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Greater Cleveland Cop Block Photo Enforcement with Pete Eyre

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

This post was shared with us by DEO of Greater Cleveland Cop Block.

Date of Interaction: 3/27/14
Police Employees Involved: Kevin Stasiak, Mike Tellings and Dino
Police Employee Contact Information: 440-885-1234

I had an enjoyable visit with one of my two favorite bearded friends! Pete was in Cleveland this weekend and we went to film the Parma Police Photo Enforcement Unit and ask some questions. One thing I want to know is if they knew Officer James Manzo, who recently cost the city 40,000 FRNS by hitting a kid in the head with a flashlight, and then trying to cover his crime by wiping the blood off before investigators could see it!

Jimmy, as he is known, is still working for the Parma PD. Give them a call and ask them if he will be taking a 40,000 dollar pay cut this year!

I’m waiting for everyone to compile and upload video from the Greater Cleveland Cop Block meet up, but here’s a little something to get you by.

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Justice for Luis Rodriguez, Killed by Police Employees in Moore, Oklahoma

Monday, March 24th, 2014

On February 15th, 2014 Luis F. Rodriguez was killed in the parking lot of the Warren Theater in Moore, Oklahoma.

Will the men responsible – Ryan Minard, Joseph Bradley, and Brian Clarkston, employed at the Moore police outfit, and Tyler Howser and Chad Strang, employed at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation outfit, be held accountable?

These unnecessary situations will continue to destroy lives, and negatively impact families and communities, until we each recognize that fact, and choose to withdraw our support and consent of them, and operate according to the fact that badges don’t grant extra rights.

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Moore Police

See 7-minute raw Bambuser video from stop by Moore police outfit: http://bambuser.com/v/4435844

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

See 13-minute raw Bambuser video from stop by Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation outfit: http://bambuser.com/v/4435974

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Michael Brooks-Jimenez (lawyer for Rodriguez family)

Scott Adams (lawyer for killers)

Sean Aber Report re Killing of Luis Rodriguez

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Ladies of Cop Block Calendar Fallout: We Must Police Ourselves

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

I advocate that the disinfecting light of transparency be focused on those who act in the wrong. As such, I felt compelled to weigh-in on the inaction thus far by Lauren Wagner aka Lauryn Beth Faulkner to return money to donors of the 2014 Ladies of Cop Block calendar as was promised, in the hope that it makes that conclusion more probable.

We must hold ourselves to the same standards we demand of others.

My last exchange with Lauren was when we spoke on the phone the morning of Feb. 25th (we also spoke the evening of Feb. 24th). I sent her an email on March 7th but never received a response. Part of that email is included below:

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Current / Former Contact Info

lauriebethfaulkner@gmail.com
laurynfaulkner@hushmail.com
443-414-7138
Lauren Wagner, 8817 Wolverton Rd., Baltimore MD 21234

Statements From Some Involved with Ladies of Cop Block Calendar

Kate Ager

I chose to disassociate myself from the Ladies of CopBlock calendar project due to a lack of respect regarding major concerns with the final project voiced by myself and other participants.

Toni Bones

I regret to inform my friends and supporters than I can no longer consent to involvement in a project I was led to believe was for copblock due to profound differences in principles. I have witnessed very little transparency, accountability or any other values I’ve learned to appreciate through cb. While I can not promise a calendar, I can promise I will not stop until the truth of the funds is made available and our generous donors be made aware of such. I am currently comfortable claiming that I believe Lauryn has committed fraud and gathered these funds on behalf of my friends and I to promote herself.

