Maximize Transparency via CopBlock.org/Submit

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Bullies like to operate behind closed doors, out of sight and off the radar of others.

Change that equation.

Seek justice not from the friends of the aggressor, but from the court of public opinion.

Visit CopBlock.org/Submit to:

Recount your own police interaction or one that you witnessed
- be detailed so others can easily get up-to-speed.
- if you captured a video, upload that elsewhere and include the link. or attach a picture.
- and be sure to include the name and badge number, and known contact information about the aggressor, so attention can be focused on them.

Share your perspective in an original piece
- we can each learn from each other
- the exchange of ideas is key

Cross-post relevant content found elsewhere
- if you see content created by someone else that strikes you as on-point, or as off-base, share a bit from that article, and your own thoughts, to frame it from a different view
- keep in mind that if you only share a link, it will not be published.

Visit CopBlock.org/Submit to inject the disinfecting light of transparency into a situation that demands justice.

And if it’d help, be sure to check out the post -  “Have You Been Wronged By a Police Employee?

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Thanks in advance for your involvement – this decentralization is key to effect real change!

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#JusticeForJason – Beaten by Denton (TX) City Jail Employees

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Nocturnus Libertus shared the post below via CopBlock.org/Submit

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It was Denton, TX. In the early hours of the morning, July 18th, 2014 @ approximately 2:20am, a guy I know [Jason] was taken into custody for possession of alcohol and public intoxication. The arresting officer was Clint Webb Badge #132. Now this officer seemed to be acting within the confines of his job and other than my ideological argument that the state enforced by all officers is the very power structure I would love to tear down as an anarchist, I have no beef with him. He did however witness at least some of what followed – two Denton City Jail guards described as black, stocky, approximately ’5″9 started beating Jason ruthlessly.

The police who brutalized him are still employed, and face no criminal charges. This means they are still free to abuse their statuses as “sworn officers of the law” and (may/will) brutalize other people. We need your help in exposing the malicious abuses of these persons.

DENTON POLICE OUTFIT

Through out this whole thing Jason, (the one beaten) was compliant. He did not fight back only tried to cover his vital areas as any reasonable person would do. He doesn’t have many people sticking up for him. And if this is what it takes to get his voice heard, well I got his back. There should be an investigation. This is clearly a case of bullies picking on one street person, but is part of a bigger problem. Lets set an example and fight for these pigs to be dealt with.

Justice For Jason

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#JusticeForJason – Beaten by Denton (TX) City Jail Employees

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

UPDATE 2014.07.24

Denton City Jail employee Darius Porter has been placed on leave.

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Nocturnus Libertus shared the post below via CopBlock.org/Submit

It was Denton, TX. In the early hours of the morning, July 18th, 2014 @ approximately 2:20am, a guy I know [Jason] was taken into custody for possession of alcohol and public intoxication. The arresting officer was Clint Webb Badge #132. Now this officer seemed to be acting within the confines of his job and other than my ideological argument that the state enforced by all officers is the very power structure I would love to tear down as an anarchist, I have no beef with him. He did however witness at least some of what followed – two Denton City Jail guards described as black, stocky, approximately ’5″9 started beating Jason ruthlessly.

The police who brutalized him are still employed, and face no criminal charges. This means they are still free to abuse their statuses as “sworn officers of the law” and (may/will) brutalize other people. We need your help in exposing the malicious abuses of these persons.

DENTON POLICE OUTFIT

Through out this whole thing Jason, (the one beaten) was compliant. He did not fight back only tried to cover his vital areas as any reasonable person would do. He doesn’t have many people sticking up for him. And if this is what it takes to get his voice heard, well I got his back. There should be an investigation. This is clearly a case of bullies picking on one street person, but is part of a bigger problem. Lets set an example and fight for these pigs to be dealt with.

Justice For Jason

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Bill O’Reilly Attempts to Belittle the Positive Impact of Copblocking

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

On July 21st, 2014, Cop Block – the decentralized project – was mentioned on the O’Reilly Factor.

