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Denver Police Assault Handcuffed Man

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The information below was shared by a self-described “Disgusted Citizen in Colorado.”

Date of Incident: October 16, 2014
Outfit: Denver Police Department
Phone: (720) 913-2000

On the morning of Oct. 16, I observed one unmarked and several marked Denver Police Dept. vehicles converge on a man walking on the sidewalk along Yosemite St. on the City of Aurora side of the street. He was heading north between Colfax Ave. and 14th Ave. Multiple officers from the Denver Police Department tackled the man and quickly cuffed him. He was face down in the grass — two of the cops who had their back to the building were rolling him over on his side (towards them) — while a third cop kneels down and begins punching the handcuffed man hard in the ribs quickly and repeatedly — and he was NOT resisting! This is why people don’t respect the police!

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I posted this on Denver PD’s Facebook page and suggested that they shouldn’t forget to check the dash cams, investigate themselves, and then clear themselves of any wrongdoing.

The mission statement of the Denver Police Department is:

To operate a police agency with a focus on preventing crime in a respectful manner, demonstrating that everyone matters.

How do these actions match with that statement? Why can’t they just arrest the man and take him to jail? Why do they feel it’s necessary or even acceptable to assault a handcuffed person? What the f*ck!

Editors Note: It’s not too surprising that police employees would not hesitate to initiate force as described. They are trained not to deescalate, but to escalate. They subsist not by satisfying customers, but by demanding funding from area residents. They are not held responsible for their actions like yourself, but claim legal immunity and are protected by their friends in legaland. It is time we move past the illusion that protection can ever come from those who work for a coercive monopoly. As the “Disgusted Citizen in Colorado” did – we need to look out for each other. Even better and more powerful than text is objective documentation like pictures, audio, or video.

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George Gothner exhibits extreme cowardice and over use of force [Video]

Monday, October 27th, 2014

This incident was shared by an individual concerned about the actions of a person who purports to “protect and serve.” As you watch the video ask yourself – would it be justified for you to act as does the aggressor?

Date of Incident: 2014.01.05
Individual Responsible: George Gothner
Outfit: Superior (WI) Police Department
Phone: 715-395-7234

An altercation at grocery store ends in cop George Gothner hammering a woman much smaller than him for no apparent reason other than resisting an unlawful arrest. The woman now faces a disorderly conduct charge. Meanwhile, Gothner was not charged with anything and was put on paid leave…

Gothner is now back behind a desk due to the lengthy court process and the woman whom he assaulted is due back in court Oct. 31, 2014 to see what the judgment will be.

Editors Note: It’s not surprising to see Gothner escalate the situation, after all, he and all police employees are trained not to deescalate, but to employ violence to gain compliance. On another note, it’s great to see that not just one, but two others present took out their smartphones to film, and capture an objective record of what unfolded.

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Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose) [Video]

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

John Nada shared this content, which was created by Liberty Or Death Media in conjunction with Larken Rose.

This is a very powerful video containing footage of police brutality, accompanied by a narrative explaining the underlying mentality/belief system which justifies such brutality in the minds of the perpetrators. It even plugs www.copblock.org towards the end.

Highly recommended viewing, and extremely relevant to what Cop Block is all about.

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Las Vegas Cops Shot My Son 9 Times, 7 Times in his Back

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The information below was shared by Barbara Sprouse

Date of Incident: March 04 2014
Individuals Responsible: Darrin Kaplan #13421, Christian Belt #13694 & Chrisnar Sok #14069
Outfit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Phone: (702) 828-3111
Outfit: Clark County Detention Center Phone: (702) 671-3900

March 04 2014 – Dotty’s Casino Ranch & Vegas Drive. Three Metro Officers (Darrin Kaplan #13421, Christian Belt #13694 & Chrisnar Sok #14069) went into Dotty’s looking for a couple who allegedly tried to pass off a fake twenty at the 7-11 across the street. But not seeing the other person (Erin Breshears) they left for a few and returned to make bee line to JASON A MAHE.

