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

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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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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Police State Monday: Man Gets Felony For Splashing Water At Cop, Mother Jailed For Letting 9-Year-Old Daughter Play In Park Alone, AND MUCH MORE

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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


Today we discussed:

South Carolina mother jailed for letting 9-year-old daughter play at park unsupervised

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A mother has been arrested and thrown in jail on charges of child neglect because her 9-year-old daughter was found playing at a park by herself. It might sound like a reasonable, normal place for an American kid to spend a summer day. That is, until busybody neighbors and overzealous government agents arbitrarily decided that it is abusive.

 

Florida inmate was gassed to death while locked in solitary confinement

The cell where Randall Jordan-Aparo was sprayed with mustard-colored gas until he died.  A stain still covers the wall.

An inmate was locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly sprayed with mustard-colored gas until he died, an investigation has uncovered. Officials then allegedly covered up the death and claimed it was due to natural causes.

 

Texas town enforces ‘zero tolerance’ policy on grass length requirements

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The town of Abilene has instituted a ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on private property owners whose grass does not meet government-mandated length requirements. Code enforcers literally drive around with measuring sticks to determine which lawns have been deemed too long by the town.   The property owners are then threatened with letters and are ultimately given Class C Misdemeanors if they do not comply.

 

Police faked 9-1-1 phone calls to warrantlessly search homes

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A dubious police tactic has come to light, in which officers used falsified information in order to gain ‘consent’ to search private properties without a warrant.

 

Drunken ‘Pterodactyl’ Man Hit With Felony For Splashing Deputy In Legoland

Richard Campagna

A Florida man claiming his name was “Pterodactyl” was charged last week in a wild chase through the Legoland theme park. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting officers without violence, and felony battery on a law enforcement officer for splashing water on the deputy.

 

Cop shoots dog in a parked van, claims it was lunging, vicious pit bull

"Arfie" was killed in a parked car. (Source: Craig Jones / KREM)

An officer shot and killed a dog that was waiting for its owner inside of a parked van. The officer later claimed it ‘lunged’ at him, but it was also revealed that he had his gun drawn the entire time. The officer recorded his actions as necessary to protect himself from a “vicious pit bull,” when the truth was that he killed a black Lab sitting in a parked car.

 

Violent SWAT raid leaves St. Paul family traumatized, two pets shot dead

Mello and Laylo, both killed by the St. Paul SWAT. (Source: KMSP)

A SWAT team left a family traumatized and mourning the loss of two beloved family pets that were abruptly gunned down in their living room during a surprise morning raid.  In the wake of their devastation, police walked away with enough evidence to issue a $200 ticket.

 

Deputy Police Chief, Officer In Town Were Members Of The KKK, The FBI Alleges

"Ku Klux Klan" by Arete13 via Flickr

Police morale in Fruitland Park, Florida has been shaken after a deputy chief and officer resigned when the Federal Bureau of Investigations identified them as members of the Ku Klux Klan.

 

Security Guard Fired From Target After He Reported Cop For Shoplifting

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A Virginia man claims he was fired from his security job at Target after a man he reported for shoplifting turned out to be a Leesburg sheriff’s deputy, The Washington Post reports.

 

Cops Criticized For Lying After Fatally Shooting Suspect Over $2 Worth Of Marijuana

Criticism surrounds Tampa man's shooting by cops [WTVT-TV]

Authorities in Tampa, Florida are being accused of covering up the truth regarding officers’ fatal shooting of 29-year-old Jason Westcott, who was suspected of dealing drugs but was later found to have about $2 worth of marijuana in his home.

 

Highly-Criticized Albuquerque Police Militarize With $350,000 Purchase Of 350 AR-15 Rifles

Albuquerque police

The Albuquerque Police Department, which has drawn criticism for its use of excessive force, plans to supply officers with hundreds of military-style weapons.

 

WATCH: Cops Put Mom In Chokehold After Her Kids Film Cousin’s Arrest From Porch

Petersburg video arrest

A Virginia family said police harassed them and tried to stop them from filming arrests in front of their home.

