Police Continue Escalating Ferguson Situation

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The photos below were taken by Jacob Crawford on Monday, August 18th in Ferguson, Missouri. The pictures were originally uploaded to IndyBay.org, along with this text from Jacob:

The curfew has been lifted but the “State of Emergency” is still in place allowing a flow of mutual aide money and support, and of course the right to detain and arrest people for next to nothing.

Jacob, a longtime Copwatcher and founder of WeCopwatch.org, has been on the ground in that town of about 21,000 since August 14th. If you have the means to support his efforts to capture and disseminate the truth of the situation contribute to his GoFundMe campaign.

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Police State Monday: Comprehensive Ferguson Timeline, Mentally-Ill Woman Shot By Police While Holding Cordless Drill, LAPD Beat Another Man To Death, And MUCH MORE

Monday, August 18th, 2014

 

Every Monday, the Angel Clark Show is dedicated to highlighting police abuses.

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Three Teenagers Created An App To Document Police Abuse

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Five-O lets users submit the details of any incident of police abuse and rate the specific officer. The app also has community boards for different counties so that users can communicate and plan responses to any difficulties with local police. The idea is to collect data that users can then bring to community activists, the media, and other forms of law enforcement. That way, it’s not just “he said, she said,” Caleb said. And they’re hoping to illuminate both the negative and the positive interactions users have with police officers. They want the good examples to serve as motivation for officers to do better.

 

This Is How Ridiculously Fast A SWAT Team Can Break Into A Home And Make An Arrest

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A recently released video from a SWAT team member’s helmet cam captures a raid on a home in Evansville, Indiana. In less than 30 seconds, the team broke down a glass door, tossed in lash grenades, and located one resident hiding in the home. She was innocent and they were at the wrong house…

 

Kids Devastated After Officer Shoots Tame Deer In Front Of Them: ‘It Was My Best Friend’

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Residents of a Ohio community said this week that children in the neighborhood were devastated after they witnessed an officer shoot a deer that had become so friendly that it regularly ate out of people’s hands.

 

County Officials Refuse To Pay Medical Bills For Baby Bou Bou, Toddler Burned By SWAT Grenade — Say It’s Illegal To Pay The Bills

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Officials in Georgia’s Habersham County are refusing to pay for the mounting medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash grenade after a failed SWAT team raid earlier this year. They claim it’s illegal.

 

Cops Gun Down Man Holding Toy Rifle In Walmart

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Police fatally shot a man carrying an air rifle at an Ohio Walmart earlier this week.

 

The Angel Clark Show talked with Lyn Ulbricht, mother of the alleged founder of the Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht. Ross is accused of being Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR), and is currently sitting in a cage, awaiting trial. Hear what his mother had to say about the Government’s charges here:

 

South Carolina mother arrested for cussing in front of her kids

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A woman was handcuffed and taken to jail when she was accused of using prohibited language in a grocery store.

 

Insane Case Of Mistaken Identity: Woman Arrested, Told She’s Actually Dead, Jailed Anyway

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A 42-year-old St. Louis woman filed a federal civil suit against not only local police, but court personnel for arresting her and putting her in jail even after realizing that the actual person they were looking for was dead.

 

Ferguson Cops Beat Innocent Man, Then Charged Him With Bleeding On Their Uniforms

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The officer-involved shooting death of teenager Michael Brown this week and the subsequent protests across the United States have rekindled interest in another case of alleged excessive force blamed on the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department.

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Yet Another Man, Omar Abrego, Died After Police Beating In Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Police Department officers allegedly beat a man to death little more than a week before their fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, KTLA is reporting. An officer broke his hand during the incident, Cmdr. Andrew Smith, an LAPD spokesman, told the local TV station.

 

For Months, 911 Callers Got Automated Message That Said “Hang Up And Dial 911”

No one suffering from an emergency expects to be greeted by a recording when they dial 911. Yet 911 callers in Caddo County, Oklahoma were unable to reach a human operator for months in 2013. Instead, they were routed to an automated message that “instructed callers to ‘hang up and dial 911′ if their call is an emergency,” the Federal Communications Commission said.

 

Mentally-ill California woman shot by police while holding cordless drill

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A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.

 

Police Cadet Opens Fire On Ex-Girlfriend’s Family, Is Killed By Her Brother

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A Tennessee police cadet shot and killed another man at his ex-girlfriend’s house before the woman’s brother shot and killed him.

 

Family pet shot in the head by plainclothes cops searching at wrong address

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A family was traumatized when gun-wielding police officers in unmarked cars and out of uniform walked onto their quiet property without a warrant and shot their dog in the head in front of a 5-year-old while looking for a man who did not live there. When the dog lived, Erie County Sheriff’s Office deemed her a “dangerous animal” and authorized deputies to “seize the said dog harbored by the said Megan Shimburski” and to “hold, care for, or dispose of” Lady, pursuant to New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, Article 7, Section 123. The deputy and an animal control officer took Lady away to the animal warden, leaving her with an uncertain fate.

 

Ex-Police Chief Who Was Demoted After Reporting Cop’s Sex Abuse Photos Can Sue

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A former police chief who reported another officer for photographing the sexual abuse an unconscious woman has a case for retaliation, a federal judge ruled.

 

Lawsuit Details How Trooper Turned Traffic Stop Into Abduction And Brutal Rape

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has opened an investigation into one of their own troopers over allegations that he raped a woman during a traffic stop. According to a lawsuit obtained by Tulsa World, the victim, who was only identified with initials, was driving with a female friend near Tulsa on July 22 when she was spotted by Trooper Eric Roberts.

 

U.S. border patrol shoots unarmed Mexican teen in the back from across border fence

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While walking on a sidewalk on the southern side of the border, a Mexican teen was shot to death by U.S. Border Patrol from atop a border fence. After two years, the U.S. government has still not released the identity of the shooter(s), nor any details of its secret investigation.

 

Sheriff With History Of ‘Misconduct’ Accused Of Pistol-Whipping Motorist

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FBI agents arrested a New Mexico sheriff and his son on Friday after the lawman allegedly pistol-whipped a motorist following a high-speed car chase, officials said.

 

Police taser 8-year-old girl when babysitter calls for help

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The use of force on a child sparked controversy after an 8-year-old girl was tased following an apparent suicide threat.