It is interesting what Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly choose to say, and what they choose to omit, or infer.

Check it out. And think for yourself.

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The O’Reilly Factor
July 21, 2014

“Spying” implies a secretive act. Filming the police creates an objective record, something that should be supported by those who value truth – police and non-police alike.

Controversial to those who fear transparency.

This clip is taken from a segment that aired July 16, 2014 on Dallas-Ft. Worth KXAS NBC5.

Joe Tye is active with Texas Cop Block. Jose Vela is active with Dallas Cop Block. [more with Jose: Jose Vela on Dallas Cop Block & Policing the Police]

  • Dallas Cop Block – Facebook / YouTube / dallascopblock@gmail.com
  • Texas Cop Block – Facebook / texascopblock@gmail.com

The Dallas-Ft. Worth area is also home to Tarrant Co. Peaceful Streets, Mesquite Cop Block, Lewisville Cop Block and White Settlement Cop Block. Known Groups: http://CopBlock.org/Groups

From CopBlock.org/About: We do not “hate cops.” We believe  that no one – not even those with badges – has extra rights. The failure to realize and act on that is to our detriment. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials we safeguard not just our rights but those of future generations.

Is the priority of police employees their own safety or the safety of those they claim to protect? Dale Brown of Detroit’s Threat Management Center has some on-point remarks to that question.

“Enough stress on police”?  If police employes find their chosen gig too stressful, they’re always free to leave and find something productive to do.

“Clowns” “Paul Bunyan”? Using ad hominem attacks  distract from the real conversation – the double standards claimed and acted upon by individuals based on their place of employment.

If you choose to travel on two wheels, connect with Bikers Against Discrimination to know your rights. Also, see: CopBlock.org/KnowYourRights

Police are trained to escalate their use of force to gain compliance. Police watchers, on the other hand, are encouraged to remain calm, cool and collected.

Those “idiots” are people whom police claim to “serve” Is it surprising that some may have animosity toward police employees, who hassle, ransom or cage them for engaging in actions that cause no victim?

Are you a police employee? CopBlock.org/WelcomeLEOs

This statement by Ms. Kelly makes clear why so many have coalesced around the ideas of Copblocking

Police, despite well-meaning intentions, work for an outfit that’s based on double-standards – the claimed “right” to steal from others in the community, to then protect them. They have no incentive to satisfy their “customers” and courts say that they have no duty to protect you.

The content is titled “When Should You Shoot A Cop” – a big difference. If you own yourself, and have the right to defend yourself against an aggressor, it matters not what attire that aggressor wears, or where they work.

Ademo isn’t alone – millions have been wronged by those in the injustice system, and throughout history, by individuals who parrot “I’m just doing my job”

“Got caught”? Is Mr. O’Reilly so authoritarian that he believes individuals engaging in consensual interactions that harm no one else should be caged? What about the person who sold him his suit? Or his car?

Video recording anyone in public is “legal” but some self- proclaimed rulers may threaten or levy “wiretapping” charges in an attempt to deter the practice. See: CopBlock.org/FilmThePolice

Legislation does not equal law. Be careful not to conflate the former with the latter as it bestows upon the writers of legalese the arbitrary authority they seek.

If the police and their friends in legaland are left to define “interfere” or “harass” might they be inclined to kidnap and cage people, and levy baseless threats?

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Much love to everyone working to share truth, and to shine the disinfecting light of transparency on those who act in the wrong.

You are the network, and together, we’re shifting away from a reality that positions some as rulers and others as ruled, and instead, maximizes individual freedom and personal responsibility.

 

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Chalk the Police State (July 18th) – Updated List of Cities

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Chalk the Police State Wherever you Are.

Chalk the Police State Wherever you Are.