 

New Law Would Make Complaints Against Police “Proven False” A Felony

New Kansas law would make complaints against police "proven false" a felony

The Kansas House Standing Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice has introduced a bill that will require private citizens who file complaints against police officers to sign an affidavit, acknowledging that if their allegations are proven false, they can be charged with perjury, which is a felony charge.

Furthermore, this bill prohibits a Kansas law enforcement agency from opening an investigation into a complaint if another law enforcement agency has already investigated the complaint and found in favor of the officer.

In other words, this bill would allow police departments to arrest the people who file complaints against police officers. In Wichita, Kansas, complaints are almost always dismissed, by the Wichita Police Department, so, according to this bill and its vague wording, the WPD, could now go arrest the people who file complaints against their officers.

 

Cops Pull Rifle On Native American Artist Cleaning Up Dog Poop Inside His SUV

Mateo Romero

A well-known Native American artist said Santa Fe police pulled a rifle on him after his dog defecated in his SUV and a passerby mistook his cleanup for a burglary.

 

Two homes forcibly commandeered by police, innocent homeowners arrested

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Police forcibly commandeered homes from two innocent families because they wanted to use the properties to surveil a neighbor. After their plan was denied by phone request, police conspired and executed a plan to break into the homes and arrest the innocent homeowners, a lawsuit reveals.

 

Virginia police obtain warrant to photograph 17-year-old’s genitalia

Trey Simms (Source: NBC Washington)

A 17-year-old boy is being persecuted because he and his 15-year-old girlfriend voluntarily shared naked pictures with one another. As if that were not enough injustice, the boy was forcibly photographed naked as evidence… and investigators want even more.

Also see:

Cop Mistakes GUN for TASER; Shoots Unarmed Man and May Keep Job

If You Look Up Excessive Force in the Dictionary, There Would Be a Picture of This Scene

Police Escort Breastfeeding Woman Out of Concert, Threaten her with Arrest

Cop tries to shoot dog, misses, hits 10-year-old boy

Grandmother Arrested, Spends 5 Days in Jail…..Whoops, Wrong Person.

VIDEO: Gang of Uniformed Thugs Beat Down Innocent Man Standing on the Sidewalk

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This Week’s Corrupt Stories

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

We present a trio of law enforcement miscreants, including a Houston deputy who was ripping off dealers and selling their wares, a North Carolina cop with a pill problem, and a Baltimore schools cop who was flipping rocks on the side. Let’s get to it:

In Houston, a Harris County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday just after selling cocaine, marijuana, Loricet, and Soma to an undercover officer. Deputy Christopher Ellis, 34, is charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. He went down after investigators received information that he was stealing drugs from dealers while on duty, then reselling them for a profit. At last report, he was in the Harris County Jail trying to raise $120,000 bail.

In New Bern, North Carolina, a former New Bern police officer pleaded guilty Monday to stealing drug evidence from defendants and from the department evidence room. Frances Sutton admitted taking drugs on at least four occasions. Officials say it was for her personal use. It’s not clear what formal charge she pleaded to, but she will serve between one and two years in prison. Because of her tampering with evidence, nine cases involving six drug defendants had to be dismissed.

In Baltimore, a Baltimore city schools police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to dabbling in crack cocaine trafficking. Napoleon McLain Jr., 31, admitted buying several ounces of coke between December 2012 and August 2013 and selling the drug to at least four other people, including, unfortunately for him, a snitch. He copped to one count of conspiring to distribute and possess cocaine base. He’s looking at up to 40 years in prison when sentenced in October.

 

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The Colony, TX – Displaying The Name of JESUS is Unacceptable

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Alan Robbins shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: December 27, 2013
Police Employees Involved: Deputy #4604, Deputy Lee, Unnamed officer
Police Employees Involved: PCT 6 DENTON COUNTY Phone: (972) 434-7120, PCT 2 DENTON COUNTY Phone: (972) 434-7220, Denton County Sheriff Phone: (940) 349-1700