 

Fired Officer Gets 5 Years Probation For Raping Woman While On Duty

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The fired Fayetteville police officer accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation Friday in a plea deal with prosecutors, according to the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Government seizes elderly woman’s savings when she tries to fly with cash

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Federal agents seized thousands of dollars from a woman at an airport because she didn’t tell them how much she had.  Now the government seeks to keep the cash seizure, without placing a criminal charge against the woman.

 

Unarmed Man With Pregnant Fiancée Killed By Police For Pulling Up His Pants

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Police shot and killed a 20-year-old Monday who was wanted for probation violation, but the man’s brother said he was wearing headphones and could not hear officers’ orders.

 

Police stage realistic hostage drill on nursing home, terrorize unsuspecting staff

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A nurse says she begged for her life after being taken hostage by an unidentified gunman during a shift at a Colorado nursing home.  Unbeknownst to her, the armed intruder was actually a cop in disguise, masquerading as a bad guy in a “routine” safety drill.

 

Governor Candidate Arrested For ‘Menacing’ Police Officers With Umbrella

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A long-shot candidate who hopes to be the Democratic nominee for New York’s gubernatorial race was arrested when he attempted to film police officers in a subway station as they detained an African-American subway passenger.

 

Oakland officer reinstated with back pay after throwing grenade at unconscious man, bystanders

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An officer who violently attacked a group of civilians — including an incapacitated man bleeding from a head injury and the people who tried to help him — has been reinstated to the department with back pay for the nearly 3 years of missed work.

 

Police Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting Fellow Cop’s 9-Year-Old Daughter

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A 20-year veteran with the Chicago Police Department is currently being held for allegedly sexually assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of a fellow officer while attending a barbeque at the girl’s home, ABC 7 Chicago reports.

 

Washington State Police Release ‘Tweeting Guidelines’ For Citizens

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Law enforcement agencies in Washington state are asking social media users to give their tweeting fingers a rest when it comes to posting the real-time activities of police officers on the job.

 

Mall Cop Ignores Racist Harassing Protesters And Pepper Sprays Black Bystander Instead

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An African-American Seattle man who happened to be walking by a pro-Palestinian protest said that he is still confused as to why a security guard would have pepper sprayed him instead of a white man who was harassing demonstrators and yelling racial slurs.

 

Michael Brown: Ferguson Articles — Most Recent First 

Police Captain Blames ‘A Lot’ Of The Press For ‘Glamorizing’ Ferguson Protests

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The police leader with authority over the policing effort of the racially-charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, thinks “a lot” of the media has played a part in enabling the violence.

In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday morning, Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson accused reporters of swarming around agitators, giving “them a platform and glamoriz[ing] their activity.”

 

The Front Page Of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Says It All

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Ferguson: Dozens Arrested, Reporters Detained, Assembly Rights Restricted

Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Getty Images / Scott Olson)

Confrontation resumed on Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri, as police used tear gas to disperse protesters. Live ammo was shot in the altercation, with two people injured. Thirty-one people, including a journalist were arrested.

 

Another Night Of Chaos In Ferguson As Police Fire Tear Gas And Stun Grenades

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Police fired several rounds of tear gas and stun grenades into a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, on the third consecutive night extreme tension has rocked the suburb of St. Louis. At least two people were shot and 31 were arrested, according to Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

 

 

Police Arrest 31 In Ferguson As Police Face Off With Protesters — Media Sent To “Designated Areas” (PICS)

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Monday In Ferguson: Hedy Epstein, 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Arrested During Michael Brown Protest

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“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.”


CNN’s Jake Tapper Is Disgusted By The Police’s Show Of Force In Ferguson

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CNN’s Jake Tapper became verbally exasperated on air late Monday night as protesters and police engaged in a standoff in a third consecutive night of tension in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

ERIC HOLDER: The Amount Of Sensitive Information That’s Been Released About Michael Brown Is ‘Troubling’

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday evening that he was troubled by the amount of “sensitive” information pertaining to the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that he said has been “selectively released” over the past week.

 

 

Bill O’Reilly Dismisses Ferguson Protesters: ‘These People Don’t Want Justice’

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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly criticized protesters in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday night and minimized fatal police shootings against Black men during a phone interview with guest host Eric Bolling.

 

CNN’s Don Lemon Pushed Around By St. Louis Cops: ‘Now You See Why People Are So Upset’

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CNN host Don Lemon criticized St. Louis County police on Monday for both physically shoving him during a live broadcast and changing their policies regarding demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri in a seemingly arbitrary fashion.

 

Rush Limbaugh: Democrats Are Spreading ‘Myth’ That Police Shoot And Kill Black Men

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Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh accused Democrats on Monday of drumming up interest in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri for their own gain.

 


Missouri Governor Calls Off Curfew In Ferguson After Two Nights Of Mayhem

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Monday lifted a midnight curfew in the beleaguered town of Ferguson, Missouri, in which there have been two consecutive, chaotic nights of protest.

 

Ferguson McDonald’s Was Looted — To Get Milk For The Eyes Of Protesters Who Had Been Teargassed By Police

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In the hours leading up to the midnight curfew in Ferguson, Mo., police in riot gear and military equipment fired tear gas and smoke projectiles into a large crowd of protesters, still angered over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer.

 

Oliver: Deny Militarized Cops Their ‘F*cking Toys’ As Long As They’re Killing Unarmed Black Men

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On HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver used the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, to address the increased militarization of America’s police departments, mocking the wearing of camouflaged uniforms in urban environments and purchases of armored vehicles better suited to war zones.

 

Jay Nixon Criticizes Ferguson Police For Releasing Michael Brown Robbery Video

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Sunday criticized the Ferguson police for releasing a video allegedly showing Michael Brown robbing a convenience store before he was shot and killed.

 

Mayhem Is Erupting Again In Ferguson As Police And Protesters Clash

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The National Guard has been called to Ferguson, Missouri, where protests have escalated over the past two days after a midnight curfew was imposed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

 

Michael Brown: Federal Medical Examiner To Take Another Look At Ferguson, Missouri Teen’s Death

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has taken another step in his investigation into the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose death has led to fierce protests in the relatively small city of Ferguson, Missouri.

 

One Person Shot, Seven Arrested After Protesters Defy Curfew In Ferguson

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The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency and a midnight curfew in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Saturday afternoon, and while many decided to go home before 12 a.m., a large number of activists stayed in defiance of the order to continue their protests.

 

‘This Officer Should Have Been Arrested’: Ferguson Cop Shot Mike Brown 6 Times

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An unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer has set off a week of protests and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, was struck by at least six bullets, a lawyer for the deceased’s family said on Monday.