Jason Mahe was sitting at a machine playing poker when the officers walked up to him and asked him if he goes by the name of ”Lucky”. Mahe looked up from his game and told them “No my name is Jason Mahe, what’s this about?” One of the officers told him he fit the description of a man who tried to pass off a fake twenty across the street and then asked him to step outside so they could “clear this up”. Jason stood up and one of the officers was in front of him and two behind him and this is also how they stayed when outside the casino.

Once outside the standard questions were asked and Jason answered them all when he was asked for his ID he replied he did not have it on him. When asked if he had any drugs or weapons on his person, Jason Mahe told the officers “I do not have any drugs no sir but I do have an unloaded pellet gun in my pocket here” as Jason reached into his pocket to pull it out and hand it to them it fell on the ground.

The next thing Jason knows he is being shot by all three officers. He was struck nine times – seven of those were in his BACK.

As his body jerked and twisted with each bullet that was hitting him he quickly fell to the ground in massive pain and shock from just happened. Jason over heard one of the officers say “OH SHIT NOW WHAT?”.

As Jason lay there in a massive pool of his own blood in critical condition, Jason thought he is going to die and for what telling the truth. As he was rushed to UMC Hospital on Charleston Blvd in Las Vegas, NV, he flat lined twice (he was told this later while still in hospital).

March 05 2014 – 8am near Rainbow and Smoke Ranch. I had just gotten up poured a cup of coffee was online reading headlines on Las Vegas Sun, the local paper, when I read the following headline: “Man shot by Metro Police officers at Dotty’s was a fugitive.” I dropped my cup of coffee and fell to knees in my living room and screamed “OH DEAR GOD NO” I knew who it was without reading anymore.

I got on the phone and called the police department and was told Jason was not there, so I called UMC Hospital (knowing that is where all trauma goes) again I was told he is not there.  I called every hospital in Las Vegas only to be told he is not there, so I made a call no parent ever wants to make I called the MEDICAL EXAMINER.

As I tried to tell the lady who answered the phone what had happened as I cried so hard she could barely understand me, she did the best she could to calm me down over the phone and she put me on hold (seemed like forever).

When she came back online she told me no he is not there but he is in UMC Hospital in critical condition and because of the privacy laws they could not tell me anything. I thanked her for her help and called back to the hospital where I was lied to once again – though my son who was there in critical condition and was still on the operating table fighting for his life – I was told NO HE IS NOT HERE.

So I got a ride to hospital and was told by staff and by officers that Jason was not there. They threatened me with jail if I did not calm down. I left and started calling every person at the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, explaining what had happened and I wanted information on my son and his condition. I was transfered to people who did not pick up so I was forced to leave a message, I kept calling back and even was hung up on.

Then I reached a Lt. Richards (who was the rudest person I have ever talked to in my life) and I told him what had happened and that I wanted info on my son Jason Mahe and I also asked him why didn’t anyone call me or come and tell me what had happened. The reply I was given from Lt. Richards was this: “Your son is a bad guy and we do not have to tell you anything about him or his condition – go get a court order.”

I did get an order from the court signed by judge William Kephart. But Las Vegas Metro Police still denied me the right to see my son who had been shot nine times, seven in his back, who was on life support and very much on his death bed. And no one who denied me entry got into any trouble.

Jason Mahe was in UMC hospital for over 18 weeks, where he unfortunately contracted several strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus plus bacterial meningitis, on top of his major health problems from being shot. Due to Jason’s being shot and him being on life support for so long and not only one but several strains of staph plus bacterial meningitis he is DYING!

Doctors at UMC Hospital told Jason that they have done all they can do they have given him every known treatment for these and for him to prepare himself for a very short life. While Jason was in the hospital several times he requested to make his one phone call and each time he was denied to make any calls, not even to me, his mother.

Some weeks after the shooting Detective Mitchell Dosch #7907 and his partner Detective Clifford Mogg#5096, investigators from homicide unit went to UMC Hospital to “interview” Jason. When the Detectives arrived at UMC Hospital Jason Mahe had just been given a very large dose of Dilaudid (hydromorphone hydrochloride) a heavy duty narcotic, and it was even noted in Jason’s medical chart that the Detectives were advised NOT TO “INTERVIEW” Jason right now due to the pain medication he was just given. But of course that advise was ignored. Jason Mahe recalls requesting a lawyer present while they were “interviewing” him but his request was refused. Jason does not recall much of that “interview” that day.

