Recount your own police interaction or one that you witnessed
- be detailed so others can easily get up-to-speed.
- if you captured a video, upload that elsewhere and include the link. or attach a picture.
- and be sure to include the name and badge number, and known contact information about the aggressor, so attention can be focused on them.
Share your perspective in an original piece
- we can each learn from each other
- the exchange of ideas is key
Cross-post relevant content found elsewhere
- if you see content created by someone else that strikes you as on-point, or as off-base, share a bit from that article, and your own thoughts, to frame it from a different view
- keep in mind that if you only share a link, it will not be published.
Visit CopBlock.org/Submit to inject the disinfecting light of transparency into a situation that demands justice.
From CopBlock.org/About: We do not “hate cops.” We believe that no one – not even those with badges – has extra rights. The failure to realize and act on that is to our detriment. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials we safeguard not just our rights but those of future generations.
Police are trained to escalate their use of force to gain compliance. Police watchers, on the other hand, are encouraged to remain calm, cool and collected.
Those “idiots” are people whom police claim to “serve” Is it surprising that some may have animosity toward police employees, who hassle, ransom or cage them for engaging in actions that cause no victim?
This statement by Ms. Kelly makes clear why so many have coalesced around the ideas of Copblocking…
Police, despite well-meaning intentions, work for an outfit that’s based on double-standards – the claimed “right” to steal from others in the community, to then protect them. They have no incentive to satisfy their “customers” and courts say that they have no duty to protect you.
The content is titled “When Should You Shoot A Cop” – a big difference. If you own yourself, and have the right to defend yourself against an aggressor, it matters not what attire that aggressor wears, or where they work.
Ademo isn’t alone – millions have been wronged by those in the injustice system, and throughout history, by individuals who parrot “I’m just doing my job”
“Got caught”? Is Mr. O’Reilly so authoritarian that he believes individuals engaging in consensual interactions that harm no one else should be caged? What about the person who sold him his suit? Or his car?
Video recording anyone in public is “legal” but some self- proclaimed rulers may threaten or levy “wiretapping” charges in an attempt to deter the practice. See: CopBlock.org/FilmThePolice
Legislation does not equal law. Be careful not to conflate the former with the latter as it bestows upon the writers of legalese the arbitrary authority they seek.
If the police and their friends in legaland are left to define “interfere” or “harass” might they be inclined to kidnap and cage people, and levy baseless threats?
Much love to everyone working to share truth, and to shine the disinfecting light of transparency on those who act in the wrong.
You are the network, and together, we’re shifting away from a reality that positions some as rulers and others as ruled, and instead, maximizes individual freedom and personal responsibility.
Clairton, PA – the setting of the 1978 movie Deerhunter.
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014. Just after 10pm.
Two friends walked home. They’d just gotten ice cream.
A sedan approached, then slowed. Suddenly a door opened and a man burst out and ran toward the girls.
One of them – 17-year-old Merceedez Wright took off. She was scared. But the man was able to cover the ground.
According to friend Destiny Hester, the man “ran full force .. pounced on her, then started kicking her and pulling her hair.”
A bystander’s cellphone captured Merceedez’ screams. A nearby surveillance camera captured the three minute assault.
When the aggressor, then joined by two accomplices, attempted to force Merceedez to his car, she tried to escape. But she was tripped and kidnapped.
Eventually, Merceedez was hospitalized with cuts and bruises, and injuries to her trachea, esophagus and neck.
The men who beat her – far from being criminals on the run – are criminals being protected by the Clairton Police Outfit – where they work.
Those men – who have yet to be identified – had the gall to claim that their actions were just, and pointed to a dictate made by their friends, who conspire as a corporation called the “City of Clairton”
It is individuals who act and thus individuals alone who are responsible for their actions. Not policies. Not legalese.
Merceedez was peacefully walking. She was not committing any crime. She had caused no victim.
The criminals in this situation all wore badges. So much for the desired close relationship with the community.
If you have a moment, give those responsible a call: 412.233.6213
Much love to the individual who stopped to film!
And keep in mind that Merceedez, like each one of us, has the right to use self defense to thwart an aggressor.
As said by Lysander Spooner, “There can be no criminal intent in resisting injustice.”
Got something to say about your buddy’s arrest? Don’t say it in Green Bay, WI because you might get an ass kicking. In fact, don’t even say something about said beat-down on their Facebook Page, unless it’s in a “beatdown related approved portion” of their page.
In April of 2014 Green Bay cop Derick Wicklund decided to unleash his childhood bully on a guy who dared to say “Fuck You!” to him while he was arresting a guy for the crime of having a beer on the sidewalk. Yesterday, it was revealed that GBPD and some other government agency rubber stamped the beating of this guy.
