Martinsburg WV Police Shoot Wayne A. Jones 23 Times for Walking Next to Sidewalk

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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By THE FULL COURT PRESS & Virginia Cop Block:
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

    • Wayne had no warrants for his arrest and had committed no crimes.
    • Wayne had no drugs or alcohol in his system.
    • Judge states in her Order for Summary Judgement “NO KNIFE WAS EVER PRODUCED”
    • Approximately 50 conflicting material statements by LEO in State Police File, Depositions and videos.
    • Case illegitimately thrown out because a RESPONSE to a discovery request was deemed to have been filed ‘one’ day late.
    • Dashcam videos admittedly “altered” by West Virginia State Police prior to releasing them to family.
    • Officer allegedly stabbed stated, in fact, “He was not stabbed” on the video and Medical file refutes any treatment for cuts/stabbing.
    • Officer states they shot him because “he was just fuck’in laying there and wouldn’t do nothin”.
    • Bullet fragments/pieces found on front of Wayne’s shirt – furthering the reality that he was lying face down when (5) Cops shot him 23 times.

    Wayne A. Jones was walking down the street beside the sidewalk at 11:30pm on March 3, 2013. An Officer Lehman lurked behind him in his patrol unit watching Wayne as he was walking. As Wayne made a wide turn around a parked car, he immediately turned in towards the curb and continued walking. The video depicts Wayne stopping at an intersection and then crossing the street and ultimately stopping when the Officer pulled his vehicle over and exited.

    Help the Estate of Wayne A. Jones hold these Cops Responsible!

    A consensual encounter ensued where Wayne attempted to articulate where he was going and why he was not walking on the sidewalk. Lehman immediately wanted to turn the encounter into a warrantless search and seizure by making several requests and asking Wayne “Where are you going?” and “Do you have any weapons on you?” We know now that Wayne had a pair of scissors in his back pocket because of the Medical Examiner Report. Wayne responded “What is a weapon?”

    At this point, one could only surmise that he wanted to know, from the officer, if a pair of scissors was considered a weapon; Regardless, we will never find out because immediately what started out as consensual was escalated to detainment and ultimately a murder. Wayne refused to be detained and asked the Officer “What did I do to you?” and “What do you want?” Over and over – He asked the question. Lehman never said Wayne was under arrest, he never accused him of a crime yet he continued to demand Wayne to put his hands on the vehicle. Wayne Jones refused and was subsequently tazed twice as backup officers arrived on the scene.

    A chase ensued and Wayne ran onto the public library steps where the Officers chased him. Again Wayne exclaimed “What did I do to you?” What did I do to you?” With no answer, Wayne was punched in the side of the head, put into an illegal choke hold and thrown on the ground where a total of (5) officers placed Wayne on his stomach – beat him over and over, tazed him another two times while calling him a motherfucker and kicking him. Instead of cuffing Wayne, they continued to beat him and – someone yelled that he saw a knife[sic]; yet in the Police reports, some officers said that they didn’t see a knife and others couldnt agree on what size the knife was. Furthermore – miraculously, multiple knives turned up on the scene after the fact and to date no knife has been physically produced.

    At a point after the officers stated that they saw a knife – each officer, in unison, slowly backed away from Wayne, who lay motionless on his stomach after being horrifically brutalized. As an Officer Neely backed away, he instantaneously fired his weapon into the head of Wayne Jones and the other (4) officers followed suit. Totaling twenty-three shots, every bullet went into Wayne Jones body from the (5) officers. The Police Report clearly stated that Wayne was 5’9 and weighed 130lbs yet (5) officers who probably weighed 900-1000lbs could not subdue one 130lb individual without filling him full of holes equivalent to Swiss Cheese.

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    In the reports – each officer made a scripted statement that included “knife”, “fear”, and “noncompliance” summarizing that they felt in fear of their lives; however – the video tells a much different story. In fact, in Officer Staub’s video at around 23:30 he specifically stated that “He wouldn’t fucking do nothing so we all shot him” Additionally, Staub was the officer that was purportedly stabbed by the “phantom-throwdown” knife that multiplied into two knives underneath Wayne’s body after he was killed. Four different officers made materially false statements about the existence, location and the fact that they altered the crime scene and moved the knives[sic] which were never found to have any fingerprints, dna or other forensic evidence that would conclude that Wayne, in fact, possessed a knife or stabbed an officer. No knife was ever produced.

    Several observations after watching all of the videos, make one wonder if they are even authentic, nevermind that the West Virginia State Police has already gone on the record and stated, after it was obvious that much of the audio had been doctored, deleted or otherwise maligned – that they had, in fact, made alterations to the video/audio which was released nearly (6) months after the murder. None of the timestamps on any of the dashcams are synched and most notably, non of the cruisers are ever facing a position which would shed any light on the actual incident despite it was 11:30pm and proper training and protocol is to position the vehicle’s headlights on the incident for maximum lighting.

    The Martinsburg District Attorney had a Special Grand Jury convened to hear the evidence against these (5) officers and just like Michael Brown, the Special Grand Jury refused to indict. The family of Wayne Jones, immediately retained counsel and sued the City of Martinsburg and its police officers who were involved in this crime. Please help us fight for your Rights and mine!