I was stopped in route to get a transmission check on my truck. I had a plate displayed on my truck which reads: “You’ve Got A Friend In JESUS” – the reason given to me by the Deputy for the stop. I was traveling in the right hand lane of southbound traffic on FM 423. The Deputy was driving in the left lane of the same southbound traffic. There were two vehicles immediately behind mine in both lanes of southbound traffic (four cars separated my truck and the Deputy’s vehicle). The Deputy stated that he, “Noticed my plate and what it said.” He said, “It is unacceptable,” (this is a recording that I have lost due to phone memory). I was asked by the Deputy for Driver’s License and Vehicle Insurance; having lost my Driver’s License in cleanup the day after Christmas (December 26), I provided the Deputy with my US Passport, a photocopy of my TXDL (expired), and my (current at the time) TXDL # for identification. I also provided the Deputy with a valid Oklahoma Insurance card, a valid Oklahoma vehicle registration, and receipt for each. The Deputy retrieved the information and took it back to his vehicle to run the checks on the validity of my information.

I sat in my truck and waited while he made his inquiries. As he exited his vehicle, I began another recording of the situation. I did not capture his actions, but instead of approaching my window as he did before, he proceeded to poke around and look through my property I had in the back of my truck. Eventually he came back to the window and explained that he did the necessary checks and only needed to do one more check – the VIN. A plastic card had fallen and lodged itself over the VIN tag on the dashboard, blocking the visibility of the VIN. At this point, the obstruction is brought to my attention by the Deputy. I attempted to remove the plastic card, but was unable. The Deputy asked me to exit the vehicle so that he could remove the card and verify the VIN, then he would “cut me loose.” I agreed to exit for the reason of verifying the VIN. I did not give any consent to my vehicle being searched.

As soon as I exited, another Deputy (referred to as Deputy Lee, no badge number given) approached and began pointing at property within my vehicle. Deputy #4604 removed paperwork from the floorboard of the truck and removed a leather blackjack from under the driver’s seat (the blackjack was not in a location that could be accessed to do any harm to the Deputies upon my exiting the vehicle – but I could access it in the event that I may be accosted or attacked from within the truck, as had happened in the past).

I was informed that the blackjack was illegal to possess in the State of Texas. I live in Oklahoma and work in Louisiana where they are permitted to be held within one’s vehicle. I was questioned again, this time by Deputy Lee, over the same things that Deputy #4604 had asked initially when he started the verification of my information. This was to be the final check – to verify the VIN, not to search my truck for weapons and remove property from my truck. Deputy Lee left my vehicle with my property and placed it in his vehicle, saying (inaudible in my recording), “I’m going to keep it.”

At this time, another officer arrived on scene (unnamed). This officer was displaying an aggressive attitude with his body language, but soon becomes aggressive verbally. He instructed me to, “Stop talking. Stop talking, now!”

In 35 degree weather, he instructed me to remove my hands from my pockets. I told him I was going to put Carmex on my lips. He immediately approached me and demanded I place my hands behind my back. The officer instructed me, “I’m not placing you under arrest. This is for your safety and my safety…alright, you are not listening to me. When I tell you to take your hands out of your pockets I expect you to listen to me. I don’t care what your excuse is.”

This is where he tried to take my phone from me and stop the recording. He did just that.

What is not shown on the video is: Deputy #4604 and Deputy Lee instructing me to rummage through my truck bed to find EXPIRED Texas tags (expired in October) and place them on my truck which has been verified to be registered and licensed in Oklahoma, thus placing me in direct violation. I was given two citations; one for failure to display driver’s license and the other for displaying the wrong license plate. Even on the citation, the Deputy recorded the information wrong and put the expired Texas plates as the correct plates for the truck. My property, the “JESUS” plate, was confiscated by Deputy #4604 “as evidence” and my blackjack was stolen by Deputy Lee.

I was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on January 27, 2014. I motioned to have it postponed and was granted this request several times. During the time I had filed each request to postpone the pre-trial date, I motioned the court and the DA to dismiss the citations on the basis of the technicality of the information being recorded incorrectly by the Deputy; I found several cases where others had their tickets dismissed for the same reason I was requesting mine be dismissed. I have exhausted the court’s ability to postpone and have been asked to choose between a jury trial or a bench trial setting. I opted for the Bench Trial. It is set for the 24th of July 2014 at 1:30pm in The Colony, TX Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, Denton County with JP, James R. DePiazza. I’ve sent multiple requests to both the DA and the JP for the return of my property taken by Deputy Lee and the plate confiscated by Deputy #4604. I have been denied.