This morning I posted a comment to GBPD’s post about “Operation Frogger” which discussed a crackdown on drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. I believe it’s a noble cause but with the beatdown fresh on my mind I posted; “Derick Wicklund will be “tuning up” violators with a wink from the Chief” on the GBPD Facebook post. It was promptly deleted and I was blocked from commenting.
I contacted the PD and spoke with Lt. Chad Ramos. We had a discussion and he stated he’d get back to me. He called back a few hours later and informed me that as I had made my comment about the Wicklund beatdown on the “Operation Frogger” post instead of one of the posts which discussed the beatdown, the deletion of my comment was appropriate. Apparently I am now banned for life from commenting on their page. Ramos stated that the rules pertaining to “off topic” posts and the lifetime ban were justified and reasonable under WI First Amendment (pertaining to tax payer funded pages.)
Recently a video surfaced that shows a California Highway Patrol employee straddling 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, and delivering repeated blows to her head and face.
The incident happened in Los Angels on Tuesday, July 01st, around 5:40pm, at the La Brea Avenue onramp to I-10. It was captured by David Diaz, who happened to be traveling by at the time.
Almost two weeks since the incident, the aggressor remains unnamed, at work, with pay. Meanwhile, those in his outfit are doing damage control – hoping things will calm down so they can continue on with business as usual. That isn’t surprising, as they are incentivized first to protect not you or I, but the perceived legitimacy of their corrupt institution.
One colleague of the aggressor, Chris O’Quinn, claims that Pinnock had walked into traffic. Even if O’Quinn is believed, does that make acceptable the violence whetted out against Pinnock? If you saw someone who walked into the road, would it be justified if you stopped and beat them down?
O’Quinn also claimed that his colleague was merely trying to restrain Pinnock. Huh?? Clearly she’s trying to block the blows from being delivered. If the aggressor was so brazen in this instance, I wonder how many others he’s wronged?
As Pinnock’s own daughter noted,
I never would have thought I would be standing here today talking on behalf of my mom because she was beaten on the side of a freeway by a CHP officer that was sworn to protect her. That makes me scared.
Further, O’Quinn had the audacity to claim that Pinnock was not hurt. Really? After receiving multiple blows to her head and face from someone atop her, she’s just fine? Would O’Quinn put-forth the same narrative if it were his wife, or mom, who was repeatedly hit in the face and head by a grown male?
Some upset have been holding rallies, which are great to unify, and to bring attention to the situation, but they’re not the solution alone.
Some have called for more training of police employees, so that they can better-respond to situations (i.e. not initiate force). This is definitely not a solution, as the same corrupt institution, that suffers from the same perverse incentives, remains.
Some have called for an investigation done by employees of other, coercive monopolistic entities. There is no way justice or accountability will ever be achieved through this route, no matter how well-intentioned some involved may be. Like the California Highway Patrol, all are founded on the flawed claim that some people – those with badges – have the “legal” right to initiate force.
Some are happy to learn that since the incident, attorneys Caree Harper and John Burris have become involved to help Pinnock in legaland, and that a civil suit is in the plans. But that tactic too will not curtail the pattern of violence caused by police employees, as it’s not the individual aggressor who, assuming compensation is said due, has to compensate their victim, but area residents. Also, using this avenue bestows upon legaland some legitimacy, but it – like all of the injustice system – is a centralized, coercive apparatus that can only exist at the direct inverse of our rights.
Still others look forward to meetings held between so-called “leaders,” “experts,” and the so-claimed “authorities”. This is but window dressing. This perceived “solution” is both foolish and dangerous, as it does not question, but concentrates power with a few who claim the right to rule over others.
The real solution lies within yourself. If you conclude that some who demand your allegiance aren’t deservant, don’t grant them any. If you realize that an action wrong for one cannot become right for another based simply on a costume or badge, and act accordingly, you are more threatening to the Statist Quo than any rally, petition, or lawsuit.
One mind at a time, that erosion of legitimacy will do more to safeguard your rights, and the rights of those around you, than any inside-their-system strategy could ever accomplish.
FILMING IS KEY Because traveler David Diaz took the time to film, it cannot be as easily ignored or covered-up. Thousands are now aware of the incident, and the court of public opinion is powerful. Related: http://CopBlock.org/FilmThePolice
INDIVIDUALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS The aggressors identity is still not known, though that’s likely to change. Whether that info is released by his colleagues during a press conference, or located and shared by those who have such skills, it should be welcomed by anyone, police and non-police alike, who value truth and know the importance of freedom coupled with responsibility, as it rightly focuses attention on the person who acted. Related: http://CopBlock.org/Library
When at PorcFest in Lancester, in the ‘shire, I ran into Mike, who’d just had a run-in with some folks who, despite claiming to protect and serve him, hindered his freedom of movement and now claim that he owes them money, or else.