Finally Jason was taken to Clark County Detention Center (330 South Casino Center Blvd Las Vegas Nv 89101) and he finally got to make his phone calls that he had requested so many times prior to make and the first one was to me, it was so wonderful to hear his voice but at the same time it was heartbreaking due to the news of his health he was telling about.

Clark County Detention Center: (702) 671-3900

The jail had him for six weeks or so in a unit that they claim is for “medical”but according to Jason its more like the “hole”. Two large heavy steal doors before you even get inside of Jason’s unit. There is no visits from family or friends while you are in there and no phone contact. There is no other contact with other inmates very little contact from the “GUARDS “there.

Now when Jason was first put into the medical unit he was alone of course but now he is in a wheelchair, due to his femur bone being shattered in several places and his arm which is damaged beyond repair just hangs there. At this time Jason still weighed in between 160 lbs and 180 lbs, (he is 6ft. 6in.) but Jason was very week and could not transfer himself from the wheelchair to the bed or even go to the restroom without help from one of the guards there. Jason did not get to take a shower for well over a month due to the fact the medical unit has no rails or bars or special showers for inmates to use (yes the medical unit).

While he was in the medical unit Jason had to go have several operations on his leg where the infection was the worst. Yet that did not address the situation so only after his and my complaining, when his thigh was 36″ around and as red as sunburned skin, he was taken back to UMC Hospital for yet another operation.

Finally 22 weeks after Jason was shot I finally got to see him finally I fell apart he looked terrible he had lost so much weight he did not even look like my son – “OMG what have they done!?” I thought.

Jason was moved to another unit so he could talk with other inmates, use the phone and take showers but then on Sept.8th 2014 he had some sort of episode and they put him back into the medical unit.  Jason told me that on that day a corrections officer by the name of SKOBIE punched him in his face and choked him out to the point another corrections officer had to pull him off.

Jason is in a wheelchair and now weighs only 103 lbs yes – ONE HUNDRED AND THREE POUNDS! He is ill and he is dying the jail nor anyone else cares, he has lost over 147 lbs since March.

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Free Radical Movie Night Screening – “30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle” Fri. Oct. 24th

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Oct. 24th Radical Movie Night “30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle

Oct. 24th Radical Movie Night

September’s debut of the Las Vegas Radical Movie Night went well enough that we will now be doing two showings per month. So, on every second and fourth Friday of the month the Sunset Activist Collective (along with Nevada Cop Block and Food Not Bombs Las Vegas) will host a free screening of either a documentary or a movie with significant social value.

The location where Radical Movie Nights will take place is The Sci Fi Center, which many locals already know from its longstanding tradition for showing independent movies and cult classics that are often not available in a large screen setting. (Disclaimer: the Sci Fi Center is not actually involved in the Radical Movie Nights, outside of permitting us to use it as a venue for showing movies.)

In order to coincide with the national Day of Action Against Police Brutality, which is held annually on Oct. 22nd (for more info see: http://www.october22.org/) October’s screenings will involve movies that relate to police abuses. On October 24th we will be showing “30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle” a documentary about the demonstrations during the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle in 1999 and the police response to those demonstrations. (RSVP on Facebook here)

This film was one of the first to show large scale demonstrations from the perspective of those within the demonstrations. It also was in many cases the first time the average viewer saw uncensored and candid depictions of police tactics toward protesters and the way in which they often incited or even staged incidents within the protests in order to justify arresting and in many cases assaulting even peaceful protesters.

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30 Frames a Second: The WTO in Seattle

The level of organization, number of people participating, and type of tactics involved were all beyond what had been seen during any modern protests in the United States. For many years afterwards the “Battle of Seattle,” as it is often referred, was used as a sort of template for demonstrations both by protesters and the police.

