They Can’t Have It Both Ways!

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Date of Interaction: May 30, 2014
Police Employees Involved: Officer Artie O’Connell – MA Environmental Police Badge # M24
Police Employee Contact Information: Major Len Roberts – len.roberts@state.ma.us – Captain Roger Thurlow – roger.thurlow@state.ma.us – Lt. Colonel Chris Baker – chris.baker@massmail.state.ma.us – Lt. Colonel Chris Baker 617-616-1650

On Friday May 30, 2014, at approximately 17:30, I was traveling westbound on the mass pike in the right lane with traffic flow. The traffic was slowing in the right lane due to a large vehicle at the front of the line of cars and trucks when myself and another vehicle ahead of me changed lanes to the left lane to pass. The vehicle in front of me sped away quickly. I increased my speed to about 70 to overtake the vehicles in the line of traffic. While traveling in the passing lane, a vehicle came up quickly to the rear of my car. I could see the headlights in my rearview and little else. The vehicle was traveling so closely to the back of my car that I could not see the license plate, all I could see were the headlights and a sturdy ‘cage’ type device on the front of the SUV. The vehicle was a large SUV type vehicle. I increased my speed to try to get past the line of vehicles quickly, but the SUV also increased speed accordingly and stayed dangerously close to the rear of my Prius. Traveling with my two dogs and my son in the car with me, I became nervous and was only concentrating on getting past the line of traffic and moving to the right so the SUV would no longer be tailgating me.

Once I cleared the end of the line of traffic, I swiftly moved to the right lane; the SUV immediately began to gain momentum to pass me and as I saw them come into my peripheral line of view on my left, I threw my hand up to display my frustration for their unsafe driving. Just as the vehicle came to the side of my car, and saw my hand up, they immediately slowed, flipped on blue lights, merged behind me and pulled me over. My son was in tears, my heart was racing, and I pulled to the side of the highway ASAP. The officer came to the side of my car and started barking orders. “License and registration!” I got my license out and handed it to him and was retrieving my registration when he demanded, “Do you know the speed limit on the Mass Pike?” I said it was 65. He said, “Yes, 65, NOT 80 like you were doing. Immediately I said that I was traveling so fast because he was too close behind me and I was scared; he cut me off before I could continue to speak, demanding my registration. The officer was intimidating and rude. He was intentionally trying to make me feel lesser with both his verbal behavior and his body language. I was clearly not a threat and I was not argumentative.

The officer returned to his SUV, still close behind my vehicle, and I could not identify what agency he was with. He left us sitting in the car for about twenty minutes. He finally returned and in an argumentative voice asked me if I knew what the left lane was for. I said, “Yes, for passing and…” He again cut me off and shouted, “YES, passing AND emergency vehicles! You are meant to enter the lane, pass the vehicle, exit the lane… enter the lane, pass the vehicle, exit the lane.” He was condescending and rude, treating me as if I was a child, and clearly trying to assert his dominance in the situation. I said I understood that, but that the line of traffic was tight and that he was too close to me, scaring me, and he again cut me off telling me that I had plenty of safe chances to make a lane change.

Well, I disagree! How can I safely lane change when someone is driving so close to my tiny vehicle with their huge SUV and any attempt I made to accelerate to give myself some breathing room was met with similar acceleration? The officer said he clocked me doing 80 and that doesn’t shock me, honestly. Anybody would speed to get away from what they feel is a potential danger – an unsafe driver! What if I had to stop quickly? He would have rammed the back of my car so hard everybody would have perished! His enormous SUV would have all but flattened my tiny Prius. Also, it amazes me that he was fully intent on passing me until I threw my hand in the air in disgust of his poor driving safety! Honestly, as far as I was concerned, he was still just some Joe on the highway being unsafe. I had no idea he was with law enforcement until he put the blue lights on. He didn’t like that I did that, so he pulled me over and he asserted his dominance over me the only way he could: to intimidate me, talk over me, and present me with a ticket. When he finished that and we pulled back on the highway, he immediately entered the left lane, accelerated quickly and ran up on the back end of another unsuspecting driver.

This officer is unsafe! His driving practices are unsafe and his actions reflect a poor attitude and a disrespect of other drivers; both on the road and face to face. He knew he was wrong, and he attempted to punish me as one would punish a child who acts out over an adults wrong doing.

Within approximately an hour after receiving my citation, I was at my mother’s house in Westfield, MA and I was placing calls to find out who his superior officer was and to lodge a complaint. It took me approximately four phone calls and around forty-five minutes (and the assistance of a very helpful State Police officer) before I got on the phone with the officer’s supervisor, Major Roberts. Major Roberts has assured me that he would investigate this situation and would be contacting me again on Monday June 2.