 

Missouri Gov. Declares State Of Emergency, Curfew Following Ferguson Protests

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Missouri governor has declared a state of emergency and set a curfew in Ferguson suburb where a black teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by police last weekend, sparking a series of week-long mass protests.

 

Protests And Violence Again Rock The Streets Of Ferguson One Week After Police Kill Michael Brown

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A fragile peace shattered in Ferguson early Saturday, after armored vehicles, law enforcement officers in riot gear and tactical rifles returned to the streets, and looters robbed neighborhood businesses again.

 

Family Of Slain Ferguson Teen Michael Brown Says Police Are Now Assassinating The Character Of Their Son

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The family of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, has released a statement saying they are “beyond outraged” at the “character assassination” of their son.

 

Ferguson Police Are Now Saying The Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Didn’t Know He Was A Robbery Suspect

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The Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager Saturday apparently did not know that he was a suspect in a convenience store robbery that happened just minutes earlier, police said in a press conference Friday.

 

NYPD Threatens Mass Arrests At Ferguson Solidarity Rally

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Thousands of people in New York rallied in solidarity with residents of Ferguson on Thursday, showing support to people across the US who have been victims of police brutality. The NYPD threatened mass arrests if people did not stop blocking traffic.

 

After Ferguson Shooting, Nearly Half Of Americans Don’t Believe In Justice

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Forty-five percent of US citizens don’t trust in justice amid police killings of civilians, according to a poll by HuffPost and YouGov in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teen, by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Local Police Kill At Least 400 People A Year, Mostly Minorities

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A white police officer in the United States killed a black person on average of twice per week from 2005 to 2012, according to homicide reports offered to the FBI. But this data is limited, as only about 4 percent of law enforcement agencies contributed.

 

FOX NEWS: Ferguson Protesters ‘Forgetting MLK’s Message’

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During a “Fox & Friends” interview on the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Fox News channel ran a headline declaring that the predominately African-American demonstrators were “FORGETTING MLK’S MESSAGE.”

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Members Of Congress Want Hearings To Ask Whether ‘Local Law Enforcement Is Out Of Control’

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Three members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte on Thursday asking him to hold hearings on a series of issues related to local law enforcement in the wake of the controversial police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri this week. In their letter, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia), and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) said the situation in Ferguson raised the question of whether “local law enforcement is out of control.”
“For five days the citizens of Ferguson have protested the killing of an unarmed teenager by local police. Last night, law enforcement broke up the protest with brutal force: confronting demonstrators in riot gear and armored vehicles, arresting journalists, and firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowds,” the congressmen wrote. “These incidents raise concerns that local law enforcement is out of control and, instead of protecting the safety and civil liberties of the residents of Ferguson, is employing tactics that violate the rights of citizens and hinder the ability of the press to report on their actions.”

 

OBAMA: There’s ‘No Excuse’ For Police To Use Excessive Force In Ferguson

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President Barack Obama condemned violence on both sides of the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

 

Police Report: Michael Brown Robbed Store Before Being Shot By Ferguson Officer

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Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager shot and killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb on Saturday, appears to be the same man seen in a video of a store robbery that took place just before his death, police said in a report released on Friday.

 

BREAKING: Darren Wilson Identified As Officer Who Fatally Shot Michael Brown

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After almost a week, Police Chief Thomas Jackson has identified Darren Wilson as the officer who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri.

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House Democrat Readies Bill To Demilitarize Local Police

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Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) announced Thursday that he plans to file legislation aimed at stemming the militarization of local police — something on full display this week in Ferguson, Missouri, where officers in riot gear have been showering largely peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets.

 

Here Are Some Of The 16 People Who Were Arrested In The Fifth Night Of The Ferguson Protests

At least 16 people were arrested during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Thursday night, including a St. Louis politician, a filmmaker and two journalists. Meanwhile, the police officer who shot Michael Brown has not yet been identified or charged.

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Will Be Brought In To Replace Local Police In Ferguson

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has pulled local police in Ferguson off the job of controlling protests that occurred after the killing of an unarmed teenager in the St. Louis suburb.

 

Police Chief Rips Obama For Ferguson Remarks — Doesn’t Think Cops Used Excessive Force

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The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.

 

Pentagon Supplied St. Louis County Police With Military-Grade Weapons (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Images coming from a tense Ferguson, Missouri this week show local police armed to the teeth and appearing as an occupying force in attempts to suppress citizen outrage over the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager by a police officer.

 

FBI Takes Control Over All Police Operations In Ferguson

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The governor of Missouri will reportedly relieve St. Louis County law enforcement from policing the ongoing demonstrations in the town of Ferguson, paving the way for possible state or federal intervention.

 

Police In Ferguson Have Continually Attacked And Harassed Journalists

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The assault and arrest of reporters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday night is perhaps the most egregious example of a continual pattern of police harassment that journalists covering the unrest in the St. Louis suburb have faced.

 

‘They Said, Let’s Take Him’: Reporter Describes Being Seized By Cops In Ferguson

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Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, who was briefly arrested by police while reporting on the ongoing demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, said to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that he felt police left him and a colleague no way to avoid being taken into custody.

“I’ve been in a lot of scenarios with heavily-armed police officers,” Lowery said. “I’ve been in a lot of scenarios where journalists could conceivably be arrested. I don’t believe Ryan [Reilly} and I did anything that merited us being taken into custody and we were both behaving in ways to try to avoid being taken into custody. Because, frankly, I would rather be out in the street right now talking to protesters, trying to tell this story — no disrespect to you — and not sitting in this chair talking about me.”

 

KKK Raising Money For ‘Hero’ Ferguson Cop Who Shot ‘Jewish Controlled Black Thug’

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The Ku Klux Klan is soliciting funds for the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown, 18.

 

Livestreamer Behind Ferguson Footage Says Cops Were Shooting Tear Gas Near Homes

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<h1><a href=‘Holy Sh*t!’ Watch As Ferguson Cops Fire Tear Gas And Bean Bags At News Crews

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Late Wednesday night, police in Ferguson, Missouri shot tear gas and riot-suppressing bean bags at Al Jazeera America and KSDK reporters, KSDK reports.

 

Ferguson’s Police Chief Freaked Out After Finding Out His Cops Arrested 2 Reporters

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The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, had a stunned response after he learned his officers had arrested two reporters who were covering the ongoing protests that began in the city after an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by police there Saturday.

