Cop Block’s Facebook Page Reaches One Million Likes

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Cop Block’s Facebook Page has reached one million likes!
It surpasses both PoliceOne.com and the FBI.
It is clear that the idea that badges don’t grant extra rights is spreading, and quickly!

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Cop Block Radio Show – Episode 68

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This episode of the Cop Block Radio Show is sponsored by the Cop Block Radio Show.  If you’d like to sponsor the show or advertise please contact us at copblockradioshow@copblock.org.

Eric, Derrick J and Deo bring you episode 68 of the Cop Block Radio Show on the Liberty Radio Network.  Download, share, sell, whatever you want to do with it.  We’re live every Wednesday night at 10pm Eastern on the  Liberty Radio Network. Listen live and join the live chat during the show.

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2007 Report Links St. Louis County Police Department to Blackwater Mercenary Group

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This post was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

2007 report on Rense.com links St. Louis County Police Department to notorious Blackwater mercenary group

In October of 2007, Rense.com published a report regarding the training of United States police officers by the mercenary group Blackwater. For those with short memory spans, let me remind you that the mercenary group ‘Blackwater’ gained national attention for their ‘Shoot first, Justify later’ tactics used against unarmed Iraqi civilians at Nisur Square four years into the Iraq war. The troops privately employed by the security firm Blackwater claimed their lives were in danger and that they acted in self-defense when they killed 14 and injured 18 unarmed civilians. It was later reported by Assistant US Attorney Patrick Martin that many of the victims were just trying to escape the gunfire of the Blackwater guards. Sound familiar?

In October of 2007, Rense.com published a report regarding the training of United States police officers by the mercenary group Blackwater. Many police and sheriff offices were listed in the report, including both the Los Angeles and Chicago Police departments; but, at that time there are also other not so commonly known names included on the list; and, one police department in particular stands out among the rest, the St. Louis County Police Department. Coincidence or not, take another look at the militarized response we witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri by the same St. Louis County Police Department named in the 2007 Rense.com report and judge for yourself.

In 2011, four former guards of the security firm Blackwater faced indictment by a Washington grand jury including charges of voluntary manslaughter, attempt to commit manslaughter, and using a firearm in a crime of violence; 33 charges in total. In summary, the guards were accused of opening fire on unarmed Iraqi citizens without provocation and alleged to have later boasted about the shooting because as stated on rt.com, the guards harbored deep-rooted hostility towards Iraqis. After reading this and considering the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, the question we should ask ourselves is, what deep-rooted hostilities might the St. Louis County Police department harbor, and how have they been trained by Blackwater to handle those feelings?

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana

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Injustice of Kaytlynn Brann

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Emily Hanke shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: February 22, 2013
Police Employee Involved: Daniel Snyder
Police Employee Contact Information: (228) 769-3063

Kaytlynn Brann turned 16 years old on February 21, 2013. The very next day she was hit and killed by off-duty police officer Daniel Snyder. As Sarah and Kaytlynn (Kk) were walking back to Kk’s house, Daniel Snyder was driving drunk down the same road, and he apparently did not see the girls even though the sun had not fully set. He hit Kk so hard that he fishtailed into the neighborhood where both he and Kk lived. Kk flew 83 feet and landed in a ditch next to the road. Neighbors heard Kk’s bloodcurdling scream and came running.

Daniel Snyder got out of his truck and looked down into the ditch where Kk was laying, unable to breath, gasping for air and vomiting, and he got back into his truck and left. He left because he was drunk. He left because he was speeding. He left because he broke the law, and he knew it. Daniel Snyder returned to the scene AFTER calling his lawyer and THEN dialing 911. By the time he got around to making the phone call for an ambulance, they were already there!

