Puppycide: A Symptom of the Police State

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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About half of households in the USSA have a dog. For many of us, our four-legged friends are part of the family. When they pass, it can be a tough adjustment. That is especially true when their lives are cut short through acts of violence.

The killing of other peoples’ dogs by police employees happens so regularly that a word – puppycide – has been coined to describe it.

Maps, databases, Facebook pages, and media content provide a voice for those wronged and give us some idea of the scale.

A duo of documentarians focusing on this issue has raised tens of thousands via their Kickstarter campaign. They state that every 98 minutes a dog is shot by a police employee, which equates to over 5,000 dogs annually.

Almost without exception, police employees who shoot unarmed people claim “I felt threatened” – that same mantra is put-forth by those who shoot dogs under dubious circumstances.

In the injustice system, the phrase “I felt threatened” acts as a get out of jail free card for police. They must get home safely, after all.

Yet if its believed that police take a paycheck to protect others, wouldn’t they put their own safety second to those they serve? And never shoot a person or a dog unless it was to protect someone else?

But that’s not how the injustice system is structured. It is set up not to foster justice or accountability, but to protect its own actors and its perceived legitimacy.

So what’s to be done?

Some suggest that more lawsuits are needed, as it would act as a deterrent. Yet how could that be if the individual responsible never personally faces any consequences? Even if someone “wins” in legaland, it’s not the offending police employee on the hook for the settlement, but hardworking people in the community. Remember—“settlements” are paid by tax money, not police employee salaries. If anything, this solidifies that police employee and their colleagues can shoot and kill with impunity.

Others recommend that new policies and training be implemented, to give police employees more options in their toolbox instead of their firearm, to go to during encounters with dogs.

Yet just like the lawsuit tactic, the training avenue neglects to start the conversation where it begins.

Puppycide is rampant because police lack the proper incentives.

Police departments, sheriff’s offices, and federal agencies are built on double standards. They claim “legal” rights to do things considered wrong for you or me.

If I went to your property, jumped your fence, broke into your house, put you and your family in handcuffs, shot your dog in front of you, then trashed your house, would my actions be justified if I claimed that I were looking for marijuana?

Of course not. Yet that same scenario is happening time and time again.

Consider the fact that while dogs owned by non police employees are killed without recourse, legalese exists that proscribes five-figure fines and years in a cage for anyone who even harms a dog owned by a police employee.

While it is impossible to be made whole when the loss of life happens, trying to remedy a coercive monopoly is fruitless and serves only to reinforce their claimed legitimacy.

If you really want to end puppycide, strike the root. If someone kills your dog, or the dog of another family in your community, treat the situation the same whether they wear a badge or not.

Make the incident known to others. Share a recount online in text or video form. Link to it from your area Craigslist, Topix or other online community board. Connect with your local police accountability groups and collaborate to focus attention on the aggressor. And, inform the neighbors of the shooter about the incident – after all, wouldn’t you want to know if you lived next to someone who engaged in such predatory actions? Ostracism is a powerful and peaceful tactic.

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Police: Would-Be Masters Who Masquerade as Servants

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Are those who subsist on coercion deserving of your support?

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VIDEO NARRATION

Police employees claim to stand for justice, to protect those most vulnerable, and to be public servants.

But is that true?

What is a servant?

According to Dictionary.com: a person employed by another, or, a person in the service of another.

What is a master?

Again, looking to Dictionary.com: a person with the ability or power to use, control, or dispose of something, or, an owner of a slave

With these definitions in mind, would you say that police employees act more like “servants” or “masters”?

It’s no mystery why police employees behave like masters and not servants. Unlike butchers and bakers and candlestick makers, police employees don’t earn your money by serving you. They simply take it through taxation, fines, and asset forfeiture.

Consider how this perverse incentive manifests.

Say that a friend of yours is shot. For the most part, police treat it as just another day at the office – reports are written, paperwork is shuffled, sometimes a half-hearted search is done, but that’s about the extent of it.

But if a police employee is shot, entire towns are locked down, all points bulletins are transmitted to corporate media, property rights of those is the area are violated, innocent bystanders shot by police are brushed away, and taxpayer money is used to offer a bounty.

In George Orwell’s classic novel “Animal Farm,” the pigs are able to rule over all other animals with the phrase, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

And just like the pigs in “Animal Farm”, when one group claims the sole right to make, and interpret the rules, we see that today those who purport to serve us, place a higher value on themselves.

For example, proscribing that the same action done toward a police employee is deserving of more punishment than if done to a non-police employee.

So, are police employees MORE equal than you or me?

An outsider looking in could only conclude “yes.” But such double standards are not conducive to a free society.

Pull back the curtain on the coercive monopoly that is the injustice system. Realize that the entire corrupt apparatus relies on perceived legitimacy, and choose not to grant it any.

