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Thanks to Suns of Liberty Mint, our IT Sponsor this month!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Much love goes to our friends active at Suns of Liberty Mint, who agreed to cover CopBlock.org’s server & Cloudflare costs for the month of June and July!

Suns of Liberty Mint, if you’re not familiar, mint .999 fine silver, in divisible quarter ounce (Fine Silver Quarters), ounce, and soon, tenth-ounce pieces. They were also a sponsor of last year’s Police Accountability Tour. They’re now offering a “goodbye” discount for 2013 Fine Silver Quarters, which will cease production on June 15th.

http://SunsofLibertyMint.com/Goodbye

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This arrangement for IT sponsorship with Suns of Liberty Mint was reached after the post COPBLOCK.org ALERT – Help support server upgrade cost, was made live a week ago, which noted:

Currently CopBlock.org exists on a shared server with only 4 GB of memory. Considering our tremendous growth in the past few months, we found it necessary to transition to an enterprise-level dedicated server. This new server has 64 GB of memory and should serve us well into the future.

In order to get the best deal, we’re paying for a year up-front. If you have the means and interest, there are many ways you can help to help offset costs:

Just to give you an idea of the bang-for-your-FRN – if you donate 32-FRNs that would keep CopBlock.org online for one week (server hosting + Cloudflare at ~5-FRNs/week).

We were hoping to raise 1,500-FRNs to cover IT costs for the year (as we could get a less-expensive server rate paying in advance).

The two month IT sponsorship from Suns of Liberty Mint, coupled with the support from many individuals, brought us to about 2/3 of the goal, which we’re happy with as other things are in the works, and we’ve already heard from another doer active in the police accountability sphere with interest in being CopBlock.org’s IT sponsor in the future.

For transparency and to share the love,  individual donors were:

  • Erik J. – who donated 50-FRNs
  • Bronson A. – who donated 25-FRNs
  • Carl S.  – who donated 4.55-FRNs
  • Lee S. – who donated 30-FRNs
  • Aaron S. – who donated 50-FRNs
  • Senseless – who donated 30-FRNs
  • Michael C. – who donated 20-FRNssunsoflibertymint-copblock-it-graphic-yellow-320-90
  • Ashton W. – who donated 20-FRNs
  • Terri K. – who donated5 0-FRNs
  • Lee C. – who donated 15-FRNs
  • Christy L. – who donated 10-FRNs
  • Edward B. – who donated 50-FRNs
  • Steven A. – who donated 10-FRNs
  • Vincere – who donated 40-FRNs
  • Paul W. – who donated 105-FRNs
  • Warren G. – who donated 40-FRNs
  • Xuezhou W. – who donated 25-FRNs
  • Anthony W. – who donated 32-FRNs
  • two anon Bitcoin donations ~32-FRNs

Thanks to each and every one of y’all for the help! If we ever cross paths and you want a hug, let me know!

In exchange for the IT sponsorship, there’s now a Suns of Liberty Mint graphic on the right sidebar of CopBlock.org.

Also, from time to time, we will include the banner below in posts made live to the site to help make more folks in the police accountability network aware of Suns of Liberty Mint and what they offer (if you’re new to the conversation of silver, precious metals, federal reserve notes, etc., you may want to check out this write-up).

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Ademo Freeman, currently the Director of Operations of Suns of Liberty Mint, and founder of CopBlock.org, had this to say about this working relationship:

Suns of Liberty Mint is proud to be the IT Sponsor of the month for CopBlock.org because CopBlock.org is a much needed resource for people with policing issues today. Suns of Liberty Mint hopes that by alleviating some of the fixed costs at CopBlock.org this will allow additional donations to be use for more grassroot, on the ground, outreach and education.

It’s also a great opportunity for CopBlock.org readers/supporters to learn about sound money, barter and precious metals. Just in case something other than Federal Reserve Notes are required for exchanges in the future.

Props too for helping make the server transition go to our bud Alex W., those at Liberty Web Alliance, and others behind the scenes!

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It’s situations such as these – when we collaborate to achieve a shared, positive goal – in this case, to ensure that ideas can be shared to demystify the police state and empower and connect folks who know that badges don’t grant extra rights, really underscores the statement: You are the network.