 

Missouri State Senator Tells Police Chief She Was Tear Gassed While Protesting Peacefully In Ferguson

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During a press conference on Wednesday, a Missouri state senator claimed she was hit with tear gas while protesting peacefully in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb that has erupted with rioting this week after the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.

When Maria Chappelle-Nadal asked if she would be gassed again like she was on Monday, Ferguson’s police chief Thomas Jackson kept a stoic expression until he found out she was a state senator:

He then replied: “I hope not.”

 

Missouri Governor Calls Situation In Ferguson ‘Deeply Troubling’

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) issued a statement early Thursday morning describing the situation in the city of Ferguson as “deeply troubling.” Protesters in the city have been demonstrating since Saturday after police killed an unarmed black teenager. Law enforcement officers have responded with rubber bullets and tear gas and Nixon has been criticized for his reaction.

 

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

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Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown

 

Anonymous Released The Name Of The Cop Who They Say Murdered Michael Brown

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The hactivist group Anonymous released information Thursday regarding the murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

WATCH: Cops Aim Weapon At Local Official, Lock Media Out As Ferguson Protests Continue

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Video filmed by a St. Louis alderman shows police aiming a weapon at him while responding to the latest round of demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Another Police Shooting in Ferguson, Missouri

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Violence again erupted in the St. Louis area near the site of the police shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, according to local police, despite calls by U.S. President Barack Obama and activists for a measured response.

 

Ferguson Police Fired Wooden Bullets At Crowd During Protest Over Teen’s Death

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Police fired at protesters with solid wooden bullets during the latest demonstrations in Missouri against the killing by a police officer of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown.

 

Police Express Sympathy For THE COP Who Killed Unarmed Teen In Ferguson, Missouri

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Riots have gripped Ferguson, Missouri, since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday, and police have taken to the website PoliceOne to offer their own insights into the tragedy.

 

 

Anonymous Launches #OpFerguson After Cop Kills Unarmed Teen

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Hacktivists have set their sights on the town of Ferguson, Missouri after police there on Saturday shot and killed an unarmed man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, elevating a wave of protests that have occurred in the days since to the digital realm.

 

Gun Sales Spike Around Ferguson After 3 Days Of Riots

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The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent civil unrest in the St. Louis suburb, has led to a spike in firearm sales at some local gun shops, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

 

LAPD Kills Young Black Man Days After Ferguson Shooting

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Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old black man described by his family as having “mental problems,” was shot and killed by a Los Angeles, California police officer Monday evening, barely 48 hours after an unarmed black man in Missouri suffered the same fate.

 

#FergusonShooting: Outrage As Missouri Police Shoot And Kill Unarmed Black Teen

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Hundreds of residents of a predominantly black suburb in Missouri took to the streets after police fatally shot an 18-year-old black man on Saturday.  Michael Brown was a recent high school graduate who was scheduled to begin classes at Vatterott College on Monday. He was killed in Ferguson, a city in St. Louis County that has about 21,000 residents – two-thirds of whom are black.

 

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown: Social Media Calls Out MSM For Portrayal Of Mike Brown

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If you were killed, what photo would the media use in their stories? That’s the question that the #iftheygunnedmedown hashtag asks on social media as minorities point out media bias in the deaths of African-Americans.

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Tensions Still High In Missouri ‘War Zone’ After Monday’s Riots

 

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An uneasy calm settled over Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday after a second night of violent clashes between law enforcement and residents protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, with another demonstration planned for mid-morning.

 

Ferguson Seeks Answers After Police Shooting Of Michael Brown

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Nights of unrest have vied with calls for calm in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was killed by police, while the community is still pressing for answers about the weekend shooting.

 

 

9 Powerful Photos That Show How Police Have Turned Ferguson Into A War Zone

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Since the fatal shooting of unarmed, black teen Michael Brown at the hands of a local police officer, the town of Ferguson, Missouri, has erupted in unrest as citizens have taken to the streets in outrage for more than three days.

 

 

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A Good (i.e. Former) Cop Speaks Out

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Not long ago a former police employee – Guy, who now speaks out against police statism – came to my attention. I asked Guy if he’d be willing to answer some questions sent via email and he was receptive.

As I told him, I suspect we’ll see more who choose to follow his lead – going from current police employees to former police employees.

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Pete Eyre: On your blog you self-describe as a:

Marine, Iraq War veteran, retired law enforcement, reformed statist. Here to bring some insight into the twisted web that is policing in the United States and to chronicle what happens when a decorated officer begins seeing the truth.

Can you expand on that journey?

Guy: This was a 15-year process to get where I am today. I grew up on Chuck Norris and Lynyrd Skynyrd in the Deep South. This was pre-9/11 America, it was an entirely different world. Football and keg parties… I was the all American statist.  I joined the Marine Corps out of high school still thinking I was going to kill some commies.

My first couple prewar years in were a decent experience. I saw quite a few countries and did some interesting training. Had a lot of fun, got in a little trouble. Underage drinking, nothing I couldn’t bounce back from rather quickly.

9-11-security-theater-copblock9/11 interrupted a platoon barracks inspection my company Gunny was conducting. We watched  the planes hit, live, in my room… complete silence. Gunny finally spoke up. “Get to work, gents”.

I remember sitting at a stop light on base, watching the California sun rise over the mountains. The man on the radio started screaming about the first tower coming down. Shit just got incredibly real.

I was involved in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. At the time, I truly believed we were doing the right thing. It didn’t take long for that illusion to fade a bit. There seemed to be very little planning involved during the build up for the invasion. While sat in the middle of the desert, near the Iraqi border in Kuwait. We got our daily intelligence reports from the BBC. No one knew what was going on.

We were told on March 18th that we would be starting the ground offensive in two days. Our marching orders… Go north, don’t get killed.

We invaded a country with door less, canvas topped Humvees. We had no ballistic plates for our  body armor. We had to tie down the crew served weapons with paracord because we didn’t have mounts for the tops of the vehicles. We didn’t even have a full load out of ammo. Thank God for the generous Army supply specialist that felt sorry for us. Met him Day 2, sitting in a traffic jam in the middle of the Iraqi desert. ‘Merica.

It was a complete cluster fuck. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend reading Generation Kill by Evan Wright; the HBO miniseries was nicely done as well. It is the most accurate portrayal of the ground invasion, at least in my experience.