    Ironically – as a result of some legal incompetence; the attorney representing the Estate of Wayne Jones , at the very least, constructively threw them under the bus by failing to file documents, integral to the case, in a timely fashion(“1” day late). In and of itself, these types of situations are not fatal and the Federal Courts won’t throw out such a high profile and emotionally charged case based on a minor technicality, but in this case – the US District Court Judge Gina H Groh made the decision to grant a summary judgment to the City and the police officers and dismiss the Estate’s lawsuit with prejudice, in effect, thoroughly abusing her discretion and failing to allow the lawsuit to move forward.

    It appeared that it was over for the family – their brother Wayne was dead, their rights had been disenfranchised in the Federal Court System, and it appeared like there would be no day in court where a full and fair hearing would be had on the merits of this case of Excessive Force by death and Wrongful Death.

    After the Judge ruled against the Estate, attorney Sherman Lambert, withdrew himself from the case and for nearly three weeks, the Estate searched for the right legal counsel to represent them. With little to no success, the Estate created a package to send out to prospective attorneys. For nearly another week, they made calls and pitched Wayne Jones and the wide ramifications that this case has on our country, blacks, elderly, and the homeless. In the wake of the Ferguson outcry by Citizens, Wayne Jones, though murdered on March 13, 2013, his blood is still crying out for Justice. Please support Wayne’s Cause!

    After speaking to Bobby Jones(Estate Administrator), its crystal clear that neither of these men are primarily after money – and the Jones family desires that these (5) men be held accountable for the death of their brother and the City of Martinsburg to apologize, and immediately start retraining its Police Department so that this never “ever” happens again.

    As an activist, investigative journalist and a reasonable man, please agree and partner with me and the Estate of Wayne Jones. Refuse to allow Wayne A. Jones’ horrendous last ten minutes of his life and his senseless death become nothing more than a Constitutional Anomaly and a legal afterthought.

    As a nation, we can not run from this oppression. We must stand up to these policies and resist this oppression – peacefully and in the spirit of due process and Constitutional redress. In the wake of Michael Brown, obviously, a POLICE STATE pattern is prevalent and free citizens are being disallowed to choose to ‘walk away’ from encounters and are being forcefully detained to the point of death, if they refuse to succumb to unconstitutional demands on their freedom and liberty to travel and be free from warrantless searches and seizures.

    As citizens, we have inalienable rights to travel and walk freely, unfettered or harassed. Ill trained and unqualified officers must be the focus of these political stands. Cities must be responsible and held accountable for their officers, which in this case, at minimum rise to the level of a public nuisance in a community based policing program. Face it – at best, Wayne was guilty of an administrative violation, if at all. He had a good reason for not walking on the sidewalk – Officer Lehman refused to allow him to articulate it.

    As it stands today – The Estate of Wayne Jones has retained legal counsel last week for the purpose of its Appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This case will be argued in mid January and the Fourth Circuit will rule – some time afterward. We are confident that that Wayne’s case will be reversed based on clear rules in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and controlling case precedent.

    Presently, the Estate is asking for help with the costs to litigate this case and bring justice to Wayne Jones and his family. Costs for experts, filing, depositions and travel are substantial, therefore a Crowdfunding campaign has been created to move this honorable cause forward. Help Prepare for this Legal Battle!

    All donations go directly into the Fiduciary Account for the Legal Fund of the Estate of Wayne Jones managed by The Virginia Law Group, Rocco Deleonardis, 11480 Sunset Hills Blvd. Reston Virginia 20190-5265 (703)338-2434 – roccodeleonardis@yahoo.com

     

    By: Rand Cadmus
    (540)395-3539
    randcadmus@yahoo.com
    Please consider sharing this article with your media contacts as this case continues
    the pressure must continue as well.
    This article originally published on: The Full Court Press

    The Daily Mail UK also wrote about this.

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Cop Block Panel at Keenevention [Video]

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Ian Freman, co-host of Free Talk Live, shared the content below – an exchange of ideas around police accountability that occurred at Keenevention – an event that attracted lovers of liberty to beautiful Keene, New Hampshire.

Date of Incident: 2014-10-31

Keene and Manchester, New Hampshire have long been hotspots for copblocking and especially so in 2014. Learn about what’s happening in the Shire from some of the key activists involved in Keenevention‘s first-ever Cop Block panel. Presented by Cop Block’s Eric Freerock. Panelists included Joël Valenzuela, Centurion, and Christopher Cantwell.

Manchester has had regular DUI checkpoints that have been blocked by 30-40 activists throughout the Summer.

Keene Cop Block has generated huge positive name recognition with their regular know-your-rights outreach & copblocking in the college neighborhood on weekend nights.

