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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Police Abuse in Warren County, NJ

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The information below was shared by a self-described “insider” seeking to make public the frequent rights-violations witnessed by colleagues at the Washington Township (NJ) police outfit. Kudos to that person for speaking out – it will undoubtedly encourage others to do the same.

Date of Incident: Daily
Outfit: Washington Township Police Department
Phone: 856-589-6664
Website: http://www.washingtontwppolice.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sewell-NJ/Washington-Township-Police-Department-Gloucester-County-New-Jersey/165476223479208
Twitter: http://twitter.com/WashingtonTwpPD

I witness day after day Washington Township Police officers stop persons in a vehicle or on the street, demanding ID and then checking them for warrants. This will happen on almost every (98%) traffic stop, on a motor vehicle accident, a person reporting their house vandalized, and in other instances where you would not think that you would have to show ID and wait for dispatch to run your record.

These cops do this everyday. Consider me an insider trying to get attention to this problem, not everyone is guilty but these guys have been trained to think that way, obviously not considering one innocent until proven guilty.

It also happens in Pohatcong Township as well, in the same county in NJ, one of the worst offenders is Officer Matt Radecky. He got into a scuffle with an elderly man during a traffic stop because the man was asking questions. Radecky is a typical jackboot power abuser. The incident was actually caught on tape and posted to YouTube, but I’ve been unable to find it. I have seen the video though. It’s disturbing when the man is removed from his vehicle, Radecky looses it.

I don’t know if there is anything you guys can do. I’ve warned my family not to go through certain areas of the county at night because that’s when certain cops are on that get their jollies from their abuse.

There also is a new Law Enforcement Action Plan or LEAP that has been adopted by the County’s police departments. It was drafted after Ferguson. The Public safety director, who is a corrupt tyrant, swears that something like Ferguson is going to happen here and that’s why it was made up. Riots can start anywhere, but that’s a different story. There was a line in the plan that was disturbing to me though, it stated that it would be used to quell violence and civil unrest, blah, blah, blah, but also, for 1st Amendment Activities…why can’t I speak freely? Sounds like a Bundy Ranch problem if you ask me.

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Justice for Austin Public Poll

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Justice for Austin!

Justice for Austin!

This post was received via the Cop Block Submission Page: http://www.copblock.org/submit

Background Info:

Date of Incident: 09-28-13
Police Employee(s) Involved: Scott Sudaisar & Alex Monarch
Employer: Oregon State Police Department
Address:
4th Floor
255 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97310
Email: ask.osp@state.or.us
Phone: 503-378-3720
Fax: 503-378-8282

Public Opinion Poll:

An officer with the OSP had been allegedly been assigned to a case that involved an individual who he knows in his personal life. The individual he allegedly knows has expressed to several people related to the victim in this case that said officer is “my very good friend”. The officer has shown him “reports” “a video from a Walt-Mart surveillance camera in Hood River” “along with a mountain of evidence”.

When the family of the victim, Austin Herd specifically asked this OSP officer face to face if this was true he very awkwardly denied knowing this individual. Stumbling on his words and making lame excuses for past encounters with this individual then exiting the room.

Before you follow these links…

Police: Man Fighting with Girlfriend in Moving Van Killed in Crash

and read this media…

http://www.kgw.com/story/news/ 2014/07/25/12567872/

report know this:

The 3rd passenger in the van told a completely different story immediately after, implicating the “girlfriend” as the instigator of the argument and the aggressor in the fight. Witch is consistent with the history Austin’s family, friends, and neighbors of the off and on couple witnessed many times in the past. This history was given to OSP officers along with several names and phone numbers to verify.

Austin’s family also gave the contact information for the friends house that was stopped at by the couple on their trip from Galveston Texas to Portland Oregon, at witch Austin was never seen. As far as Austin’s family knows none of these people have been contacted. Jesse Walters has also since vanished, and has never made attempt to contact the family of the man he allegedly saw murdered right in front of him. The “girlfriend” has stopped communicating with the family and hasn’t been seen since March of this year. Austin’s family would like to speak with Mr. Walters, if anyone knows his whereabouts please email us at rickmalonelives@gmail.com. To Jesse, if you see this please come forward and set the record straight.