I wanted to reenlist, but got tired of jumping through the hoops. It’s a bureaucrat nightmare. The time frame between returning from Iraq and standing on my parents’ doorstep with discharge papers was 30 days. I got a job at a reputable company you all would know, making some decent money. I remember sitting in orientation at the corporate office. Everyone was sitting at this big, round, mahogany table introducing themselves. It was mostly college graduates going on about their degrees, fraternities, and wild, epic parties, etc. They had obviously not been hired for the same semi-skilled labor position as me.

It came time for me to speak. I had no idea what to say. I had nothing to say to these people. It’s hard to describe that feeling. It’s like you’re an alien observing some strange species. You can’t relate to anything being said. It felt like I was standing outside, looking in. I don’t remember the exact words I spoke, but it was something along the lines of “Six weeks ago I was in Iraq. Now I’m here.”

Blank stares and silence. That job lasted all of three months. I came to the conclusion, like a lot of veterans, I needed some form of structure like I had in the military. I needed to be around people like me. People that had similar experiences. People that “got it.” People that knew the rush of combat. I missed that rush. It’s the best drug out there. So I joined the family business, law enforcement. This is where the blog comes in.

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Pete Eyre: Do you anticipate that we’ll soon see an uptick in the numbers of current-turned-former police employees who espouse a similar message? If a current police employee is reading this, what information or idea do you hope to impart?

Guy: I hope so. One of the many reasons I started the blog was to be a voice for the good ones tired of the bullshit. It’s career suicide to buck the system, but I’ve already pulled that trigger. I’ll do it for them.

As I’ve talked about on the blog, a lot of these guys want to leave. They hate it and are disgusted by what they see. But they have families, credit card payments, car notes and a mortgage. It’s economically impossible to walk away. They aren’t going to have their families living on the street. They have to survive. I’m not making excuses for them, it’s just the reality of the situation.

Plus, “knows how to research, plan and conduct a variety of tactical operations” doesn’t go far on a resume. I have around 2,000 hours of specialized law enforcement training. Not a one of those hours means jack shit to anyone outside law enforcement or private contracting.

The blog is fairly new, but I’ve already had a few emails from anonymous officers thanking me for what I’m doing. That motivates the shit out of me. The good ones HAVE to start speaking out, and they can’t do it one at a time. If enough of them stood up, at the same time, things could change. The problem is they have to be willing to lose everything and I don’t think the intestinal fortitude is there yet.

My plan is to set up a way for officers to submit stories of corruption and abuse from inside their departments. The stories they can’t get out without reprisal. I want to spread these stories. If their departments won’t do anything about it, let’s try them in the court of public opinion. I want to be that avenue. Law enforcement is an incredibly closed society. They are leery of any outsiders. They are far more prone to open up to a fellow officer than anyone else.

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Pete Eyre: On a recent post you made to your blog you noted:

As we departed for the target location that morning, I had this recurring thought that I couldn’t get out of my head. Like a recorded loop playing over and over. This isn’t right. What are we doing? This isn’t right.

Was that subject ever broached with colleagues?

Guy: I strongly objected. I raised absolute hell with my boss, who concurred. Unfortunately the head honcho ordered us to do it.

My team knew, by my operations plan and my briefing, how I felt. My boss signed off my plan without a second thought. We did our best to minimize the damage inflicted.

Afterwards, I spoke with a few guys I was close with. Everyone agreed it was ridiculous, but I don’t think “that was wrong” ever entered their minds like it had mine. It was a shrug your shoulders, “what are you gonna do?” kind of response. I wasn’t awake yet, but this incident set the alarm clock.

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Pete Eyre: How insidious has the decreed prohibition of certain substances (i.e. “the war on drugs”) been to individual liberty?

police-raid-violate-property-rights-drug-prohibition-copblockGuy: The “war on drugs” has been the single biggest catalyst for the growing police state and trampling of civil liberties, with the “war on terror” coming in at a close second. It’s all about the money, Jerry.

Law enforcement agencies have relied on drug money to run their operations for years. Taking that honey pot away would cripple a majority of departments. They are junkies and will do whatever it takes to keep the revenue flowing. That’s why, despite all the research out there, the majority will fight tooth and nail against decriminalization.

The new reefer madness propaganda is in full swing in the policing world. Now the focus is on THC potency, and how dangerous the new strains are… They are actually teaching this shit.

Narcotics officers are some of the most easily corrupted officers I’ve ever encountered. That assignment attracts a certain personality that can turn abusive very quickly. These guys will kick in your door for a plant, go out drinking afterwards to celebrate, and drive home drunk as fuck without thinking twice. Most are nothing more than frat boys with machine guns.

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Pete Eyre: How have cameras and other information-liberating technology been to this conversation?

Guy: Information is our greatest weapon. You aren’t going to win a head on fight with these guys. The police behavior we have been seeing more of over the past years is nothing new. It’s definitely more prevalent, but nothing new.

There were very few cameras around when I started policing. I can tell you that we acted a lot differently on a daily basis toward the end of my career. The possibility of a camera being on you at any time was always in the back of your mind.

Before the rise of the smart phone, a police officer could do pretty much anything he wanted. It was his word against yours, and you would lose. Now we can hold them accountable with irrefutable evidence.

Obviously the Internet has made educating yourself much easier. Now you can sit in your favorite recliner at home and read up to date case law that affects how police must govern themselves. If you know case law, you can shut most officers down pretty quickly.

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Pete Eyre: What scenarios do you think could unfold over the next few years, related to the supply of policing?

Guy: It’s hard to say. With the firestorm that Ferguson has created, I’m not sure where it heads now. Nothing will change in the immediate future, but Main Street America finally saw the militarization of law enforcement in full force. It was streamed live into their living rooms. Maybe the revolution will be televised.

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Pete Eyre: Incentives are key. What has been the impact caused by the influx of FRNs and tools of war (facilitated by employees of the Defense Logistics Agency) to local police outfits and those they “serve”?

Guy: Not to quote hypocritical slave owners, but this is the standing army the founding fathers warned us about. Our streets are now warzones, and we are the enemy.

Take a child, give him a bag of candy. Now tell him that all the candy is his, but he can only eat it when he thinks he really, really needs it. What is the kid going to do? He’s going to make himself sick eating all of the candy.

ferguson-missori-police-state-copblockNow replace the child with a state worshiping, overgrown man-boy who suffers from an inferiority complex. The candy with automatic weapons, gas guns, explosives, sniper rifles and tanks.

The indoctrination of these officers is intense.

There’s danger lurking around every corner. Anybody can kill you. Take no chances. Go home at the end of the night. Officer survival. I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by six. Brotherhood. Fraternity. We are the sheepdogs protecting the herd from the wolf.