Meg McLain

After months of delays on the Ladies of CopBlock calendar, we were told the final product would be “amazing.” I think we all assumed a calendar was not that hard to make look good, and after such extreme delays, I was expecting something great. What we were shown as the ‘final product’ was not only hideous, it was filled with spelling and grammatical errors (my name wasn’t even spelled right). All the girls voiced their concerns, including the fact that the calendar was now so late that a couple of the months were no longer of use. Rather than address the concerns, our comments were met with anger and resentment. We were told it couldn’t change, cause the printers had already been paid a nonrefundable deposit. When I asked about this policy, the story changed to “no deposit, but the printer was prepaid, and we couldn’t get the money back”. Again, I asked about this policy, and the story changed again to “the money is in the bank account of Lauryn’s mother.” Because the story of where the money was kept changing, myself and others thought it would be best to get financial records and/or move the donated funds to a neutral 3rd party. Once again our requests were met with anger and verbal attacks. The general behavior came off as dishonest and angry; and the concerns of the girls regarding changes needed to the calendar were being disregarded and treated with utter contempt. For these reasons, I was no longer comfortable being a part of this project, as it was no longer clear where the money was or what the message of the project was. I hope the money is returned in full to the donors; however, I still have concerns that the money may be partially missing. I would hope that the donors could contact me if they are not refunded in full.

Kristen Meghan

After the project was delayed, the original intent of the product was lost. When evidence of where funds were could not be produced when asked, adhominem attacks were the only reply we got. This is why I chose to withdraw my involvement; however I continue to support CopBlock and the new Women of CopBlock.

Alma Sommer

I chose to withdraw from the Ladies of CopBlock calendar due to philosophical differences. My goal is to promote spontaneous order and Agorist principles in all things. Concerns were met with a blatant disregard, instead of transparency, therefore loosing my support of this project. I strongly urge the donors to ask for their money back

Josie Wales (Josie the Outlaw)

My choice to disassociate from this project is due to lack of organization and major concerns voiced by many of those involved left unaddressed. However, I remain a strong supporter of CopBlock and new Women of CopBlock

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An Update from Oklahoma

Friday, March 14th, 2014

I just rolled into Arkansas from Oklahoma. My time in the latter was productive and fulfilling, spent largely focused on three stories that each involve the death of an individual at the hands of others who wear badges:

  • Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket, who was killed in late December, 2013 by Custer County Sheriff employee Dillon Mach and a still-unnamed colleague
  • Luis Rodriguez, who was killed in mid-February, 2014 by Moore police employees Ryan Minard, Joseph Bradley and Brian Clarkston, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation employees Tyler Howser and Chad Strand
  • Terrance Yeakey, who was killed in early May, 1996 by ???

Stay tuned for more polished pieces about each situation. In the meantime, feel free to do your own research into these or other instances that don’t strike you as just. Buying into whatever scenario is peddled or remaining silent when our gut tells us something may be amiss, doesn’t bode well for justice.

>>If you’re in the Little Rock area join myself and others tomorrow, Sat., March 15th, at 8PM at Big Orange 17809 Chenal Pkwy<<

Yesterday morning I stopped by the FBI’s office in OKC at 3301 West Memorial Road to submit a FOIA request to obtain all content related to the death of Mr. Yeakey.

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Terrance Yeakey killed for gathering evidence that refuted “official” DOJ version of Murrah bombing

Since that stream unfortunately cut out after two-minutes, I gave a recap of the exchange when leaving the property. (The whole exchange was captured on my JVC Everio, excerpts from which will be included on an upcoming video.)

Here’s the page on the FBI website about submitting FOIA requests: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/requesting-fbi-records I plan to make that happen in the very near future.

RELATED: http://copblock.org/foia

The day prior, Wednesday, I stopped by the OKC PD facility at 701 Colcord Dr., to submit a FOIA request to obtain any and all content related to the death and resulting investigation of Mr. Yeakey’s demise. Yeakey was an OKC PD employee, and was the first on the scene of the Murrah bombing on April 19th, 1995.

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I also asked if anyone currently employed at OKC PD was working back in 1996 when Yeakey was killed, and was told that the current chief, Bill Citty, had been. I called his office (405.297.1100) and was told that he was busy all day but that my contact info and request would be passed along to him. Thus far I’ve yet to hear back.

I also captured some broll around 620 N. Harvey Ave. – the address for the Murrah building memorial. And that evening I met with some of Yeakey’s blood kin.

