement largely corroborates witness accounts and what can be clearly seen in the YouTube video uploaded last year: Corcoran was on duty at the time of the incident when, provoked by comments made by a group of people on a street corner concerning his driving, he exited his vehicle, approached one of the individuals and unlawfully detained them.
According to the official statement, Corcoran first slapped the cellphone out of the hands of one of the witnesses and then approached the victim — Roderick King, formerly of Philadelphia — and barked “Don’t fucking touch me” at the man as he inched closer.

“Corcoran continued to walk toward the young man who was backing up with his hands out in front of him making no contact with the officer,” the statement reads. “Corcoran then pushed the young man, grabbed him by the chest, threw him against the side of his police vehicle, handcuffed him and threw him into the back of his vehicle.”

“Corcoran then sped off with the victim in the back seat,” the statement continues.

Attorneys for King filed a $1 million lawsuit against the city shortly after that altercation occurred, and at the time accused Corcoran of unlawful search and seizure, assault and battery and multiple violations of constitutional rights. Corcoran was placed on desk duty pending the results of the lengthy investigation, but the city elected to press charges against him only this week after completing their probe.

The suspension, handed down by Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, was made with intent to dismiss the officer.

“It’s good to see the city is finally, after 11 months, firing [Corcoran] for something that was clear as day to see,” King attorney Kevin Mincey told the Inquirer.

“It’s a scary thing when the people who are sworn to protect and serve just take liberty with their power and can throw you in the back of a car take you away and no one responds,” Mincey added to a local Fox affiliate. “It just shows the importance of recording your interactions with police officers you have a right to do it. Sometimes it’s the only way to get action to be done.”

But as the local media was quick to point out, last March’s incident is actually but one of many in which Corcoran was accused of unlawful conduct. Philadelphia Inquirer staff writers Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan dug deep to expose more of the officer’s sordid past this week, and reported that the Internal Affairs Division conducted 12 investigation into Corcoran since he joined the force, including six just in the year 2009.

Sam Wood, a reporter for, found yet more details about some of the most extreme of the alleged incidents:

“Previously, Corcoran was sued in US District Court for allegedly entering a home on 1630 S. Taney Street without a warrant in Nov. 2008 and beating up a resident, leaving the man with two broken vertebrae, a broken nose and a broken eye socket,” Wood wrote. One year later, he was again sued in federal court, this time “for the Nov. 2009 beating of a South Philadelphia man who Corcoran and another officer ‘kicked, stomped, beat, punched and otherwise assaulted’ leaving the man with broken bones and requiring stitches.”

Both of those cases were dismissed, Wood wrote, but a 2011 case in which Corcoran allegedly “violently man-handled” an individual after arresting him without probable cause remains open. Two other civil lawsuits against Corcoran have also been filed since 2009, but were settled for an undisclosed amount a year later before trial, Wood wrote.

According to the local Fox station, counsel for King believes the charges brought Wednesday may never have materialized if it wasn’t captured by eyewitnesses. King, a US Air Force veteran, left Pennsylvania following the events of last March, his attorneys said.


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Julian Heicklen Interviewed by Nathan Larson

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

In February 2014 Nathan Larson interviewed Julian Heicklen via email, the result of which was originally posted to That interview is posted in full below as the issues covered are relevant and likely to be of interest to readers of

Both Larson and Heicklen have not just been vocal to right perceived wrongs but have taken action in an attempt to bring about a positive change.

Larson, a prolific writer, created and maintains the wikis,, and In On the Harms of Blindly Obeying by Nathan Larson, Larson outlined the outlined what occurs when individuals mindlessly follow rituals that serve only to pay homage to the State. The 2011 video Presidential Threat Lands Man in Cage, But Where’s The Victim? documented the caging of Larson.

Heicklen, a retired chemistry professor who in 2012 left the US “when Obama signed the NDAA of 2012, which gave him the authority to arrest and detain indefinitely any person without charges or a trial,” has been especially outspoken around jury nullification and marijuana – it’s not surprising then, that his actions have been detailed here at


Larson: What are the greatest opportunities for, and challenges to, informing the pool of prospective jurors about their jury nullification rights? In other words, if our goal is to make sure that as many jurors as possible know what their rights are, what do we need to do to achieve that, that we’re not already doing?