When Daniel Snyder returned to the scene, police and EMS were already present, and they requested for him to blow into a breathalyzer. Even though he agreed, the officer administering the initial test says that Snyder was acting as though he didn’t know how to blow into the machine, though all police officers are trained in this, and he got frustrated. Snyder had to be spoken to by another police officer (more than likely a friend) who finally convinced him to take the test correctly. He blew positive, but for some reason, they did not arrest him. They did not charge him with drinking and driving. They do not charge him with ANYTHING. It took MONTHS before they finally made the decision to charge him with leaving the scene of an accident, a pitiful charge when compared to his actual crimes.

Kk was dying in a ditch, and all he could think about (per his OWN statement) was how this was going to “mess things up” for him. He didn’t care about taking her life, he didn’t care about anything but his own troubles, and how this was going to affect his life. Over a year after Kk’s death, he was finally convicted of leaving the scene of the accident, but he got a pitiful YEAR in prison with five years supervised release after that. If this had been ANYONE other than a police officer… I don’t even have to finish that thought.

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Injustice of Kaytlynn Brann

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Emily Hanke shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: February 22, 2013
Police Employee Involved: Daniel Snyder
Police Employee Contact Information: (228) 769-3063

Kaytlynn Brann turned 16 years old on February 21, 2013. The very next day she was hit and killed by off-duty police officer Daniel Snyder. As Sarah and Kaytlynn (Kk) were walking back to Kk’s house, Daniel Snyder was driving drunk down the same road, and he apparently did not see the girls even though the sun had not fully set. He hit Kk so hard that he fishtailed into the neighborhood where both he and Kk lived. Kk flew 83 feet and landed in a ditch next to the road. Neighbors heard Kk’s bloodcurdling scream and came running.

Daniel Snyder got out of his truck and looked down into the ditch where Kk was laying, unable to breath, gasping for air and vomiting, and he got back into his truck and left. He left because he was drunk. He left because he was speeding. He left because he broke the law, and he knew it. Daniel Snyder returned to the scene AFTER calling his lawyer and THEN dialing 911. By the time he got around to making the phone call for an ambulance, they were already there!

When Daniel Snyder returned to the scene, police and EMS were already present, and they requested for him to blow into a breathalyzer. Even though he agreed, the officer administering the initial test says that Snyder was acting as though he didn’t know how to blow into the machine, though all police officers are trained in this, and he got frustrated. Snyder had to be spoken to by another police officer (more than likely a friend) who finally convinced him to take the test correctly. He blew positive, but for some reason, they did not arrest him. They did not charge him with drinking and driving. They do not charge him with ANYTHING. It took MONTHS before they finally made the decision to charge him with leaving the scene of an accident, a pitiful charge when compared to his actual crimes.

Kk was dying in a ditch, and all he could think about (per his OWN statement) was how this was going to “mess things up” for him. He didn’t care about taking her life, he didn’t care about anything but his own troubles, and how this was going to affect his life. Over a year after Kk’s death, he was finally convicted of leaving the scene of the accident, but he got a pitiful YEAR in prison with five years supervised release after that. If this had been ANYONE other than a police officer… I don’t even have to finish that thought.

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Emily Hanke

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Release The Video! Stop Police Terror!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

This post was shared via CopBlock.org’s submit page by Tawana Sampson.

Date of Interaction: March 10, 2012

Woman Brutalized in Guilford County Jail
RELEASE THE VIDEO – STOP POLICE TERROR

On March 10, 2012, Tawana Sampson was at home when a Greensboro police officer approached her to question her about her involvement in hit and run, an accusation she denied, and which was later dropped with no evidence. After being arrested, she was taken to the Guilford County jail on Sycamore St. While riding in the elevator with a Guilford County deputy, she was brutally attacked by a deputy, who slammed her head into the wall, choked her with his hands, and pulled handfuls of her hair out. She suffered a serious brain injury and had to receive medical treatment.

As is nearly always the case, an internal investigation by the sheriff’s department in response to a complaint filed by Sampson found her savage beating by the deputies as justified. Sampson suffers from the after-effects of her injuries to this day.

In the process of filing her complaint, Sampson discovered that the entire incident in the jail had been captured on video. However, despite repeated requests, the sheriff’s department refuses to release the video.