OSP is calling this case an “accident” but 13 months later it remains open. Just 3 days after Austin’s death the Multnomah county medical examiners office submitted the information for the death certificate calling his death an accident. The investigation was still ongoing. Just 5 days after his death, he was cremated without even one family member seeing his body, in what the medical examiner herself called an unusual case.

Multiple other mistakes have been made by OSP and the medical examiner’s office that Austin’s family is very aware of and will not be silent about.

Our questions to the public right now are:

  1. Should this OSP officer who denies these allegations be allowed on this case?
  2. Has the integrity of the OSP investigation of Mr. Herds death been compromised?
  3. Have Austin’s rights been violated?
  4. Should an outside investigation by the Department of Justice or another organization for police misconduct be in order?

This is the opinion and recollection of events of Mr. Herd’s family, friends and supporters. For more information or questions please contact JUSTICE FOR AUSTIN!! At rickmalonelives@gmail.com

 

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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.

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Las Vegas Police Agree That You Should Film Them

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Note: This was written by Kelly W. Patterson and originally posted at the Nevada Cop Block site.

Know Your Rights and how to protect them when dealing with police.

Know Your Rights and how to protect them when dealing with police.

About a month ago, in early September, I did an interview with Joe Bartels of “8 News Now,” the local CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. Although the actual interview went really well, once it was broadcast it was fairly obvious that the intent of the piece was already set even before Joe talked to me.

That predetermined slant being the nonsense claim that Cop Block promotes violence against cops and has ties to the Millers, a married couple who recently murdered a couple of Las Vegas Metro cops, but had no actual ties or even any evidence that they so much as followed Cop Block. (Their Facebook pages, which were pretty widely viewed after the incident, contained a grand total of two shares from Cop Block going back three months.) In spite of the fact that I pointed out that neither I nor anyone I know had ever met or even heard of the Millers prior to the day they shot those cops and that in doing so they had actually made it more difficult for those of us advocating for accountability in peaceful ways, he chose to leave all that out and just do a very incomplete paraphrasing of my statements about them.

They also left out all of the discussion about downtown and the increase in harassment by cops there or the historically nonexistent accountability that is so prevalent in Las Vegas area police departments, which was presumably the reason for the interview in the first place. However, I got nothing but positive feedback from it and several people came down to First Friday while other Nevada Cop Block members and I were handing out flyers and actually asked for one, stating that they saw the interview. Plus, the headline of the text version was pretty accurate (“‘Cop Block’ advocates for rights when dealing with officers“). It’s also rather funny to hear all of them making sure that they enunciate properly to make sure they didn’t slip up and say something else when they said “Cop Block.”

Flyering During First Friday in Downtown Las Vegas

Flyering During First Friday in Downtown Las Vegas

Beyond that, that little spinning flyer graphic they made is obviously going to be the opening of all my videos from here on out. Also, as the title of the post states, Metro decided they didn’t want to respond to any of my statements (they held the broadcast back a day in order to talk with a Metro spokesperson), but they did state that they agreed with everything on the flyer, which would presumably include the advice not to speak to cops and to film them. The other thing about this interview that made me rather happy is that it was prompted by someone placing one of our downtown “know your rights” flyers on their news van one day while they were at lunch.

I actually asked everyone that I thought might be out flyering that day and none of them had put it there. Therefore, someone apparently downloaded the file of the flyer that is available here at Nevada Cop Block, printed it off, and went out flyering on their own. I think it is awesome that people are taking advantage of that resource and that people I don’t even actually know are out there spreading the word to protect people from the harassment that has become so commonplace in downtown Las Vegas.

Finally, they also interviewed Stephen Stubbs, a local attorney that does free monthly “Know Your Rights” seminars for Las Vegas area residents, and he confirmed that the flyers contained “sound legal advice.” You may remember Stephen Stubbs from having been arrested for refusing to leave the area after one of his clients had asked for a lawyer during questioning by the LVMPD Gang Unit. He also represents the man who was beaten by Metro cops in a bar downtown because they didn’t think he was walking fast enough.