Julian Heicklen being hassled for offering jury nullification information to passerbys.

Heicklen: I think that we have done quite well. Distributing literature at court houses would have almost no effect, except that the courts and cops cannot stand it and do foolish things, like harassing and arresting distributors. This, of course, stirs up great publicity and spreads the word. Recently jury nullification billboards have been placed in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. James Babb is coordinating this activity. More billboards will emerge.

Recently several juries in 4 states have nullified. The New Hampshire assembly passed a state law saying that judges could not be punished for notifying juries of their rights. One judge in New Hampshire did this. Like all movements, it takes a generation for it to become complete.


Larson: Prison systems often claim that freedom of speech much be stifled in order to protect the security and good order of the institution. For example, Program Statement 5266.11 allows the Federal Bureau of Prisons to send back incoming publications containing sexually explicit text pertaining to sadomasochism, bestiality, etc. Presumably, the theory is that other prisoners who see the material might get offended and start a fight over it. How should prison systems balance such concerns with freedom to receive material concerning controversial topics; or should such freedom even be a concern, given that these are people who the government has decided should be deprived of some of their rights because of their criminal behavior?

Heicklen: People in prison lose some civil rights. Whether or not this does any good, I do not know, but I do not think it necessarily is illegal.



Nathan Larson

Larson: The 2010 U.S. Sentencing Commission report Federal Offenders Sentenced to Supervised Release notes that in 2008, federal courts revoked the supervised release terms of 33 percent of federal offenders whose supervised release cases were closed that year (i.e., 11,797 out of the 35,724 offenders) as a result of commission of new offenses or other violations of the conditions of supervised release.

a) Does supervision serve a useful purpose that is worth the costs in terms of restriction of liberty and sending people back to prison for non-criminal violations, or for victimless offenses such as drug use that they wouldn’t have been caught doing if they hadn’t been subject to such close monitoring?

b) Do you think supervision could even be counterproductive toward crime prevention, in that people who are only partially free have less incentive to refrain from going back to prison, since their ability to live a useful and enjoyable life, even if they stop their criminal behavior, has been somewhat curtailed by the supervisory restrictions?

c) Are there some conditions of supervised release that you think courts should quit imposing? E.g., the standard conditions against leaving one’s judicial district or associating with felons have sometimes been criticized as unnecessary; and the conditions requiring people to submit to having the government’s spyware installed on their computers, or to wearing a GPS anklet, are a significant infringement of privacy.

d) What do you think of the increasingly common practice of putting sex offenders, including those whose only offense was possession or distribution of child pornography, on lifetime terms of supervised release? (At the federal level, this became the practice recommended by the Sentencing Guidelines after the passage of the PROTECT Act of 2003).

Heicklen: I think supervision should depend on the individual. Sex offenders are notorious repeaters. Lifetime supervision can be justified.

For many others, it interferes with their returning to useful citizens. Asking people on probation not to associate with each other is pointless and fails.

Of course arresting anyone for using drugs is ridiculous in the first place.


Larson: What do you think of Schneckloth v. Bustamonte 412 U.S. 218 (1973), in which the Supreme Court ruled that police need not inform suspects of their right not to consent to a search? Would it be better if police officers had to give a Miranda-like warning, e.g. “You have a Fourth Amendment right not to consent to a search. Any contraband that I find can be used against you as probable cause for a wider search, or as evidence in a court of law.”

Heicklen: I am not sure about searches. I think the police should and will search if they expect you are carrying a weapon, or if they need identification of the individual. They always searched me after I was placed under arrest. Of course, I never carried any of these items. The lack of identification annoyed them. If I had to sign some document to get released, I signed John Galt.


Larson: It seems like it’s usually disadvantageous for a defendant to confess before he’s been charged with a crime, or outside of the plea bargaining process. Often they do confess, though, because they are ignorant of the law and misled by innuendo to believe that it will be to their benefit, or the victim’s benefit, to do so. The confession is usually admissible as long as the interrogator didn’t make any inappropriate promises.