What kind of society do you want to live in? One, where everyone is treated as an equal, or one in which some are slaves and others are masters?

If you truly believe that badges don’t grant extra rights, act like it.

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An Institution Based on Coercion Can Never Supply Justice

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Incentives matter.

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Corruption in Kaufman County

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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Call Kaufman County DA Erleigh N. Wiley (972) 932-4331 ext #4

Tell her to drop the frivolous threats levied at Robert Scott McCollom

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And other individuals within the Kaufman County injustice system who have kept the veiled threats hanging over the head of Robert Scott McCollom due to hubris and the need to perpetuate perceived legitimacy.

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Danger: Police Impunity Behind the Wheel

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The level of impunity granted to police employees by those within the injustice system pertains not only to physical brutality, tasing, or shooting, but to injuries or deaths caused by their actions, or inactions, behind the wheel.

Of course, that should come as no surprise to anyone who understands how the system is rigged.

At its core, every police outfit, district attorneys office, and courtroom, and everyone within those outfits who subsist via the political means, operate according to the bad idea that they have the legal right to do things wrong for you to do.

The perception of authority is everything – without it, the people who pretend to “protect and serve” (yet conversely say that they have no duty to protect) are seen for what they are – individuals, who, like yourself, are responsible for their actions. Clearly, the involvement of a coercive monopoly is not conducive to justice.

 

RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS

  • Darren Ilardi / New York Police Outfit: 646-610-5000 / Queens County DA: (718) 286-6000
  • John Swearingen / Kern County Sheriff’s Outfit (661) 391-7500 / Kern County DA: (661) 868-2340
  • Frederick Schimp / Pennsylvania State Police Outfit (717) 783-5599 / Erie County DA: (814) 451-6349
  • Joseph Quiles / Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Outfit: 414.226.7000 / Milwaukee County DA: (414) 278-4646
  • Andrew Francis Wood / Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Outfit: (323) 267-4800 / Los Angeles County DA: (213) 974-3512

 

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  • http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Cyclists-to-Demand-Charges-Vs-Deputy-Who-Fatally-Struck-Prominent-Lawyer-273822971.html
  • http://www.eriealert.com/district-attorney
  • http://www.copblock.org/kern-county-employee-john-swearengin-kills-two-people-with-crusier-retains-job
  • http://fox6now.com/2014/05/01/sober-driver-arrested-for-owi-when-deputy-crashes-into-her
  • http://fox13now.com/2014/08/07/sober-driver-arrested-for-dui-when-deputy-blows-through-stop-sign-hits-her
  • http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/sep/09/da-no-criminal-charges-trooper-fatal-crash/#sthash.j2Vnrxf0.dpuf
  • http://www.erietvnews.com/story/25959571/state-police-promise-thorough-investigation-of-fatal-accident
  • http://www.copblock.org/darren-ilardi-nypd-employee-hits-kills-ryo-oyamada-and-colleagues-cover-up
  • http://www.scribd.com/doc/237940150/Official-document-Deputy-won-t-be-charged-in-death-of-Calabasas-bicyclist-Milton-Olin
  • http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/Settlements-totaling-88-million-in-deputy-wrongful-death-case-247940581.html?tab=video&c=y
  • http://gothamist.com/2014/08/20/ryo_oyamada_video.php
  • http://pix11.com/2014/08/22/did-nypd-cover-up-details-in-queens-patrol-car-death-of-japanese-student
  • http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x1910327682/Settlement-of-4-8-million-for-victims-family-in-case-where-deputy-struck-and-killed-pedestrians
  • http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/settlement-reached-on-behalf-of-family-of-oildale-man-struck-and-killed-by-sheriffs-deputy-022814
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Rick Rynearson Takes Illegal Checkpoint Detention to Fifth Circuit

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Veteran’s Against Police Abuse founder Rick Rynearson is appealing a recently dismissed lawsuit against Border Patrol agents who detained him for thirty-four minutes, despite his offering of a military ID, driver’s license, two passports and despite answering their questions. The incident was captured by five video cameras and you can view it here.

Earlier this month, Rynearson presented his situation in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Related video and documents are below, as is background text originally shared by Rynearson via VeteransAgainstPoliceAbuse.com.

Rynearson has funded this lawsuit, and another similar ongoing civil suit, entirely himself. He is now appealing this civil suit to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

If you are in a position to help Rynearson continue his quest for justice, consider:

  1. donating via Paypal to “lilryno@aol.com” (or visit Rynearson’s site and click the Paypal button in the upper-left)
  2. mailing a check to: Rick Rynearson, 9450 SW Genini Dr ECM, #8182, Beaverton, OR 97008
  3. sharing the content below with those in your sphere

Rynearson notes, any money not used for this litigation will be donated evenly between The Peaceful Streets Project, Photography is Not a Crime (PINAC), CopBlock, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Thank you for any help you can provide!