On Wednesday morning I stopped by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation office at 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd. to see if anyone would comment about the actions of Tyler Howser and Chad Strand related to the death of Mr. Rogriguez.

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Luis Rodriguez, who died because he didn’t produce ID upon command

At first I was told to wait in the lobby and someone would come to talk with me but then David Deckard, the operations manager of that outfit, told me that they (his colleagues) opted not to speak with me. At one point Deckard told me, “you’re not legitimate media” and thus the information sought on my FOIA – complaints filed against and disciplinary action taken against Howser and Strand – wouldn’t be provided, though he did take the FOIA request so we’ll see…

Prior to that I stopped by the Moore police outfit at 224 S. Chestnut to hear if anyone would comment about the involvement of their colleagues Ryan Minard, Joseph Bradley, and Brian Clarkston in the death of Mr. Rodriguez.

After approaching the Records window I had a short conversation with James Fagans and his colleague, who basically told me that they couldn’t comment as the incident was still being investigated. They did confirm that those involved are still suspended (with pay).

I submitted a FOIA request (in Oklahoma called an Open Records Request) and was told it’d be forwarded to K.O. Williams, the assistant city attorney, who handles all such requests.

I stopped by the Warren Theater – the location of Mr. Rodriguez’s death – and captured some broll in the morning.

With my videocamera I noted the specific locations of surveillance cameras on site – the content they may have captured has been turned over to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) personnel, who are heading-up the investigation.

Since the video clip of the incident captured by Nair Rodriguez doesn’t show the full interaction, the footage captured by the theater’s own surveillance cameras will likely prove instrumental.

The night before I stopped by the theater and captured some broll and was told by a manager of the Warren Theater that he and his colleagues could not comment on the incident.

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Before that I rolled through El Reno and captured some broll of the area where Yeakey’s body was found – about two miles west of the FCI installation just outside of town. I also stopped by the El Reno police outfit and the Canadian County Sheriff’s outfit, as employees from both were at the scene around Yeakey’s body for an hour before FBI employees arrived and took over. Folks at both location were polite, especially at the latter.

When working from a Starbucks in Yukon, just east, I spoke with a police employee who noted that he too – as someone who lost two family members in the bombing – questioned the “official” version of events. The fact that that view isn’t just held, but was communicated, speaks volumes about the cover-up that was enacted.

I have submitted an Open Records Request to El Reno police and inquired at both if anyone was on staff who was working at the time when Yeakey’s body was found (almost 20-years ago). I’ve encouraged those who were to reach out to me if they have any thoughts or comments to share.

On March 6th I stopped by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office facility in Arapaho – where Mah-hi-vist’s killers work – and was stonewalled.

justice-for-mah-hi-vist-touching-cloud-goodblanket-facebook-cause-copblockAfter that exchange shown above, I again approached the window 30-minutes later and was again told “Not today” multiple times by the unnamed employee, which happened a third time 25-minutes later. I then spent some time outside, collecting broll of the facility and trying to engage employees as they walked from their vehicle to the facility, but was met only by silence.

Apparently though, sheriff Bruce J Peoples – who hasn’t been shy peddling his version of events to area media – was in the facility as his vehicle was outside. I left a note and encouraged him to contact me.

To see all those exchanges go to http://bambuser.com/channel/copblock and look at the content titled “Jaunt 24 Arapaho OK”

To see related content from those at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune see this story that starts on page two.

If you have a moment please call Dennis Smith, Custer County DA, and tell him to hold accountable the killers of Mah-hi-vist: 580-323-3232

On March 5th I stopped by the Oklahoma State Highway – Troop H facility in Clinton, where some present at the killing of Mah-hi-vist work. There, their colleague Neidy at least entertained my questions though he didn’t offer too much in the way of a response except to say that it was still being investigated. He did note though, that those in his outfit are equipped with audio recording devices on their person and dash cams in their vehicles. That content – Neidy stated – would have been preserved if requested by investigators (OSBI personnel).

