What “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights” Really Means

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“The surest sanctuary for freedom for a people
is not in constitutions or in bills of rights,
but rather in the mind of the people and
in their attitudes towards those
who encroach on their rights.”
– Carl Watner

Badges don’t grant extra rights.

But what is a right?

A right implies the freedom to act without interference.

You have the right to act as you see fit so long as you don’t infringe on the equal rights of another. As the saying goes, your right to extend your fist stops at my nose.

A right implies ownership, or control of property. First and foremost, you have ownership of your person. You own yourself. Secondly, you own your rightfully-acquired property.

If you violate another person or their property you are initiating force, and they then, have the right to use defensive force to protect themselves or their property. The same is true no matter where on the globe you happened to be born, your gender, skin pigmentation, or any other arbitrary characteristic.

Rights can be violated, but not given or taken away.

What does it mean if someone wearing a badge demands your money when you’ve caused no victim? Or searches and seizes your vehicle, or kidnaps and cages your person, though you’ve done nothing that violates the rights of another? It means that they are acting as if they own you. They are exerting control over your person and property, which is a right that only belongs to the owner — you.

That’s why we say: Badges don’t grant extra rights. And it’s why your own mindset is the most important factor during any police interaction.

Consider:

Just after you walk across the street a stranger wearing baggy pants and a hoodie approaches and demands fifty dollars, or else. What you choose to do – verbally deescalate, walk away, or call them out – is up to you, but without question, that stranger does not have a right to your money. You have not harmed any person or property. That fact does not change one iota were that stranger to be wearing, not baggie pants and a hoodie, but a badge and police costume.

Claims of enforcing “the law” or any dictate scribbled on paper or found in a code book, does not exonerate the actor, whom alone is responsible for their actions.

When you understand this, you will clearly see through the charade that is today’s police state.

Filming the police is good. It creates an objective record and makes it more likely that the systemic pattern of unaccountability will be seen by others, and that aggressors will be held accountable – perhaps not through the injustice system, but through the court of public opinion. But filming isn’t enough. To eliminate the rights violations by police employees, live your life as though badges don’t grant extra rights. This is the lynchpin that will set you free.

If the government directed you to do something that
your reason opposed, you were to defy the government.
If it told you to do what your reason told you to do anyway,
you do not need a government.
– Epictetus

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The Mind Set Radio Hour: Episode 52


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2. Ohio Man Arrested For Plotting To Attack U.S. Capitol

3. David Cameron Wants To Ban Encryption

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Some of the topics discussed on this weeks show:

1. Strange “Government” Bruising…

2. Drone Regulation

3. The Paris Terrorist Attack

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- Charlie Hebdo attacks: Vast Paris rally

- Three Days of Terror

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Las Vegas Police Promise “Fundamental Policy Changes” after Dominic Gennarino Beating **UPDATE**

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Members of the LVMPD beat a man in downtown Las Vegas because he supposedly didn't walk fast enough.

Members of the LVMPD beat a man in downtown Las Vegas because he supposedly didn’t walk fast enough.

**This is an update to a previous post on the Nevada Cop Block website, which was entitled, “LVMPD Beat Man for ‘Not Moving Fast Enough.’” It was also cross posted on CopBlock.org under the title, “Las Vegas Police Beat Man for ‘Not Moving Fast Enough.’” (The original post has been included below for reference.)**

On June 4, 2014, Dominic Gennarino was beaten by members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and arrested for “Obstructing a Public Officer”, specifically because the officers claimed that Mr. Gennarino was not moving fast enough.

The incident was caught on video. Below is the Youtube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfs3YLE21p8 (It’s also embedded below at the bottom of this post.)

On August 5, 2014, LVMPD Internal Affairs conducted an investigation and concluded that “the investigation failed to produce sufficient evidence to clearly prove or disprove the allegations”. Internal Affairs further concluded that “the actions taken by employees did not rise to the level of misconduct or was not a policy violation”.

On August 20, 2014, multiple media sources reported on the beating. As a direct result of the media coverage, LVMPD Sheriff Doug Gillespie ordered that Internal Affairs re-open the investigation.

On December 15, 2014, after Internal Affairs concluded their 2nd investigation, Attorney Stephen Stubbs and Dominic Gennarino met face-to-face with LVMPD Internal Affairs Officers and were informed of the following:

1) Prior public statements by an LVMPD Officer that Mr. Gennarino was “super-intoxicated” were completely false. There is absolutely zero evidence that Mr. Gennarino was intoxicated in any way, and no allegation of intoxication was included in any of the official reports. Additionally, LVMPD Internal Affairs listened to a recorded interview with Mr. Gennarino from immediately after the incident and concluded that Mr. Gennarino spoke clearly with no signs of intoxication.