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St. Paul Police Harass Videographer and Ignore Policy

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The content below was captured by Andrew Henderson, who filmed a traffic stop that involved three road pirate vehicles. As one St. Paul police employee with a gruff attitude approached Andrew and took his picture, Andrew filed a FOIA request to learn his identity and get a copy of the picture. Yet Andrew found that no police employee present had followed policy to actually document the stop. Such is the accountability of a coercive monopoly…

Date of Incident: November 01, 2014
Individuals Responsible: Not disclosed by colleagues
Outfit: St. Paul Police Department
Phone: (651) 291-1111

In the course of a public data request at the Saint Paul Police Department, I discovered something truly alarming and disturbing about officers documentation of detainment and use of dash cams.

More content involving Henderson: http://www.copblock.org/?s=andrew+henderson

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  • Communities United Against Police Brutality – website / 612-874-STOP / 4200 Cedar Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Minnesota Cop Block – Facebook / Twitter / minnesotacopblock@gmail.com

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Pierce County Sheriff Employees Resort to Threats and Force When Filmed

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This content was shared by our friends active with Peaceful Streets Lewis County (Washington), who, recognizing the value in the court of public opinion, are eager to get more attention on the situation.

Date of Incident: October 16, 2014
Individual Responsible: Jay Jenson #380
Outfit: Pierce County Sheriff’s Department
Phone: (253) 798-7530

We’ve been dealing with a local municipality while supporting a friend who’s family is being railroaded by APS (Adult Protective Services).

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Editors Note: Do the actions of those with badges uphold their “Core Values” of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Courage and Compassion as put forth on their homepage?

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RELATED POST: In October another resident of the area submitted a write-up claiming civil rights violations

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  • Lewis County Cop Block – Facebook / lewiscountycopblock@gmail.com
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Former Federal Agent Expounds on Illegal Means Used to Frame Targets

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The content below was shared by an individual who wished to remain anonymous, but who recognized the need to inform others of the tactics used by some unsavory characters working in concert.

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I am a former federal agent who worked for one of the big three letter agencies for several years I was also a state investigator for 2 years prior to joining the feds. I am avid follower and supporter of Copblock for several reasons, much of reason being because of the things I saw and then personally experienced while working as a federal agent who was then “turned on” by own former agency and colleagues. However, the story of what was done to me is a very long, complex story that could easy fill its own book.

I wanted to write this email to clarify some things that are already out there in the media and on the net and to further expand on how they are used to violate people’s rights and in fact throw many people in jail essentially using illegal means to “frame them”.

To start, if one was to do an internet search on “SOD” or “SOD NSA” they would probably get back a small story from a few years ago about how SOD (Special Operations Division) is a secret DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) program designed to essentially lauder intelligence gained from warrantless wiretaps to be used for purposes of Parallel Construction in DEA drug cases. The reporter who originally reported this only displayed a small part of the truth, probably because they did not have knowledge or documentation really showing what SOD actually is and what it does.

RELATED: from EFF.org – DEA and NSA Team Up to Share Intelligence, Leading to Secret Use of Surveillance in Ordinary Investigations

First explaining exactly what SOD is, because up until previously it was only ousted as being a sub-unit within the DEA. Special Operations Division is actually known by a few other names, most likely for reasons of plausible deniability, when someone asks someone in the NSA if they are spying on American’s without warrants they can “truthfully” say no because SOD an essentially separate agency is doing it. I have also heard it referred to as SOU (Special Operations Unit) and SAU (Special Activities Unit), it is much more than a single part of the DEA. In actuality it is a “mixed” agency made up of mainly of intelligence agents of the NSA but also from the CIA, FBI, DIA, DEA, ATF, ICE, USSS and pretty much every federal intelligence and federal law enforcement agency. Thus their “scope” is far, far greater then drug related activities. This is that “big brother” arm of the NSA that specializes in the all warrantless wiretapping Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and William Binney have been talking about.

Let me provide a simple example of how Parallel Construction might work for the federal agencies (or local police). Say I am a federal narcotics agent working along the US/Mexico border. One day I get a duty call from the checkpoint at the border crossing that a vehicle coming into the United States was found to have narcotics in it after a drug sniffing dog “hit” on the vehicle. So the vehicle and the driver are both detained. Regardless of what happens with that suspect who was originally with the vehicle, I have all his property, and usually there is a cell phone (or 10) that, the person had on them at the time of detention. Well even if we don’t for some reason actually arrest this person, like the amount of narcotics was too low for federal prosecution or say there was a mistake and he/she didn’t even have narcotics. At a border checkpoint federal agents can still search everything in your possession at the time of crossing, including your electronics. I then use a “Cellbrite” machine to extract ALL of the data off his phone (assuming it isn’t encrypted) photo’s, texts, call logs, video, browsing history… everything. So now I have all of the contacts and all the information on this person’s life that was in their phone.

Now even if there isn’t anything in there that I find to be incriminating, even if I really don’t have any real reason to think this person or their associates are up to criminal activity, I can now take their phone number and any or all of the phone numbers of their contacts and forward them up to SOD so that SOD will put warrantless wiretaps on all of them. This could be any or all the numbers that were in that person’s phone book; their grandmother, their aunts and uncles, their cousin’s ex-wife’s sister… anyone.