‘Cop Block’ advocates for rights when dealing… by Copwatch_World-News

Excerpts from the interview:

‘Cop Block’ advocates for rights when dealing with officers

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Know Your Rights!

LAS VEGAS – A group critical of police is warning downtown visitors of what they’re calling police harassment. The group known as ‘Cop Block’ said it feels that police are overstepping their authority, so they want people to know their rights.

Cop Block is a nationwide movement, and their main goal is to be an advocate for individual rights, so the group likes to hand out flyers with a series of suggestions on how to handle interactions with police authorities…

The group said it’s handing out these flyers because of an increase in run-ins with police and the alleged harassment people see downtown.

“That flyer is basically a ‘know your rights’ flyer. It’s meant to educate people on what their rights are,” Kelly Patterson, a member of the Nevada chapter of Cop Block said.

Patterson said there’s a systemic problem that exists between police and the public.

“I’m advocating for them to be accountable; for them to do reasonable investigations when things appear questionable,” Patterson said…

We reached out to Metro Police, but they didn’t have anyone available to talk about the alleged harassment, or the flyers being handed out downtown.”

A spokesperson did tell us that the department was aware of the flyers and they agree with the information on them. The flyers five suggestions for people to take in consideration when they come into contact with officers consist of:

  1. Record your interaction on camera.
  2. Do not talk to the police or answer questions.
  3. Ask whether you are being detained, if not leave.
  4. Never consent to a search.
  5. Be polite, but firm.

We caught up with Stephen Stubbs, a local attorney, and he said that’s sound legal advice.

“If you want to talk to police, talk to police. The fact is that you don’t have to. The supreme court has said very clearly that you do not have to talk to police,” he said.

The LVMPD Agrees That You Shouldn’t Talk to Them

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
KnowYourRightsNVCopBlock 240x300 The LVMPD Agrees That You Shouldnt Talk to Them

Know Your Rights and how to protect them when dealing with police.

About a month ago, in early September, I did an interview with Joe Bartels of “8 News Now,” the local CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. Although the actual interview went really well, once it was broadcast it was fairly obvious that the intent of the piece was already set even before Joe talked to me.

That predetermined slant being the nonsense claim that Cop Block promotes violence against cops and has ties to the Millers, a married couple who recently murdered a couple of Las Vegas Metro cops, but had no actual ties or even any evidence that they so much as followed Cop Block. (Their Facebook pages, which were pretty widely viewed after the incident, contained a grand total of two shares from Cop Block going back three months.) In spite of the fact that I pointed out that neither I nor anyone I know had ever met or even heard of the Millers prior to the day they shot those cops and that in doing so they had actually made it more difficult for those of us advocating for accountability in peaceful ways, he chose to leave all that out and just do a very incomplete paraphrasing of my statements about them.

They also left out all of the discussion about downtown and the increase in harassment by cops there or the historically nonexistent accountability that is so prevalent in Las Vegas area police departments, which was presumably the reason for the interview in the first place. However, I got nothing but positive feedback from it and several people came down to First Friday while other Nevada Cop Block members and I were handing out flyers and actually asked for one, stating that they saw the interview. Plus, the headline of the text version was pretty accurate (“‘Cop Block’ advocates for rights when dealing with officers“). It’s also rather funny to hear all of them making sure that they enunciate properly to make sure they didn’t slip up and say something else when they said “Cop Block.”

FirstFridayFlyer 300x282 The LVMPD Agrees That You Shouldnt Talk to Them

Flyering During First Friday in Downtown Las Vegas

Beyond that, that little spinning flyer graphic they made is obviously going to be the opening of all my videos from here on out. Also, as the title of the post states, Metro decided they didn’t want to respond to any of my statements (they held the broadcast back a day in order to talk with a Metro spokesperson), but they did state that they agreed with everything on the flyer, which would presumably include the advice not to speak to cops and to film them. The other thing about this interview that made me rather happy is that it was prompted by someone placing one of our downtown “know your rights” flyers on their news van one day while they were at lunch.