They teach that. You are either a sheep or a wolf unless you are one of the chosen.

They beat this nonsense in your head. You can’t get away from it. You take this group of paranoid, raging personality disorders and mix it with more firepower than I had invading a sovereign country and you get what we saw in Missouri. A military operation carried out against people in our own backyard.

There are powder kegs just like Ferguson in every US city. I’m not saying that policing doesn’t have its risks. Lord knows I’ve had more brushes with death than I care to think about. I’m saying law enforcement as a whole has proven over and over again, their “judicial application of force” tends to be extremely heavy handed.

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Pete Eyre: What resources, tactics, ideas or concepts do you encourage readers to ponder, pursue or implement?

Guy: That’s a book in and of itself. I’ll hit a couple of highlights.

Educate yourself. Learn your state and local laws; County and city ordinances. Read some case law. A quick search for “case law for cops” will bring up a treasure trove of information. Learn everything that the cops are supposed to know and use it against them. Trust me, a large majority of them are clueless on well-established legal precedent and even basic law.

Record, Record, Record. Any interaction. Record.

I recommend staying respectful but firm in any police encounter. Even if the cop tries to instigate, stay respectful but firm. Why? Because you’re recording. That recording might be played for a jury one day. It might be broadcast across the world. Don’t give them ammunition against you.

If confrontation is your style, more power to you. To each his own. I do thoroughly enjoy the videos. My videos would be pretty boring. Which brings me to…. Am I being detained? Am I free to go? Wash, rinse, repeat. That’s all they get from me. I have yet needed to say anything more.

Another overlooked tool that I don’t see used much is the Freedom of Information Act. You’d be surprised how much information you can get, and how much heartache you can cause, with this. You can pick these guys apart if you know how they operate. But I caution you, there is a fine line between asserting your rights and being an ignorant street lawyer.

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lysander-spooner-quote-copblockPete Eyre: On a recent post you made to your blog you included a picture of Lysander Spooner – can you that framed a divisive situation, that he likened to a “contest between two bodies of men” – masters and slaves. What does that mean to you?

Guy: To me, Spooner is talking about the futility of this insane concept of government we are raised to believe is normal. That because a larger group of people say so, that’s the way it’s going to be.

But what if the majority is wrong? We are all slaves to the collective. Politics is nothing more than fighting for the bull whip.

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Pete Eyre: What are some of your favorite quotes?

Guy: “The difference between someone driven by principle and driven by bias is that a person driven by principle will stand up to his allies and side with his ‘opponents’ if truth and morality dictate. A person driven by bias will go to war with reality to defend the identity of the herd.” – Unknown

“Even if you believed that you could make men wise and good by depriving them of liberty of action, you have no right to do so. Who has given you a commission to decide what your brother-man shall or shall not do? Who has given you charge of his life and his faculties and his happiness as well as of your own? Perhaps you think yourself wiser and better-fitted to judge than he is; but so did all those of old days — Kings, Emperors, and Heads of dominant Churches — who possessed power, and never scrupled to compress and shape their fellow-men as they themselves thought best, by means of that power. You can see as you read the story of the past, and even as you look on the world at present, what a mess the holders of power have made of it, whenever they undertook to judge for others, whenever they undertook to guide and control the lives and faculties of others; and why should you think that you are going to succeed where they failed? On what reasonable ground should you think so?” – Auberon Herbert

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

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Ferguson Photos – From Jacob Crawford / WeCopwatch

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

These photos were taken in Ferguson, MO on late Saturday, August 16th, and in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 17th, 2014, by Jacob Crawford. They were initially uploaded to IndyBay.org. (To see high-res versions of the images below see that IndyBay post.)

Jacob has also been streaming to Bambuser.com/channel/CopBlock [If you have a smartphone be sure to download and use a streaming app to capture the truth of the situation and store it safely offsite - see CopBlock.org/Apps]

If you’re in Ferguson contact Jacob if you have a story or info to share, or if you have crash space: (510) 328-3803 or wecopwatch@gmail.com

If you are in a position to help Jacob offset his transportation (from the Cali Bay Area) and on-the-ground costs, please consider donating to his GoFundMe campaign.

Yesterday a person named Jay Nixon had the audacity to state that everyone in Ferguson (save for his friends wearing badges) had to be inside come midnight. Apparently Nixon believes he has the right to control the lives of strangers he’s never met – he doesn’t.

While some abided by the decree – others did not.

Those who showed up dressed for a riot proceeded to threaten others present, kettle them, and fire smoke and tear gas to try to gain obedience. The aggressors then kidnapped seven folks.

As the smoke cleared a man, now in critical condition, was found shot. Those who subsist on extortion and claims of extra rights have put-forth that the person was not shot from someone else in the crowd, not by someone in their ranks. Certainly those folks haven’t earned respect and thus their statements should not be accepted at face value. Undoubtedly, the truth on that will emerge.

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[Video] Ferguson: New Police Practices are Window Dressing To a Systemic Failure by Jacob Crawford posted August 16, 2014

 

 

 

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Ferguson: New Police Practices are Window Dressing To a Systemic Failure

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Editors Note: Jacob Crawford of WeCopwatch.org – a longtime Copwatcher who created the first know-your-rights film using on-the-street footage, and who last fall was part of the Police Accountability Tour – is now on the ground in Ferguson, MO, where the video above was captured.

If you’re in Ferguson and have information that should be made public, or have a crash space in town, please reach out to Jacob via: (510) 328-3803 or wecopwatch@gmail.com

If you are in a position to help Jacob offset his transportation and on-the-ground costs, click here to donate to his GoFundMe campaign.

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This morning Jacob posted to IndyBay.org these pictures and captions:

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8.15.14
The coverup is well underway in Ferguson.  White cops and their armored vehicles and assault rifles have been pulled back and replaced by State police.

Succumbing to political pressure, the Chief of Ferguson released the name of the shooting officer of Mike Brown, named Darren Wilson. In that same stroke, a smear campaign was launched that suggested Mike Brown had just been involved in an armed robbery.

From all accounts, this story, like all Police narratives coming out of Ferguson is full of holes and deception.
Aside from incidents here and there, it’s been more quiet on the police front, but they are working tirelessly on the coverup, and of course attempts to pacify the people is in full effect.