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It is intolerable that law enforcement can refuse to release evidence such as this to people who have been brutalized, while using the same type of video evidence in whatever form they please to punish people when it suits them. Nor is this an isolated incident: Greensboro police have video evidence of their shooting and killing of a woman named Chieu Di Vo at her home on Hewitt St., and refuse to release it to the family. Police in Charlotte killed the unarmed Jonathan Ferrell, who was seeking help after a traffic accident, shooting him ten times, and have refused to publicly release the video of the killing. There are other cases around the country where video evidence has played a crucial role:

• Marcus Jeter, Bloomfield, New Jersey: during a traffic stop he was assaulted by police, and accused of going for the officer’s gun. Video evidence proved this to be false, that the police had rammed his car and violently attacked him

• Eric Garner, Staten Island, NYC: Choked to death by NYPD while a bystander recorded incident with a camera phone

Whether or not it is captured on video, police brutality is a nationwide epidemic. However, it always takes a struggle and a community coming together shoulder-to-shoulder with the victims to get justice. We call on all people of conscience to stand behind Tawana Sampson’s just demand that the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department release the video of her beating at the hands of deputies.

Join us in raising the demand: Release the video! Stop police terror!

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Cop Block Radio Show – Episode 67

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

This episode of the Cop Block Radio Show is sponsored by the Cop Block Radio Show.  If you’d like to sponsor the show or advertise please contact us at copblockradioshow@copblock.org.

Derrick J, Scott and Deo bring you episode 66 of the Cop Block Radio Show on the Liberty Radio Network.  Download, share, sell, whatever you want to do with it.  We’re live every Wednesday night at 10pm Eastern on the  Liberty Radio Network. Listen live and join the live chat during the show.

Make sure to like our Facebook page so you can stay updated on everything going on with the show and you’ll know right away when we’ll be having special guest interview.

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Copwatch Camera Drive For Ferguson Proving To Be A Success

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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WeCopwatch has brought the first purchase of Cameras back to Cantfield neighborhood in Ferguson. Cameras are charging and we’re doing Copwatch and Know Your Rights Trainings.

For those that don’t know.
WeCopwatch has been on the ground in Ferguson for the last week Copwatching and connecting with residents in the Cantfield neighborhood. (the location where Mike Brown was murdered)

The space is autonomous, and has been stepping up as a community to be able to host the large volumes of people who come to pay their respects, and to also have a safe space for those who are grieving.

The police have made this process extremely hard with multiple officer involved shootings through the week and daily tear gassing. In recent days, A State of Emergency has been put in place. Drones are flying in the sky, The neighborgood of Cantfield has been contained by roadblocks and police blockades.

There is a general consensus that more cameras are needed and with daily police attacks, it makes sense to to get them into people’s hands as soon as possible.

We’re in the process of getting a bulk camera order together so that residents in each building in Cantfield Neighborhood have cameras.

Protesting will eventually slow down, but this is the type of mutal aide that is lasting and extremeley effective.

WeCopwatch is collaborating with people on the ground on this copwatch initiative, it is everyone’s hopes that we fundraise over the next couple days and place our orders immediatley thereafter.

Your donation is way to stand in solidarity with people who are under attack by police, and the sooner folks are armed with cameras, the better.

This Fundraiser was called for by community leaders in the Cantfield neighborhood.
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Police Continue Escalating Ferguson Situation

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The photos below were taken by Jacob Crawford on Monday, August 18th in Ferguson, Missouri. The pictures were originally uploaded to IndyBay.org, along with this text from Jacob:

The curfew has been lifted but the “State of Emergency” is still in place allowing a flow of mutual aide money and support, and of course the right to detain and arrest people for next to nothing.

Jacob, a longtime Copwatcher and founder of WeCopwatch.org, has been on the ground in that town of about 21,000 since August 14th. If you have the means to support his efforts to capture and disseminate the truth of the situation contribute to his GoFundMe campaign.