About the Movie via Bullfrog Films (http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/30fr.html):

“30 Frames A Second: The WTO in Seattle, is a compelling first-person account of the events that unfolded during the week the World Trade Organization came to Seattle in November of 1999. It’s told from the perspective of 15-year veteran network news cameraman Rustin Thompson, who covered the WTO as an independent journalist. It is the story of how Thompson’s objective point-of-view evolved into a subjective account of what became an unscheduled, unruly outbreak of democracy.

Thompson, who had press credentials for the event, takes the viewer into the fray of tear gas, pepper spray, and police abuse; behind the lines and inside the convention center and press rooms; and along the marches, sit-ins, and demonstrations. His dynamic, up-close footage captures the passion, the confusion, the anger, and the courage of everyone involved, from protesters to police to delegates to bureaucrats.

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With Thompson narrating, the film asks viewers to emotionally engage their own conflicting feelings about the demonstrations and behind-closed-doors meetings. “I was intrigued by taking a singular, personal approach to the events,” says Thompson, as he recounts how the protests affected him as a journalist and a common citizen. The result is an impressionistic journal of a decisive week that exploded into a massive expression of freedom: of speech, of assembly, and the press.”

Awards:

ALA Video Round Table’s 2001 Notable Video for Adults

Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival

Best Documentary, Portland Festival of World Cinema

Gold Jury Prize, Chicago Underground Film Festival

Best Documentary, Seattle Underground Film Festival

Most Inspirational Short Film, Reel to Real International Film Festival

Taos Talking Picture Festival

Northwest Film and Video Festival

Further Information:

Watch the Trailer: http://youtu.be/K2vOnKyxYik

Check out the director’s website: http://www.whitenoiseproductions.com/

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TODAY – National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, and the Criminalization of a Generation

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This content is cross-posted from CounterCurrentNews.com.

The National Day of Protest began 19 years ago, but recently it has been taking on a whole new degree of importance. With the shootings of unarmed citizens like Mike Brown, 18, Dillon Taylor, 20 and John Crawford, 22, in the past year, many activists are saying that this “National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation” is one that no one should sit out.

Find Assembly Points and Events in Your Area >> http://www.october22.org/#assembly

The Day of Protest was initiated by a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals who came together out of concern that the peoples’ resistance to Police Brutality needed to be taken to a higher level nationwide.

According to the organizers, “We continue to see young black men, including John Crawford, killed by law enforcement on virtually a daily basis. Now is an opportunity to step forward and have your voice heard.”

The National Day of Protest is Wednesday, October 22nd and will take place in cities all over the nation. It aims to “bring forward a powerful, visible, national protest against police brutality and the criminalization of a generation.”

Furthermore, it seeks to educate the public about “the state’s repressive program.”

Those most directly under the gun of Police Brutality are to be highlighted by the protest, but the organizers also emphasize that this is an issue which reaches into all parts of the society. They are thus calling on all to stand in the fight against this official brutality.

Find out if there is a local protest in your area, or contact the organizers to get something going at their official website for the Day of Protest! Then help us SPREAD THE WORD to everyone you know who believes something has gone seriously wrong with policing in America. 

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Police Unnecessarily Escalate Violence at Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Ian Freeman, host of FreeTalkLive.com,  shared the content below.

Date of Incident: 2014-10-18
Individuals Responsible: Countless

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Alex Moushey’s report from the streets during the Pumpkin Fest 2014 riots reveal why the situation did not improve with the police’s unnecessarily violent tactics.

Rather than only arresting people who were causing violence and destruction, the police were targeting people crossing arbitrary lines and partying on private property.

For ongoing Pumpkin Fest riot coverage, please visit Free Keene.

In this excellent ten-minute video, Alex is right there when cops create all kinds of unnecessary mayhem:  (click links below to jump to that part if you are short on time)

  • They shoot pepperballs at party houses on Winchester St – completely unnecessary – those people were on private property and not in the road.  It’s arguable that pepperballs are useful to clear a crowd who won’t leave a street and indeed, blocking streets is one of the reasons the “disorderly conduct” statute exists, but the people at these houses were just enjoying themselves.  The use of pepperballs in this situation is just aggressive.
  • Guy walking down sidewalk is violently arrested by a throng of cops – This guy is literally just walking down the sidewalk.  He’s hasn’t threatened anyone and is not blocking the street.  The reason he can’t walk down the sidewalk is, well, because the men with guns say so.  The reason the cops decide to jump him like he’s strapped with a bomb is, because they can.