Alan Robbins

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Pepper-Sprayed and Beaten

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Laura M. shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: 2007
Police Employees Involved: Arlington, TX PD

It was 2007 and I had just graduated from college. I was 25 and things were looking up for me. Despite having received two DWI’s between 2001-2002, I hadn’t been in trouble for quite some time and I never drove after drinking anymore. My husband and I decided to go to the local Movie Tavern for drinks and a movie. I drank three martinis in about an hour and a half…more than I should have, but hey, I wasn’t driving! I left the theater to step outside for a cigarette. While I was standing outside, a man in plain clothes walked up to me and asked me what I was doing. He was huge – 6’4″ at least, 300+ lbs. I told him I was having a cigarette. He proceeded to grab me and handcuff me. He picked me up and threw me into the back of his Ford Explorer, next to a toddler car seat. I began screaming hysterically, imagining all of the horrendous things he was about to do to me.

I am an upper-middle class white woman; 5’4″ and 120 lbs. I was wearing platform sandals, a dress, and jewelry. In other words, I was dressed to “go out.” I was thrashing about in the back seat, screaming incoherently while the man sat up front, silently driving around the parking lot. I had absolutely NO idea what was going on. I looked around his vehicle and saw toys, a baby shoe, and notebooks. I was in someone’s personal vehicle. He drove me around for around forty minutes. He rifled through my purse, and refused to respond to my endless questions. By the time the car door opened in front of the theater (the same place he picked me up from), I was beyond hysterical. I was sobbing, screaming, blubbering, and hyperventilating. I was so confused as to what was happening, I barely knew where I was. I looked up and saw about six Arlington police officers standing beside his car. I started screaming more, trying to tell them he kidnapped me. I was so worked up, all that came out was an incoherent mess of sobs and words. The police responded to my terror and confusion by throwing me onto the ground as hard as they could. Four officers grabbed me by the legs and arms, and my dress rode up to above my waist. I started screaming even more, and kicking/twisting my body, all actions that infuriated the police. They delivered several swift kicks into my side, and jerked me to my feet before I received a long blast of pepper spray directly into my eyes. I was wearing contacts and they stuck to my eyeballs, burning. I have never felt such tremendous pain in my life. I had been arrested before, all on alcohol-related offenses, and I had been beaten/manhandled by the police before, but never had I been pepper-sprayed. I shrieked in pain as they hog-tied me and threw me into the back of the police car without so much as even asking me for my side of the story.

I was taken to jail and booked on Resisting Arrest and Public Intoxication charges. I wasn’t allowed to wash my eyes and face off for over four hours. My contacts remained in my eyes for the ten hours I was in jail. My grandfather was a well-known criminal district court judge for Tarrant County, and had hired excellent attorneys for me in the past. At the time of this incident however, he was suffering from dementia. I hired a terrible attorney who didn’t even fight the charges. The man who had initially handcuffed me turned out to be a security guard for the parking lot, and evidently the police were planning on letting me go until I reacted hysterically when I exited his vehicle in handcuffs (what woman wouldn’t?). When people learn I have been arrested nine times, they are shocked. During my college days and days of legal trouble, I drove a BMW, dressed in designer clothing and was your stereotypical sorority girl. None of that mattered to the police however. After every arrest, I was released with black eyes, bruises all over my body, and giant lumps and bumps on my head and face. After one particularly violent arrest for Public Intoxication, I was hospitalized with a suspected brain bleed. I went to a private university in Fort Worth and there were police everywhere. The number of police in this city is so outrageous that I used to make a game of counting how many I would see in one day. It wasn’t unusual to reach the 40′s and 50′s.

Downtown was a popular spot to go clubbing and barhopping. The police would stand on the street corners and watch for anyone acting even slightly intoxicated. I never did anything to draw attention to myself, other than walking down the street and possibly stumbling on my high heels. I would end up sitting in a paddy wagon for hours until they collected enough college kids to haul off to jail for the night. I will admit that I deserved the DWI I got on my 21st birthday. My friends took off and left me to drive. I shouldn’t have. The other times I was arrested were for absolutely ridiculous reasons and I was treated like a punching bag. To date, I have the two DWIs and Resisting Arrest charges on my record. I was able to complete a year of drug court to avoid a felony conviction for “doctor shopping.” I have settled down and haven’t been arrested in over seven years. I don’t drink or use drugs. I have three small children who still see the police as the good guys. When they ask me if I have ever been to jail, I lie.