2) There was a communication failure during the incident, and the officers should have communicated better.

3) Officers acted on erroneous perceptions and “mistakes of fact”.

4) Officers acted within then LVMPD policies and will not be disciplined. However, documentation of the incident is being placed in their personnel files.

5) LVMPD recognizes a “policy failure” and is not happy with this incident. Therefore, as a direct result of this case, LVMPD will implement “fundamental policy changes” in both its use-of-force policies and policies dealing with the investigation of use-of-force incidents.

For more information, contact Stephen Stubbs at (702) 759-3224

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Original Post: LVMPD Beat Man for “Not Moving Fast Enough.”

Members of the LVMPD beat a man in downtown Las Vegas because he supposedly didn't walk fast enough.

Members of the LVMPD beat a man in downtown Las Vegas because he supposedly didn’t walk fast enough.

The video below was submitted via the “Submit Your Story” page. It involves an incident that happened shortly after a stabbing at the Vanguard Lounge, a bar/nightclub located on what is known as Fremont East in Downtown Las Vegas. While members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are clearing people out of the area where the stabbing occurred, Officer Glowinski apparently wasn’t happy with the pace at which a man, named Dominic Gennarino (possibly spelled differently), was moving and decided to arrest him.

What happened next is that all of the other Metro police in the immediate vicinity dove on and began beating Gennarino. In particular, one of them, identified as Officer Kolkoski, begins jabbing his nightstick into Gennarino’s body (the descriptions indicate he is hitting him in the legs, but it’s not real clear exactly where he’s being hit on the video because of the number of cops involved) with such enthusiasm that he looses his balance. The fact Kolkoski knocked himself down and appears to almost injure himself by hitting his head against a nearby table doesn’t seem to diminish that enthusiasm very much, as he subsequently has to be pushed away by another (as of yet unidentified) officer, in order to prevent him from resuming his attack with the nightstick.

The opening seconds of the video showing the crowd in front of Generino, as well as the lack of resistance described in the police report.

The opening seconds of the video showing the crowd in front of Generino, as well as the lack of resistance described in the police report.

As is mentioned in the description that was included with the submission, the video raises several questions about the “official story,” which was filed by Ofc. Glowinski as part of the police report (excerpts from which are included in the submission description). The first and most obvious is whether Gennarino should have been arrested in the first place. The claim that he “pushed back into” Glowinski is a complete fabrication that is in no way supported by the video.

Also, the idea that he should have been moving faster or refused to do so is dubious from the start because there is a rather visible and large crowd in front of Gennarino, which would prevent him from doing so, even if he wanted to. While you can see what appears to be some verbal exchange between Ofc. Glowinski and Gennarino, arguing with cops isn’t an arrestable offense and even Glowinski admits in that police report that he “complied” with his orders to leave the area. So, at best (from Glowinski’s standpoint) Gennarino was not complying fast enough to satisfy him and at worst that was simply an excuse to justify beating and arresting an innocent person because a member of the LVMPD had a personal issue with that person.

Officer Kolkoski knocks himself down in the process of beating Domonic Generino with his nightstick

Officer Kolkoski knocks himself down in the process of beating Domonic Generino with his nightstick

Secondly, in the video Ofc. Kolkoski has his nightstick out and is swinging it immediately. Prior to that, there is no visible sign of Gennarino jerking or pulling away, as claimed. The idea that he could determine that such a tactic was necessary with a half dozen other cops (none of whom are using nightsticks or any other weapon) already on him that quickly is another incredibly dubious aspect to this incident. Further, the fact another officer has to stop assisting in the arrest to restrain Kolkoski and prevent him from continuing his assault on Gennarino (about 0:30) casts doubt (to put it mildly) on that idea. That’s even more so the case, since after he is prevented from continuing his attack, he simply stands back and watches as the other cops arrest Gennarino. Also, in spite of what is stated in the report, the entire video only lasts 1:30 and the portion with the arrest takes less than one minute. So, the claim that they had to struggle for several minutes after he was on the ground is, at the very best, an exaggeration by Golkowski.

Another officer prevents Ofc. Kolkoski from resuming his assault on Generino.

Another officer prevents Ofc. Kolkoski from resuming his assault on Generino.