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Argument concerning unconstitutional activity at an interior suspicionless checkpoint in Uvalde, TX delivered before the Honorable Judges Elrod, Reavely, and Southwick on 2 September 2014.

The 28J letter requested by the court, and Rynearson’s response to the letter.

28J Letter in Rynearson v United States of America, et al by VAPA-AgainstCopAbuse

Background

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Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Del Rio dismissed a civil lawsuit, prior to discovery, against two Border Patrol agents on the ground that the plaintiff did not demonstrate a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and therefore the agents had qualified immunity against discovery or civil suit.  The suit has been appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court heard oral argument, and we wait for their ruling.  The pleadings before the Fifth Circuit can be viewed here.

The plaintiff, Richard Rynearson, argued that a thirty-four minute detention for a suspicionless immigration inspection sixty-seven miles from the Mexican border violated the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable seizures.  Rynearson provided video of the encounter that shows he offered a driver’s license, a military ID, an official passport, and a personal passport  and answered all eighteen question the agents asked him, with the exception of a single question concerning the identity of his supervisor at his place of employment (a question the agent told Rynearson he did not have to answer).

Still, the district court ruled that a thirty-four minute immigration detention was reasonable, and gave two separate arguments for its decision.

The first argument the court made in its ruling, was that Rynearson’s “own actions” caused the delay, and therefore this was a reasonable length for an immigration inspection.  Specifically the court ruled that Rynearson caused the well above average detention by 1) refusing to roll his window down during part of the detention, 2) refusing to physically hand his identification to an agent, despite the agent not asking for the identification to be physically handed over and despite the agent’s claim that the identification was irrelevant to immigration status, and 3) Rynearson’s “arguing” with the agent concerning the standard of suspicion required for further detetention, and Rynearson’s challenging the agent’s claim that he could not hear him.  The court did not hold the agents responsible for their failure to ask a single immigration question until eleven minutes into the detention.  The court did not explain why a citizen suspected of no crime must legally roll a window down beyond what is necessary to verbally communicate (if at all), or why he must physically hand over identification without a clear request (if at all), or why protected speech to disagree with an agent removes the need for government agents to act diligently during a detention that is legally required to be brief (couple of minutes).

The second argument the court made in its ruling, was that the agents had reasonable suspicion for “some criminal activity,” and the court mentioned possible drug smuggling or “another possibility” that Rynearson was acting as a decoy for unidentified vehicle(s) behind him that might have been smuggling contraband.  The court lists the following to support its lonesome claim of reasonable suspicion for “some criminal activity:” 1) Rynearson not rolling the window down for part of the detention, 2) disagreeing with the agents about the applicability of mere suspicion when not on the border, and disagreeing with the claim agents could not hear him, 3) making a phone call to his lawyer, his wife, the FBI, and the Border Patrol headquarters in Washington DC, 4) declining the request to exit the vehicle (a request and not an order according to the agent’s affadavit), and 5) not handing over his identification physically to the agent, despite the agent not requesting it be handed over and despite the agent claiming the identification was irrelevant to immigration status.  The court’s ruling makes no mention of the fact that the government itself did not claim the defendants had reasonable suspicion in its motion to dismiss, nor does the court mention that the primary agent declared in a signed affadavit that “Mr. Rynearson’s detention was solely for the purpose of conducting an immigration inspection.”  The court does not relate that the primary agent said multiple times during the incident that he did not need reasonable suspicion, or that the agent only told Rynearson that he had “mere suspicion;” a standard less than reasonable suspicion, that is only applicable for checkpoints on the actual border.  The court makes no mention of the fact that Rynearson’s window was partially rolled down in the primary inspection area and yet the drug dog did not alert for drugs.  The court also did not explain how a motorist who had installed five video cameras to record his actions in and around his vehicle, could be reasonably suspected of engaging in “some criminal activity.”

If the district court’s ruling is allowed to stand, the legal reality in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi will be that American motorists who are simply driving from one American town to another American town, who have committed no crimes and who are suspected of no wrongdoing at all, may be detained by the federal government for thirty-four minutes regardless of the abundance of (legally unrequired) immigration status proof they provide or their (legally unrequired) cooperation with questioning.  In short, if this ruling is allowed to stand, it will remove the protections of previous Fifth Circuit and Supreme Court case law, which requires that these suspicionless checkpoint stops be brief, be limited to the purpose of inquring into immigration status, and that they present only a “minimal intrusion” to motorists who are not suspected of any crime.  Put another way, if this ruling is allowed to stand, not even cooperation with the programmatic purpose of a checkpoint will be enough to shield innocent Americans from unreasonable seizures that are far from minimally intrusive.  In addition, this ruling if unchecked, will encourage federal activist judges to invent “reasonable suspicion” out of thin air, using only guesses and hunches to list various possibilities of “some criminal activity,” even when federal government law enforcement makes no such claim itself.