When working from a McDonald’s in Clinton before I met with Melissa and Wilbur, Mah-hi-vists’ parents, a woman told me that they are very respected in the community. That sentiment was echoed by the many people I’ve since crossed-paths with in the area and from my own personal experience. My interaction with them when collecting content for this video, and later at a Native American Church ceremony, made an impact. I have nothing but respect and love for them and those in their sphere.

When editing these Justice For Mah-hi-vist videos I was in nearby Yukon, OK, where I  interacted with a number of police employees who worked for different police outfits. When they learned that I was digging into the killing of Mah-hi-vist they definitely weren’t flippant but were understanding of the desire to get attention on this situation.

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Pete with Wilbur and Melissa Goodblanket

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Why Cops Pull The Trigger by Nicole Flatow

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The post below by Nicole Flatow was originally posted to ThinkProgress.org on December 20, 2013. I saw it on the Facebook cause for Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket and I thought it worthwhile to repost here. Below the write-up are some thoughts of my own.

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Why Cops Pull The Trigger: Pulling Back The Curtain On Police Shootings
by Nicole Flatow

Last Friday, Los Angeles Police Department officers shot dead a mentally ill man who had already gotten out of his car after a police chase with his hands up. The incident, which was broadcast on national television for all to judge, was the latest in a string of more than a dozen police shootings that have surfaced in the news just in the last few months. Before that, it was the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tyler Comstock after his father called the cops to report that his son drove away in his car. And other incidents involved death during traffic stop, calls to police for help with a mentally ill family member, and a man whose watering hose was mistaken for a gun.

While national data is not collected on police shootings, available studies suggest excessive use of police force is rarely punished. In the Iowa incident, the county attorney deemed the shooting legally justified, raising renewed questions about when police can and should turn to use of a gun, when another tactic or tool might do the job. While the LAPD incident is still under investigation, a critical look back at several of the other recent incidents through ThinkProgress interviews with former officers, firearms trainers, and academics, reveal that policy and training may be as much to blame as human error.

When You Call The Cops For Help

The Iowa chain of events started when Tyler Comstock got into an argument with his father because he wouldn’t buy him a pack of cigarettes. When Comstock drove away in his father’s truck, his father called the cops to intervene. His father lamented afterward, “It was over a damn pack of cigarettes. … And I lose my son for that.”

Criminal justice professor and former Baltimore police officer Peter Moskos said the family was wrong to call the police. While many think officers play a role in community affairs, Moskos says police view their jobs otherwise. “This idea that cops are always at your beck and call is the basis of the 911 system and it doesn’t work,” Moskos said. “When you call the police, you have to remember what cops do is arrest people. If you don’t want to be arrested, you probably shouldn’t call the police.”

Or if you don’t want someone to die. Several other recent incidents involved calls to police to calm down a mentally ill relative, and to report a suspicious person who turned out to be seeking help for a car accident. Kyle Kazan, a former police officer in Los Angeles County, said shootings in these sorts of circumstances are “not uncommon,” because when the cops show up, “they don’t know why this person is acting up.”

The Chill Of The Chase

Once the Comstock dispute became a police matter, several former officers agree the fatal mistake was that officers opted to chase the car — and to keep chasing. Most departments now have strong policies strictly limiting police chases because they are so particularly dangerous. Just this week in Los Angeles, four police chases led to five deaths. Many jurisdictions allow police pursuits only for felonies, only where the suspect has not been identified, and only with the permission of a supervisor. None of these circumstances applied here, and the officer was advised at least twice by dispatchers to halt the chase.

“I can’t think of a more useless time to chase than when you know the suspect is a family member,” Moskos said.

In fact, the chase appears to have violated the Ames Police Department’s Pursuit of Motor Vehicles policy, because it dispatched 6 to 7 vehicles, contrary to rules that limit chases to two vehicles unless the on-duty shift supervisor specifically directs otherwise. The county attorney’s legal assessment finding the shooting legally justified did not even mention the chase, let alone whether it contravened department policy.