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Reno Police Shot and Killed Active Duty Soldier with PTSD

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
Kenneth Stafford, who was killed by Reno police in June of 2013

Kenneth Stafford, who was killed by Reno police in June of 2013

This post was received via submission (included in its entirety below the video) from Terry A. Colgrove, who is the mother of Kenneth J. Stafford, a soldier from the Reno area that was killed by the police in Sparks, NV (a suburb of Reno), while suffering a PTSD-related episode on July 11th, 2013. His wife had called 911 to report that he was suicidal and, as has increasingly become the case when people call the police for help with medical or mental health issues, police responded by killing him.

Note: Currently, there is a FaceBook page, entitled “Justice for Kenneth Jewel Stafford,” where you can connect with his family and find out more about the case. In addition, there is a GoFundMe account that has been set up to collect donations for his family.

With the never-ending middle east wars and the amount of soldiers returning from them with mental health issues, such as PTSD, cases of veterans being killed by police have been on the rise and increasingly in the spotlight. Here in Las Vegas, inadequate care by the VA and the inability of the police to deal with PTSD sufferers was one of the main factors that led to the murder of Stanley Gibson, a veteran from the first Persian Gulf War, by Jesus Arevalo, who was an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department until they “fired” him one week before announcing that he would be collecting $30,000/yr. for the rest of his life, because murdering Stanley had caused him to be stressed out.

While researching the submission, I found an article from shortly after Kenneth Stafford was shot. The video from that article is embedded below. The article is a little vague on details, but includes this statement from the police:

“According to Washoe County Officials, while officers were attempting to negotiate with Stafford, officers opened fire. Authorities have not said what prompted police to shoot him, that’s still under investigation.”

PTSD is becoming an epidemic among veterans.

PTSD is becoming an epidemic among veterans.

To say the least, that leaves a lot of questions about why “officers opened fire,” especially when the police have a tendency to claim the people they shot were making some sort of threatening gesture or movement immediately after they kill someone. Other questions brought up in the video include why Stafford’s wife (who states that she begged them not to hurt him during the 911 call), mother, and a very close family friend were prevented from talking to him.

Another article, from June of 2014, references the final report from the DA (which they “forgot” to notify the family of) and provides an explanation that is a little (but not much) less questionable. In the report, the DA declared Kenneth Stafford’s shooting justified, in part based on the commonly used “Argument from Authority” (I.E. you’re not a cop, so you don’t know) and partly because all five cops shot at Kenneth:

According to reports, Kenneth Stafford, an active military member on leave, left the home he was visiting in Sparks with a shotgun. 11 minutes after police made contact with the 27 year old Army soldier, officers say negotiations weren’t successful.

In the final report Washoe County District Attorney, Richard Gammick determined the shooting to be justified under all applicable laws.

Stafford’s wife, Aimee doesn’t accept that decision, “I don’t see anything about that situation that was justifiable, um he was shot 15, 14 or 15 times. There’s no need for that ad the places he was shot, there’s no need for that.”

The autopsy report reveals 14 bullets hit Stafford, in his forehead, neck, chest, abdomen, ankle, knee and thigh.

Gammick says, “The officers have to make a call. Unless you’ve warn the badge, unless you’ve been out there and confronted people with weapons, you don’t understand that those decisions are made in split seconds, it’s not something you can 20/20 hindsight and spend the next four months analyzing.”

Prior to officers opening fire, reports indicate that police requested a less lethal device, “Officers requested a 40mm launcher, which would have had a mid-range potential solution,” says Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen.

That device was never used and officers say Stafford escalated his behavior “to the point of quickly turning towards the officers in the backyard in a manner such as to point the shotgun at them.”

Calling the cops can get someone killed

Calling the cops can get someone killed

Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen says the audio and video captured that day illustrates that all five shooting officers reacted simultaneously firing 22 shots, 14 of them hitting Stafford.

“The fact that all the officers on scene perceived the same thing at the same moment really they all took independent and justifiable actions against Mr. Stafford. The fact that there are 22 rounds, if you take the number of officers involved it’s a relatively low number of rounds per officer,” says Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen.