Props to Mike for speaking out about the rights-violation he was subjected to – after all, he’d done nothing wrong. He’d not harmed another person or their property. There was no victim making claims against him. What there was though, was a thief (someone who subsists on wealth stolen from others), who proclaimed that the windows on Mike’s truck were too dark.
What a joke.
Would you feel safer living having to cross a checkpoint multiple times a week when going to work, or to the store, or to visit friends? Do you think it will be easier, and more effective, to speak out and take (non-initiatory of force) action against the bad ideas that support the police state apparatus today, or next year?
The video below, captured on Wednesday, July 02, 2014, relates to a situation that unfolded in south Florida that involved Livingston Manners and some still, as-of-yet unidentified Hollywood police employees.
UPDADE 7/5/14: According to records released by Waukesha City Attorney Brian Running: The Settlement was $300,000.
A Waukesha area man finally has closure on what was likely one of the worst days of his life. As discussed previously, Waukesha cop Ryan LaFavor beat Mark Schroeder, breaking his ribs, for trying to check on his own teenage daughter’s well being after a car accident. The PD proceeded to delete the dash-cam videos after watching them 20 times and being requested by the defense. This Journal Sentinel article gives more information:
Mark Schroeder, 54, of Wauwatosa had driven up on the scene of a car accident involving his daughter in June 2010. As he tried to approach his daughter, an officer ordered him to stay away. The officer wound up taking Schroeder to the ground, putting a knee in his back, and handcuffing him.
Two months later, Schroeder was charged with resisting arrest. He denied the charge, and as soon as his attorney requested the dash cam video of the arrest be preserved, it was instead destroyed. Police claimed it was a mistake, but a Waukesha judge accused officers involved of bad faith, and dismissed the charge against Schroeder.
In 2013, Schroeder sued. The case had been set for trial Monday, but earlier this month, an attorney for the city and the several officers named as defendants notified the court that the parties had reached a settlement.
The settlement followed the judge’s denial of Waukesha’s attempt to keep any mention of the video’s destruction from being mentioned at trial. While the city claimed the loss of the video was irrelevant to Schroeder’s claim, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller strongly disagreed.
“The loss of the video is highly probative of the credibility of the defendants’ witnesses. Because there is a vast gulf between the different accounts of the events, the loss of the one piece of evidence that could readily show exactly what occurred is highly suspicious,” he ruled.
Stadtmueller also denied the city’s request that the case be dismissed.
“The defendants continue to assert that there remain no genuine issues of material fact. They are wrong. All of the claims rest upon the factual version of events that occurred at Mr. Schroeder’s arrest and in the following criminal prosecution, including the destruction of the video.” Read more…
Civil Rights Violations For All
But the Mark Schroeder beating is just one of many, mostly undocumented incidents, inflicted by Waukesha police on the residents of our city simply for living here.
A Waukesha man was recently acquitted of possession of pot and a work knife. According to court testimony of Officer David Neill, Jesse I. was walking down the street around 4am. Neill stated Jesse turned his head a little bit upon seeing the cop. He stated due in part to the fact that there was no other foot traffic (everyone else had probably been arrested) he needed to stop and violate Jesse’s rights. Neill’s vehicle had a dash cam system but as you can assume, “it was not operational.” The judge told Officer Neill in open court, “You can’t do that” and dismissed the 4 trumped up charges.
And of course there are the allegations against Sgt. Gregg Satula. He’s accused of going to a local man’s house, off duty, and threatening to put a “bullet in his and his (Satula’s) wife’s head” over an alleged affair. I’m waiting on records of the “Investigation” which resulted from this CopBlock article on the matter.
Then there’s “Officer” Jeremy Bousman. He’s a dangerous vindictive man who has no business in any position of authority. In the featured video he’s seen “stopping up anyone in the area” after reports of theft at a local car dealership. That of course is illegal. At the end of this 1 minute video he admits to dumping evidence in a medical marijuana case. He actually laughs about throwing pot plants in a wooded area adjacent to the police department. There’s no doubt he lacks concern for the constraints supposedly placed on him by the constitution and state law. But Jeremy will be discussed in a future article devoted entirely to him…
The Marion County Sheriff’s Outfit is trying to again become an “accredited” police outfit, which means they supposedly embody good qualities.
If you don’t think Marion County Sheriff’s Outfit deserves such accolades, feel free to let those at the accreditation agency know, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or via snail mail: CFA, P.O. Box 1489 Tallahassee, Florida 32302