David Long, a former Department of Labor special agent who conducted firearms trainings, faults the county attorney’s report for not acknowledging the significance of the chase to the outcome. “[The report said] the chase was putting other people at risk. Well he was putting other people at risk because he was being chased,” said Long, who now teaches criminal justice and legal studies at Brandman University in Irvine, Calif.

Unfortunately, once the chase began, the situation quickly escalated. Comstock didn’t pull over for police, reportedly running a red light, driving erratically away from police, and leading them to the Iowa State campus. Police rammed Comstock’s car, and later he, in turn rammed theirs. Police blocked his car with theirs on the lawn of the university, where officers approached the car and asked Comstock to get out. When he didn’t and he jerked the car backward again, officers fired seven shots into the vehicle.

The county attorney reasoned that gunfire was an appropriate response because the vehicle is considered a deadly weapon, and some commentators agree. Moskos and Kazan both said at that point, the use of force was justified because Comstock could have harmed the officers or college students with his vehicle.

“I wish the guy had just given up [during the chase],” Kazan said. “I wish this didn’t go down this way. This guy didn’t need to be dead and this officer doesn’t need to have this kind of shooting on his conscience for the rest of his life. It’s a toughie. It’s bad for all.”

But Long said even at that point, the shooting was “problematic.” “If he was unarmed, I could not see how he would be posing a danger in a vehicle that was no longer in operation,” he said. Even if the vehicle was jerking forward, he said, (which it reportedly was) police could have used lesser measures against a suspect they knew was unarmed, such as breaking the window with a baton, and then using pressure points, a Taser, or other measures to incapacitate Comstock. There are dangers to using a baton because the officer exposes herself to the suspect. But given that police knew who Comstock was and why he was driving, those risks were minimal, Long said.

Immobilizing someone in a vehicle poses particular challenges, which is why policies advise cops to avoid car chases in the first place. Many of the other tools available to police don’t work on someone who is in a locked, sealed vehicle.

Weapons Of Less Destruction

For those incidents that occur in open air, police have many more options. This is why the LAPD shooting Friday of Brian Newt Beaird after the car chase had ended and he exited his car was particularly alarming. A few weeks after Comstock was killed, police shot dead a mentally ill man after he came out of his house carrying a shovel. The month before, a man seeking help after a car accident was Tased and then shot dead by police after a homeowner called the cop to report the man at his door.

Once police turn to their guns, protocol is to aim for the chest or head and to keep shooting until the threat is removed. In other words, they are aiming to inflict grievous bodily harm if not death — not minor injury. So why are police turning to a deadly weapon simply to incapacitate an unknown threat when other, lesser measures, might do?

While technology and science limit the options for non-lethal incapacitation, many tools exist that have that precise intended purpose. “I think there’s always room for improvement in non-lethal technology. … With that said I think we have at our hands right now a high-level of nonlethal technology available to police agencies,” Long said. “And I guess in the situations that it’s used appropriately, we don’t hear about it. But there’s many instances that I perceive that nonlethal force was the appropriate way to go and instead we have somebody shot to death by the police.”

Tasers were designed as a nonlethal option for incapacitating a suspect. But they have been clouded in controversy for their inappropriate use, and for their potential to sometimes prove fatal. Moskos said a Taser is “very rarely used instead of a gun.” Frequently, this is because cops don’t carry the Taser with them when they leave the vehicle. Moskos said he is happy that cops don’t carry Tasers more frequently because they are “vastly overused.”

Still, Tasers are significantly less deadly than guns, particularly if officers don’t aim them at the chest. And Long said they should be carried — and used — much more frequently as an alternative to guns, and less frequently in the course of a non-threatening police stop. Also intended to be nondeadly, but occasionally lethal, are bean bag rounds — small fabric pillows with lead shocks shot out of a gun to temporarily immobilize a suspect through a huge shock. “It kind of distributes the lead shot over the target so it’s definitely not designed to kill to be lethal,” Long said. “It’s … designed to cause minimum long-term injury.”