Rynearson has appealed this ruling to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the hope of reminding the Border Patrol and the district court that its ruling in Machuca-Barerra still stands, and that suspicionless checkpoint stops are an exception to the standing rule of the Fourth Amendment, must be brief, must present a minimal intrusion, and must not be operated in a fashion that treats motorists as though they are all suspected of “some criminal activity.”

Rynearson Appeal to Fifth Circuit by VAPA-AgainstCopAbuse

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Like a Good Neighbor – Jackson (MI) Cop Block is There

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The content below was captured and shared by Brandon Vreeland, founder of Jackson (MI) Cop Block. As he concludes in the video, “Try doing something selfless. Help someone that may need it. Love each other. Because why not?”

 

I started filming a traffic stop and ended up giving a ride home to the victim’s of a road pirate (sheriff). The cop towed their car and left them on the side of the road with all the tools from the job they were trying to get to before the pirate stole their booty (car) , and left them for broke. So I approached them and asked if I could render aid in the form of a ride home.

I had my truck so I was in a position to help. I feel that if we are in a position to help we have no choice but to do as so. The police should follow suit, but I don’t have time for miracles.

The sheriff employe (Sukovich #5125) took offense to my assistance and ordered me away from his scene. I responded with the fact that I only wish to render aid to the citizens. Later he comes over to question me and I respond with, ” I don’t answer questions.” I asked for his badge number and name. Then he said sorry you don’t want to talk to me and I said I don’t talk to cops.

I gave the two young men a ride home with all their tools and such. I also talked to them about their right’s and that I would provide them with my footage if they needed it.

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Sale on Cop Block T-Shirts, Hoodies and Gear

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

All Cop Block gear at CopBlock.org/Store is now on sale!

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The Police State Goes Mainstream

Friday, September 19th, 2014

This post was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit and was originally made live at PowerfulPrimates.com by Jesse Herman. Connect with him via Twitter, Facebook or Google+ And if you’re so-inclined,  subscribe to Youtube.com/PowerfulPrimates, where the video, and other related content, is housed.

The police state gained steam in the 1980′s through the drug war, and unwinnable war against the American people, which was then accelerated by Bush and Clinton in the 90′s.

Then came 911 and as we slowly see drug laws loosening, anti-terrorist laws and force are blanketing the landscape making the anti-drug war look like a gentle massage to Bush and Obama’s terrorist approach of bending over uncle sam and raping him while recording it for syndication on your favorite fearporn outlet.

Post 911 brought a new world and quickly militarized the police force to look like your favorite GI Joe characters.

Events like Occupy Wall Street saw the rise of some mainstream media outrage as the good cops of the good ol’ days were hard to find, replaced by the bully hopped up on steroids and assault rifles.

The Boston Bombings resulted in police swarming the streets with militarization and while it disturbed some, on the mainstream scale it was hailed as a victory, where ‘Murica defeated the terrorists.

Then other incidents popped up like with Christopher Dorner, where it was shoot at whoever we damn well please and ask questions later. Or more fitting, “don’t ask questions at all mother fucker.”

Now finally, finally after the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the national media at large has asked, “what and the holy fuck!?”

The focus by many has been on race but for anyone paying attention, it is all about state vs. citizen. The government vs. the individual.

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Announcing The Cop Block Quarter! .999 Fine Silver

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

I’m happy to announce the release of the beautiful Cop Block Quarter – the result of a partnership with our friends at Suns of Liberty Mint!

The Cop Block Quarter is a .25 Troy oz. piece of guaranteed .999+ fine silver that, on the front, has the Cop Block logo, URL and thought-provoking text “Who Owns You?”, and on the back, a repeating design with “Suns of Liberty Mint .999 Fine Silver.”

Get one ounce of Cop Block Quarters (four pieces) for just 3.25-FRNs over spot. That means, if silver is 20-FRNs per ounce, you’d pay 23.25-FRNs for four Cop Block Quarters.

And, as a portion of sales from the Cop Block Quarter will be kicked back to CopBlock.org, you can get useable, sound money, while helping to advance the fact that badges don’t grant extra rights!

To Learn More and Purchase Cop Block Quarters, visit: SunsOfLibertyMint.com

The Cop Block Quarter is the latest in a great collaboration between CopBlock.org and SunsOfLibertyMint.com.

In 2013, SunsOfLibertyMint.com sponsored the Police Accountability Tour, which helped myself, Jacob Crawford, and Garret Ean travel to nine cities to connect with those active, capture content, and share ideas.

And in June and July of 2014, SunsOfLibertyMint.com stepped-up as CopBlock.org’s IT sponsor of the month.

Silver, like Bitcoin, is a means of exchange that empowers you, unlike Federal Reserve Notes, which fuels the police state.

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