It’s behavior like this from police that alienates them from average people.  This is why Cop Block is so popular on campus.  Here are the students’ sensible responses to the violence that was visited upon them by the police:

“We’re not terrorists.  We love America.  We just like to drink!  Don’t shoot us!”

There’s a reason why the young ladies in the video think that the police are “pieces of shit” because they hurt their peaceful friends – every weekend, not just Pumpkin Fest.  If all the police did was arrest people who hurt others or destroy property, it wouldn’t be as big a deal if they cleared some streets with pepperballs, but the adrenaline-hyped cops seem to have a penchant for escalating a situation.  There’s more footage showing police attacking people for walking peacefully long after the riots had subsided – I’ll upload that soon enough.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the Pumpkin Fest Riots of 2014.

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Winchester, NH Police Do Not Serve Community

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Micah Purinton shared the information below.

Date of Interaction: Oct 15
Outfit: Winchester Police Department (NH)
Website: http://www.winchester-nh.gov/pages/winchesternh_police/index
Phone: 603-239-4814

A Winchester, NH police employee told me that I owed $600. They told me if I didn’t pay it they would be back with bracelets. I do not feel it is my responsibility to pay anything until told to do so by a judge or the courts prove it is my responsibility.

The officer showed up while I was not home and told my wife if I did not have the money by 3pm that Friday he was coming back with bracelets and that the warrant was all but signed by the justice of the peace. So, I came home and spoke with my wife and explained the law and printed it out. She took the law print out and went down to the police department and when she asked why they think they can show up without a warrant and threaten to arrest me in front of my children.

Long story short, I waited all day for Winchester’s finest to show but they never did. I left for work on Sunday and my wife called me and said she noticed the police have been going by a lot more then normal. I told her to take a walk and see if they approach her again so she went to Rite Aide with my daughter and her friend. On the way back her friend notices the same officer, who pulled up to them. He stops her and claims that in her hand is a beer when it’s clearly a Pepsi. Then he questions my wife – asking what’s in the bag in her hand. My wife pulled out the aero chamber she just picked up from the Rite Aide for my son and shows him what it is. He then asks if she had anything in her purse and she handed him the purse and says, “Would you like to look?”

The police in Winchester – aside from a few lone men – are very corrupt and are bullying me and my family very bad to the point now we want to move from New Hampshire. After being in the army for nine years I moved here to build a safe home for my family thinking it would be a nice change coming from Massachusetts.

It was a quiet and country setting which we liked, but now it has come to the point where we don’t even want to leave the house anymore because as soon as we are seen we are followed watched and threatened and questioned.

They picked up my nine-year-old daughter for walking down the street and they questioned her about what me and her mother do for a living, who lives at my home, and asking who drives this car and that car… This is out of control they had no right to talk to her or approach her.

They bullied another man so bad he hung himself. It is out of control – they state they don’t need a reason to pull you over anymore or to arrest you. Please guys you need to approach this matter before another person gets pushed too far. The people of Winchester are scared of their own public safety. Guys, let’s raise up and fight back!

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Port Chester NY Cop Punches Cuffed Suspect

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Juan M. Aguilar share the content below.

Date of Interaction: 1/14
Individual Responsible: Thomas Munelly
Outfit: Port Chester Police Department
Phone: (914) 939-1000

Port Chester, New York cop punches the handcuffed Carlos Velasquez in the face, twists his fingers, pulls him by the ear, and shouts at him. Velasquez

For Munelly’s actions, Port Chester taxpayers were told they were on the hook for $20,000, yet that rotten cop was kept the police force.

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“Police Brutality” music video by Yzark

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

This video comes to use from Yzark. It’s also now included on the page and playlist at CopBlock.org/Music


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