Now say that one of these people is a small time marijuana dealer, not something the feds are typically interested in, but SOD may still get in contact with me and provide me (in a classified document envelope) the transcripts from those conversations. Perhaps one of the conversations talks about someone buying some marijuana at some specific location at some specific time, well now I can call up the local police (because I know the local prosecutors will take any drug case no matter how small) and we can just “happen to have” a marked police car pull over the person at said location after the deal goes down. Assuming I had the phone numbers of the people involved it might have involved a little bit of work but I probably could have identified not only their names but also their vehicles by this point (and probably a lot more).

Now, if the case goes to court and trial if the defense attorney asks the officer who pulled over the person why they did it. The officer usually will just make up something simply to justify reasonable suspicion to pull the person over (they crossed the line in the road, they didn’t signal, they were going a few miles above the speed limit, or they had complaints of drug activity in the area, or they could just say they were in the area and witnessed what they thought was illegal activity) either way it’s just to legally cover the tracks of how these officers “knew” to pull this particular person over. Fact is they still pulled him over and we assume they were able to find the drugs.

This is a very, very simple example of how a parallel construction case might look. It gets a lot more complex than that depending on the scale and scope of what the government is trying to do.

Of course originally this was sold as to be used for purposes related to international terrorism, but it has become something far more sinister. It is used for every imaginable purpose ranging from the political to the most “hushed up” “pre-criminal enforcements”. They justify much of this under the guise of terrorism, simply and easily because you can ask what exactly is terrorism? Much of what some federal agencies consider terrorism might at the absolute most be considered potentially violent acts. I stress potentially, since much of what SOD does it roam people’s phone calls listening in for “angry, violent speech” trying to decide if a person is a threat based upon essentially how they express themselves.

Information from SOD can also be fed in directly to the national “Fusion Centers” (if you are not familiar with what these are they are worthy of an entire article themselves) whereby local law enforcement agencies can now have access to whatever federal agencies might scoop up regarding some of your personal information, details or concerns they have about you.

Now apart from how wrong it is legally but also morally that these programs are being used as mechanisms of political control and vengeance is the fact that people who go on angry tirades on their private phone calls may now be subject to arrest and prosecution for FELONY charges. Because what SOD does to someone who they deem as a threat is they use any and all information from that persons calls, texts and emails to manipulate and twist whatever they might be doing (even normal everyday activities) and turn them into felony charges. And they are not at all hesitant to go as far as blackmailing someone the target might know into filing a false charge against the person just so they can hold them on something. Since they have access to the phone calls, texts and emails of everyone the targeted person might associate with its not hard to see that some person might have something they really don’t want known publicly.

Now you say, still if they have no solid proof even if they do frame me, and blackmail someone into filing a false charge, they still have to prove it in front of a jury so I can beat it in court yes? Well, the answer is maybe you can. But it’s not a sure thing by a long-shot. What they like to do, and it’s something they use quite commonly, is they will force a plea. They do this by having the judge set your bond super, duper high… even if the charge is completely non-violent, and you have no history of violence. All it takes is a phone call by the district attorney/prosecutor at your arraignment to turn a low level felony that usually
has a $5,000 bond into no-bond or a $1,000,000 bond. Then assuming they don’t think they have a real case to charge you federally with terrorism (like say you just made an angry comment, and you don’t have any plans on your computer detailing a plot or bomb making materials laying around) and they know they can’t prove terrorism, or even really prove the bogus charge they arrested you on, now they hold you for a few months and offer a low plea deal; a few years of probation maybe. If you decline to accept the offer because you’re a righteous person and believe in the law and justice well guess what? The prosecution will just delay the case for more time, in essence punishing you into accepting the plea, all the while your bond stays really high because by this time the judge who sets your bond is “in on it”, fixed so to speak. (federal intelligence agencies have a way of scaring even judges) Time to trial has quadrupled in the past 50 years in this country.

So you can sit in jail or plea out (confess to something you didn’t do) and go free, sounds a lot like authoritarian/totalitarian eh? Now for arguments sake and I know this is very rare, but say you are ultra-tough minded and don’t have anything better to do then sit in jail. All this time (possibly a year or two) the feds have been digging through your life with a fine toothed comb looking at anything they can use or twist into a being a crime, now they don’t care if they won’t charge you with it, they’ll just use the local police who usually operate a lot more “loosely” and usually have no problem using garbage evidence or false charges on someone, after-all the original bogus charge was probably a state charge to begin with.

For example, say you get framed for something bogus, because you said “I really want to kill such and such person” on your private phone and a search warrant is done on your house/apartment and all your property. While their searching they are obviously looking for weapons of any sort but their also looking for any other contraband and also anything they can use to make you look like a mean horrible person.

