Mental Cages Precipitate Those Physical

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

 Let him who would move the world, first move himself.
- Socrates

If someone was kidnapped from your community and went missing for years you’d be concerned.

Say you lived in Manchester, NH, Murfreesboro, TN, Berkeley, CA, or Columbia, MO – what if the entire population of your town was snatched-up? That’s what happened in the early 1940s based on the orders of one person, the blind allegiance thousands of others granted based on that person’s title, and the unquestioning acceptance by millions more due to years of programming.

Though claims of a “fervered time of world war” were given as justification, no person has carte blanche ability to violate the rights of even one individual, much less the 110,000 caged in America’s concentration camps.

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For more on Gila River check out “Years of Infamy” by Michi Nishiura Weglyn, who was held captive at the facility.

What happened at Gila River, in countless other iterations, and what may occur in the future can happen only after the mind has been made complacent, force-fed Statist Quo drivel, that a certain group of people have the right to control others. Fortunately, bad ideas can be replaced by those recognized to be better, and more aligned with ones consciousness.

It is paramount for each of us to not accept the dogma of another as our own but to decide for ourselves what makes sense. Don’t buy into the divisive propaganda and ‘us vs. them’ paradigm upon which your would-be masters depend. Trust yourself. [related: http://copblock.org/library]

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A Parley in Parma

Friday, April 11th, 2014

PARMA POLICE OUTFIT

Phone 440.887.7300
Website http://cityofparmapolice.com

GREATER CLEVELAND COP BLOCK

Email greaterclevelandcopblock@gmail.com
On Facebook http://facebook.com/greaterclevelandcopblock
On YouTube http://youtube.com/clevelandcopblock

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Self-Sufficiency Is Dangerous to A System that Relies On Dependency – Randy Stroud

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

In November of 2012 I met Randy Stroud at the Music City Liberty Fest. Later, I became more familiar with his own efforts – much of which focuses on doing damage control when subjects to the arbitrariness inherent in legaland and on the freedom of travel, which I too recognize as paramount.

When I knew I was to roll through Nashville as part of a 7-week jaunt, I hit Randy up and we were able to connect at the Cop Block meetup, which piggybacked on the already-scheduled Liberty on The Rocks meetup at Mafiaoza’s, where the video footage was captured.

I’m happy to share his perspective as his journey – first realizing that something is amiss and then being attracted to specific idea transmitters – is not uncommon. What Randy next did, and what is undoubtedly becoming more common, is, to reference a statement he made in the video, to ‘wash his hands’ of the coercive monopoly and move forward.

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  • ‪[Video] Freeman Wins in Court- No License Plate- Randy Stroud‬ http://youtube.com/watch?v=JfUYVn6RBiI
  • [Video] Traveling without a License- 4th of July 2013‬ http://youtu.be/K994k2zyx38
  • [Post] Patriotism is No Different Than Cultism http://copblock.org/patriotism-is-no-different-than-cultism
  • [Post] Do you Consent to Be Governed? Myths and Facts http://copblock.org/do-you-consent-to-be-governed-myths-and-facts
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  • [Page] Cop Block Library http://CopBlock.org/Library

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CopBlock.org is a resource for the education of individual rights through the dissemination of different viewpoints and tactics that seek to curtail the all-too-common rights-violations and unaccountability that today exists.

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

Those of us who write for and are responsible for CopBlock.org affirm that violence is not condoned except in the defense of self or others – while we recognize the rights of other individuals to use the CopBlock name, we do not recognize those that do not affirm and live by that statement.

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An Exchange in West Memphis

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

When traveling from Little Rock to Nashville I spent three days parked at a truck stop in West Memphis and worked from a 24-hour McDonald’s to get content cranked out. While there I twice saw road pirate activity. The video above documents the first and definitely, the more fruitful conversation from the two interactions (see raw footage via Bambuser from this interaction and from the second interaction).

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4:49 with 4409

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

When in the Phoenix area as part of a recent jaunt, I sat down with my good bud Jason Shelton aka 4409, to hear his thoughts on the situation we are today confronted with and why he is optimistic.