(This was originally posted to the Nevada Cop Block website)

Tomorrow, July 18th, is the Second Annual “Chalk the Police State” day. For the second year, Nevada Cop Block has called for activists across the country to hold chalk protests in their own cities in solidarity with and to draw attention to the victims of police brutality and the lack of accountability for crimes and other forms of corruption within local police departments.

This year in particular is intended to shine a light on the lack of significant changes in regards to such accountability and the blatant examples of police abuses nationwide. In addition, it will serve as a statement that we will not tolerate police violence and murders within our communities and that we are not just going to go away unless some sort of meaningful reforms are instituted and police officers are held responsible for their actions in the same way everyone else would be.

For more on the background and reasons for the “Chalk the Police State” event see here, here, here, here, here, and here. Meanwhile, here is an update of the cities that will be participating this year. At this point, we have pretty solid confirmations from 12 cities with a good potential for at least 16 cities nationwide. BTW, even though it’s obviously very short notice at this point, it’s still not too late to add YOUR city to this list. One of the many advantages of chalk protests is the ease of organizing and carrying them out. Basically, all you really need is a few boxes of chalk, some dedicated friends, and a desire to get the message out that police brutality will not be tolerated in your communities. It’s quick, easy, and cheap enough for even a small group of motivated people to have a visible impact.

List of Cities:

Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual "Chalk the Police State" event.

Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual “Chalk the Police State” event.

Las Vegas, NV.

Members of Nevada Cop Block will, of course, be chalking that day. No amount of retaliation or intimidation will be stopping us from seeking accountability from the LVMPD. We’ll be going back to the Regional Injustice Center, the original location of the inaugural Chalk the Police State Day.

Olympia, WA.

Seattle, WA.

Kansas City, KS.

Hosted by KCK Cop Block

Portland, OR.

Lafayette, IN.

Phoenix, Az.

  • Downtown Superior Courthouse
  • Friday, July 18 at 11:00am (PDT)
  • 201 W. Jefferson
  • Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Jeffersonville, IN.

The "Chalk the Police State" flyer for Kansas City, Kansas

The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Kansas City, Kansas

 

  • Clark County Court House
  • Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (CDT)
  • Jeffersonville, Indiana

 

Poughkeepsie, NY.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Madison County, Id.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Fresno, CA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Philadelphia, PA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Keene, NH.

The "Chalk the Police State" flyer for Seattle, Wa.

The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Seattle, Wa.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Cincinnati, OH.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Nashville, TN.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Port St. Joe, FL.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Unconfirmed/Potential Locations:

  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Salt Lake City, Ut.

It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate “Chalk the Police State” Day in Your City!

It's tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn't one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

It’s tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn’t one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

We hope that other cities will join us July 18th to make a statement about police brutality and demand accountability when police victimize people in their communities. Police corruption and misconduct is a nation-wide (international actually) problem and it’s only getting worse as time goes by. In addition, in spite the prevailing (and false) rationalizations for that increase in violence against citizens, police work is safer than it has ever been and is becoming safer all the time.

The mistreatment and abuse of you and your neighbors is inexcusable and needs to be stopped. Their record speaks for itself, though. They won’t regulate themselves or even hold the criminals in their midst accountable, after the fact. You need to take a stand and demand an end to the police state and its abuses before it’s too late.

A FaceBook event page has been set up to coordinate all of the different cities planning actions. If you have questions about setting up a chalk protest in your city, potential statements/slogans to write, questions of legality (it’s completely legal), etc. you can post them there. We would also like to have any local event pages link to that page, so we can keep track of who will be participating and allow people in those cities to coordinate with each other. That event page is located here: (National) Second Annual Chalk the Police State with the “Sunset 5″ and in Solidarity with the Victims of Police Brutality, Repression, and Murder. Alternatively, you can also contact NVCopBlock.org’s contact page, if you are not on Facebook or just want to cutout the middle man.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments' Pathetic History of "Accountability"

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments’ Pathetic History of “Accountability”

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Green Bay PD Beats Down Citizens and Dissent

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

 

By Tim @wkshacopblock

Got something to say about your buddy’s arrest? Don’t say it in Green Bay, WI because you might get an ass kicking.  In fact, don’t even say something about said beat-down on their Facebook Page, unless it’s in a “beatdown related approved portion” of their page.

