Cops 258 – Constitution 0 (Videos in Link)

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be stopped and questions 258 times over 4 years while working…at the private property on which you work? Apparently, according to TheRoot.com, one guy can tell you how it feels…

 Well, that’s what Miami Gardens, Fla., store owner Alex Saleh is trying to figure out. One of the employees at his store, 207 Quickstop, Earl Sampson, has been stopped and questioned 258 times, searched more than 100 times and arrested and tossed in jail countless times, the Miami Herald reports.

According to Saleh, Sampson, other employees and even his customers have been repeatedly stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police, sometimes as often as three times a day.

Most of them, the Herald reports, are like Sampson. In two words: poor and black.

Saleh couldn’t take the constant harassment anymore and ended up installing 15 video cameras in his store—not to protect himself from criminals, but from the police.

What these videos reveal is shocking, the Herald reports. Read more and view videos…

 

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Police Accountability Tour’s First 24 Hours in Detroit

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

On Sunday morning, a black Tahoe with IDEAS ARE BULLETPROOF and NO MASTERS NO SLAVES emblazoned on its sides, and COPBLOCK.ORG on its rear cruised out of Keene, New Hampshire, headed for the Motor City in Michigan. Piloting the truck, I was scheduled to pick up Pete Eyre from the airport that evening after the day’s ride West. Detroit is the sixth of nine cities being visited on the in-progress 2013 Police Accountability Tour. Pete and fellow videographer Jacob Crawford began the tour in Austin, Texas, at the Police Accountability Summit hosted by the Peaceful Streets Project. The tour continued in New York City before going global with an extended stop in Cape Town, South Africa. Returning to Jacob’s home town of Oakland, California, ideasbulletprooftruckPete continued solo on to Denver, Colorado before reaching our present location in Detroit.

Each city has its own unique issues with monopolist police services. Detroit is known for having historically overzealous law enforcement, which has been the subject of so many internal investigations that the US Department of Justice was tasked to oversee reformation efforts in the early aughts. Even with state and federal oversight of government mismanagement, the city is still plagued with some of the most violent neighborhoods in dpd_protestthe nation, where many police officers refuse to patrol and 911 response times are disturbingly long, not uncommonly taking upwards of an hour.

While the state’s solutions to these crimes have consistently failed and even exacerbated the problem, the folks of Detroit have some assistance on the ground documenting the issues and challenging police brutality in legal land. The local publication Voice of Detroit, edited by Diane Bukowski, chronicles much of the police abuse and unaccountability in recent years. The investigative journalism featured at VoD is both revealing and shocking, covering high-profile police abuse cases such as the killing of seven year old Aiyana Jones, and the troubling pasts of the city police chief and his highest ranking colleagues.

dcapb_logoAlso working to assist the people against police violence is the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, first organized in October of 1996. While also sharing content through a radio program and blog, the DCAPB’s 10-point mission statement demonstrates their commitment to solving problems that do not self-correct or are even acknowledged by the above-the-law enforcers. Pete reached out to the organizers from DCAPB and we plan on meeting up with them during the remainder of our stay here to learn more. Here are some admirable excerpts from their mission statement:

4. We demand that the City of Detroit require the Detroit Police Department to file an annual report of citizens’ complaints against the Department, and that reports of all citizen complaints be available to the public. This report should be comprehensive and include the following: a) complaints filed by intermediaries or witnesses to police brutality, b) fatalities at the hands of police officers, and c) the disposition of all cases of citizen complaints – summarized and compiled in a single document that is available to the public. Citizens who file a complaint should be kept informed of the progress in their investigation. The outcome of all investigations should immediately be made public. The monthly tabulation of crime in the city should be made available to the citizens of Detroit through the libraries and the Department’s web-site.

5. We demand that the City of Detroit require accountability from the Detroit Police Department in the application for, receipt of, and allocation of funds from the State and Federal governments, and that such funds not be used in discriminatory ways, and that no funded programs violate human and Constitutional rights of Detroit citizens…

6. We demand that the City of Detroit facilitate community-based conflict resolution and mediation initiatives. The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality is developing a “Peace Zones for Life Program” that will address this cause. Our plan will include methods that will allow the citizens’ options to submit their grievances for resolution by their neighbors or persons whom they trust; thereby, remaining outside the police/criminal justice system and eliminating conflict within our communities.

The DCAPB lists many accomplishments since its twelve year existence, including assisting in the exoneration of unjustly convicted individuals incarcerated by the state’s misdirected criminal justice system. They also played a role in initiating the federal government’s investigation into corruption and abuse in the city’s police force, as well as successfully blocking the issuance of tazers, often used as pain compliance devices, to any of the departments uniformed officers.