Like angry texts, emails or documents on your computer. Because yes of course their going to seize all of that and do computer forensics on it. As I mentioned previously they will also intimidate people into estifying against you, any person they can find who might have a grudge against you (and yes they will talk to everyone who you might have called or texted going back several years), just to make you look like you’re a dangerous, evil, insane person. Even if the person doesn’t really want to get involved… some encouragement with prosecutorial threats almost always does the trick. Then it’s up to the prosecutor if it goes to trial to convince the jury that you’re a threat to the natural world even if the facts of the case don’t really add up 100 percent. Somewhat of a roll of the dice, if the prosecution has a parade of people coming into court to defame you and talk bad about you… they’re also going to attack your “psychological state” traditionally an easy and favorite tactic of the government. All in an effort to deny you of your freedom with probation and take away your 2nd amendment right to bear arms, because at the end of the day that’s what this is really all about, controlling people and denying people the NSA thinks might be a threat, of legal access to firearms by using felony charges. Forget the reasons you said what you said, perhaps someone screwed you out of a job, money, business deal went horribly wrong or a love interest conflict. Nope, in their eyes if you say things they don’t like you might as well be the next public enemy number one.

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say the government can’t “warn” (threaten) people with criminal prosecution, so since we already know their doing things like warrantless wiretaps which is in fact strictly prohibited by the law, of course their going to be doing things that are not legally prohibited by law no matter if they may violate legal ethics.

The saving grace for the general public is that, yes most of you can still say whatever you want on your phone calls because there just simply isn’t the man-power to put an actual person behind a desk to listen to everyone’s phone calls day in and day out. It’s not feasible. You should however be mindful, because as it is already widely know everything (calls, texts, emails, all electronic transactions connected to any networked system) is being recorded going back several years and sitting in digital storage out in the Utah Data Center. Also they are working on digital keyword analysis software along with software designed to “gauge” a person’s “state of mind” based on how they are speaking. So if for some reason you draw their attention or ire (if someone in the federal government has an issue with you *Eliot Spitzer*) they can open up their digital treasure chest on you and see what’s going on. And if they don’t like it… even if it’s not illegal, well… you’ll find out just how free we really all are.

Editors Note: The author was asked if s/he was aware of apps or online programs that folks could use for more privacy, and this response was shared:

I recommend encryption just as Snowden has. Using the Tor Browser, and encrypting your hard drives and physical devices like your cells phones, tablets, computers and thumb drives. There are some back doors available to the high end intelligence agencies, but even in my agency we couldn’t crack basic cell phone encryption and any method an intelligence agency used to crack encryption would be legally controversial so it probably wouldn’t stand-up in court (at least not yet). Also many of the SIM cards we got out of even encrypted cell phones were not encrypted themselves so be wary of this.

There are several apps I have heard of including Redphone for encrypting voice calls but it can be difficult to use for some users not because its technical but more so call connectivity and no end-to-end encryption unless both parties are using it. For texts you have essentially the same thing. Phone number spoofers help because those even trick the phone companies records into recording a false called-from number but it won’t mask your conversation. But for legal reasons could be helpful.

Recommended Smartphone Apps: CopBlock.org/Apps

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Sonoma County jailers laugh about beating, tasing man over 20 times [Video]

Monday, November 24th, 2014

This content was shared by the brother of the gent – Esa Wroth – depicted in the video below, who noted, “My brother Esa Wroth was beaten and tased 22 times while he was at the Sonoma County jail in Santa Rosa ca 95472… Please put it on your website” to help make it known to more people.

Individuals Responsible: predators wearing Sonoma County sheriff badges
Outfit: Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (707) 565-2781

From the video description:

This video shows the 28-minute beating of a young man being booked at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility. A pack of Sonoma County correctional deputies punch, knee, kick a handcuffed individual on the floor while wrenching his arms behind his back and stepping on him. The individual is tased twenty times, mostly in the small of his back. Following the beating, the inmate cannot be booked at the jail due to his injuries, and is transported by ambulance to the hospital. As the paramedics are loading his body into the back of the ambulance, the correctional deputies can be heard laughing. One claps an EMT on the back and laughs, “Merry Christmas.”

In a write-up from PressDemocrat.com, by Paul Payne noted:

Esa Wroth was wasted. He doesn’t dispute that.

But the 28-year-old Forestville man says he didn’t deserve what happened last year when he was arrested in Sonoma County on drunken-driving charges.

While he was being booked into the jail, the solar company consultant says, correctional deputies slammed him to the ground for no good reason. They punched and kicked him and shot him 20 times with electric stun guns.

The incident was captured in part in a 29-minute video that Wroth’s lawyer said is an alarming example of police brutality. It will be played next month to jurors when Wroth is tried on suspicion of assaulting a correctional deputy, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.

Jail officials said the level of force was appropriate given Wroth’s aggressive behavior when he was receiving a routine medical check upon entry to the jail.

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San Antonio Police Stole My Wallet & Returned It, Minus the Cash

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Submitted by Scott Fair

When: February 15th, 2014
Individual Responsible: Name Unknown (Editor’s note: get the names of aggressors!)
Individual’s Place of Employment: San Antonio Police Department, Texas

I was leaving a local business on the far northwest side of San Antonio next to USAA Bank. Had just gotten onto 1604 to head an exit or two down the road to go to my apartment located at the time close to UTSA campus.

I had never once had a ticket for anything ever. I was in the far left lane out of two, not including the emergency lane. Cars all around me. Front, back, side. I noticed a SAPD had pulled someone over, as they were standing next to the driver’s window of that car. The next exit was mine.