Another thing revealed within that article is that the cops who shot Kenneth Stafford that day were given awards for doing so, something that had been a fairly trendy practice with cases of questionable shootings for a while. That has kinda tailed off lately though, after it became a point of criticism, for what should be obvious reasons.


Note: This is the statement received from Kenneth Stafford’s mother with the only editing being some obvious spelling and punctuation mistakes and the insertion of paragraph breaks where appropriate. Any legal or factual claims made within the block quotes are solely attributable to Ms. Calgrove and have not been verified by anyone involved with NVCopBlock.org or CopBlock.org.

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Kenneth J. Stafford and his family

My son, SPC Kenneth J. Stafford, was being treated for PTSD at his duty station Joint Base Lewis McChord in Fort Lewis, Washington. He came home with his family on leave around the 4th of July, which was the 1 year anniversary of his brother in law’s murder that the police still haven’t solved. They are trying to say it was gang related, because of the area he lived in and the people he hung around.

My son and his family were pulled over a couple of times in the first week they where home and harassed by the Reno police, because they were in the area and the cops knew who they were. Then with the Travon Martin case and the fireworks my son kept getting angrier and angrier. I have never seen him so angry in his life. I didn’t know what PTSD was until he came home and I looked it up. Only because I asked his wife what was going on and she told me about it, but she said she didn’t know what it was either. Here she is living with him and seeing the changes in him and she didn’t know what it was.

He was in contact with his doctor for the first week he was here and things weren’t as bad as the last few days of his life. Then, his phone broke and he couldn’t call his doctor anymore. Prior to that, he was calling him four or five times a day. I told his wife she needed to call his Sergeant or doctor and let them know how bad he was getting and needed help, but she said she didn’t have the numbers. I told her to get on line and look them up on their phone bill. Then she said she didn’t want him mad at her. I told her do you want him mad at you or dead. She never called them.

Kenneth Stafford's Birthday was Aug. 17th

Kenneth Stafford’s Birthday was Aug. 17th

On the morning that he was killed July 11, 2013 he had been up for about 72 hours and was getting paranoid. He asked me for a gun. I told him I didn’t own one and asked him why he needed one. He said he wanted it for protection. I asked him protection from what and he just said, “do you have one or not?” I called the VA hospital to try to get help they told me because he wasn’t in their system we needed to bring him in or call the police and let them know what was going on and then they could bring him in. The VA convinced me the cops were trained and wouldn’t hurt him.

I called his wife and told her what they said she said he was calm and eating lunch and watching a movie with his girls. However, 15 minutes later she called me and said he had a gun and that she had called 911. He didn’t threaten her with it was just showing it to her and she freaked out screaming and then he got mad and started walking down the street. The cops found him 3 blocks away in a backyard by himself.

I drove down to where they were and asked the cops to let me talk to him, but they wouldn’t let me. Instead, they lied to me and said there Sparks  Policewas a military negotiator with him. They asked me his name and race. I said, “he is mixed” and Deena a friend of Kenny’s wife, Aimee, yelled “he’s black, they consider him black.” I didn’t understand why they would ask his race. A few minutes, later a cop ran up to me saying Kenny wanted a cigarette. Before the cop got halfway back with the cigarette, about 10 cops opened fired and shot and killed him.

The Washoe County Sheriff Office is the department handling the investigation. It has currently been over 10 months and we still haven’t got any answers. I don’t know if we ever will, but his wife is still calling three times a week. We are not going away. The army did a investigation, but they haven’t told us anything either. The cops keep telling us its an open investigation,but I don’t think they will ever close it because they knew they where in the wrong killing my son. I feel cops shouldn’t be investigating cops. We need that changed. We need a civilian investigation board. The VA needs to be able to help whether or not they are in their system. Wen people call for help they need help right away.

All we want is answers to why the cops feel they needed to kill him why then couldn’t of disarmed him tasered him or something else. The cops need to be retrained and held accountable for their actions. Something needs be be done and they need to be stopped they aren’t any better than a criminal.

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