Through my experiences I learned that our country is actually a police state. This notion of having freedom is a farse. We have the most incarcerated people in the world, and police brutality is shoved under the rug. While minorities are disproportionately affected by our criminal justice system, no one is immune. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, brown or yellow, we are all the same when we are in handcuffs.

Laura M.

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Connect, Outreach this Thursday in San Antonio at Tonyc Summer Jam

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

As traffic to CopBlock.org has increased many solid connections have been formed between those local, thanks to the emergence of over 150 known groups, and between those afar, thanks to global technology, which disregards political boundaries.

In addition to providing support and eliminating feelings of isolation – an attribute key for the divisiveness peddled by our would-be rulers to take hold – ideas and concepts are being transmitted, such as ‘no victim no crime’ and the fact that individuals act and are responsible for their actions.

Music has always served as a megaphone in the transmission of ideas. How big was the impact of Bob Marley or the Beatles in the conversations happening in their times and places?

Symbiotic relationships are being formed with musicians and music promoters compelled to have a voice in the conversations around the corrupt injustice system and its actors. Highlighting those relationships was the impetus for the page CopBlock.org/Music.

This Thursday in San Antonio the 10th Annual Tonyc Summer Jam is going down. Ten thousand are expected to attend.

http://TonycSummerJam.com
Thursday, July 03, 2014
4pm – midnightcopblock-3x5-stack-of-100
La Villita, San Antonio, TX

Mario, who works with Alt Cult Promotions, reached out, and offered to have his street team distribute Cop Block literature to those present, and to display it at his booth.

Mario noted:

Last year with only 100 local DJ’s and 20 bands we got over 6,700 people out there to a bar called Hooligans. This year, for the 10th annual event, DJ Tonyc / WhataParty.com stepped it up by moving the location to La Villita in downtown San Antonio and added 10 headliners to the event from across the country. My enterprise, Alt Cult Promotions, is very active with Cop Block [Mario posts about known checkpoints, participates in call floods, shares content, films police interactions, and more] and this year we will have our own stage and booth. I’ve always wanted San Antonio to know their rights and now we have an opportunity to make it happen.

We shipped Mario a shirt each for him and his partner to don to help start conversations, and a big stack of the  3″ x 5″ flyers we just received to use for outreach (view/print at CopBlock.org/Flyers, buy in stacks of 100 at CopBlock.org/Store).

Mario also wants to connect with others already active – hence this post.

If you plan to attend Tonyc Summer Jam this Thursday in San Antonio, contact Mario to connect, and if desired, to coordinate:

Know Texas-Based Groups included at CopBlock.org/Groups

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Andrew of Amarillo CopBlock Holds His Own

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Despite being lied to, threatened with confinement in a cage, and assaulted by Stokes, employed at the Gray County (TX) Sheriff’s Outfit (806-669-8022), Andrew, who had been peaceably videotaping some road pirate activity in Pampa, TX, did an excellent job asserting his rights in this video interaction captured in early April (though the video was only made live a few days ago).

Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights and Photography Is Not a Crime!

 

Yesterday Amanda Billyrock and I sat-down to share our thoughts on Andrew’s video via CopBlock.org/Live. Unfortunately, I realized after broadcasting, that Andrew’s video had been visible only to us. This morning I became more familiar with the functionality of Google Hangout On Air (attempt #1, attempt #2) and now know how to ensure that both those who record or view (live or the recorded broadcast) are able to see and hear the video being discussed.

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Videographer Andrew, of Amarillo CopBlock

Still, I wanted to share this piece of content to help put Andrew’s actions on the radar of more people as I think it is a superb example of how to stay cool when being confronted.

From the start, when noting the time, date and location, Andrew did great.

Perhaps the only thing Andrew could have differently was that initially, he disclosed to Deherrera, an employee of the Pampa Police outfit (who approached when Andrew was recording the road pirate activity) that he’d previously been photographing the court. DeHerrera then incorporated that tidbit of information provided into a narrative, which he said pointed to a possibility that Andrew was “suspicious.”