Long also called pepper spray “a wonderful tool.” “A suspect holding a shovel not yet swinging it, you hit him with pepper spray and it’s good to probably ten to 15 feet, that can disable him,” he said. He also said a Taser or a bean bag round would have been more than sufficient.

Another weapon officers have is their own force, which Moskos said officers should use more frequently, but training and fear get in the way. “It should be a hands-on job, but the people who make the rules don’t like that because they get sued and cops get hurt, and so they go for this notion of hands-off policing,” he said. “One crazy person, six cops, grab the motherfucker, and six people can take out one person.”

Long said officers could keep some of these tools in their cars or on their belts, if departments provided for that. But, he added, just because an officer doesn’t have a non-deadly tool on hand doesn’t change the standard for using lethal force. Under federal and most local policies, officers are permitted to use deadly force “in defense of yourself or a third party who can reasonably be said to be in danger of grievous bodily injury or death.” “The key word is reasonable,” said Long.

In the LAPD incident, one early theory is that one officer shot a bean bag round, and other officers mistook it for a gunshot, prompting them to support their fellow officer with more gunshots.

“If you should be using nonlethal force and your nonlethal weapon doesn’t work as is appropriate, then why are you turning to a lethal force weapon when nonlethal is appropriate?” he said. “Just because your nonlethal doesn’t work, doesn’t hike the use of force continuum to lethal, so that makes no sense.”

‘Militaristic’ Policing

Long attributed some of this “militaristic” mentality to a shift during the War on Drugs, which “basically gives police a carte blanche to do what they want and get away with it.”

Other factors include the types of individuals who are attracted to policing. Police love a chase. Even as Moskos blasted the officers in the Iowa incident for engaging in a vehicle pursuit, he said he probably would have done the same in their situation, which is why it’s so important to have rules and a chain of command that curb that behavior. “There’s a strong instinct to catch the bad guy as a cop. That’s what you do. … And it’s fun. And the adrenaline’s flowing. … So you have to assume that cops will want to chase and you also fight that urge. … Usually that decision is not up to the officer. And it shouldn’t be in most cases.”

Other important training elements include dealing with the mentally ill, who are disproportionately victims of deadly force. Among the recommendations of a recent report to police chiefs on the use of force against those with mental illness or addiction problems are “slowing down the situation” by getting a supervisor to the scene, and identifying “chronic consumers” of police services. The man with the shovel had been a frequent consumer of police services, without incident. And in the LAPD incident, the victim was believed to be schnizophrenic and may have fled from a traffic stop because he was scared by the police lights and heard voices — not because he was drunk, as police contended.

The psychology of policing is also influenced by officers’ exposure to a disproportionate amount of violence. As Philadelphia Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in a report on police use of force, “When you ride around all day long and you’re dealing with shootings, you’re dealing with robberies, you’re dealing with all this violent crime that’s constantly going on, that’s going to also influence how you respond in certain situations. And we have to take that into account in our training. We teach our officers to try to interact with people and realize that not everybody in a given neighborhood is a thug or a criminal, they’re not all out to hurt you. These are important things that I think we’ve got to face head on.”

Data suggests that current training is only exacerbating this psychological bias. Psychology Professor Dennis Rosenbaum is studying officers and has found that they come out of police academy already having a bias toward use of force.

The Record Effect

Prominent, oftentimes racially charged police shootings of unarmed individuals are nothing new, and have caused public outrage for decades. But recently, they have emerged in the news with seemingly greater frequency.

Long said this isn’t because anything has changed; it’s because the public has more information from photos, videos, and other recordings.

“I can’t even call it a trend,” Long said. “I think it’s been going on for years and years. But just with the advent of technology of people being able to capture these events, I think they’re coming to light more and more. In the past, I think people would just fabricate and deny and nobody was the wiser.”

