Jackson, MS Injustice System Makes Clear Its Own Are Above the Law

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Jason Baronich shared the information below about a corrupt sheriff who was later protected by friends in the injustice system.

Date of Incident: 2010 through 2014
Individual Responsible: Mike Byrd
Outfit: Jackson County (MS) Sheriff’s Department
Phone: (228) 769-3024

Mike Byrd, sheriff of Jackson County, MS was indicted on 29 felonies:

  • 10 Fraud
  • 10 Embezzlement
  • 2 Hindering prosecution in 2nd degree
  • 2 Witness tampering
  • 1 Perjury
  • 2 Subornation of perjury
  • 2 Intimidating an officer in the discharge of his duties
  • 2 Extortion

Read the 15-page indictment > http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wlox/Byrd%20Indictment.pdf

Extortion, embezzlement, witness tampering, kicked a man in the nuts while handcuffed on the car captured on dash cam destroying computer so it cant be evidence, doing a fundraiser for a choir that didn’t exist and pocketing the money, conducting surveillance on those who threatened his illegal operation, and numerous other charges.

Byrd, accompanied by lawyer Joe Sam Owen, went to court and got six months house arrest – tell me that’s fair.

Related

Mississippi Based Police Accountability Groups

.

copblock welcomes LEOs

Are you a police employee? Check out this content.

No permission is needed to share this post, or any content housed at CopBlock.org. Ideas have consequences – the more good ideas are shared the better we all are. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

Outrage Erupts On the Streets of Salt Lake City Against Repeated Police Shootings

Friday, October 24th, 2014

This content comes to us from our friends at CounterCurrentNews.com, where it was originally posted on October 23, 2014. The write-up is from Jackson Marciana and Moreh B.D.K., and the images and video are from Adrian Lambrinos.

Private citizens of Salt Lake City and surrounding areas recently took to the streets in the heart of downtown, demanding justice for victims of police brutality and killings. The protests took place yesterday against these unwarranted deaths, apparently focused on the killing of unarmed Dillon Taylor. The activists also highlighted the unnecessary use of lethal force against people like Darrien Hunt and many other victims.

Darrien Hunt and family, before men wearing badges killed him.

Darrien Hunt and family, before men wearing badges killed him.

When the Salt Lake City police in Utah killed Taylor, they claimed it was because he failed to respond to police commands. But the real reason why he “failed” to respond to their “commands” was not out of personal hatred for the police, nor as an act of defiance. He was not resisting police, nor had he been engaged in any criminal activity of any sort. Instead, he was just listening to music on his headphones. Taylor “failed to respond” because he simply couldn’t hear police yet, and was trying to turn down his music.

Dillon Taylor, killed by Salt Lake City police employees.

Dillon Taylor, killed by Salt Lake City police employees.

Watch the Dillon Taylor video and see for yourself (video).

This case in particular bears a strong resemblance to the shooting of John Crawford in Beavercreek, Ohio. Crawford, 22, was on the phone with the mother of his child when police shot him without asking a single question. Crawford was holding a replica air rifle in a Walmart that sold the rifle. He had picked it up off the shelf while continuing his phone call, before purchasing the replica toy.

Check out some of the raw video footage of the protests last night in Salt Lake City captured by Adrian Lambrinos:



The protestors in Salt Lake City have set up a Justice for Dillon Taylor Facebook page, which has received thousands of likes.

justice-for-dillon-taylor-utah-copblock

Click for Facebook page: Justice for Dillon Taylor

Editors Note: To address this pattern of unaccountability, one must realize that trying to “fix” an institution based on coercion is a waste of time and efforts. Instead, we must move away from the doublespeak, and the real accompanying harm, that says that certain people – those who purport to be “authorities” – have a “legal” right to steal and initiate violence, in order to protect. More at: CopBlock.org/Library

Known Police Accountability Groups in Utah

.

Click for related Know Your Rights videos and content.

Click for related Know Your Rights videos and content.

No permission is needed to share this post or any content housed at CopBlock.org. We’re all better off the more good ideas are shared. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

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

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The information below was shared by Barbara Sprouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clark County Detention Center: (702) 671-3900

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Content

Known Police Accountability Groups in Nevada

For news, info, and guest interviews on ho we can erode the police state. Live each Wednesday night!

For news, info, and guest interviews on ho we can erode the police state. Live each Wednesday night!

No permission is needed to share this post or any content housed at CopBlock.org. The more good ideas are shared the better we all are. Fuel our efforts with donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

Cleburne Police Employee Kevin Dupre Beckons, Then Shoots Dog Repeatedly [Video]

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This content was shared anonymously by someone wishing to make others aware of Kevin Dupre’s actions.