The next thing I knew the flashers where behind me. I knowing that 1604 was crowded and dangerous, safely got over to the right lane with signal light used. I exited the exit and immediately pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. The officer approached me and stated he observed me speeding. I was shocked and confused. The anxiety, the sweats, the nerves all hit me hard. But I knew I had not done anything wrong.

He asked for me to step out and stated to me that I was speeding. I asked the officer how that could have been possible. And how he could’ve got that idea when cars were all around me. He wasn’t even in his car to clock my speed.

He then asked if I would do a field sobriety test. The one with the eyeballs and fingers. The straight line. The whole works. I passed the test and he stated I passed the test. He was microphoned up. He then asked me to give a breathelyzer. I refused. Why should I? I wasn’t drunk. I didn’t do any drugs!

He then arrested me for not doing the test. This guy still hadn’t even got my drivers license yet. I was put in the back of the car arrested like a criminal. Very humiliating. I noticed he had a screen in his car with video of the dash cam going. He came back and asked for my license. I told him it was in the console under the CD player. The video shows he grabbed my whole wallet. And brought it into his car. Weirdly enough he never checked it into my “property inventory” when I was unlawfully put into jail.

When I bailed out with my signature a few days later, I immediately walked to the internal affairs office to file a complaint about my missing wallet and money. The investigating officer didn’t believe me. In fact he stated he knows his wife, his kids play with that officer’s kids, and everyone locked up is always “missing $200 or something.” I noted this apparent conflict of interest that I saw on the monitor from the police car–that it should’ve been recorded that he took possession.

Internal affairs called later. They located my wallet, but not my money. They would like to bring my wallet to me. Although I was super paranoid after the whole deal I said “ok.” Him and another officer brought my wallet back. Minus any money.

Nobody ever made things right. And the cost of money that a fabricated report and false arrest cost me thousands of dollars in time out of work, drug test every month, etc. Had I have known all my rights awhile back ago this might not have ended up this way. It was also on my arrest records when I would apply for jobs. Not as a conviction. But still hard to explain that I was done wrong and totally humiliating. I lost all faith in police after that situation.

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FBI Letter to Randy Stroud Mentions Facebook Posts

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The content below was authored by Randy Stroud, a principled gent from Tennessee who has long spoken out for truth and self-ownership. In his own words:

“My only goal has been explicit………I simply want to live in a world that is operated under self-governance. I do not want to be mugged under the guise of ‘taxation’ in order to pay for the government’s wars, monopolized services and their targeted killings.”

Recently, Stroud found that his advocacy of truth had attracted the attention of Joe Craig and some of his accomplices, all of who subsists off stolen money.

If you are a frequent reader of CopBlock.org his name may be familiar with you per the content:

Individual Responsible: Joe Craig and comrades
Outfit: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis division
Phone: (901) 747-4300

Snowden was Right!: Facebook & Youtube are Spy Programs
posted by Randy Stroud on November 20, 2014 to SovereignTacitics.org

(I am writing this article in one setting with little to no editing, so I apologize in advance. A FOIA request shows that a Facebook post from 2012 that I made in an online debate angered the welfare whores who live off taxation, at the FBI. I consider it a badge of honor. The elite and their imperialism make my skin crawl, and it gives me great pleasure to know that they are reading, and hopefully learning….perhaps my words will reverse their wicked tendencies. )

Yesterday, I received a package from the FBI. A little over a year ago, I sent in a FOIA request to the FBI and CIA. The CIA quickly sent me a rejection letter stating that they could not “confirm or deny” that they had any records to show me under the FOIA act requirements, I never did hear back from the FBI, until now….

Why would I ask for such a request? Let me get you up to speed if you aren’t familiar with my work.

For the last three years I have been very politically active. I joined the right to travel movement, campaigned for Ron Paul, transitioned into the voluntaryism school of thought, and even attempted to prosecute Ben Bernanke, both Bushes, Obama, Clinton, and Eric Holder for racketeering and other crimes against humanity. I also sent a letter to “John Walker Lindh”, (an American who was accused of treason and was held at gitmo). In this letter, I simply stated that I did not think he was a terrorist and I thought it was ironic that he was being tortured and held for supporting the Taliban when the United States government has frequently armed militants, drug cartels, and other forms of terrorism themselves.  I do not necessarily support Lindh’s plight, but considering that he never fired a bullet, and never harmed anyone, he was simply cooking meals for the Taliban and offering support did not justify his torture and indefinite detainment, especially when you consider the hypocritical support of terrorism by way of the US government.

Nothing controversial. Nothing violent. I never called for the assassination of any person or persons.

On top of all of this, I have started this website [SovereignTactics.org], which promotes educational tools which allow the layman to stand a fighting chance against the conflicting interests of the court system.

Amongst all of this chaos, I was also involved in an armed march on the Tennessee State Capitol where me and a ragtag group of activist called for the disassemble of the federal government and for the repealment of the PATRIOT Act, NDAA, and for all Tennessee based military personnel to be returned home.