Heicklen: Confessing to a crime before or after being charged is stupid.


Larson: What do you think about confessions in criminal cases; does it serve the interests of justice to allow them as evidence? The “Statement Against Interest” hearsay exception in Federal Rule of Evidence 804(b)(3) allows hearsay of a defendant’s inculpatory statements to be admitted as evidence; what about exculpatory statements (e.g. the defendant’s telling the interrogator “I didn’t do it”); should those be admissable hearsay? (Currently, they’re not, as was pointed out in Professor James Duane’s video.)

Heicklen: I think that none out of court statements should be allowed. If needed they should be given at the trial.


Larson: a) What are some U.S. Supreme Court decisions that you would most like to see reversed, and why?

b) What are some of the best pro-liberty opinions written by judges that you would recommend people read, and why? (This can include dissents.)

Heicklen: a) The Sparf opinion which allowed judges to not inform jurors of the right to nullify. [Sparf and Hansen v. United States--156 U.S. 51 (1895)]

b) Thurgood Marshall opinion ridiculing the idea that free speech could be illegal on the Supreme Court plaza [United States v. Grace, 461 U.S. 171 (1983)]

“I would hold 40 U.S.C. § 13k unconstitutional on its face. The statute in no way distinguishes the sidewalks from the rest of the premises, and excising the sidewalks from its purview does not bring it into conformity with the First Amendment. Visitors to this Court do not lose their First Amendment rights at the edge of the sidewalks any more than “students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U. S. 503, 506 (1969). Since the continuing existence of the statute will inevitably have a chilling effect on freedom of expression, there is no virtue in deciding its constitutionality on a piecemeal basis.”

Of course the police and judges ignore this decision. I have been arrested more than a dozen times and incarcerated for distributing pamphlets in front of courthouses.


Larson: What do you think of the practice of giving defendants harsher sentences for failing to express enough remorse? A federal judge writes, “I addressed the defendant: ‘I note in paragraph 45 of the PSR report that you knocked your then live in girlfriend off the front porch and broke her jaw in seven places and her leg in three places. Why would you do that to her?’ He responded: ‘She deserved it.’ I countered: ‘Excuse me, I don’t think I heard your answer.’ His follow up: ‘I said she deserved it.’ I don’t know what you could have said that would have helped you, but this really, really hurt you! He received an extra 10 months per word.”

Thus, if the defendant tells the judge what he wants to hear, then he gets a lighter sentence. As the judge notes, he’s not punishing the guy for every bone broken, but for every word he said that the judge didn’t like. Should there be concern about the implications for freedom of speech in these situations, since the defendant cannot say what he really thinks without being punished for it?

Heicklen: I think that it is inappropriate to punish a person for speech that is not libel.


Larson: What do you think of the Free State Project? Is the idea of concentrating libertarians in a sparsely populated state a good and realistic idea? What do you think of the implementation of this idea thus far?

Heicklen: I think that it is an excellent idea. Probably the only one that will work. Once the Libertarians take over NH, others will see the advantage and either join them or push their current state in the Libertarian direction. Those people who want to tell others how to behave can stay in their own states and pester each other.


Larson: What do you think of the Israeli Knesset‘s proportional representation system? Would that be a good model to import to the U.S., and use for choosing legislators in one or both houses of the U.S. Congress?

Heicklen: I like proportional representation. Israel has 13 political parties represented in the Knesset. As a result, less gets done. That is ideal, because the best government is the one that governs least.


Larson: What do you think of parliamentary systems? Are they superior to presidential systems, all things considered? Do you think that model should be imported to the U.S., so that the chief executive would be appointed by Congress rather than being elected; since then Congress could fire the President for misuse of his powers, without having to find him guilty of an impeachable offense?

Heicklen: I prefer the multiple branches of government, so that they can act as a check on each other, and see that less gets done. The government that governs least governs best. Of course President Obama has destroyed all this. He now arrests and detains anyone he wishes without charges or a trial. If Congress does not pass a law he wants, he issues it by executive decree. Obama is not a president. He is a dictator.