“The limitation of tyrants is the endurance of those they oppose.” – Frederick Douglass

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Papers Please! Drivers License Checkpoint in Rutherford County

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

On Friday, March 21, 2014 a group of individuals wearing Tennessee Highway Patrol costumes stopped and demanded identification from travelers not suspected of any crime. That should cause any thinking person to ponder – just who are the criminals in this situation?

In addition to a Jeep driver who spoke the truth, present with cameras, signs and a mindset not welcoming to such draconian checkpoints were Murfreesboro inhabitants Adam G. House and Axl David, accompanied by Pete Eyre.

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TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL
(615) 741-3181 District 3, Troop B
http://tn.gov/safety/thp.shtml

FILM THE POLICE
http://copblock.org/filmthepolice

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Justice for Luis Rodriguez, Killed by Police Employees in Moore, Oklahoma

Monday, March 24th, 2014

On February 15th, 2014 Luis F. Rodriguez was killed in the parking lot of the Warren Theater in Moore, Oklahoma.

Will the men responsible – Ryan Minard, Joseph Bradley, and Brian Clarkston, employed at the Moore police outfit, and Tyler Howser and Chad Strang, employed at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation outfit, be held accountable?

These unnecessary situations will continue to destroy lives, and negatively impact families and communities, until we each recognize that fact, and choose to withdraw our support and consent of them, and operate according to the fact that badges don’t grant extra rights.

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Moore Police

See 7-minute raw Bambuser video from stop by Moore police outfit: http://bambuser.com/v/4435844

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

See 13-minute raw Bambuser video from stop by Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation outfit: http://bambuser.com/v/4435974

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Michael Brooks-Jimenez (lawyer for Rodriguez family)

Scott Adams (lawyer for killers)

Sean Aber Report re Killing of Luis Rodriguez

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Victory For Scott Olsen

Friday, March 21st, 2014

$4.5 Million Tentative Settlement Reached In Scott Olsen’s Lawsuit for “Less Lethal” Shooting by Oakland Police

The City of Oakland has agreed to pay Scott Olsen $4.5 million to compensate him for devastating brain injuries he suffered when an Oakland Police officer shot him in the head with a “less lethal” munition on October 25, 2011, during a demonstration in support of Occupy Oakland. The lead filled “bean bag” round, fired from a 12 gauge shotgun, shattered Mr. Olsen’s skull and permanently destroyed part of his brain. The settlement in Olsen v. City of Oakland, 3:12-cv-06333, is pending final approval by the Oakland City Council. Mr. Olsen was represented by attorneys Jim Chanin, Rachel Lederman, and Julie Houk.

“After serving two tours of duty as a United States Marine in Iraq, Scott Olsen could never have imagined that he would be shot in the head by an Oakland Police officer while he was peacefully exercising his First Amendment rights in support of the budding “Occupy” economic justice movement,” said Rachel Lederman. “Scott was 24 years old when the shooting and ensuing brain damage robbed him of what had been a promising career as a computer network and systems administrator.”

Jim Chanin said, “There was no dispute that Scott Olsen never posed a threat and was protesting peacefully. He was shot because OPD commanders decided to simultaneously use chemical agents to disperse the demonstrators and have officers shoot impact munitions at anyone who might be throwing something — even though this violated their own written policies. The obviously foreseeable result was that the officers shot people who were desperately trying to flee the scene, including Mr. Olsen.”

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Mr. Olsen had only been at the demonstration for a matter of minutes before OPD commanders gave the order to use munitions on the assembled crowd. He was shot 18 seconds later. Lederman explained, “The commanders knew the teargas and flashbangs would cause people to panic and run, yet they elected to shoot SIM into the densely packed crowd and it is only a matter of luck that more people weren’t injured as severely as Scott Olsen or killed. If the police had done sufficient planning for the demonstration and followed their own Crowd Control Policy, the use of weapons could have entirely been avoided. After all, no other Bay Area city responded to Occupy with SIM or teargas and no other city has incurred the enormous costs that the people of Oakland have as a result.” “The cost is not only money,” added Olsen. “If people can’t speak out without fear of being shot we don’t really have democracy.”