On the agenda for myself, Pete, and others interested in 2013_10_28_detroittmcproliferating police accountability last evening was a visit to the Threat Management Center, a security service provider whose employees are committed to the safety of all people in their neighborhoods. On a previous expedition to visit their office earlier in the year, Pete produced an iconoclastic video of his interview with service’s founder. Established by Dale Brown in 1994, the Threat Management Center’s toll-free number has replaced 9-1-1 for many in Detroit. The private service provides faster response times and a commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution that goes above and beyond the detached, self-interested standards of city police, who are trained to value their own lives first above those of others in the community. The Threat Management Center takes the opposite approach, with all of their employees following a strict code of conduct and utilizing the best modern technology to hold themselves and others accountable at all times. Though they carry a variety of defensive tools, employees only openly display their carry of non-lethal tools, concealing any firearms, and the organization is gearing up to move in the direction of carrying zero lethal weapons by the start of the new year. Regarding the use of firearms, employees are only permitted to draw a firearm if they confirm the presence of a firearm on an aggressor, and are prohibited from ever being the first to fire a shot.detroit_tmcdaytime

While the Threat Management Center has many paying clients to whom they provide defense instruction, bodyguard protection, as well as regular neighborhood patrols, their services are not only afforded to those with the capital to cover the costs of the well-equipped security. Because of their professionalism and commitment to nonviolence, and using the absolute minimal amount of force necessary to deescalate situations, the Threat Management Center is able to foster community connections that the untrustworthy police cannot, and in doing so they are creating a model for all stateless, community safety projects to emulate. The Center also offers complimentary classes for law enforcement officers, which often uncomfortably challenges the reactionary tendencies trained into law enforcers.

Embedded below is a playlist of videos from our inspirational three hour conversation with Dale, where he lays out the guiding principles that led him to found the Threat Management Center and his goals to see the model spread to every town and city where people require safety services not being provided by monopolist institutions.

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(Video) Madison, WI Citizens Arrested For Free Speech

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

 

Here’s how we deal with peaceful protesters in WI…

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San Diego Harbor Police Profile, Harass, Detain and File False Reports on American Jewish Photographer

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Officers from San Diego Harbor Police racially profiled, illegally searched and illegally detained me for over 40 minutes, singling me out because of my “Dark Complexion” and “Other” race. Two officers, Thomas Bland and Australian-born Troy Nicol, violated my 4th and 5th amendment rights during the illegal search and detainment.

Officer Bland took it a step further by retaliating with defamation after my infraction ticket was dismissed by a judge. Thomas Bland committed the federal crime of lying to federal agents on a report, falsely claiming that I was “photographing cargo ships in the harbor,” somehow, without a camera. My camera was not with me and both officers knew this, as I had been searched. Even if I had my camera, it is not a crime to photograph a cargo ship. Thousands of tourists and residents would be charged every month if it were a crime. Also, if any cargo even ships passed by the pier between 1:45-2:56 there would be a list on the harbor manifest. Authorities refuse to acknowledge this because they know Thomas Bland was lying.

I was sitting on a bench near Grape Street & Harbor Drive and had been on my cell phone for over an hour when I heard one of the officers say something to the effect of, “There’s someone on the bench; let’s talk to him,” as they crossed Harbor Drive at Hawthorne Street. The officers started waving their flashlights in my direction and I recall looking at my watch, wondering if there was a curfew. The time was 2:56. They made a beeline towards me, walking past a potential terrorist with several suitcases of unknown material on another bench, singling me out.

Officer Bland asked the first, and stupidest, question of the night: “What are you doing here?” I showed him my phone, and he immediately accused me of being drunk! “How much did you drink tonight?” He angrily asked. “Nothing,” I honestly replied. ”What did you eat tonight?” I wondered why he would ask that question so I paused before telling him I had a shawarma sandwich. “What’s that?” he barked at me. ”You don’t know what a shawarma is?” I replied. As I began to explain it, Officer Tom Bland cut me off and asked why my pants had a small tear on one leg.

I immediately knew that these officers were trying to set me up for something due to their odd questioning. The tear on my pants was fraying and obviously very old, which I explained to Bland as I moved my leg to look at it. Officer Bland told me not to move at this point, and the illegal prolonged detainment began, going on for nearly 40 minutes. Neither officer read the Miranda warning as they continued to interrogate me. I asked them, “What is this harassment about?” I told him that while living in New York City for 6 years, I never experienced treatment like this before.They replied that they were just conducting a “field interview.” I didn’t believe this poor excuse, but continued to be open and respectfully answer their questions. Then, the Australian-born officer without a name-tag or badge asked, “Where do you hang out? What do you do?” I told him that I’m a photographer and gave him the name of my stock library website, which he wrote down in his little notepad.