Larson: I notice that according to some of the accounts I read, or judging by the way they treated you, in some cases, the government seemed to suspect you of mental illness or mental disability given what they regarded as your unusual behavior in falling limp and so on when the police or court officers laid hands on you. This seems to be a common assumption when a lone activist is engaging in behavior they find inexplicable; if it’s a bunch of people, they seem more likely to understand that it’s civil disobedience. Does it seem to you that accusations of mental illness are used by the government to (a) distract from political controversies, (b) stigmatize and marginalize dissident activists, (c) violate dissidents’ dignity through court-ordered mental health diagnosis and treatment, and (d) justify the government’s restricting the dissident’s liberty? If so, what’s the best way to combat this?

Heicklen: The police and courts never thought that I had mental illness. They knew exactly what I was doing, and that it was succeeding. It drove them crazy, and they did stupid things, as I knew they would. Had they ignored me, I would have had no effect whatsoever. However they could not stand to have their chains pulled, gave me enormous publicity, and made themselves look foolish. The price of justice is eternal publicity.


Larson: Did you ever feel the way that Thoreau did after serving his prison sentence, in which, according to his essay, he “saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only; that they did not greatly purpose to do right; that they were a distinct race from me by their prejudices and superstitions, as the Chinamen and Malays are; that, in their sacrifices to humanity, they ran no risks, not even to their property”? Did you ever feel frustrated with your fellow activists or fellow citizens; and if so, what have you learned are the best actions to take in response to such frustration?

Heicklen: There were frustrating moments, but I knew that was inevitable. These movements take time. Persistence is needed.

Over time, I had a large number of people working for jury nullification and other justice. The police were decent people trying to do their job.

The judges, with few exceptions, are scumbags, who only want to put people in jail. They have no understanding of the purpose of the courts, which is not to imprison people, but to keep them out of prison. They think the duty of the courts is to punish people. They are dead wrong. The purpose of a judicial system is to see that justice is done, which often means ignoring or changing the law.


Larson: What are the most important reforms that you think should be made to the judicial and penal systems, and why?

Heicklen: Every person in prison is there improperly and should be released. Either they had no jury trial, which violates the Constitution. The 6th Amendment says in part: “Whenever someone is on trial for committing a crime, he or she has the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury” It does not say may have the right or unless he waives a jury trial. Anyone in prison without a jury trial should be released immediately.

If the prisoner had a jury trial, the judge lied to the jury twice when he said “you must enforce the law as I give it to you.” It is not the duty of the jury to enforce the law. It is the jury’s duty to see that justice is done. If the jury decides to uphold the law, it is not the often incorrect version given by the judge. It must be the law in the written statute passed by the Congress or state Assembly. If the jurors do not have the written statute there is reasonable doubt. The jury must rule not guilty. Every person who had a jury decision must be released, because the jury was informed incorrectly of its duty.

All present judges should be dismissed. Most, if not all of them should go to prison for violating their oath of office to support and defend the U. S. Constitution.


Larson: What advice would you give to young people considering going to law school and entering the legal profession so that they can make a difference for liberty? What paths are likely to put them in a good position to effect that kind of change; and what paths are they better off avoiding, if their main goal is to promote and defend freedom? There seem to be a variety of alternatives, such as the Public Defender‘s office, or private organizations, etc. but often there are tradeoffs to consider, such as the resources that will be available in these different organizations, or possible conflicts of interest caused by divided loyalties (e.g. the public defenders are ultimately court employees).

Heicklen: Good kids enter law school with the vision of upholding the law and helping people. They all graduate as criminals with the only intent to win cases, even by lying or distorting the law. In my criminal case for jury tampering in the US. federal district court in Manhattan, the U.S. attorneys forged the grand jury indictment document, since there never was a grand jury indictment, and the court accepted it. A federal speedy trial means within 70 days of indictment. My case for jury tampering dragged on for 17 months before it was dismissed, because the prosecutors could not produce any tampered juror. For details see:


Larson: Why did you choose, at a certain stage in your life, to shift your focus to jury rights activism at the street level rather than, say, getting heavily involved in Libertarian Party campaigns for public office; or churning out a bunch of journal articles as an academic; or becoming executive director of a think tank? What made you decide on that particular avenue for making a difference?