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 8.16.14

QuikTrip W. Florissant

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Search warrant is executed on Market where alleged robbery took place, PS. No Store Owners called the police in this alleged incident

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Jacob is still in Ferguson, and will continue to capture content, and stream to Bambuser.com/channel/CopBlock

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Choose Not to Perpetuate The Police State

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

If you’re reading this text, you’re likely aware of the pattern of rights violations done at the hands of police. For many of us, police today represent the biggest threat to our peaceful coexistence. Yet, that by itself is not surprising.

In no uncertain terms – police claim the right to extort from you, to then provide you the service of protection. One could not dream up a more hypocritical structure.

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With both feet firmly entrenched in that muck of double-standards, police are incentivized to grow the size and scope of their operations. To harass and cage more and more people despite the absence of any victim, save for some fictitious entity called “the state.”

When questioned about their tyrannical actions, many police are quick to quip, “I’m just doing my job,” or, “If you don’t agree with it, change the law [legislation].” It’s thinking like that (or more accurately – unthinking), which led to the worst atrocities in recorded history. (If you interact with a police employee who parrots such things please encourage them to check out the page CopBlock.org/WelcomeLEOs.)

But is that a good tactic – to allocate your scarce time and resources to change legislation? Might that make things better?

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You see, the institution of policing depends on perceived legitimacy. So too do all aspects of the injustice system. Without that manufactured veneer of authority, most people would not put up with, let alone, choose to fund, that criminal enterprise. Any attempt to change the rules of that great fiction from within can never be successful since the same players remain.

Do you really believe that a certain group of people – any group of people – can put whatever they want on paper, and it’s then just that some of their friends act according to it without consequences? Or that other friends of theirs can interpret it however they want? Did you ever sign a contract with those folks? Do you grant them carte blanche power to do whatever they want?

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Do you believe that a police employee who murders someone is not responsible for their actions because those in legaland state that the action was done “under color of law [legislation]” and thus the killer has “sovereign immunity?”

As John Hasnas and Brainpolice have made clear, the ‘rule of law’ is a myth. If badges don’t grant extra rights, then it logically follows that any inside-their-system involvement feeds that soul-crushing, rights-violating machine. It is deleterious to complete liberty.

Any attempt to change or eliminate legislation only legitimizes the corrupt institution and its actors who subsist and thrive accordingly. The same flawed kernel remains. If you truly want to affect change, cease buying into the false hope that is dangled – always out of reach – by those who seek to rule us. Pull back the curtain.dont-buy-into-false-hope-of-injustice-system-copblock PMCase in point, the suggestion by friend Eapen Thampy to readers of FB.com/CopBlock to support legalese, which he purported would control police militarization. Haven’t those “solutions” been tried, and tried, and tried, and still the police state remains, and is becoming even more militarized?

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The growth of sites like Cop Block, the proliferation of groups across North America and the globe, and the widespread adoption of filming police interactions is indicative that this conversation is changing. Not due to legislation, or from pandering to self-proclaimed “authorities,” but one mind at a time.

Individuals are realizing that real change will never happen, and can never happen, within a structure built on coercion. Legitimacy previously granted is eroding. Aggressors who wear badges are not granted deference, which sets the stage for more egregious actions, but are being called out.

Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “If one takes care of the means, the end takes care of itself.” If you recognize the police state to be antithetical to your pursuit of happiness, think and act accordingly. As we each do so, the bad ideas that allowed for that monstrosity will be shed in favor of ideas thought better.

 

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De-Fund the Police State: Use Bitcoin

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

What are the teeth of a police state? What are its claws? How can an organization continually act in direct opposition to the wishes of a population that it claims to “serve”?

In the good ol’ days (which – make no mistake – were never actually that good), police budgets could only “legally” be taken from the residents of the areas in which the police operated. Police department A only extorted Town A residents, police department B only extorted City B residents, and so on.

In this way, the capacity of police to inflict harm on a population was limited by that population’s collective bank accounts. There was only so much money to take.

Then came the 1980s – the decade that police began receiving money, weapons and training from an entirely new source: the federal government. Uncle Sam offered to be their new piggy bank.

Things began to change. Assaults that most individuals would not voluntarily fund were now suddenly affordable for the police anyway. They became more militarized. Checkpoints, raids, sting operations, and all their associated harms became commonplace.

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How has this been possible?

The federal grants that police have been raking in over the past three decades have their roots in the Federal Reserve machine. This printing press, which calls itself a “bank,” is the sole producer and distributor of U.S. dollars (or Federal Reserve Notes).

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Behind closed doors, monopoly producers of fiat money tend to add zeros to the account balances of themselves and their friends. Since The Fed was created in 1913, so many zeros have been added that the U.S. dollar has lost 98% of its value. This means that your dollars purchase less and less every day. It’s why a gallon of gas costs you a four bucks now, but a few generations ago only cost a dime.

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What is to be done?

Petitions and protests hold very little weight next to giant federal checks that just keep coming. After decades of attempting to fix the problem of police aggression through political means, many now see an alternative solution – one which strikes the root.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that is not controlled by any single party. No government or central bank gets a cut from your transactions.

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Bitcoin is simple computer code that anyone can use on their smartphone or browser. The code creates a ledger which tracks money ownership, much like bank balances. But because the code is open source and the ledger is public for all to see, shady actors are prevented from fraudulently adding zeroes to their own accounts.

Bitcoin is the cure for the Federal Reserve-funded police state.

Cryptocurrencies (of which Bitcoin is just one kind) are available to all, free to access and ridiculously easy to use. A wallet can be set up within ten seconds.

Tyrannical men and women prefer to operate in the dark, which is why filming their actions can help to maximize accountability. But as long as police outfits receive influxes of Federal Reserve Notes, the institutionalized violence will continue.

Bitcoin is the tool that can undercut the police state and deliver a death-blow to the monopoly money that enabled it in the first place.

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Tickets to Waukesha PD Circus

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

 

By Tim @wkshacopblock

The children working for Waukesha Police Department have again brought fodder to the front page of CopBlock.org at the mere expense of numerous citizens’ time and well-being (lives.)  Black people always get an extra taste of “justice” in Waukesha and if you try to record it, you may be extra-judicially punished. The mood of WPD as of late has been that of a carnival where the kids run around drunk on love and sex. But these kids are also drunk on power.

In spring of 2013 some black people were driving around Waukesha. That was their first mistake. After spending 30 minutes with the driver the cops decide to give him a pre-release pat down for “officer safety.” Things take a turn as is usual and the guy ends up underneath a pile of Waukesha’s Finest.