In fact, wearing cameras is another reform that has been associated with a dramatic reduction in use of police force. Dashcams — cameras attached to police cars — have become very common. And many jurisdictions are passing bills to equip police with “body cameras.” When police aren’t wearing cameras, some incidents are still suppressed by the wrongful arrest of photographers and journalists during force incidents.

Even in the best of circumstances, however, and in the eye of a recording device, incidents sometimes happen because police are afraid, particularly when the threat of danger is unclear.

“It’s the only job I’ve ever had — and I’ve had several — where your number one goal is to survive your shift, your number two goal is for your partner to survive your shift, the number three goal is for the shift to survive the night or the day,” said Kazan, who has since left the police profession to work in real state.

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Some constructive criticism for Flatow (as I will email her the link to this post so she knows of it being cross-posted): Name names! Don’t just say “officers” from such-and-such and outfit took the life of someone unjustly but specify who it was who acted in the wrong.

Continuing to just say “an officer” does two things, 1) it helps to absolve, or hide the responsibility of the actor, thus bypassing the powerful court of public opinion (as happened to Manny Ramos, if the killers’ identify is known, people will choose not to associate with them), and 2) it unfairly castigates all employed in that specific police outfit and likely makes it less likely that a “good” police employee will speak out (perhaps if properly incentivized?).

Another area that I wish Flatow would have dug into more were a couple statements made by former police employee Kyle Kazan.

Firstly, his assertion that the police mindset was one “where your number one goal is to survive your shift, your number two goal is for your partner to survive your shift, the number three goal is for the shift to survive the night or the day.”

That alone speaks to the title of the piece “Why Cops Pull the Trigger” more than anything else. If a police employee is putting themselves, their partner, and their colleagues first, that means those they claim to protect – and whom they steal from under such a guise – are secondary. It means police employees (at least those who operate according to the paradigm by Kazan) err on the side of shooting first then asking questions.

That is a stark difference to the mindset of Dale Brown, who depends on people voluntarily hiring him and his colleagues to provide protection, who puts-forth that the safety of the other person is priority number one.

Secondly, Kazan’s claim that it’s uncertainty about a situation (“they don’t know why this person is acting up”) that can make more likely the unjust use of lethal force. What about the claim that police employees have immunity when acting? Might that have something to do with the propensity to inflict unnecessary force?

If a person is trained and believed to have a right to not be held accountable for their actions when donning a certain attire, that only facilities misdeeds. Not to mention the backing of police unions.

And the issue of the paper constraint (policy) must be addressed.

Flatow notes that even though the Ames Police have a policy to not allow more than two police vehicles to be involved in the same chase unless approved by a supervisor, up to seven cars were involved in an incident without such approval. A similar incident happened in Cleveland – though such a policy existed that didn’t stop 75 police vehicles from being involved in a chase that ended in a hail of gunfire and the deaths of two people who were unarmed.

Couple that with the statement put-forth by David Long, the former “special agent” with the Department of Labor outfit, that use of deadly force hinges on the word “reasonable” – that supposed check, just like police policy, is a farce because they are interpretation by the very people (or their colleagues) who create the policy or who initiate the force. To be clear, there is no incentive for them to police themselves and thus they don’t.

Ultimately if you wanto see a world free of police abuse and the institutionalized violence associated with the police apparatus you need not look to police body cams or advocate for any other claimed “fix.” Instead, recognize that this conversation hinges on ideas.

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Talking to Police Employees in NM

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Admittedly, this isn’t the most polished of videos, but I thought it worthwhile to share a few of the interactions I had with police employees when passing through New Mexico in late February in the hope that it’ll inspire you to engage everyone – police employees and non-police employees alike – in conversation about how the supply of protection may be provided better than through the current coercive monopolistic structure.