Troy Nicol then asked an odd question, if photography was a “lucrative” profession. “It can be,” I replied. He also asked for my phone number, which I gave to him, and he wrote down in his notepad. Then Troy Nicol asked me where I was from. When I told him I live here (San Diego), he asked me the same exact question again. I told him I grew up in Northern California. He didn’t seem satisfied with the answer and asked another time, so I jokingly asked him where he was from, already knowing the answer from his accent. He said Australia and then I asked him, “Where in Australia?” He refused to answer me. As I was talking to Troy Nicol, and looking to the left, Officer Bland moved to my right side next to my right foot and started fidgeting around. Then, he pulled out his flashlight and pointed it at a few cigarette butts underneath the bench, claiming there was a “roach.” (This is mentioned in the police report, yet it was NEVER seized and impounded as evidence, which brings up many questions, such as how many other cases has he done this in? If it was a “small roach” as he noted why wasn’t it seized as evidence? It wasn’t mine, and he appeared to believe me, but still used that as probable cause to illegally search me. Officer Bland didn’t take the cigarette butt in as evidence, because he also probably knew it would not contain my fingerprints or DNA.

After gripping my hands with extreme force behind my back, he told me to hold my hands like I was praying, while he searched me without consent. Bland also accused me of being on heroin or other drugs, which was another false accusation. Bland pulled out a small notepad with a cheat sheet on the back cover that had several pupil sizes and writing. After flashing his powerful LED flashlight at me a few more times, Bland pulled out a second smaller flashlight (a single AAA Maglite). This flashlight had a weak bulb, and he performed an eye test that proved I was not under the influence of anything.

Next, Bland searched my wallet (also without consent) and wrote an infraction ticket in which he wrote my race as “O,” despite the fact that I’m Caucasian. He even asked me my age at one point, even though my birth date is on my DL. He pulled out a spare battery for my phone and asked if it was for a camera or phone. I told him it fit my cellular phone. On the infraction ticket, Bland crossed out the vehicle section and wrote “–PED–” in that section for pedestrian. (This is interesting, considering what he did next.) Officer Bland then took out car insurance and registration papers from my wallet and wrote them down on a separate paper while also looking at business cards in my wallet.

I found out later that Bland used my car information to fill out a second completely false report in which he knowingly lied about details. This report was forwarded to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force & Department of Homeland Security. On this report, Bland also wrote that my race was “O” and checked a box claiming that I have a “DARK COMPLEXION”. As Bland was writing the ticket, the foreign-born officer Troy Nicol continued with his bigoted attitude. Nicol resumed questioning me about my ethnicity and background for absolutely no reason. Troy Nicol again asked me, “Where are you from?” So I asked, “How do you define ‘from’?” Troy Nicol responded that he wanted to know where I was born. I told him New York, and he finally shut up for a few more minutes.

Next, Officer Nicol asked me if I “had traveled outside the country recently.” It hit me like a ton of bricks that these officers were profiling me based on a perceived religion or ethnicity. Nicol proceeded to ask me what countries I travel to. “What?” I asked him. I began wondering to myself what these were cops up to. Nearly 40 minutes later, the intimidation and interrogation officers left, telling me not to touch my phone or keychain until they were over 100 feet away. As they walked away, a patrol car pulled up and one officer leaned into the window to talk. The officer pointed in my direction, laughing about something as he talked to an officer in the patrol car.

I discussed the incident with attorneys before going to traffic court for the bogus infraction ticket. On the last Friday in July, the infraction ticket was dismissed. I did not even have the chance to present the details of the illegal search, detainment and other civil rights violations the San Diego Harbor police officers committed before the ticket was dismissed.

Four days later, I came home to strange news. Someone working in my building told me the Feds were looking for me, and gave me a business card. The business card handed to me looked bogus, because it had a fill-in-the-blank line for a person’s name. Apparently, the FBI/DHS agent made a 20-minute drive from Kearny Mesa to downtown to harass me, despite having my phone number in the field interview report.

I contacted Special Agent D. Tatigue and he relayed to me that he received a report claiming I “was photographing cargo ships in the harbor.” When I told him I didn’t even have my camera with me, and that the officers wrote an infraction ticket which was dismissed a week prior, he laughed, telling me not to worry about it and that it was a closed case.

Why would they wait 2 months to investigate this claim, which just happened to be 3 days after the infraction ticket was tossed out of court? This reeks of retaliation by the San Diego Harbor Police Officer(s) involved. This behavior is also the very definition of defamation: Officer Bland 1) Communicated 2) To a 3rd party 3) Something to damage my reputation. Officer Bland KNOWINGLY LIED TO A FEDERAL AGENCY!