That same fear-based mentality was exhibited, to much greater extend, by Stokes, who tried to assuage his assault of Andrew by pointing to 9-11, apparently referencing the date of when three buildings in NYC were imploded.

As queried by Andrew, “Thirteen years later a boy in Pampa with a video camera is a terrorist threat?”

Andrew never acted in the wrong, and he knows that. Though Stokes lies repeatedly, stretches the truth, and threatens force, Andrew remained confident, and easily rebutted Stokes’ circular-logic.

When Stokes Stokes told Andrew that he was “fixing to arrest” him, Andrew laughed and asked him a question – “For what? No crime?” And rightly so. That must have been disempowering to Stokes.

If Stokes felt so brazen in his attempt to trip Andrew up and then cage him, despite being filmed, I wonder how he’s treated others in the area in the past.

stokes-gray-county-sheriffs-outfit-copblockAnd Stokes assaulted Andrew – he initiated force. He attempted to steal his camera – a tool that merely captures the truth of the situation. It’s no wonder that Stokes – like any bully – fears such transparency.

I’d argue that it would have been more just for Andrew to disarm Stokes*, than for Stokes to take Andrew’s camera. Andrew harmed no one filming. If anything, he created a positive externality as his filming of police employees helps to safeguard rights. Stokes, meanwhile, pretended to have the right to stop Andrew and tell him he’s not free to continue, to talk, or to record. “I’m in control, you’re not.”

Stokes actions – so clearly in the wrong, and his course of questioning – not finding purchase, his friends Deherrera, Roberts and another Pampa police employee removed themselves from his proximity. Rogers soon interjected himself, motioned for Stokes to step back from Andrew, and a short time later Andrew, who’d asked “Am I free to go? Am I being detained?” was on his way into the Pampa night, liberated both in mind and body.

The interaction Andrew documented was only on the surface about recording video – it is at its core about obedience. Stokes operated as if he has the right to bully people around. The sooner we each see that he, and no one, has extra rights, the sooner the institutionalized violence of the police apparatus ceases.

*keep in mind that Stokes, by the very nature of his gig, subsists on money taken from individuals in his community under the guise of “protection” – would you be hire Stokes to help keep you safe?

ANDREW / AMARILLO COPBLOCK

GRAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OUTFIT

PAMPA POLICE OUTFIT

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My Experience in Lubbock County Jail

Monday, May 26th, 2014

This post was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: 2009
Police Employees Involved: Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department, Lubbock County Jail Staff
Police Employee Contact Information: 806-775-7048

A few years ago, I was arrested for domestic assault in Lubbock, Texas. What I experienced in jail was shocking. I’m not a good writer but I want to share my story so that people will understand what goes on inside the holding cells that are intended for so-called “innocent until proven guilty” people. I was never charged with a crime. If you want to skip why I was arrested, please do so, and start reading at “WHILE IN JAIL.”

In the state of Texas, if someone calls the police claiming domestic violence, it is the law that the police must arrest someone. They have to leave with either the person complained on, or the person who called. I had been having a terrible time with my now ex-husband and should have left him LONG before I did. Long story short, I ended up running out to the car to quickly leave. He had severely beaten me once before. He followed me and when he tried to pull me out of the car, I punched him in the face, causing his lip to bleed. (In Texas, if someone is trying to assault you while you are in your car, you have the right to defend yourself, even to use deadly force.) He then ran inside and called 911. He wanted to get me back for his arrest. When the police came, I was questioned and told them I did nothing. The cop asked why my knuckles were red, and saw that I was obviously not telling the whole story. Afterwards, I tried to explain that I was simply defending myself, but it was too late. I was arrested.

WHILE IN JAIL

I was first taken to the Lubbock City Jail, where I was immediately booked. I was in a 6′ wide by 6′ deep by 10′ high (approximately) cell with two poor excuses for bunk beds. It was just a metal slab, with no mattress, and a toilet in the middle of the room. I was in there with one other girl who had shoplifted. She was very annoying and kept farting and crying that if she were in Ohio, where she is from, they would have just given her a ticket. After six hours of sitting in this place with her, we were both taken to the Lubbock County Jail.

