Blast From the Past – A Group Photo from the Motor Home Diaries’ Las Vegas Visit in 2009.
As I often do, I also called in during the last hour of the show to discuss some of my own experiences with Pete and how helpful of a friend he has been over the years, even before I was involved officially with Cop Block. Also, I added some details about an incident Pete had mentioned earlier, in which Ademo was illegally arrested by the LVMPD during their visit to Las Vegas after doing a promo on Food Not Bombs Las Vegas for the Motorhome Diaries for not showing his ID, which isn’t actually legally required (you are required to identify yourself if detained, but not to provide an ID card unless you are driving).
That was actually one of the earliest and most successful “call-floods,” which originally started after Joshua Lilly called and informed me that he had arrived to visit with them and instead saw Ademo being arrested and culminated in Ademo being released without charges after so many people called from around the country that the phones at the Regional Injustice Center were overloaded and knocked off line.
If you didn’t hear this interview when it was originally broadcast or last week when Dave replayed it, you can listen to the archived version which is embedded below:
Tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 23) some good folks from the greater Denver Metro area will gather to discuss issues of police accountability over a bite, won’t you join us?Thursday, Oct. 24th, 7:00-9:00pm – sit-down dinner – 3 Margaritas, 6864 S Clinton St., Greenwood Village, CO https://www.facebook.com/events/480087768757196
After an introduction by a longtime area inhabitant who’s concerned about the growing paramilitarism of police – specifically the targeting of dogs and youth, Juliet Piccone a lawyer who focuses on civil law/litigation, animal welfare/animal law, and veteran’s advocacy will share some thoughts, as will Pete Eyre, co-founder of CopBlock.org, to be followed by a conversation among those present.
The event costs $50 (all inclusive) – a three course meal with beverage and 20% gratuity, Cop Block gift bag for each attendee, and a small contribution to help fuel the Police Accountability Tour.
For more info or to RSVP (walk-ins also welcome) email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 720.442.6028
The last time I passed through Denver, when on the road with Liberty On Tour, I had a really productive visit as well – save for the time I was put into a cage by J. Pinder and C. Pinder – employees of the Denver police outfit.
On that Sunday, August 29th, 2010, Ademo Freeman, myself, and about 10 others from the Greater Denver area were doing outreach to tailgaters at Invesco Field prior to a Broncos-Steelers game. It was going well – folks were really receptive – until some strangers with badges arrived…
It was claimed that I had interfered, disobeyed a lawful order, and disturbed the piece.
We weren’t having any of that.
After pushing back our departure date so we could reacquire our cameras that had been stolen (view this post to see a full, point-by-point recount of what unfolded, and how we got our stolen cameras back), Ademo followed-up and filed a complaint. That complaint was later sustained and the threats levied against us were dropped.
We’re brainstorming ways to help offset tour-related costs* and thought that a t-shirt might help to do that, at as well as get something tangible in the hands of those who donate to help fuel our efforts.
The graphic below is a mock-up of a white t-shirt with a two-color Police Accountability Tour logo** on front and one-color related text on the back. What do you think? Would you pick one up? Or do you have suggestions on how it can be improved or another idea entirely?
Of course, if you find value in our efforts and want to help keep us going, you’re free to donate now or when you’re better positioned. Thanks in advance!
*the bulk of costs are transportation-related, with the remainder going to food and some incidentals like printing costs. With the exception of our Cape Town, South Africa stop our crash spots will be with friends, many fellow police accountability advocates themselves
**the logo was designed by Jason Harper. A few years back Harper designed the first business cards used by Cop Block – with Ademo’s contact info on one side related to CopBlock.org, and my own on the second side related to LibertyOnTour.com
6/12/13, Carlos Miller’s Photographyisnotacrime.com featured this article.
An Orange County sheriff’s deputy detained a man for more than 12 minutes because he was video recording her and another deputy making an arrest at a gas station.
The deputy pretended she was only looking out for the best interest of the suspect, who was getting arrested for unknown reasons.