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New Mexico-based groups:

  • Albuquerque Cop Block – Facebook / albuquerquecopblock@gmail.com
  • Escuchame Bien Vechino (Raton) – website
  • New Mexico Cop Block – Facebook / Twitter / 400 Roma NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108
  • Police Complaints of Albuquerque – website / Facebook

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Road Pirate Interaction in Meade, KS

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

On February 12th, 2014 Pete Eyre was stopped by Dan Pfanenstiel, head honcho of the Meade, KS police outfit, for allegedly not signaling when two lanes merged into one on the west side of town. Thirty minutes later, Eyre left with a ransom note that indicated an infraction (Ord. 852, Sect. 55, Failed to use turn signal), and a misdemeanor (Ord. 852, Sect 200, No proof of insurance), and a date in legaland of March 10th, 2014.

Dan Pfanenstiel
Meade, KS Police
(620) 873-5411

Still the question remains, where is the victim?

If you were in this situation how would you have handled the interaction with Pfanenstiel differently? How would you now choose to move forward?

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Marc Stevens: Show Me the Evidence Your Laws Apply

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

When at the Freedom Summit in Phoenix I was fortunate to sit down with Marc Stevens to capture some of his thoughts.

This four-minute video only scratches the surface of the strategy he advocates, and how it’s been implemented around the globe. As Marc notes, the charade is the same everywhere – a group of people who claim the right to control others based not on a contract freely entered into, but upon their location.

See Marc’s overview of the Freedom Summit: 2014 Phoenix Freedom Summit Report – Interview with Federal Magistrate

See my own overview of the Freedom Summit: From the Freedom Summit

Marc has authored two books – the infamous Adventures in Legal Land, published in August of 2003, and Government: Indicted, which was released in November of 2013.

From 4-7pm EST each Saturday Marc takes calls on his radio show, The No State Project, which is carried by the Liberty Radio Network – (the same folks who play the 5-min Cop Block Radio Show). If you have questions or an incident to discuss with Marc, call (218) 632-9399.

Marc is a stand-up guy – definitely one who strikes the root. and who helps diminish the legitimacy granted to the criminal organization called “government” one mind at a time.

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Police: Get Rewarded for Doing the Right Thing

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

CopBlock.org – Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights

If you’re a “good” police employee don’t sit by as your colleagues engages in actions that you know are wrong. Act according to your conscience, introduce accountability into what has tended to be closed ranks, and earn 500 FRNs.

1. You are a police employee
2. You decide not to sit by as a colleague violates another
3. You initiate a felony arrest
4. You are the first to let us know (via the form at http://CopBlock.org/Submit or an email at CopBlock@gmail.com)
5. You earn your choice of 500 FRNs or its Bitcoin equivalent

Of course, your name, the name of the person you arrest, and the incident that led to the felony arrest will be made public. Transparency, they say, is the best disinfectant.

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Bad cops are our best recruiters, says Copwatch filmmaker

Monday, February 10th, 2014

This video was first posted to YouTube.com/RidleyReport on February 07th, 2014. The raw video from which the audio was taken is visible below.

Sponsor: http://NHLiberty.org – Bad cops are our best recruiters, says Copwatch filmmaker. Jacob Crawford is the guy making this statement.

This vid is (or is supposed to be) part of the Porcfest 2013 illustrated speeches playlist. Click here to watch in sequence:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

Like what you see? You can donate to the Ridley Report most easily using Bitcoin. I now take Litecoin too…
See my latest BTC and LTC addresses, at
http://nhunderground.com/forum/index….

I generally keep the wallet pretty empty…for security reasons. So plz do not be shy about letting me know you’ve donated. That way I can evacuate or spend the BTC’s….

How to buy an ad – on the Ridley Report
http://nhunderground.com/forum/index….

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On June 19, 2013 at 2hr session was held at the 10th annual http://porcfest.com called “Eroding the Police State”, which included on a panel individuals active with Cop Block, Cop Watch, and Peaceful Streets. The goal? A reality where the need for these projects is non-existent.

MORE:
http://CopBlock.org/ErodingThePoliceS…
http://CopBlock.org
http://WeCopwatch.org
http://PeacefulStreets.com
http://CopWatch.org

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