Heicklen: All my life I was involved in civil rights of one sort or another. Jury nullification was my last one. It occurred, because of my disgust with the courts, both state and federal in NY City. I did run for several offices on the Libertarian Party platform, and was even elected to some local offices in Centre County, PA. I published 2 books and 284 papers on chemistry and a few pamphlets on contract bridge. I founded and appointed myself executive director of Smart on Crime and Tyranny Fighters. I held numerous positions in the Libertarian Party. For details see:


Larson: What are some of the major lessons learned over the course of your activist career?

Heicklen: You need two characteristics to change the world.

  1. You must be stupid enough to think that you can do it.
  2. You must be persistent and not give up. It takes about 30 years to make changes.

You never convince the present generation. You are influencing the next generation.


Larson: Do you favor (a) having judges be periodically elected by the people, so that they can be held accountable; or (b) having them serve a lifetime term, so that they will be insulated from political pressures; or (c) some other system? Why?

Heicklen: In principle the people should choose the judges based on their performance in upholding their legal obligations. In practice the people’s vote has failed, because they choose judges base on how many people they incarcerate or punish instead of how well they deliver justice. The lifetime appointments fail because the judges ignore the laws and Constitution and do whatever they wish. Short of impeachment, there is no remedy. I suggest that fixed term appointments may be a solution. The judge does his or her job for a period of time (say 5 years) and then returns to practicing law.


Larson: What should be the role of juries in sentencing defendants? Currently, in the federal system, when juries are used at all (more often, the facts are set forth in a plea agreement) they mainly determine the guilt or innocence of the defendant and what the facts relevant to sentencing are, and then the judge makes the sentencing decision in accordance with the criteria set forth in 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Heicklen: I think that this is OK, as long as the jurors are properly informed that their duty is to see that justice is done, which often means ignoring the law.


Larson: Do you see the use of plea bargaining in the vast majority of cases, with the likelihood of a much harsher sentence if the defendant gets convicted at trial, as a major threat to the use of jury rights to safeguard freedom? If so, what should be done about this?

Heicklen: Plea bargaining is unconstitutional. Only a jury can determine criminal guilt.


Larson: What should be crime victims’ role in the judicial and penal systems?

Heicklen: Probably not much. A victim is not likely to be unbiased.


Larson: Are there some ways that privatization of certain elements of the judicial and penal systems could allow market forces to be harnessed for good; or would this cause too many perverse incentives and inequities? For example, the bail bondsman system has sometimes been praised as a good way of ensuring that only the less risky defendants get out of jail pending trial, and are successfully caught if they jump bail. But of course, the poor can’t afford it. Some libertarians have proposed that competing private prisons, in which the prisoners could go to whatever prison they could afford and that would accept them, could give prisoners a more rehabilitative experience by offering certain amenities, such as better work opportunities, that are unavailable in the current bureaucratically-run system.

Heicklen: I am opposed to private prisons. They always become corrupt.

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Williamsport Accountability… Maybe?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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On January 12th, 2014, Officer Joseph Deprenza of the Williamsport Police Department was responding to a fellow officer’s call of “suspect at gunpoint” when he struck a civilian vehicle. Officer Deprenza was traveling “88 to 101 miles per hour seconds before impact” in a 35 mile per hour zone according to a Pennsylvania State Police report released earlier this week.

The civilian, James David Robinson, 42 was turning left at a stop light when Officer Deprenza’s cruiser passed two other cars on the left before he struck the rear of Robinsons car at 88 mph. The impact pushed the victims car through a utility pole snapping it in half and severing the wires, causing the transformer to explode before the momentum forced the vehicle into the wall of a nearby building knocking out power to half the city. Inevitably the vehicle caught fire and engulfed in flames before emergency services could arrive. Sadly Mr. Robinson was lost in the tragedy.

Lycoming County District Attorney Eric Linhart has filed charges of Homicide by motor vehicle, as well as Involuntary Manslaughter. Pressure from the community as well as a compelling report from the PSP Accident Reconstruction Department has really left them no choice.