Date of Incident: Approx Oct. 14, 2014
Individual Responsible: Kevin Dupre
Outfit: Cheburne Police Department
Phone: (817) 645-0972

A petition to fire triggerman Kevin Dupre was started by Donna Earley, which is below in full.

Cleburne Police Chief Rob Severance,

302 W Henderson St Cleburne, Texas 76033

Phone (817) 645-0972

rob.severance@cleburn.net

Chief Severance,

August, 2014 your officers responded to a call. There is a video detailing an officer shooting of a 6 month old puppy. This video is very graphic to watch, but in order for us to get to the truth we must watch. After a short while on the internet…this video is going viral to show that the American citizen, people who have hearts are devastated and very angry with local police. You ask why? Watch the video and if you can ask that question following…then you won’t be signing this petition.

The video clearly shows how an officer from the Cleburne Police Department, Officer Kevin Dupre is calling the dog with kisses and a clicking/smacking sound.  The kind of sound that a 6 month old puppy associates with human kindness and play. As the 6 month old Maximus came running to the officer’s call….he was clearly wagging his tail and excited as though he knew he was going to get a treat or pat on the head. What happens next is horrifying. You will see Ofc Kevin Dupre coldly and callously aim his gun and shoot the dog numerous times killing him.

Another dog, a female named Cocoa, can also be seen in the video. the officer had Cocoa in his target sight…and the next bullet was fully intended for her. Cocoa originally ran from the sound of the gunfire…but stopped and turned around facing the officer. She stood there…and she did not know that she was next to die! Thankfully Animal Control called the officer just in nick of time to prevent her from being murdered in cold blood. Officer Dupre made claims that the dog was clearly aggressive and lunging for him. Well…he must have forgotten he was wearing a body cam. Because after viewing this video…it is quite clear the 6 month old Maximus in no way charged or seemed aggressive…but excited and playful.

There was another Officer there to back up Officer Dupre, Officer Carmac and at this point it is unclear the role this officer played in this clear case of animal cruelty.

We, the People of this country are ashamed, disgusted and damn right angry of the cowardly acts of this officer! You cannot turn your head on this one…this killing is totally unjustified and a vibrant young puppy died a horrible death. This puppy was loved and his owner Amanda Henderson was left devastated. The officer could have easily waited for Animal Control who was dispatched and trained in animal apprehension to arrive. Officer Kevin Dupre took it on himself to kill Maximus. You can tell that was his intent…as he called the dog out of hiding in a playful manner. “Here doggie”…..B-O-O-M!!!

We the People of this country are demanding that Officer Kevin Dupree be terminated immediately and charged with felony animal cruelty (which is now law in the 50 states, including Texas). We are calling upon you to take these actions without recourse.  What Officer Dupre did on this day is not different then the killing of a dog by a Raines County Texas Sheriff Deputy. That Deputy was terminated, charged accordingly, and agreed to never serve in law enforcement again. You cannot determine a difference in either of these shootings. They were both cold, callous, unjustified and recorded.

We the People are also demanding that the Officer pay restitution to the Henderson family in an amount determined by a jury of his peers in a court of law. Along with the restitution we expect a formal apology to the Henderson family from Officer Kevin Dupre.

We the People are also calling upon your department to launch a full investigation to determine the role of Officer Carmac in this killing. Upon conclusion of the investigation we expect this officer to also be reprimanded accordingly.

According to the witnesses and those knowing the dog, Maximus was not a dangerous dog, but a puppy who was out playing. Those involved in this shooting were wrong when they made the sound decision to shoot to kill. An officer’s duty is sworn to serve and protect…not search and destroy.

We the people demand justice and change. We demand all Law Enforcement to attend mandatory training on police/dog encounters. This has to stop…and stop now!

RELATED: K9 Cop Block - Facebook

 

.

copblock-banner-320x90-groups

Click to connect with others in your area.

No permission is needed to share this post or any content housed at CopBlock.org. We’re all better off the more good ideas are shared. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

Stockton police are bankrupt, but paying officers to report Facebook posts

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The content was submitted anonymously by someone who recognizes the value in transparency.

Individual: Chief Eric Jones
Outfit: Stockton Police Department
Phone: (209)937-8218

Stockton Police claim that due to bankruptcy in Stockton Ca. they lack the funds needed to respond to an array of complaints, and that certain crimes must be reported by victims, via a police reporting kiosk in the departments lobby.

Some of these crimes include 459 residential burglaries, 10851 Auto thefts, and 211 armed robberies.

We find it a JOKE that they claim the funds and man power are not available to them to respond to serious crimes such as these, yet they are paying at least one, if not a whole team, of officers to monitor a Facebook page dedicated to keeping their unprofessional actions in the limelight.

The Facebook page is the Stockton Police Department, Corruption Reporting Page.