I actually asked everyone that I thought might be out flyering that day and none of them had put it there. Therefore, someone apparently downloaded the file of the flyer that is available here at Nevada Cop Block, printed it off, and went out flyering on their own. I think it is awesome that people are taking advantage of that resource and that people I don’t even actually know are out there spreading the word to protect people from the harassment that has become so commonplace in downtown Las Vegas.

Finally, they also interviewed Stephen Stubbs, a local attorney that does free monthly “Know Your Rights” seminars for Las Vegas area residents, and he confirmed that the flyers contained “sound legal advice.” You may remember Stephen Stubbs from having been arrested for refusing to leave the area after one of his clients had asked for a lawyer during questioning by the LVMPD Gang Unit. He also represents the man who was beaten by Metro cops in a bar downtown because they didn’t think he was walking fast enough.

‘Cop Block’ advocates for rights when dealing… by Copwatch_World-News

Excerpts from the interview:

‘Cop Block’ advocates for rights when dealing with officers

dbc4dc9bf7da8cd9083b7a4cd5386c03 The LVMPD Agrees That You Shouldnt Talk to Them

Know Your Rights!

LAS VEGAS – A group critical of police is warning downtown visitors of what they’re calling police harassment. The group known as ‘Cop Block’ said it feels that police are overstepping their authority, so they want people to know their rights.

Cop Block is a nationwide movement, and their main goal is to be an advocate for individual rights, so the group likes to hand out flyers with  a series of suggestions on how to handle interactions with police authorities…

The group said it’s handing out these flyers because of an increase in run-ins with police and the alleged harassment people see downtown.

“That flyer is basically a ‘know your rights’ flyer. It’s meant to educate people on what their rights are,” Kelly Patterson, a member of the Nevada chapter of Cop Block said.

Patterson said there’s a systemic problem that exists between police and the public.

“I’m advocating for them to be accountable; for them to do reasonable investigations when things appear questionable,” Patterson said…

We reached out to Metro Police, but they didn’t have anyone available to talk about the alleged harassment, or the flyers being handed out downtown.”

A spokesperson did tell us that the department was aware of the flyers and they agree with the information on them. The flyers five suggestions for people to take in consideration when they come into contact with officers consist of:

  1. Record your interaction on camera.
  2. Do not talk to the police or answer questions.
  3. Ask whether you are being detained, if not leave.
  4. Never consent to a search.
  5. Be polite, but firm.

We caught up with Stephen Stubbs, a local attorney, and he said that’s sound legal advice.

“If you want to talk to police, talk to police. The fact is that you don’t have to. The supreme court has said very clearly that you do not have to talk to police,” he said.

Thanks for reading. The LVMPD Agrees That You Shouldn’t Talk to Them is a post from Nevada Cop Block

“Let the Fire Burn” Las Vegas Radical Movie Night Free Screening Oct. 10th

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

October Radical Movie Night – “Let the Fire Burn”

Radical Movie Night in Las Vegas

(via KellyWPatterson.com and NVCopBlock.org)

September’s debut of the Las Vegas Radical Movie Night went very well. In fact, it went well enough that we will now be doing two showings per month. So, on every second and fourth Friday of the month at 6:00 pm, the Sunset Activist Collective and Nevada Cop Block will host a free screening of either a documentary or a movie with significant social value.

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

In order to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, which is held annually on Oct. 22nd (for more info see: http://www.october22.org/) October’s screenings will involve movies that relate to police abuses. On October 10th, we will be showing “Let the Fire Burn” a documentary about the Philadelphia police department’s response to a group known as the MOVE Organization, which was a radical black liberation group that practiced anarcho-primitivism, during two raids in 1978 and 1985.

Delbert Africa is arrested by police after the 1978 gun battle.

This film raises many questions about the tendency of governments and law enforcement to use legitimate complaints as an opportunistic excuse to go after people or groups they dislike and the heavy-handed ways in which they often do so. As the movie shows, the members of MOVE were very bad neighbors and made things difficult for those living around them. However, the Philadelphia Police Department’s “solution” resulted in most of those neighbors losing their homes when a fire ignited by a police bomb burned 61 surrounding buildings. In addition, 11 of the 13 MOVE members living there , including 5 children, were killed by that fire, which was intentionally allowed to burn until it was out of control.