Since the issue, I spoke with Major Roberts on June 2nd, and Captain Roger Thurlow on June 3rd. Captain Thurlow had reviewed my driving record (which is clean) and talked with Officer O’Connell about the stop. The officer admitted to Captain Thurlow that he was ‘in a hurry to get to a location in need of a K-9 unit’, however Captain Thurlow told me it was not an emergency; a roundabout admission of guilt regarding speeding. Officer O’Connell also told the Captain that I had given him ‘the finger’. Captain Thurlow was careful to let me know that the officers are allowed a certain amount of ‘personal discretion’ when deciding to stop somebody or let them go. I told him that I wanted the ticket forgiven since Officer O’Connell’s hazardous driving was the catalyst for the whole situation.

To date, I have attempted to contact Captain Thurlow an additional two times. Only once did he answer me back, telling me my complaint concerning Officer O’Connell was ‘currently in the investigatory process. Please be assured that you will be contacted as soon as all pertinant reports are submitted and reviewed.” He has disengaged with me since June 6th, and ignored my second email, as did Major Len Roberts who was CC’d on the email. Finally on June 26th, I reached out to the acting Director Lt. Colonel Chris Baker with an email directly to him; but alas no response from him either. On July 17th, I phoned and left a voicemail with his admin/assistant.

My court date for the ticket issued is August 5, 2014 in Palmer, MA. Shame on them!

Tammy Shah

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Young Girl Assaulted By Three Men for “Breaking” Curfew

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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”

Please.

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: 413.233.6213

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.”

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The Mind Set Podcast: Episode 201


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A weekly attempt at opening eyes, and trying to shed some light on what’s really going on in the world. All done by ripping apart the media madness that masquerades as news. All with a health dose of paranoia.

Some of the topics discussed on this weeks show:

1. The Peoples Voice, Bye Bye…

2. Malaysian Plane Crash

3. Gaza Invasion

4. 45th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

And so much more!

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Reaction of “Law Enforcers” During May Day Protests is Telling

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Monday morning, May 3rd – the weather looked nice, so Veronica Ballentina decided to walk from her Georgetown apartment to work. She didn’t make it. Ballantina had been approached by gang members, who kidnapped her, and brought her against her will to one of their DC safehouses.

An hour later, less than two miles away, David Harrow stepped outside his bookstore in Dupont Circle to have a smoke. Without warning he was pummeled by marauding thugs. Harrow too was taken and held against his will.

While Ballentina and Harrow are fictional, the situations described did occur. Not just to two people, but to thousands.

Thanks to the unjust actions of those who claimed to “serve and protect,” the 1971 May Day Protests holds the distinction within the arbitrary political boundary of the united states of being the date when the largest number of individuals were kidnapped and caged in a single day.

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DC – the headquarters of a regime that perpetuated institutionalized violence thousands of miles away in Vietnam – was the meeting place for those disgruntled, who sought to protest and physically block those involved with the war machine.

The May 17, 1971 edition of Life covered the incident in a write-up entitled, “The Biggest Bust: Washington Prevails Over the Protesters,” which included these excerpts:

Antiwar militants mounted a display of aggressive civil disruption in Washington’s streets that strained the city’s order, and the [so-claimed] authorities responded with a wave of quasi-legal detention that warped the rule of law [note: the "rule of law" is a farce, for more, see this, and this].

The result was the largest mass arrest in the nation’s history: 7,200 in a single day and a total of 13,400 during four days of gradually de-escalating confrontation. Along the way, Americans were treated to some striking snapshots of their Capital that seemed more appropriate to Saigon in wartime than Washington in the spring: youthful partisans darting into the street to block or slow commuter traffic; Chinook helicopters disgorging squads of flak-jacketed marines on the Washington Monument grounds; thousands of captives herded into an open-air, wire-fenced stockade.

But even in official ranks, there were some doubts whether order had not been purchased at too high a cost to the law [legislation].

The Mayday Collective, sponsors of the plan to clog traffic, had published its intentions for all to see. The 1,400-man District of Columbia National Guard had been called up to assist the D.C. police, 5,100 strong, and 10,000 more Army and Marine troops were held in readiness nearby.