In April of 2014 Green Bay cop Derick Wicklund decided to unleash his childhood bully on a guy who dared to say “Fuck You!” to him while he was arresting a guy for the crime of having a beer on the sidewalk. Yesterday, it was revealed that GBPD and some other government agency rubber stamped the beating of this guy.

“Operation Frogger”

This morning I posted a comment to GBPD’s post about “Operation Frogger” which discussed a crackdown on drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. I believe it’s a noble cause but with the beatdown fresh on my mind I posted; “Derick Wicklund will be “tuning up” violators with a wink from the Chief” on the GBPD Facebook post. It was promptly deleted and I was blocked from commenting.

I contacted the PD and spoke with Lt. Chad Ramos. We had a discussion and he stated he’d get back to me. He called back a few hours later and informed me that as I had made my comment about the Wicklund beatdown  on the “Operation Frogger” post instead of one of the posts which discussed the beatdown, the deletion of my comment was appropriate. Apparently I am now banned for life from commenting on their page. Ramos stated that the rules pertaining to “off topic” posts and the lifetime ban were justified and reasonable under WI First Amendment (pertaining to tax payer funded pages.)

I’m sure Green Bay PD would be happy to delete your comment on their Facebook Page too!

GBPD says Wicklund Didn’t use Excessive Force – WTAQ.com

Derick Wicklund Green Bay cop has prompted 14 citizen complaints – Wausau Daily Herald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magazine Warns Dog Owners to be Cautious Around “Law Enforcers”

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

If you’re a reader of CopBlock.org, or if you are stay attune to issues related to police employee accountability, you’re likely very aware of the frequent, unnecessary, lethal force employed by some badge-wearing men and women against puppies and dogs, almost always accompanied by zero accountability, which some have likened to puppycide,

Concern about the slaughter of our four-legged companions has caused some active with Cop Block to start K9 Cop Block, and motivated many thinkers, writers and pundits to weigh-in, including Bill Buppert, with Badged Serial Killers: The Growing Murder Culture of Cops: Dogs and Other Animals. and Radley Balko, who’s covered the issue extensively, to work to inform people not previously aware of, or concerned about, the institutionalized violence inherent within the police apparatus.

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Awareness of puppycide is growing too among those who’ve never been involved in the broad police accountability movement – case in point – “Officers Shooting Dogs” by Pat Miller published to Dogs Naturally Magazine, an outlet that defines its objectives as:

Dogs Naturally Magazine is like no other publication. We’re not only the most complete source of natural health care for dogs, but a large community of caring vets, breeders, trainers and dog owners who want to bring out the best in our dogs.

Though written in early 2011, the prose remains as relevant as ever.

Officers Shooting Dogs

Terrible as the wanton taking of our family members is, it is excellent to know that more outlets are broaching this issue. It is only through such discourse that real change will occur.

That said, such instances won’t cease through the formation of groups like Protecting Enforcement and Canines Through Education, but only through the dissolvement of the coercive institution of the police apparatus itself, which is built on a double-standard and claims of immunity of actions for its actors.

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Epic: Best 1 Minute CopBlock Video in History?

Friday, July 4th, 2014

 

Post By Tim – Twitter – @wkshacopblock

According to the YouTube info this video was filmed in Shenandoah PA by Keith Smith from The Big Plantation. The man behind the camera invoked his human/constitutional rights to stand/observe and the cop reluctantly conceded.  The fleeting “get a job” statement was unnecessary but I’ll take what I can get when it comes to cops walking away and allowing the de-escalation of Citizen Journalist V. Cop interactions.

I say overall, great job by both.