Further, those residents’ and the city’s years long battle over poorly constructed and massively over budget replacement homes highlights the often corrupt and crony driven nature of politics. One might be tempted to ask if they were actually better off with their noisy neighbors. It certainly does beg the question of whether there were many, many better options to resolve the issues.

About the Movie (via: http://LetTheFireBurn.com)

Let the Fire Burn

“In the astonishingly gripping ‘Let the Fire Burn,’ director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to ‘…let the fire burn.’ Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.”

Awards:

Winner – Best Editing in a Documentary Feature – Tribeca Film Festival

Special Jury Mention – Best New Documentary Director – Tribeca Film Festival

Director Jason Osder was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine July 2013.

Further Information:

The Aftermath

Watch the Trailer: http://youtu.be/-v5ZXAxTGHg

Check out the official website: http://www.letthefireburn.com/

The website of the MOVE Organization: http://onamove.com/

On Cop Block:

Philadelphia – The City That Bombed Itself: http://www.copblock.org/745/pete-visits-the-city-that-bombed-itself/

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Free Radical Movie Night Screening of “Let the Fire Burn” Oct. 10th

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
RadicalMovieNightFlyerLTFB Free Radical Movie Night Screening of Let the Fire Burn Oct. 10th

October Radical Movie Night – “Let the Fire Burn”

 Radical Movie Night in Las Vegas

(via KellyWPatterson.com)

September’s debut of the Las Vegas Radical Movie Night went very well. In fact, it went well enough that we will now be doing two showings per month. So, on every second and fourth Friday of the month at 6:00 pm, the Sunset Activist Collective will host a free screening of either a documentary or a movie with significant social value.

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

In order to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality, which is held annually on Oct. 22nd (for more info see: http://www.october22.org/) October’s screenings will involve movies that relate to police abuses. On October 10th, we will be showing “Let the Fire Burn” a documentary about the Philadelphia police department’s response to a group known as the MOVE Organization, which was a radical black liberation group that practiced anarcho-primitivism, during two raids in 1978 and 1985.

letthefireburn6 Free Radical Movie Night Screening of Let the Fire Burn Oct. 10th

Delbert Africa is arrested by police after the 1978 gun battle.

This film raises many questions about the tendency of governments and law enforcement to use legitimate complaints as an opportunistic excuse to go after people or groups they dislike and the heavy-handed ways in which they often do so. As the movie shows, the members of MOVE were very bad neighbors and made things difficult for those living around them. However, the Philadelphia Police Department’s “solution” resulted in most of those neighbors losing their homes when a fire ignited by a police bomb burned 61 surrounding buildings. In addition, 11 of the 13 MOVE members living there , including 5 children, were killed by that fire, which was intentionally allowed to burn until it was out of control.

Further, those residents’ and the city’s years long battle over poorly constructed and massively over budget replacement homes highlights the often corrupt and crony driven nature of politics. One might be tempted to ask if they were actually better off with their noisy neighbors. It certainly does beg the question of whether there were many, many better options to resolve the issues.

About the Movie (via: http://LetTheFireBurn.com)

LetTheFireBurn Free Radical Movie Night Screening of Let the Fire Burn Oct. 10th

Let the Fire Burn

“In the astonishingly gripping ‘Let the Fire Burn,’ director Jason Osder has crafted that rarest of cinematic objects: a found-footage film that unfurls with the tension of a great thriller. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. By order of local authorities, police dropped military-grade explosives onto a MOVE-occupied rowhouse. TV cameras captured the conflagration that quickly escalated—and resulted in the tragic deaths of eleven people (including five children) and the destruction of 61 homes. It was only later discovered that authorities decided to ‘…let the fire burn.’ Using only archival news coverage and interviews, first-time filmmaker Osder has brought to life one of the most tumultuous and largely forgotten clashes between government and citizens in modern American history.”

Awards:

Winner – Best Editing in a Documentary Feature – Tribeca Film Festival

Special Jury Mention – Best New Documentary Director – Tribeca Film Festival

Director Jason Osder was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in Filmmaker Magazine July 2013.