Traffic to CopBlock.org, Jan. 2010 - May. 2014

Traffic to CopBlock.org, Jan. 2010 – May. 2014

We are together making a difference, no doubt about it. Let’s keep it going!

 

Thanks to Suns of Liberty Mint, our IT Sponsor this month! is a post from Cop Block – Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Fight Continues in Courts, Community Rallies

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Fight against Indefinite Solitary Confinement Continues in the Courts, Community Rallies in Support

What:  Rally & Hearing in Ashker v. Brown
When:  Wednesday June 4, 1:30 p.m
Where: Oakland Federal Building, 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA – Courtroom 2

California prisoners challenging long-term indeterminate sentences in solitary confinement will continue their fight in the courtroom Wednesday afternoon during a status conference in Ashker v. Brown, a federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU). Since the last hearing eight months ago, there has been significant attention focused on the oppressive conditions in Pelican Bay, and just yesterday a federal judge allowed hundreds of imprisoned people to join the lead plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit.

At issue is the use of long-term solitary confinement in Pelican Bay Prison. In the prison’s SHU, prisoners spend 22 ½ to 24 hours a day in tiny, windowless cells without contact visits, telephone calls, or access to programming. While UN standards suggest that more than 15 days in this type of punishment amounts to torture, more than 500 imprisoned people have been held for more than 10 years in these conditions, and for many their sentences in SHU are indefinite.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the defendants in the case, plan to argue that because of new regulations, the Due Process Claim in the lawsuit should be dismissed. Attorneys for the prisoners disagree, claiming the regulations are insufficient to address the prisoners’ concerns. Plaintiffs’ attorney Jules Lobel of the Center for Constitutional Rights states that “CDCR’s new reforms do not resolve the underlying issues that have led to this lawsuit – indefinite solitary confinement under torturous conditions.” The lawsuit continues the effort led by prisoners who undertook an historic hunger strike last summer to demand an end to indefinite solitary confinement and bring about fundamental changes in the draconian policies used to keep prisoners in solitary. Their peaceful protest garnered unprecedented support, as 30,000 prisoners participated and some refused food for 60 days.

“This lawsuit is an important step in our loved ones’ fight to end the torture of solitary confinement,” said Marie Levin of the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition, whose brother Sitawa Jaama (Ronnie Dewberry)is one of the lead plaintiffs in the case. Says Levin, “As always, we will be with them every step of the way – in the courts, in the legislative process, or out in the community.  We will use every means available to us, until the torture is ended.”


Cops Conspiring to Cover Up Their Rear Ending of a Civilian – Caught on Camera

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The following story, posted at LiveLeak.com, was submitted by Gordon Freeman who says, “Two cops were heard engaging in a conspiracy to cover up the rear end accident caused by the patrol car. After all, it’s only a civilian they hit. The whole conspiracy was caught on dash cam of the patrol car.”

After a Hollywood police officer rear-ended a car in February and then arrested the driver on drunken driving charges, he and other officers talked about doctoring the report–it said a jumpy cat created a distraction–to cover up the crash.

The exchange was recorded by a dashboard camera in one of the patrol cars. The officers apparently didn’t realize it was on.

“I don’t want to make things up ever, because it’s wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop, I’m gonna,” one of the officers can be heard saying.

“We’ll do a little Walt Disney to protect the cop because it wouldn’t have mattered because she is drunk anyway.”

Alexandra Gabriela Torrensvilas, 23, of Hollywood, ended up charged with four counts of drunken driving and cited for improper lane change.

On Tuesday, Hollywood police officials placed Officer Dewey Pressley, 42, Officer Joel Francisco, 36, Sgt. Andrew Diaz, 39; and civilian Community Service Officer Karim Thomas, age unavailable; on administrative duty pending an internal affairs investigation and a review by the Broward State Attorney’s Office, said spokesman Lt. Scott Pardon.

Francisco was driving the car in the crash; Pressley wrote the report and made the arrest.

Pressley’s report detailing the Feb. 17 midnight crash in the 2800 block of Sheridan Street said “a large gray stray cat” that had been sitting on Torrensvila’s lap jumped out of her car window and distracted her, causing her to veer into Francisco’s lane, where she abruptly braked, and he hit her.