 

Admins of this page have recently had a bombardment of Facebook notifications come in, and have had the page forcefully “unpublished” for “violating community standards”. The only time the page gets these notifications is when photos of Chief Eric Jones, or councilman Elbert Holman are posted with captions or dialogue beneath that either point out lies, or failures among the department or city leaders.

Stockton police officers make and average of $60,000 dollars a year. How much of that tax money is being used to keep these truths and opinions from the same people forced to pay for their “service”?

Please call Chief Eric Jones and ask him to justify these actions. Ask Chief Jones why his department cannot afford to protect and serve the citizens, but they can afford to monitor a Facebook page dedicated to exposing corruption within their department. Don’t allow tax payer to pay one more dime for censorship.

Call: Chief Eric Jones at Office of the Chief of Police (209) 937-8218

Please also call: Public Information Officer, Joseph Silva (209) 937-8209

RELATED >> Stockton Cop BlockFacebook

.

Click for related Know Your Rights videos and content.

Click for related Know Your Rights videos and content.

No permission is needed to share this post, or any content housed at CopBlock.org. Ideas have consequences – the more good ideas are shared the better we all are. Donate Bitcoin to fuel our efforts: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

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

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This content is cross-posted from CounterCurrentNews.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.

film the police

No permission is needed to share this post, or any content housed at CopBlock.org. Ideas have consequences – the more good ideas are shared the better we all are. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

Rather than uphold contract with tenants, Landord calls Baltimore Co. Police

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This police interaction was captured and shared by Justin Kovach.

Date of Incident: 10/18/2014
Outfit: Baltimore County Police Department
Phone: 410-887-2214

I knew getting Whispering Woods, a community of Westminster Realty in Middle River, MD to properly repair the mold and water damage in our home would be problematic. I knew that because LAST year, when thousands upon thousands of gallons of raw sewage was overflowing from the pipes on the property, they denied there was any problem and it took several visits from Baltimore County Public Works & Plumbing Inspections & Permits and several months to get them to properly fix the problem so that we did not have to regularly experience human feces flowing down the street in front of our home.

When the maintenance supervisor came in to inspect the damage, stuck his finger through the deteriorated sheetrock and then exclaimed “There’s no mold” was another indicator.

But I THOUGHT that after having the professional mold remediation company come out, identify and attempt to remove all the water and mold damaged material we were on the right page.

I did not expect them to send Baltimore County Police Department to my home to attempt to force me to allow a contractor to do repairs unannounced & do repairs which weren’t up to par with the agreements we had made OR with the recommendations of the mold remediation company & DEFINITELY were not up to Baltimore County Building code and THEN threaten me with eviction if I did not allow them to do the repairs improperly. CERTAINLY did not expect them to add insult to injury by banning me from the location I have to go to pay my rent and threatening to arrest me if I go to pay my rent.

WITHOUT HAVING COMMITTED OR EVEN BEEN ACCUSED OF ANY CRIME!!

But that’s what I got !!

After I busted the contractor showing up without notice and attempting to fill in base plate against concrete with non-pressure treated wood and fill in the inside wall without replacing the insulation I was treated with great disrespect by the contractor’s employees. Apparently they don’t understand that just about everybody knows Spanish profanity. After requesting the MHIC license number of the contractor I was told I would not be given that information. At that time I advised the contractor that I was contacting the Baltimore County Health Inspector, who had already been to the property last week in response to my current complaint, and the Baltimore County Building Inspector in order to have them both inspect the condition of the wall, and that no more work was to be done until that time. This was the result.

.

film-the-police-page-copblock-300

Film the police, create an objective record. Don’t end up in legaland in a situation where it’s your word against the word of a police employee.

No permission is needed to share this post, or any content housed at CopBlock.org – the more good ideas are shared the better we all are. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

Cop Caged for Forcing Sex on Inmates

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

This information was shared by a person who recognized the value in transparency.

Date of Incident: 10/2013
Individual Responsible: Jerry Peek
Outfit: Lyon County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: 775-463-6600

Jerry Peek, a former Lyon County (NV) Sheriff’s Office employee, is now caged. After rumors that he was sleeping with those caged at the Lyon County jail surfaced, Peek was placed on paid vacation (aka Administrative Leave), and months later, fired when the claims were substantiated.

A related write-up from KOLOTV.com noted that:

The Nevada Division of Investigations found evidence of several crimes, filed these charges with the Nevada Attorney General and obtained a warrant for the arrest of Peek, who was taken into custody October 14, 2014. He is charged with six Felony charges and three Gross Misdemeanors with a total bail of $750,000.

The charges are: Coercion, Asking or Receiving Bribe by Public Officer, Voluntary Sex between Prisoner and Another, Preventing/Dissuading Victim from Reporting Crime, Misconduct of Public Officer, Open or Gross Lewdness, Indecent Exposure, and Inhumanity to a Prisoner.