The citizen told her he was also looking out for the suspect’s best interest, ensuring he doesn’t wind up the victim of police abuse.
Michael Schmidt said in his Youtube description that the incident took place two days after Kern County sheriff’s deputies beat David Silva to death, only to confiscate cell phone cameras from witnesses who had recorded the beating. Read More…
I’m sure OCSO would love to hear from you. They can be reached at (407) 254-7000.
After robbing a store at gunpoint and being chased by some area folks who wear badges, Larry Bohannon was shot and killed by police employees of Wahpole and/or Alstead, small towns in southwest New Hampshire, this past Friday.
That incident happened near to my location, as documented in a short video I posted YouTube.com/TheCopBlock about my attempt to learn why a number of vehicles with police decals had sped past my location. At the time, I concluded that the response was due to a bad traffic accident.
While that was true – there was a pickup truck on its side – the cause of the accident only later become evident: the vehicle had been involved in a police chase after its driver, Bohannon, had robbed 75-yo Nancy Staniszewski, who was managing Snow and Lear/Newton Business, an office supply store, a few miles away, across the Connecticut River in Vermont.
After the accident Bohannon was shot dead by a still unnamed shooter(s) for not complying. He allegedly remained in his vehicle for some time – I’ve been told at least 10-mintues but can’t verify.
Michael Delaney*, the New Hampshire “attorney general”, who has controlled the release of related information has not yet weighed-in on the number of shots fired or whether Bohannon fired.
Was Bohannon combative? Did he shoot at those with badges? Did he ditch his gun during the chase? Does any documentation exist to show either?
When I made my way to the scene it was almost 6pm – at least an hour after the gunfire was said to occur. One neighbor has noted that they heard a few shots, then a pause, then a number of shots. We’ll soon see what becomes the “official” story.
What I do know about Bohannon doesn’t bode well. A couple of years ago he was partly responsible for the caging of a Bob Constantine, a friend who grew marijuana on his Grafton, NH property to help treat his pain.
Constantine’s actions had harmed no way, yet Bohannon, his neighbor at the end of a dead-end road, snitched him out to help himself (Bohannon had again found himself under the sites of those in the “criminal justice system” - he’d previously been convicted of kidnapping, an action that does have a victim, again, reinforcing the point that he’s not a character with good integrity).
And Bohanen [sic] denied ever having taking pictures on Bob’s property and sharing them with those who wear badges. Bohanen [sic]was very evasive, replying most often with “I don’t remember” or “I plead the fifth” (referencing text on a piece of paper that some believe is magic). Yet even the man in the robe noted that the he couldn’t “pled the fifth” since it wasn’t applicable since answering Bob’s question “didn’t expose him to criminal liability.” Thanks to Bohanen’s [sic]flip-flops Bob asked him “Are you aware of the penalty for perjury?” which only caused him to squirm even more, at one point even asking to speak to a lawyer.
Pierce’s follow-up of Bohanen [sic]was nothing but distraction. She essentially brought up every piece of evidence (which, except for some seeds in a pill container, was never shown outside it’s evidence packaging) and asked the snitch if they belonged to him. Hopefully the jury wasn’t impressed because I wasn’t. When Bohanen [sic] was dismissed, the bulk of us in the audience stood up and turned around – communicating our appreciation of his actions.
Did the Alstead and/or Walpole police employees who took Bohannon’s life act appropriately? It’s tough to know with the information available.
What I do know is that I can’t personally dig into every police shooting and that I’d much prefer to allocate my scarce resources to helping someone I know to be a good person, rather than someone who has proven to be a kidnapper, snitch, and armed robber.
*Delaney is the same individual who, in May of 2011, said that the four individuals who beat-up Chris Micklovich weren’t to be charged. Those four individuals happened to wear “Manchester Police” badges, which caused myself and a few dozen others to attend a police accountability rally. After a friend chalked on south side of the then-Manchester headquarters, “How many has Manch PD killed?” individuals wearing “Manchester Police” badges, including one involved in the beating of Micklovich, stole cameras and phones (lost mine) and caged eight people calling for accountability. Apparently though, Delaney can’t always set the reality about a situation as a couple of weeks ago a it was announced that a 200,000-FRN settlement was to be given to Micklovich by the “city of Manchester” (aka residents).
VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) — The ABC7 News I-Team has uncovered a new complaint of excessive force against Vallejo police — the incident, caught on camera. The department is already reeling after a violent year, including six people shot and killed by officers.
The more I dig, the more questions I have. This story began when a package arrived in the mail from someone inside the department. It was a DVD, a police report, and a letter complaining about a “cowboy attitude” by officers and command staff.
Imagine you’re a police officer on patrol. It’s a warm summer day when the call comes in — a 22-year-old complaining his roommates beat him up and kicked him out of the apartment. Read More…
Feel free to Contact Vallejo PD at their non ER number
I’ll soon be kicking-off The Cop Block Tour – connecting with Copblockers and like-minded individuals in a number of cities in an effort to advance the police accountability movement. Ideas have consequences and I truly believe that through the introduction and incorporation of better ideas, we can quite literally, change the world.
Kicking-off from Keene, NH in mid-January and ending a month and almost 4,000-miles later at the Liberty Forum in Nashua, NH, The Cop Block Tour seeks to facilitate local, on-the-ground connections, brainstorming and the sharing ideas and tactics, and collaboration, to grow and make more effective efforts for police accountability.
Donations, to help offset fuel costs and to provide resources to Copblockers, are much appreciated: CopBlock.org/Donate
My ultimate motivation to to live in a society free from the scourge of institutionalized violence. Most of us recognize that the theft of property or the attempt to coerce another person is wrong, yet many still don’t question the foundation upon which policing today is based – a claimed “legitimate” right to initiate force.
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime. - Max Stirner
Through The Cop Block Tour, I hope to connect with individuals who recognize that the emerging police state we see isn’t the best way to achieve the stated desired conclusion – safety, security, freedom, peace, prosperity. The current means can never achieve those goals. But a different means can.
If one takes care of the means, the end will take care of itself.
- Carl Watner
Police today claim to protect you, but then paradoxically demand the right to steal wealth you’ve created to fund their operations. And they claim such doublespeak fictions as “sovereign immunity” and “acting under color of law” to eliminate repercussions to their negative actions. When any double-standard is allowed for it can only worsen in size and scope. For more on this front watch the video Want to End Police Brutality? Focus on the Institutionand the resources at CopBlock.org/Knowledge and CopBlock.org/WelcomeLEOs.
While I will churn out some polished videos when on the road, due to the quick pace of the tour, it’s likely that most of the over-arching, high-caliber content will be released afterwards. However, during the next month, I plan to upload raw content from each stop to city-specific playlists at the newly-created YouTube.com/CopBlockRaw so it can be viewed and utilized by others in the meantime.
Some background about myself – I went to school for law enforcement, worked in DC’s libertarian think tank world for four years, then hit the road with Motorhome Diaries then Liberty On Tour, and am now most-active with Cop Block, as I see the need for a complete liberty voice in the conversation of police accountability. That is, the fact that badges don’t grant extra rights, where we’re all free to act so long as we don’t initiate violence. For more, check out all my posts made to CopBlock.org.
Note too that it’s not just be behind this effort – many others helped lay the groundwork and are contributing behind the scenes. Much love to them!
Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men. - Mortimer Adler
It’s about freedom coupled with responsibility. Despite talking a good game – the “freedom” we’re said to have is usurped by those who claim to be “authorities” while such folks shirk their own responsibility for actions that cause real harm. The Cop Block Tour seeks to be a catalyst to bring-about real connections so that one day, the need for this project becomes non-existent.
I look forward to connecting with many of y’all awesome folks when out on the road!
This video, published in January 2013, provides background about CopBlock.org and identifies three areas, including a short tour, that are thought to be an effective use of resources to advance the fact that badges don’t grant extra rights.