When I got there, I had to change, etc, and then waited in a chair with about ten other women and twenty men by the staff’s desks. This was where we had to wait until a holding cell was available. It’s also where we had to wait while we were waiting to go to the bonding hearing, and to bail out. After fourteen hours, I was finally taken to a holding cell. It was one of three available for women. The cells were approximately 10′ wide by 14′ deep by 10′ high, and each had about ten women, but there were only four mats for us to share and a toilet. The water fountain did not work, so we could only drink when a meal was brought. With our meal we were given one school sized carton of milk and one dixie sized cup of lemonade. We got that three times a day and that is all we had to drink. There was also a drunk tank with one elderly woman inside. She had to be about 75 years old and was clearly senile. She kept flushing the toilet and bathing in it. She would rant and tell stories and talk to herself and scream, night and day. She clearly needed to be in a mental health facility but was instead punished with neglect and left in the drunk tank longer with each outburst. I couldn’t believe that this was really happening. Many of the girls I was in there with would engage her and scream back for her to shut up, just making it worse.

I stayed in the holding cell for another ten hours until I was finally booked and printed. After that, another twenty-two hours went by before I was taken before the judge for bonding. I was given a bond less than the mandatory minimum because I guess it was obvious I WAS indeed defending myself and shouldn’t have been there. When we were done, we returned to the cells where I remained another eight hours until I was taken into the room with the chairs to make my phone call. After four hours in there, I was taken back to the cells. I waited there again for ten hours until I was taken back into the room with chairs where I waited for my turn to leave. After sitting in the room for six and a half more hours, I was finally given my clothes and property back and released.
While in the cells, I was deprived of water. Other women who were menstruating were not given tampons. They would ask and the officers would say, “I’ll see what I can do,” every time, and every time did nothing. Eventually the girls became irate and proceeded to bitch and scream for hours while they bled on themselves. The lights, for better or worse, do not go out, so I was without darkness for the entire time. Most of the women I was in there with were either in there for drug charges or for domestic assault against their male or female partners, most of them proudly admitting their guilt to the rest of us. The elderly woman remained in the drunk tank. She was there before I got there and was still there when I left. According to women who were already on their second day when I got there, she had been there longer than they had as well. I don’t know if she ate because I don’t know how she would have in her state. I’m guessing she was drinking out of the toilet she kept bathing in, but I don’t know. It was all in all a more than three day ordeal.

After I left, I had to go across the street to the bonding agency that had bailed me out, and spent another hour in there. They charged a fee of 10% on my bond. I had to check in weekly until my case was filed as dropped. Luckily, I was not fired for missing four days of work. Being in jail is so stressful and unhealthy, so my entire body was covered with pimples by the time I got out. I can’t tell you what a great feeling it was to step into the shower and then turn off the lights and go to sleep after a few glasses of wine. (I did not go home to my now ex’s, but to my granddad’s house. That was FINALLY the last straw and I filed for divorce after that.)
Does this sound like a place for those who are “innocent until proven guilty,” or even for the guilty? The most disgusting aspect was obviously the elderly woman and as shocking as it was, I fear it is not an uncommon occurrence.

 

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Arrested for Failure to Identify

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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I was given a citation for “failure to identify” in Texas. Here’s what happened:

I was walking around with my Guy Fawkes mask and some kids got scared and screamed; their mom came outside and started yelling at me. Keep in mind, I was on the other side of the street, minding my business. I kept walking and walked to another neighborhood. I came back into my neighborhood a few minutes later to a few cops stopping in front of me. They asked me to show my face and take off the mask, which I did. I showed my face and then they asked me what my name was, if I had any ID, and where I live. I told them I didn’t have to show them that and I didn’t have to tell them my name or any of the information without them suspecting me of a crime. Then they cuffed me and told me it was an offense to not give them information. However, it states that they can only charge you for that if you were arrested beforehand and didn’t give them your information if you didn’t have an ID on you. I asked them to loosen the cuffs, and one officer tightened them. There are marks on my wrists from only wearing the cuffs for fifteen minutes. I asked him to put my seatbelt on, and he just slammed the door in my face. I have to go to court in June.

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