When asked about the Incident City Mayor Gabriel Campana said he was “saddened” by the tragedy. Campana spoke at a press conference standing behind the charges saying “No one is above the law”.

Cheif Foresman of the City Police Department responded by saying he was “disappointed that one of his officers was responsible” and that Officer Deprenza’s actions were “unacceptable”.

Officer Deprenza has been arraigned and is out on bail, his next court appearance is February 7th.

Robinson’s friends and family is without a son, brother, and friend because of Officer Deprenza and his itchy trigger finger. He was in such a hurry to get to the scene for a little gun play that an innocent civilian had to lose his life. The crime that started this train wreck into motion, wait for it, a suspect unrelated to Robinson ran a stop sign, leading to a pursuit by a rookie Officer that ended with guns drawn. After the pursuit a subsequent search of the suspects car turned up an undisclosed amount of narcotics.

This raises a very important question. At what point do you draw the line? When does the ends NOT justify the means? Is this Officer going to truly be held accountable, or will this be a dog and pony act for the community and a slap on the wrist?

Even if Officer Deprenza does go to prison, will he be treated as an equal, just the same as every other prisoner in the yard? I have my doubts! Will he eat his lunch in general population, will he be placed in a cushy halfway house , or will they even simply put him on house arrest?

I have seen many cops charged in my day, but not many of them are punished. It’s a tongue in cheek part of American “Justice,” you can’t bite the hand that feeds you, and let’s be honest, they are fed very, very well.

Michael Clayton

Williamsport Bureau of Police
245 West Fourth Street Williamsport, PA 17701
PH: 570-327-7560

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Philadelphia Police STILL Don’t Know the Law

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Edward Yealey shared this post via’s submit page.

I spent the week prior to October 8th as I usually do this time of year, working 13+ hour days putting on concerts and other events. I am an independent sound and lighting tech, and a production manager, something I have done professionally since I was in my teens. Following the latest event, I had to remove drapery and other set pieces the venue provided to the customer. It was something that had taken me all night because I wanted to be on a train fairly early Tuesday to visit my parents in Delaware, where my Pennsylvania LTCF (License To Carry Firearms) is not valid, so I have to ‘open carry’ to abide by the laws. I also prefer to wear a ‘Drop Leg’ panel for my tools as opposed to a standard tool belt, which many of you have seen me wear in the past. So, after finishing most of my work, I decided to take a nap in the office and finish cutting ropes down and sweeping after I awoke.

I woke from my 2 hour nap and decided to get some food at the diner which is owned by the person I was working for and a good friend of mine. (Incidentally, I also helped another good friend install most of the electrical wiring in the diner). I walked in the diner through the rear entrance as I usually do, and proceeded to serve myself coffee, as I usually do. I then proceeded out the front door to smoke a cigarette, where Sgt. Kevin Bernard of the PPD was already parked (in an illegal spot) in front of the diner, finishing a phone call in his vehicle.

The PPD routinely patronizes the diner on a daily basis, and many of their officers have seen me open carrying without any previous issues. Sgt. Bernard then exited his vehicle and entered the diner to finish his phone call, pausing along the way to exchange pleasantries with me, exclaiming about how cold and windy it had gotten. Bernard had definitely noticed my openly carried Glock 30 on his way in, but said nothing at first.

Later he said he stopped me because he “feared for his life while he ate.” I know that if I was concerned, I would have stopped my phone conversation immediately- he did not. Sgt. Bernard entered the diner and stood in front of the dessert display while both finishing his phone call and staring intensely at my sidearm through the window; I had been surfing the internet on my phone as this happened, so my phone was already in my hand. I knew when Bernard exited the diner without making a purchase or even talking to anyone, he was going to ask about my firearm and permit, so I used my ’Quick Camera’ button on my phone to start a video recording, which most have seen by this point.

(If not, it’s here:

Police in Philly are allowed to stop an open carrier and ask them for their LTCF, and also allowed the ridiculous policy of being able to remove a safely holstered weapon from someone for their ’safety’. Knowing this, I expected Sgt. Bernard to ask me for my permit; imagine my surprise when he asked me if I was a security guard, and told me, “They told me in there, you are the security guard.” Immediately I was on the defensive, knowing he had not spoken a word to anyone inside. I told him no, and he asked for my ACT 235 card, to which I responded “What does that matter, I’m not a security guard.”