A battalion of the Tenth Marine Regiment, Second Division, held Dupont Circle… [Three hundred soldiers from the 91st Engineer Battalion were on Key Bridge, and Potomac and covered by military guards

Small groups “darted into the highway and linked hands to block traffic… Several ancient jalopies were stalled and abandoned in the middle of the road… Arizona Se. Paul Fannin had his tires slashed… A dilapidated garbage truck was overturned, and so was a huge tractor trailer

…the demonstrators’ tactics – to sally, scatter and regroup – made it almost useless for the police to stop the melee merely by dispersing the participants

Washington DC Police Outfit head Wilson communicated that normal field arrest procedures were to be suspended – “just bring them in and lock them up.” Wilson later attempted to justify his proclaimed tyranny by stating, “I took these steps because I felt they were necessary to protect the safety of law-abiding citizens and maintain order in the city.”

Wilson’s colleagues systematically employed coercion, together kidnapping and caging thousands not even suspected of a crime, all of whom were charged with “disorderly conduct,” given the same date of arrest (May 3rd) and place of arrest “District of Columbia.” The field for “arresting officer” was initially left blank, then later one of seven police employees names was added.

Unable to house all those captured in their cages, thousands were brought to a stadium and fencing erected. Eight legaland rooms (courts) heard on average one case per minute. Swift, but definitely not just.

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The head of the ACLU at the time, Aryeh Neier, called the round-up “a planned process of perjury.” Did Wilson or any of his lackeys ever face repercussions? What do you think?

Later, the fingerprints and photos taken of demonstrators were turned over to the criminal gangsters working at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Some thought this was one of the main reasons the roundup was done – to gather information on the identity of those who most threatened the Statist Quo.

Why is this relevant today? Because it demonstrates the lengths some may go to protect the charade that positions them as “rulers”, and underscores why it makes zero sense for you to buy into the pretense of justice peddled by those involved in a coercive monopoly. And if you happen to work as a police employee, perhaps this bit of reminiscing will be the nudge needed to step back from the ‘thin blue line’ and act on your conscience.

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WeCopwatch Shirts a Success

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Hey folks this is Jacob of Wecopwatch.
WeCopwatch shirts have been around only a month and we’ve already had to order a new supply. The idea that we can and should watch the police is clearly something that resonates with the people.

Whether I am in Oakland, Berkeley or San Francisco these shirts already are having some impact. For instance when I approach a stop, victims and the police immediately know my intentions. I am there to ensure the police WILL NOT abuse the person they have stopped, and if they do. . .I will do my best as a witness to help that person. .

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Grab your WeCopwatch Gear at Copblock.org/store

All proceeds go to the production of Chronicle of an Anti Police Mvemnt.

For those that don’t know, Copwatch as an idea began in March of 1990 in Berkeley California where residents armed themselves with clipboards and cameras and would document police harassment of homeless people.

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Berkeley Copwatch was the first group to proactively videotape the police. . BerkeleyCopwatch.org

That next year the videotaped beating of Rodney King would galvanize the idea that videotaping the police was not only legal but necessary.

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Copwatch groups would flourish across the country and world for the next two decades. But as technology advanced, the police watching movement expanded tp ordinary people who now had the capability to document the police and share it with others on the internet.

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Around 2005 I (Jacob Crawford) with the help of a graphic designer, created this Copwatch graphic. My hopes were that it would serve as a universal symbol for watching the police and it would encourage people to video the police when they witnessed police activity. It 2014, and I’m happy to say it appears that aside from the police, most people in this Nation State understand the value of documenting police when they engage with the public. For a while the mere presence of Copwatchers with cameras appeared to help de-escalate hostile interactions with the police.

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Copwatch graphic created in 2005 is currently used as the symbol on WeCopwatch Shirts

It’s important to note that Copwatch is far from the first group to monitor the police. Oakland CA was the birthplace of the Black Panther Party, and organization that among other things, would patrol the streets of Oakland with guns and law books and document police as they stopped people in their community.

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Black Panther Party

Copwatching as an idea would be forever changed on New Years Day of 2009 when a train was stopped by police in Oakland California.
On this particular New Years morning, the train would be stopped for an alleged disturbance and in the following minutes one of the people being detained, Oscar Grant would be shot to death by Bart Police as he lay on his stomach.

Train Station Shooting Screen Grab from the Videotaped murder of Oscar Grant. January 1, 2009

This murder would be videotaped, not by “Copwatchers” but by ordinary people who saw something taking place that was wrong and knew they should document it.

These days whether it’s individuals stopping to document, or people organizing Copwatch groups and patrols, or with Copblock, Watch a Pig Program, or Peaceful Streets, understand that every police stop is an opportunity to make a bad situation better for the person/people being harassed.

You have more power then you think, but it requires love and solidarity with the people.
See you in the streets. Jacob.

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Chalk the Police State (July 18th) – Updated List of Cities

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Chalk the Police State Wherever you Are.