(That protest on the capital can be seen here)

Sometime after, I landed a job at an airplane repair/maintenance corporation. During my tenor working at Embraer, I was constantly ridiculed.

Since most of the employees there were former military personal, they labeled me as a “Muslim lover”, a “tax cheat”, and would say things like, “If you don’t like our country then leave!”  Even though I never discussed politics at work, some nosy co-worker found me on the internet and began to spread the word that I was, “Not a real American.”  I was eventually unlawfully fired and let go under false pretenses due to my political activities.

(They lied and said I was being laid off due to lack of work, even though my performance records showed that I was a great employee and whereas after my departure from the company, overtime was frequently given out. It was a conspiracy). You can read more about that incident here http://sovereigntactics.org/?p=437

For two years, harassment from local law enforcement and FBI agents were frequent – visits to my home and places of employment, followed on the streets, and surrounded by a group of officers for simple traffic stops. It was becoming too much. That’s when Nick Beres from News Channel 5 came to my home and showed me the documents, which stated that I was on a terror watch list! That’s the real reason why I lost my job! No trial. No explanations. Nothing! I was a marked man! Anytime I tried to apply for a new job, my background failed. I couldn’t understand it. I had no warrants, no arrests, nothing. Now it was all making sense.

Unfortunately, the interview with Nick Beres, although filmed, was never broadcasted. Nick called me and told me that the network didn’t like the story. However, I secretly recorded our conversation and leaked the interview on Youtube.

(In the interview, Nick Beres kept trying to label a sovereign citizen. Which I resent. It’s an oxymoron statement, and I don’t associate with any organization. He also discussed the letter that I sent to Eric Holder in my attempt to criminally prosecute corrupt government officials. That letter can be found in my book, The Red Pill, the letter to Mr. Lindh can also be found there. I have nothing to hide.)

So I pursued a lawsuit against the TSA (whom worked in tandem with my former employer to have me fired) for slander and libel. Being put on such a list ruined my reputation and made life very difficult for my family, as they too were harassed by law enforcement. (Guilty by association right?)

During these lawsuit proceedings, I had a friend who worked in an HR department run a federal background check on me.  The background took a little longer than normal, but it came back clean! A few weeks I applied for a job as a pharmacy technician, and sure enough, I passed their background check too! The TSA had taken me off the Terror Watchlist in order to avoid my lawsuit, which contained some very hard hitting language, which would have blew things wide open in the media!

After discovering that my background was now clean, and after going through some personal struggles in my life, I decided to take a break from activism and focus on my family, friends, and spiritual endeavors.

But then I get this package from the FBI. The report makes reference to my Youtube videos where I ask the FBI to apologize to me and they even directly quote one of my Facebook posts. The report was based around a comment I made two years ago on Facebook.

“I am an american. But, I hate imperialism. I want all imperialists to die. I just wish all nations would leave eachother alone in peace. I am ashamed of my country.”

Apparently this post pissed off the elite and they came after me hard. In the report, they made a reference to the letter I sent to John Walker Lindh, or maybe it was the letter I sent to Eric Holder, the Former US attorney general at the time. I was seeking his aide to prosecute Obama, Clinton, the Bush family, Ben Bernanke, and a few others.  I’m not sure because the documents “blank” the reference out.  The report states, “Stroud asked the FBI if the investigations where in reference to the letter he sent to————–”. Then it’s blank. Since my telephone conversation with the Memphis FBI took place over two years ago, I can’t quite recall the entire conversation.

I called them after agents showed up at my work. I NEVER asked them to come to my work as they claim in the report. That’s a complete lie. In the report, they claim that they never ID’s themselves, and I am here to tell you that that too is a lie! Specifically, Joe Craig, who is assumed to be in charge of my FBI, since during all of my altercations with the FBI, he was the only one who would ID himself, although the partners he brought with him never would. After his visit to my former job at Under-Armour, my other co-workers told me in confidence that the agents had a lot more to say than what is told in this report. They asked questions like, “Who does he associate with?”, “Has he ever made reference to bombs?”, “Does he do any charity work?” After that incident, my fellow co-workers became frightened of me and thought I was involved with Al-Qaeda or some other quasi-Muslim associated media propagated terror group.

(Which is interesting because I am a self-described agnostic Taoist and have no interest in Islam. I guess living in the south and having the word “sovereignty” written in Arabic as a tattoo, while being outspoken against the wars automatically makes you a fundamentalist Muslim sympathizer huh? lol….silly brainwashed tools!)

This report also claims that they only visited me once, and the investigation ended shortly after they came to my work for the first time. This was in 2012. However, the report stated, “Several blank pages are included in this package to signify entire pages of deleted classified information.”

Which sounds about right, because the abuse did not stop in 2012. In 2013 and in the early months of 2014, more harassment from the FBI and the local police continued.  It is only after I initiated a lawsuit that I have been left alone . (Pictures of the documents will be included at the end of this article. Some sections will be blanked out in blue to protect my address).