I then told Sgt. Bernard I had my PA LTCF, and held up the clear ID carrier I keep my ID and LTCF in, conveniently next to my lawyer’s card, in an effort to diffuse the situation being as he had not asked for my LTCF. Instantly, Sgt. Bernard changed his tune and tried to tell me I can’t open carry without an ‘Act 235′ card and that I was suspicious because of the knife I was carrying with my tools, which he jokingly referred to as a ‘sword’ on my hip.

At this point I realized that Sgt. Bernard is either ignorant of the laws, or has a blatant disregard of them. I am also aware that the PPD has been through training more than once in the past few years, on how to deal with ‘open carry.’ Without going over the entire video step by step, it is obvious that Sgt. Bernard is trying to goad me into admitting that I am “Moonlighting” as a security guard, either because he doesn’t like ‘open carriers’ or he needed to come up with something after calling in two other officers for ‘backup’ for such a dangerous suspect. At one point, while one of the officers and Bernard were inside the diner trying to figure out what to charge me with, the officer inside noticed I was recording with my phone and ran outside to grab it – this is when the video stopped. Sgt. Bernard told the officer to delete the video, an order I found out later the officer did not follow. The officer pretended to delete the video, shoved the phone back into my pocket, and returned inside to finish debating with Bernard.

Thirty minutes passed before the two finally emerged from the diner. Sgt. Bernard then informed me, “This is what I’m gonna do… You wanna record this part smart ass?” to which I replied, “Yes.” This infuriated Sgt. Bernard who said, “Well, now I’m gonna take your gun, take your permit, and issue you a summary offense for having a knife.” This is clearly illegal, but Sgt. Bernard was done being told what he can and cannot do by a mere citizen, so I told him he would need to take me to the station if he was going to do something so clearly out of spite, and do it in front of the whole station. The officer that transported me to the station made a point to tell me that he, “Didn’t want anything to do with this,” but was mum during the actual incident.

I arrived at the station, still not having been searched fully, or told that I was being arrested, and waited another 20 minutes for Sgt. Bernard, who had stopped for food. Sgt. Bernard arrived, obviously agitated, throwing papers and slamming things on the table, all the while complaining about how, “this little shit pushed the issue, making [him] miss [his] lunch.” Bernard then spent over an hour looking for the city code book, just to be able to find the crime I committed. Once Bernard found the book, he spent the next hour fighting with a computerized system for reports, complaining about the new operating system of his iPhone, taking a 15 minute break to eat, and asking his superiors how to fill out the reports. I assumed this happened because my situation wasn’t a normal legal process.

Two hours after my illegal detention, or kidnapping if you will, Sgt. Bernard handed me my paperwork to sign, and told me I could get all my property back, but now I had to deal with the ”consequences” because I was a “prick.” He also regaled me with tales of how gun-friendly he was - about how he is a “Lifetime NRA Member” and supports the second amendment, but that, “You don’t need to be walking around like dirty harry.”

I left the station, and have since been making moves to have my stolen property returned to me. I have since gone to court and have been found not guilty of the charge of ‘carrying cutting weapons on the highway.’ I have filed a petition to return property with the Philadelphia Court, and am awaiting an answer about getting my firearm and knives back (one knife was a high end Stryder).

My LTCF Permit was also taken, but not revoked, However, I have to go through the process of obtaining a permit all over again, because the state of PA has no provisions for re-issuing lost or stolen permits. I hear the process for return of property in Philadelphia takes up to a year, and I will most likely have to appeal the decision even though I was convicted of no crime.

Edward Yealey


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Pulling Out Every Excuse in the Book to Justify Unlawful Orders (VIDEO)

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Apparently saying hello to a person who is suspected of selling drugs warranted the harassment and threats of physical violence that ensued during the encounter shown in the video. These police officers are straight-up thugs! -Kate

This video was submitted anonymously via’s submit page.

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