Chalk the Police State Wherever you Are.

(This was originally posted to the Nevada Cop Block website)

Tomorrow, July 18th, is the Second Annual “Chalk the Police State” day. For the second year, Nevada Cop Block has called for activists across the country to hold chalk protests in their own cities in solidarity with and to draw attention to the victims of police brutality and the lack of accountability for crimes and other forms of corruption within local police departments.

This year in particular is intended to shine a light on the lack of significant changes in regards to such accountability and the blatant examples of police abuses nationwide. In addition, it will serve as a statement that we will not tolerate police violence and murders within our communities and that we are not just going to go away unless some sort of meaningful reforms are instituted and police officers are held responsible for their actions in the same way everyone else would be.

For more on the background and reasons for the “Chalk the Police State” event see here, here, here, here, here, and here. Meanwhile, here is an update of the cities that will be participating this year. At this point, we have pretty solid confirmations from 12 cities with a good potential for at least 16 cities nationwide. BTW, even though it’s obviously very short notice at this point, it’s still not too late to add YOUR city to this list. One of the many advantages of chalk protests is the ease of organizing and carrying them out. Basically, all you really need is a few boxes of chalk, some dedicated friends, and a desire to get the message out that police brutality will not be tolerated in your communities. It’s quick, easy, and cheap enough for even a small group of motivated people to have a visible impact.

List of Cities:

Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual "Chalk the Police State" event.

Las Vegas Flyer for the 2nd Annual “Chalk the Police State” event.

Las Vegas, NV.

Members of Nevada Cop Block will, of course, be chalking that day. No amount of retaliation or intimidation will be stopping us from seeking accountability from the LVMPD. We’ll be going back to the Regional Injustice Center, the original location of the inaugural Chalk the Police State Day.

Olympia, WA.

Seattle, WA.

Kansas City, KS.

Hosted by KCK Cop Block

Portland, OR.

Lafayette, IN.

Phoenix, Az.

  • Downtown Superior Courthouse
  • Friday, July 18 at 11:00am (PDT)
  • 201 W. Jefferson
  • Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Jeffersonville, IN.

The "Chalk the Police State" flyer for Kansas City, Kansas

The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Kansas City, Kansas

 

  • Clark County Court House
  • Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (CDT)
  • Jeffersonville, Indiana

 

Poughkeepsie, NY.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Madison County, Id.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Fresno, CA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Philadelphia, PA.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Keene, NH.

The "Chalk the Police State" flyer for Seattle, Wa.

The “Chalk the Police State” flyer for Seattle, Wa.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Cincinnati, OH.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Nashville, TN.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Port St. Joe, FL.

Specific schedule/location info is pending.

Unconfirmed/Potential Locations:

  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Salt Lake City, Ut.

It’s Not Too Late to Celebrate “Chalk the Police State” Day in Your City!

It's tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn't one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

It’s tragic when anyone is murdered, even if it isn’t one of the rare occasions when that person is a cop.

We hope that other cities will join us July 18th to make a statement about police brutality and demand accountability when police victimize people in their communities. Police corruption and misconduct is a nation-wide (international actually) problem and it’s only getting worse as time goes by. In addition, in spite the prevailing (and false) rationalizations for that increase in violence against citizens, police work is safer than it has ever been and is becoming safer all the time.

The mistreatment and abuse of you and your neighbors is inexcusable and needs to be stopped. Their record speaks for itself, though. They won’t regulate themselves or even hold the criminals in their midst accountable, after the fact. You need to take a stand and demand an end to the police state and its abuses before it’s too late.

A FaceBook event page has been set up to coordinate all of the different cities planning actions. If you have questions about setting up a chalk protest in your city, potential statements/slogans to write, questions of legality (it’s completely legal), etc. you can post them there. We would also like to have any local event pages link to that page, so we can keep track of who will be participating and allow people in those cities to coordinate with each other. That event page is located here: (National) Second Annual Chalk the Police State with the “Sunset 5″ and in Solidarity with the Victims of Police Brutality, Repression, and Murder. Alternatively, you can also contact NVCopBlock.org’s contact page, if you are not on Facebook or just want to cutout the middle man.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments' Pathetic History of "Accountability"

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments’ Pathetic History of “Accountability”

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Para-Talk: Episode 88 – Prophetic Dreams


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Prophetic Dreams

Can a dream predict the future? Are there people who routinely dream of future events that come to pass?

This week on Para-Talk Gareth and Reeves discuss cases of Prophetic Dreaming, and investigate what may or may not be happening in this very strange phenomena.

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