Mr. Smith said it best with “There’s millions of us.” Indeed Mr. Smith, there are millions of us non-violent citizens willing to “flex our rights.”

Shenandoah PD can be reached at 570-462-1991.

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The 4th Amendment Of July – Nationwide Event

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Hello everyone, I’m Ashton Woolen from Georgia Cop Block and KnowledgeIsPower.

On the Fourth of July we celebrate freedom, ‘Murica, and things that go ‘boom.’ But also on this day and the weekend of, copuis amounts of checkpoints, speed traps, and other policing will be out in full force. This is the exact opposite of what we are supposed to be celebrating.

We should not have to be stopped and treated guilty until we prove our innocence when we have committed no crime. The plan for the 4th, and the rest of that weekend, is to get every Cop Block, Cop Watch, and other allied groups to get out there, film the police and exercise your rights.

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If you just follow this main Cop Block page, check out the list of groups near you that you can contact and hopefully get together. If you do not follow or have any local groups near you, grab some friends and/or family and go out on patrols (or start a group!)

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film-the-police-fourth-amendment-of-july-nationwide-event-copblockThe main target for this event is checkpoints, but in the lucky 11 states that made checkpoints illegal, there are many other goals for the weekend:

  • Film yourselves going through checkpoints flexing your rights.
  • Have signs and stand down from the chekpoints warning fellow citizens about it.
  • Stand along-side checkpoints and film the police happenings.
  • Record any traffic stop you see and gather information of it, try to talk to both the LEO and detainee.
  • Use signs to warn others of speed traps. Don’t forget: Flashing your headlights is court approved protection under the 1st amendment!
  • Walk around and talk with the public, hand out flyers and business cards (You can print some here, or buy some from the Cop Block store.)
  • Take pictures in your Cop Block gear or just explain what you are doing and post to social media.
  • Download and use the Waze app to mark police, checkpoints, and other road hazards.
  • If the means and technology is available, consider utilizing a green beam laser or quadcopter to leverage your presence.
  • Share this post, and possibly another made at a closer date.
  • Leave a comment to this post, or email me at: georgiacopblock@gmail.com, with additional ideas on how we can have a bigger impact.

We need a big ‘show of force’ out there and have everyone participate. The next step is publicity. Try to upload videos and photos the night of the 4th or early on the 5th. Share with local Cop Block/Watch groups, Submit stories to the Cop Block site, contact local news, media, & radio.

[NOTE: the person or crew who uploads and shares to CopBlock.org/Submit the best video of their Fourth Amendment of July activities, by July 11th, 2014, will receive 75-FRNs worth of their choice of gear (and free shipping) from CopBlock.org/Store]

Over the past few weeks I have contacted every Cop Block/Watch group to get participation for this event. At least half have responded with enthusiastic support. If you are an admin of one of these groups, check the ‘Other’ tab in your message inbox. Facebook notified me that’s where most of them went and you don’t get notifications from that.

Goals for the Weekend

  • Practice exercising your rights
  • Getting more of the public informed and involved.
  • Training LEOs to get used to people exercising their rights
  • Publicity and growth of this movement.

As always, be safe and know your limits. Have multiple cameras, and preferably multiple people. Everyone has different feelings and ways they go about their activism, but personally I like to be calm and polite. Kill them with kindness.

I also try to have an actual conversation and get the LEOs thinking like in Pete’s video here, and Adam Kokesh’s here.

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Links & Resources

Also there is a great community on Reddit, my favorites being /r/AmIFreeToGo/, /r/restorethefourth/, /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut/, /r/Good_Cop_Free_Donut, & /r/Police_v_Video/. Follow up with filing Public Records Requests (FOIA) for names, badge numbers, complaint records, dash video/audio and communications.

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Taylor Robidoux the Tyrant

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

MASSACHUSETTS STATE PATROL OUTFIT

  • (508) 820.2300
  • Aggressors: Taylor Robidoux and Mr. Browning.

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