After being shot, Mr. Olsen lay on the pavement critically injured and bleeding from the head, clearly visible very close to the line of police officers. When concerned protesters ran to his aid, OPD Officer Robert Roche threw a flashbang-like CS Blast grenade into their midst, causing them to scatter. The grenade exploded close enough to Mr. Olsen to burn his shoulder as he lay helpless. Civilians re-approached and persisted in carrying Mr. Olsen to safety, screaming for medical aid – but no law enforcement personnel responded or summoned medical attention even though their own policy requires them to provide medical aid to anyone hit with a SIM.

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In an independent investigation commissioned by the City, former Baltimore Police Chief Tom Frazier found that “the fact that no law enforcement officer, supervisor, or commander observed the person falling down or prostrate in the street during the confrontation was unsettling and not believable.”

Mr. Olsen said that he is unable to return to his high tech career. “In the hospital, I had to learn how to talk all over again. Part of my brain isn’t working anymore. It’s not like something I really want to talk about all the time. I relive it every day.“

“This is the same police department that shot longshoremen and protesters with so-called less lethal munitions during a peaceful antiwar picket at the Port of Oakland in 2003,” explained Chanin. “At that time, the City and Police agreed to stop these practices and adopted a model policy for constitutional policing of demonstrations.” “But as soon as they had some more large protests,” said Lederman, “OPD scrapped that agreement and repeated the same mistakes. Scott Olsen’s is the worst of the injuries that resulted from that and I wish I could say it will be the last but that remains to be seen.”

In July, 2013, the Oakland City Council approved a $1,170,000 settlement in a civil rights lawsuit brought by Rachel Lederman, Jim Chanin, and other attorneys on behalf of journalist Scott Campbell and 11 other persons, Campbell et al v. City of Oakland, 3:11-cv-5498. A separate lawsuit, Sabeghi v. City of Oakland, 3:12-cv-6057, was resolved in December, 2013, for $645,000.

As part of the Campbell settlement and a companion $1,025,000 settlement in Spalding v. City of Oakland, 3:11-cv-2867, regarding unlawful mass arrests of protesters, the City and OPD again agreed to abide by the negotiated Crowd Control Policy and gave U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson the power to enforce compliance with the policy for up to seven years.

However, according to Lederman, “OPD has refused to get rid of so-called “less lethal” weapons such as CS Blast grenades and lead shot filled beanbags, and until they do so, it is only a matter of time before we see another tragedy.”

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US Military Vet Fights for 4th Amendment at Home

Friday, March 21st, 2014

This video was uploaded to YouTube.com/WeAreChange on March 18th, 2014 with the text below as a description:

In this video Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange talks to Rick Rynearson from Veterans Against Police Abuse. WeAreChange learns about about Rick’s fight for his freedom here in America as he takes a stand in defense of the Constitution. Are the government check points that are popping up around the US in line with our unalienable rights. What does the future hold for American citizens? Will Rick be successful in his court case or will unreasonable searches and seizures become the norm?

For more information please visit: http://veteransagainstpoliceabuse.org

If you’re interested and able, send Rick Rynearson some coin via PayPal to help with his appeal: “lilryno@aol.com

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Copblocking in Tempe

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

On February 22nd, 2014 Jordan, Kristoff, Zane (whom you may recognize from the video Donuts and Steroids in Paradise Valley) and I, armed with cameras, spent about six hours on Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona, seeking to deter rights-violations and do outreach.

Overall, it was a very productive night – especially in regard to the extended conversations we, and especially Zane had, with Mike Carleton, an employee of the Tempe police, and some of his colleagues.

TEMPE POLICE OUTFIT

More than a few we encountered were familiar with the efforts of those involved with the decentralized Cop Block and many more were supportive of the concept of Copblocking. One of the most oft-cited things I encouraged those I spoke with to do was to get a streaming app to help preserve any content they may capture – I continue to be surprised that there still exists a sizable minority of people who own smartphones but who have not heard of streaming apps.

If I would have done anything different it would have been to be a bit more thorough in reaching-out to others of like-mind in the area. I’d created a couple related pieces of content to put the word out of my pending arrival (via a video and via Bambuser updates) but I should have tagged in a Tweet or sent emails to the groups.

KNOWN ARIZONA-BASED GROUPS

While at least one who came out was involved with AZCB, the person who admins AZCW asked for a little more heads-up next time around. I completely understand. Before leaving town I did send an email between that person and a few others in the area, in the hope that it’ll help to generate future collaboration.

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