As my friend TJ is videotaping this from across the street in front of his own home Ofc. Jessica Trucksa barks at him not to get involved. He’s watching a non-violent guy getting shaken down and having his car taken by armed and aggressive people. In true WPD fashion the guy who’s “not under arrest” and “not in any trouble” is taken to the ground because after calmly interacting with him for 1/2 an hour Ofc. Steven Cizinski remembers he forgot to pat him down for drugs before he’s allowed to walk away.  As Waukesha Cop Jeremy Bousman says “…I say take ‘em all (sic) regardless…” That’s exactly what happened in the end. But no arrest is complete in Waukesha without dash-cam failure. Check.

The Hunt For The Camera Man

TJ called me the night this all happened and told me after the take down that Sgt. Dave Wanner was trespassing on his property taking down license plates.  Ofc. Trucksa wrote in her report that TJ was a “member of CopBlock” and was anti-government.  She didn’t mention he’s also a psych major at UW Milwaukee and knows that he has the right to film cops. Trucksa applied for an arrest warrant for TJ on an obstructing charge but never got one. That didn’t stop her.

After coming to TJ’s house several times over the next few days to harass him they finally picked him up a week or so later while on a walk with his mom and her dachshunds. Shock and awe took effect as 4-6 cops took this man, accused of “obstructing,” into custody at the behest of Ofc. Jessica Trucksa.

He was taken to the PD and was thoroughly searched. Trucksa had him finger printed and photograph but not charged. She issued no citation or criminal charges at the time. We don’t even know if the case was referred for prosecution because the PD records custodian has no records of any nolle prosse documents from the DA’s office. This arrest has all but disappeared. Was this just a revenge arrest. Did TJ commit the unforgivable sin of contempt of cop? We now know that wouldn’t be outside the scope of possibility with Waukesha cops.

Death Threats and Hit Men

In a previous article I laid out the cases against SWAT Sgt. Gregg Satula and Ofc. Michelle Enderle. Satula went to the home of his then wife Ofc. Jessica Satula-Trucksa’s lover. In a PD investigation initiated by my article Satula wrote a narrative of the events which he says occurred that night. Satula wrote that he went to Todd Kraine’s house to confront him about the affair (he states Ofc. Trucksa was having multiple affairs) Todd and his wife were alleged to be having. He admitted he was yelling, he admitted he was swearing, and he admitted he was armed. He didn’t admit to telling Todd he would “put a bullet in his and his own wife’s head” though he didn’t deny it. Satula also stated he had lengthy conversations with multiple PD supervisors the next day in anticipation that something may happen to him due to his crazy actions. He also confirmed that Ofc. Michelle Enderle lied in her official capacity regarding Todd’s 911 call she was dispatched to. Instead of documenting that she encountered her co-worker and Todd, as required by law, she documented “Gone on arrival.” That’s called Misconduct in Office and is crime in WI. She wanted to make sure no fellow cops would get in trouble.

During the time of my friend TJ’s arrest, Ofc. Trucksa was involved in a divorce from SWAT Sgt. Satula. She had also filed a (TRO) temporary restraining order against Todd Kraines apparently at the behest of Waukesha Police Chief Russel Jack. The TRO was based on Trucksa’s petition that she was “fearful” along with a text Todd sent of him with a gun to his mouth. But according to the court record Trucksa sent numerous disturbing texts too. She refers to wanting to commit suicide multiple times and actually states she was “jealous” of a lady who had tried to die by taking pills whom she encountered at work the night before. She stated the lady was in the hospital and may or may not live. Ofc. Trucksa also texts Todd that she has put a “hit” out on her personal trainer who she refers to as “trainer boy” in court records.  She assures Todd that “Mikey” will conduct the hit, apparently upon her request. It doesn’t seem like asking someone to kill someone else is consistent with her Oath of Office.

And it goes on and on…

“Must Be a Circus in Town” 

The fact is, these people acting like angst-filled horny teenagers are the ones making some pretty big life and death decisions for the citizens in Waukesha. I’m the last one who should be throwing stones from my glass house. But as a “Law Enforcement Officer” in a state which lists adultery as a Felony, and considering the mental state of these people, most would be hard pressed to say these are the best folks for this job.

This situation falls upon the shoulders of our police Chief. He’s willing to turn a blind eye to almost anything his officers do wrong.  We just settled a $300,000 Federal Suit in June and no apology yet from the PD. The Chief himself was involved in an incident where an SL6 Batan Launcher was used against a drunk and passed out female which ripped a 6 inch gash in her leg. It required 30 some stitches to close and we (taxpayers) paid between $10,000 and $1 million to resolve that case in 2012.

A week after Ofc. Jessica Trucksa filed the TRO against Todd (and months after the hit man text) she sent an email to Todd’s mom (which is also in the court record.) She offered Todd’s mom free tickets to the Circus. The exchange is odd and the offer is inappropriate to this guy’s mother after accusing her son, apparently with the help of the Chief, of being dangerous to her. Todd’s mom scolded her knowing Todd was not a true threat. It seems I’m not the only one living in a glass house.

Although it’s far from free, seats are always available to the Waukesha PD Circus.

Waukesha Police Department Facebook Page

Side Note: I planned to address  Ofc. Jeremy Bousman, Ofc. Darin Wittnebel, Ofc. Michelle Enderle casually discussing dumping evidence in this article.  I’ll be working on it this week and plan to pursue criminal charges when I find they dumped evidence in a Felony case. 

 

 

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Pounded by a Security Guard — Then by “The System”

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Paula Harvatine shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: June 7, 2009

A veterinarian in a small town in Wisconsin fights back after being beaten up and maimed for life by a local festival security guard and then falsely arrested on criminal charges of battery and disorderly conduct by the local police.

Is Wisconsin a police state?

I believe I was falsely arrested by the West Salem Police Department in 2009. What law gives the police the right to arrest me based on the claim of another human being–a security guard–with no investigation? If there is such a law, that law must also apply to my claim that he beat me up–and yet he was not arrested, even though the police chief took photos of me which clearly demonstrated my injuries. What law states that the police get to decide who to believe and who to protect? Is a security guard with a criminal record higher up in the hierarchy of who gets protected by the law than a veterinarian or any other citizen? That list should be published so that I know where I stand.

Please see my website, www.iamawomanandimatter.com, especially the tabs labeled “False Arrest” and “The Blue Wall.” Also, “The Jail” video shows that the arresting officer did not even get the name of the man who accused me—he just arrested me because he could.

Paula Harvatine

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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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