Sometimes I feel like becoming a recluse and calling it quits in regards to my activism. Just find myself a beautiful wife, get a regular job, and just live a private life. Anytime my name is “Googled” many people become afraid and misunderstand my plight. I should not be feared. My only goal has been explicit………I simply want to live in a world that is operated under self-governance. I do not want to be mugged under the guise of “taxation” in order to pay for the government’s wars, monopolized services and their targeted killings.

So remember kids, whatever you say or do on the internet………Big Brother is watching. But do not be afraid, at least we know that they are reading our statements. Perhaps they will be educated. I am delighted to know that some snot-nosed pimply faced FBI agent is being forced to read all of my posts about anarcho-capitalism, free-markets, voluntaryism, and self-ownership. Maybe he will wake up and quit his job and join the ranks of us fellow liberty lovers.

As for me……..I sure could a vacation from all of this. Anyone have a plane ticket to Bangkok or Bora Bora?

FBI letter to Randy Stroud

I proudly live life with my guard down. I’d gladly take a thousands arrows to the heart for just one honest moment of serenity. Sorrow signifies defeat. Defeat signifies effort. Effort pushes you towards a goal. Being afraid to lose means you’re not brave enough to win! So go ahead….Bring it on “life”. I’m giving myself a 900th chance. I’ll never give up in my struggle for personal liberty.

R. Stroud

2014

sovereigntactics.org

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Jacob Crawford Imparts Knowledge on CNN Audience About Need to Film the Police

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Founder of WeCopwatch and producer of the first know-your-rights video to use content entirely from the street, Jacob Crawford has long advocated that cameras be used during police interactions. But, unlike many who mindlessly clamor for more taxpayer money to be used to try to make the police less brutal by outfitting them with body cameras, Crawford recognizes the importance of you and me – as non-police employees – possessing the camera.

Crawford recently had the chance to share some of his insight with the audience of CNN:

After Mike Brown was killed in Ferguson, Crawford traveled there, connected with folks from the Canfield neighborhood, and helped get a police accountability group – The Canfield Watchmen – started. As he states in the video above, even more than cameras, knowledge is important.

 

 

Earlier this year Crawford co-authored a piece that discredited the statistic used by many advocates of police worn body cams.

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Across the country, body cameras are being purchased by police departments in the name of transparency. According to a widely publicized study, Rialto, California, boasted an 88% drop in complaints in the first year after the cameras were introduced there, along with a 60% drop in police use of force. Rialto is a small city with only 66 cops, and its Police Chief, Tony Farrar, collaborated with Taser International, Inc., in the study. The Taser corporation has gained record profits by marketing body cameras to hundreds of cities, along with a cloud-based backup and search service called Evidence.com, which was used to collect the data for the Rialto study that led to many of these sales.

Clearly, it is important to not take everything at face value and to do your own research. Though of course, it is quite easy to know that police, no matter what technology or monitoring equipment they’re outfitted with, will always be rights-violating as their institution itself is based on coercion.

More recently, Crawford announced that in 2015 he and others will be offering Know Your Rights training online.

Keep up the great work Jacob Crawford!

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Two Newport, Tennessee police employees indicted, one retires

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Tracy Campbell shared the content below about some four criminals involved with fencing stolen property, at least three of whom where also taking paychecks from people in their community.

Date of Incident: November 11, 2014
Individuals Involved: Detective Capt. Roger Lynn Shults
Outfit: Newport Police Department
Phone: (423) 623-6004

Roger Lynn Shults and James Holt, both employed at the Newport, Tennessee police outfit, were indicted by a grand jury for fencing stolen property and other actions the pair hoped to keep quiet. The pair was joined in their efforts by Holt’s wife, Kathy Holt, who happens to be an alderwoman for the town, and her son Kenneth Myers.

Roger Lynn Shults brother Murice, meanwhile, is the top-dog at the Newport cop shop – are we to believe he had no inkling what his brother was involved with? The criminal Shults (yes, both subsist on stolen money, but in this instance the one being referenced is the one indicted) has now retired. Does that mean he’ll receive a pension? Will area taxpayers be on the hook to fund this unsavory character in perpetuity?

Shults and his cronies had been investigated by those employed at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who were tipped off about the less-than-professional actions by a man named Jimmy Dunn. In addition to profiting by moving stolen property, Holt profited by selling prescription drugs in a school zone, while in his Newport police road pirate vehicle.If residents of Newport had the option, do you think they’d choose to continue hire for protection an outfit known to employ such crooks? Honestly it’s not surprising that these types of incidents occur – after all, Shults and Holt were operating in an environment that supposedly afforded them extra legal rights. They probably engaged in their illegal activity for years, believing themselves immune from repercussions.Known Police Accountability Groups in Tennessee

  • Cop Block East Tennesee – Facebook
  • Cop Block Nashville – Facebook
  • Clarskville MSA Cop Block – Facebook / clarksvilletnkycopblock@gmail.com
  • Elizabethon Cop Block – Facebook
  • Knox Copblock – Facebook
  • Tennessee Peace Officer Accountability – Facebook
  • Tricities CopBlock – Facebook / TNCopBlock@gmail.com

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