It is incredibly ironic that a foreign-born agent without a badge and name-tag, Troy Nicol, was allowed to racially profile and question me in such a manner in full view of another officer. My family has been in this nation for over 100 years! These officers need to wear cameras that record every word they say and every move they make. This is the only way to reduce criminal behavior among the San Diego Harbor Police and the only way to keep them in line. Officers Tom Bland and Troy Nicol are criminals by definition for violating my federal civil rights as well as numerous state and federal laws. This incident should reinforce the notion that staying silent in the presence of an officer is always the best policy. They try to twist your words and use non-criminal facts to spin into a crime. This is despicable behavior and I’m reminded about Martin Luther King’s writing’s about man being judged by the color of his skin, rather than the content of character.

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(Video) Chew Spitting Cop Harrasses People In Park

Monday, July 8th, 2013

 

Riverside, CA

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(Video) Waukesha Man Detained While Filming Police

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

This post is from Tim @ (youtube) MilwaukeeCitizenPress

While cruising Waukesha on my moped at around 2am I saw some police activity and decided to stop and film. I was immediately approached by 5 cops and detained. My driver’s license was seized and I was held for about 10 minutes.

Due to the fact that there was a police truck blocking access to the parking lot I stopped my moped near the entrance of a parking lot and stood within 5 feet of it (my moped) in an effort to cover the breaking story. I sought a proper parking spot though I did not want to encroach on the police vehicle in the middle of the lot and all the businesses in the area were closed.

Due to my detention I was not able to cover the altercation which occurs at 1:30. A man is heard screaming loudly. I intend to follow up on the nature of this interaction.

I wish nothing more from WPD than to be allowed to exercise my (our) unalienable first amendment right to gather news, specifically on my government.

Previously, I was assured by Deputy Chief Dennis Angle that freedom of the press would be recognized in the city of Waukesha. Although he did make it a point to distinguish me (citizen journalist) from the “real press” in a recent email exchange so perhaps this sort of outlook on citizen journalism is coming from the top down.

I’ve also reached out to Terry Thieme, an alder-person in Waukesha, in an effort to resolve allegations of WPD harassing and/or arresting citizen journalists in this city to no avail as of yet.

 

I filmed this strange interaction a night previous.

Waukesha PD may be reached at 262-524-3831

 

 

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(Video) OC Deputy Detains Dr. For Filming Arrest

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

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.

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Cop Blockers Shut Down Checkpoint in Suffolk County NY

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Chris Cantwell & Tim Morgan of Suffolk County Cop Block warned motorists about a 4th Amendment Violation Station at the heavily trafficked Rt 97 off ramp towards Rt 27 (at Nichols & Sunrise).

In about an hour, police gave up their efforts and left the scene. Well over 100 motorists were saved from tickets, or worse.

Chris Cantwell is an activist, public speaker, and comedian originally from New York. He can be reached via twitter @voteforcantwell

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YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS – George Carlin (Video)

Monday, May 13th, 2013

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Idaho State Police harrassment

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

I was driving on Interstate 84 through Boise when I suddenly heard a very load noise coming from my car. I pulled off at the next available exit and noticed an Idaho State Police vehicle which already had somebody pulled over. Not wanting to interfere or be too close to them, I stopped on the off ramp about 1000 feet behind them. At that time I proceeded to find a few tools, pop the hood of my car, and make a quick roadside repair. By the time I had finished and was getting back in my car, sure enough, the State Troopers had turned their car around, drove the wrong direction down the off ramp, and pulled in behind me with their lights on. At first they acted like they were just concerned for my safety and asked if everything was OK. I told them it was, but then they wanted to know where I was going and what I was doing when I got there. I didn’t want to be a jerk, so I simply told them it was for business. That was when they asked for my ID and I told them no.

Normally, when you are driving, and stopped by the police, you must give them your ID. Police can’t stop you, while you are driving, and just ask for your ID. They need to have a reason. These Idaho State Troopers had no reason! I told them that over and over.

We argued back and forth for a couple of minutes and then the State Trooper in charge threatened me with going to jail. It wasn’t so much the threat of jail that made me comply; It was more that I just didn’t have the time to spend a day in jail as I was on my way to a business appointment.

I gave them my ID, registration, and insurance. Then I turned my video camera on them and recorded the rest.

Submitted by Rich Hersey
Thanks for informing others about their rights! You guys are bold in the face of a corrupt system.

I plan to file a harassment charge against State Trooper Robertson and State Trooper Badurka.

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