Further Information:

letthefireburn7 Free Radical Movie Night Screening of Let the Fire Burn Oct. 10th

The Aftermath

Watch the Trailer: http://youtu.be/-v5ZXAxTGHg

Check out the official website: http://www.letthefireburn.com/

The website of the MOVE Organization: http://onamove.com/

On Cop Block:

Philadelphia – The City That Bombed Itself: http://www.copblock.org/745/pete-visits-the-city-that-bombed-itself/

Thanks for reading. Free Radical Movie Night Screening of “Let the Fire Burn” Oct. 10th is a post from Nevada Cop Block

Marlon Brown – Killed In a Vegetable Garden by JP Harris, DeLand Police [Video]

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Krystal Brown shared the information below via CopBlock.org/Submit about a police employee who’s actions, outside of policies and procedures, caused the death of Marlon Brown. Though that police employee – JP Harris – was fired from his job, he never faced any repercussions in legaland, as would almost assuredly happened if you or I acted similarly.

Date of Incident: 5/8/13
Individual Involved: JP Harris (Deland police employee); William Ridgeway (chief), Bob Apgar (mayor), Mike Pleus (city manager ), RJ Larizza (state attorney)
Outfit: Deland Police Department
Phone: (386) 626-7414

Around 12:30am on May 08, 2013, Marlon was stopped for allegedly not wearing a seat belt. Soon after the sheriff called off traffic stop. Yet two Deland police employees saw Marlon’s car and attempted to reinitiate the traffic stop.

They followed Brown into a field. Car 1 stopped according to policies and procedures. Car2, driven by over zealous JP Hararis, went around the lead car, accelerated in speed, never deviating in path, and struck and ran over Marlon – pinning him under the police car with little regards to human life.

They refused to allow citizens to assist with moving the car off his body. He was unable to breathe and died.

They allowed his body to lie there over four hours before removing the car off his body while his children stood and watched.

The officer responsible – JP Harris – was fired. The State Attorney RJ Larizza sent the case to grand jury who came back with no bill. The Medical examiner report states that he was never struck by the police car.

From MyNews13.com:

The medical examiner ruled that Brown died from accidental suffocation, and there was no evidence he was run over...

Marlon Brown’s family circulated a community-backed petition. They are asking DeLand Police Chief William Ridgway to recommend a coroner’s inquest. That’s a special investigation into Marlon Brown’s cause of death…

Ridgway, however, said it would be inappropriate for him to agree to what Brown is asking for.

Marlon Brown’s family is asking for a coroners inquest which they have been denied and the city of Deland. Elected officials refuse to assist even after being presented with thousands of signatures in a petition.

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Ohio County, WV Sheriff Pat Butler Shows Corruption of Thin Blue Line [Video]

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Larry Kiddey, who’s involved with Belmont County (OH) Cop Block, shared the information below via CopBlock.org/Submit about his interaction with Pat Butler, the head-honcho of the Ohio County (WV) Sheriff’s outift. Perhaps Butler should review some of the content and ideas at CopBlock.org/WelcomeLEOs

Date of Interaction: 09-29-2014
Individual Involved: Sheriff Pat Butler
Outfit: Ohio County Sheriff’s Office
Address: 51 16th Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 234-3680

I went to the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office on September 29, 2014 to file a formal complaint against 2 deputies. Deputy J. West and Cpl. Haglock both employed by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office. The nature of the complaint stems from a video I shot of a traffic stop on September 25, 2014. Deputy West and Cpl Haglock violated my civil rights under the 1st Amendment by interfering with my video recording of a traffic stop and for their using intimidation tactics to try and get my identification when there was no legal duty under WV statute to provide ID.

I met with Sheriff Pat Butler to submit the complaint. He asked me the nature of the complaint. I was under no obligation at that time to answer any of his question. i told him that everything he needed to know was in the complaint and the video of the incident that I was submitting as evidence and that I was not answering any questions.

View for yourself how unprofessional this Sheriff acted and how negligent he was in not executing his duties as an elected official by refusing my complaint.

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