Peek’s former colleagues at the Lyons County Sheriff’s Outfit attempted to mitigate the severity of the situation, by claiming that “these types of crimes occur across the country” before trying to shore-up the perceived legitimacy upon which they depend for the perpetuation of their coercion-backed institution, “We are a transparent agency and we want to ensure you that we will continue to be a transparent agency”

.

Copblock library

 

No permission is needed to share this post or any content housed at CopBlock.org. We’re all better off the more good ideas are shared. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

Police Unnecessarily Escalate Violence at Pumpkin Fest 2014 Riots

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

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

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

Matthew Bomberg and Gang Tackles, Kidnaps Man for Walking Down Sidewalk

Matthew Bomberg and Gang Tackles, Kidnaps Man for Walking Down Sidewalk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with Keene Based Groups

.

Click for related Know Your Rights videos and content.

Know Your Rights Click for related videos and content.

 

No permission is needed to share this post, or any content housed at CopBlock.org. Ideas have consequences – the more good ideas are shared the better we all are. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65

Police are acting like an occupying army in northeast Pennsylvania. It isn’t working

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The content below was written by Scott McPherson and originally posted to Patch.com.

Eric Frein Slips Through Police Fingers: Police are acting like an occupying army in northeast Pennsylvania. It isn’t working

by Scott McPherson

According to Pennsylvania State Police, six weeks ago Eric Frein ambushed two state troopers outside a Pike County police barracks, killing one officer and severely wounding another. Frein is then said to have fled into the surrounding woods, putting to use his self-taught “survivalist” training to escape capture.

State Police responded immediately, massing hundreds of officers into a 5-square mile radius, employing armored vehicles, night vision equipment, and even local hunters in an attempt to capture the alleged gunman, believed to be hiding in the dense woodlands of the Poconos Mountains.

No expense has been spared in this search. The manhunt has become so expensive – now running into the “millions of dollars” – that lawmakers in the state are becoming a little uneasy.

Nor have area residents been spared. Those at home when the manhunt began were put on “lock down,” while others have been blocked from returning to their homes. Many have expressed understandable frustration over the way they’ve been treated.

“They walk through the house, they walk through the property, checked out the basement,” said Kent Van Horn.

Schools have been closed, police officers line the roads and man numerous roadblocks, and generally act as an occupying army in the area. Even Halloween events have been put on hold.

“We will find you,” was the message from Lt. Col. George Bivens, on September 26.

But six weeks into the search, police still don’t have their man.

police-state-pennsylvania

Pic via http://holbrook.wickedlocal.com

A report on the case Saturday from Fox News has revealed an interesting new development. A woman claims to have spotted Frein “with his face caked in mud and carrying a rifle” near his old high school in the town of Swiftwater. Police say it is a credible sighting. “Based on the sighting, Bivens said it appears Frein has moved about six miles south. He said the search area is being expanded…”

Which means that despite all police efforts, Frein slipped through their cordon.

The search for Eric Frein – and the behavior of law enforcement officials – is reminiscent of events in Boston last year, when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over 260 others. After that incident, the entire city was put under virtual martial law, with thousands of police officers and numerous armored vehicles roaming the streets in a massive search for the suspects, pointing assault weapons at city residents, ordering them into their homes, closing businesses, and shutting down the public transportation system.

Only after the lock down was rescinded – and police left the area — was suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spotted by a private citizen, who immediately alerted authorities to his whereabouts.

There may be a lesson in this for Pennsylvania authorities. Massing a small army to search for one man, even a dangerous criminal, may not be as effective a measure as backing off and letting the public’s eyes and ears do your work for you.

While acting like thugs and treating the local population like pawns, to be ordered about and cower in compliance, must be somewhat gratifying to people who make their living lording it over others, and who are no doubt frustrated and afraid that a member of the civilian population has targeted them for attack, it doesn’t appear to be the most efficacious approach.

This would certainly never be the reaction to the murder of a mere mundane, which happens far, far more often in this country than attacks on police.

The vast majority of crimes are solved not by the police response, but by tips from the public.

Millions of dollars, hundreds of officers, roadblocks, lock downs, and police-state tactics turned up nothing for six weeks. Eric Frein has made a mockery of law enforcement efforts to apprehend him. But just as in Boston, one alert citizen changed the game.

Maybe the police should stop behaving like soldiers in a war zone. People are growing increasingly tired of that.

.

you-are-the-network-copblock-groups

No permission is needed to share this post, or any content housed at CopBlock.org. Ideas have consequences – the more good ideas are shared the better we all are. Help fuel our efforts – donate Bitcoin: 1D6hdGKcFfzciJaMSLU6X1Tq69fcCsEh65