“I will do the narrative for you,” one of the officers says on the tape. “I know how I am going to word this, the cat gets him off the hook.”

Torrensvilas’ attorney, Larry Meltzer, said this is a disturbing “abuse of power.”

“Actually seeing it transpire on video in front of you, it really kind of sickens you,” he said.

“It’s really nauseating to sit there and watch your client’s rights go out the window.”

Torrensvilas’ four DUI charges carry a maximum penalty of nearly three years in jail, Meltzer said.

He declined to say what will become of her case: “In my opinion, as of this time, it’s being handled appropriately.”

A spokesman for the Broward State Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case or how it will proceed.

Pressley, a 21-year veteran with the agency, wrote that when Francisco approached Torrensvilas’ car after the crash, she blurted: “It just jumped out.”

The “it” was “a large, gray stray cat” that had been sitting on her lap while she drove, the report said.

Francisco, who has been with the agency for nearly 11 years, smelled “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

Public Defender Howard Finkelstein on Tuesday sent a letter to Hollywood Police Chief Chadwick Wagner calling for answers and accountability.

“Not only did these officers make a conscious decision to shift the blame to this young woman, but they made a concerted effort to write a narrative to fit ‘their facts,’ ” Finkelstein wrote.

He said his office has at least 27 pending cases in which these four officers are listed as material state witnesses.

Pardon, the police department’s spokesman, declined to respond to the allegations. “We’ll see where the investigation goes,” he said.

 

Cops Conspiring to Cover Up Their Rear Ending of a Civilian – Caught on Camera is a post from Cop Block – Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

“Wikileaks” Julian Assange arrested

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
This is a neutral post please come to your own conclusion if this is right or wrong. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail by a London court Tuesday afternoon and will remain in custody until a second court session on December 14.

This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
This list of Corrupt Cops comes via StopTheDrugWar.org This Week’s Corrupt Cops Stories Sticky-fingered law enforcement seems to be the theme this week. Let’s get to it: In Maywood, Illinois, a Maywood police officer was charged November 24 with stealing cash from suspects after being snared in a federal sting operation. Officer Robert Welch, a [...]

An Eye for an Eye

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The Maricopa County, Arizona, Board of Supervisors has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit brought by Richard Naquin Jr. Naquin was performing search and relief work in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina when his eye was shot out in a road rage incident by two Maricopa County sheriff's deputies who had also gone to Louisiana to help out.

Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck are “terrorists”

Monday, November 29th, 2010
In this video clip, a few women of The View accuse the founders of We Won’t Fly, James Babb and George Donnelly of being terrorists. Specifically, Whoopi Goldberg says these two men are similar to terrorists because they are disrupting airport procedures. Hasselbeck goes on to say that Mr. Babb and Mr. Donelly should be [...]

That’s a Thorough Search

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Kathy Parker was flying out of Philadelphia National Airport, and when she got through security, she found Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents had poured out the contents of her carry-on bags. One of them also emptied out her wallet and started going through its contents. TSA then called Philadelphia police officers. One officer said they were concerned because she had several checks in her wallet made out to her and her husband and accused her of embezzling money. She gave them her husband's number to confirm why she had those checks. They called him and, 30 minutes later, allowed her to board her plane. Her husband said they told him they believed she was going to clean out their bank account and leave him.

What a Boob

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Flight attendant Cathy Bossi says she reluctantly went through an X-ray machine at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. As a cancer survivor, she says she was worried about the radiation. But after sending her through the machine, Transportation Security Administration agents still wanted to do a pat down search of her. When one of the agents felt up her right breast, she asked "What is this?" Bossi explained that she had a breast removed because of cancer and now wore prosthesis. The agent demanded she remove the prosthesis and show it to her before she could board the plane for work.

WANTED: CopBlock.org T-shirt Designs

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Cop Block was launched this past February. Soon after we asked y’all to help create Cop Block’s logo, well-aware of the importance in communicating a brand that both resonates and communicates what Cop Block is about. After a couple more steps (this and this) we received the first batch of Cop Block t-shirts. We were [...]