Of course, you can watch the video and judge for yourself (that’s one of the reasons Cop Block encourages people to record their encounters with people wearing badges) whether this was justified or yet another case of the LVMPD’s unnecessarily heavy-handed tactics that have become so common place in the Las Vegas area, especially downtown. One thing you can be sure about is that, regardless of what you or anybody else outside of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department thinks (including the department’s Use of Force Board that is supposed to prevent this type of thing, but that the sheriff is under no obligation to actually listen to, so it doesn’t), this incident will be “investigated” by other people working for Metro and then declared justified. The history of Las Vegas area police departments pretty much guarantees that. The fact that the cops working for those departments know that pretty much guarantees that these types of incidents will not only continue, but will become more numerous, unless people in Las Vegas put enough pressure on them that they have no choice but to reign their enforcers in.

The original video, which has been embedded below is available on the youtube channel of Las Vegas attorney Stephen Stubbs, who currently does monthly (every last Thursday) free “Know Your Rights” seminars within the Las Vegas area. He also was himself featured recently in a post on Cop Block and NVCopBlock.org after an incident in which he personally was arrested for refusing to leave the side of a client that had requested him as an attorney while being detained by members of the LVMPD.

The text in quotes below was included in the original submission and is included as it was received, without any editing.

Date of Incident:
6/4/14
Location of Incident: The Vanguard Lounge – Downtown Las Vegas
Department Involved: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Known Department Employees Involved: Officer Kevin Kolkoski (P#10002), Officer Robert Glowinski, Officer Jacob Werner (P#13017)

“This poor man wasn’t moving fast enough as police tried to clear out a crime scene for investigation. So, LVMPD grabbed him and LVMPD Officer Kolkoski (P#10002) began immediately to beat him with a night stick.

In LVMPD Officer Glowinski’s own words:

“I again instructed [him] to walk towards the rear of the lounge. [He] complied, but began walking slowly.”…”Despite most people complying, [he] would not. As we reached the DJ Booth I instructed [him] one more time to move more quickly”

(Watch the video carefully to see if Officer Glowinski tells the truth in his next statement)

Officer Glowinski continues:

“[He] stopped, and leaned back and threw his back into me. I took hold of [his] right arm in an attempt to take control of him. [He] pulled away. I grabbed his right arm and Officer Werner (P#13017) grabbed his left arm. In an attempt to place [him] under arrest we instructed [him] to go to the ground. [He] refused by pulling and jerking. Additional officers attempted to assist in taking control of [him] but it was unsuccessful. [He] only began to comply after Officer Kolkoski (P#10002) used a baton to deliver focus strikes to [his] legs. After [he] went to the ground it still took me and several officers several minutes to place [him] in custody.”

If you compare the video to the official sworn statement, you will see that Officer Glowinski does not tell the truth. The victim did not “lean back and [throw] his back into [Glowinski]”, the victim did not resist (no pulling and jerking and the victims legs are completely limp after he lays on the ground), and Officer Kolkoski immediately began to beat the victim with a baton (victim had no time to comply). It did not take “several minutes to place him in custody (The entire encounter lasted a little over a minute).

The one positive part of this encounter was the officer that physically stopped Officer Kolkoski from continuing the beating.”

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Free Travis Magill: Arrested for Self Defense vs. Police Brutality

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An anonymous reader shared the content below, regarding a case in which a man was involved in an altercation between himself and two employees of the Corpus Christi Police Dept., via the Cop Block Submissions page. Although, Travis Magill was subsequently charged with two counts of attempted murder as a result, a dashcam video that has since been released “calls into question some of the accusations against him.

14963_914779441882746_7541053548757860712_n2Date of Incident: March 20, 2014
Individuals Involved: Officer Michael Scott Goodman, Officer Amador Gonzalez, at least one additional unidentified Officer.
Outfit: Corpus Christi (TX) Police Department
Phone: (361) 886-2600
Facebook Page: Corpus Christi Police Dept.
Area Cop Block Affiliate: Although there are numerous Cop Block groups (see bottom of post for list of known Texas affiliates) within Texas, currently there are no known groups in Corpus Christi. If you live in Corpus Christi, you can help promote accountability in your community by Starting a Local Group. In addition, if you live outside Texas you can find the appropriate affiliate in your area by consulting the Cop Block Groups page.

Could you please visit, like, and share the Facebook page: Free Travis Cody Magill? Travis is like a big brother to me always has been and he is innocent the officer should be in jail not Travis. He acted in self defense. The officer who caused all this just got off probation for shooting and killing a man in his own home. He needs to have his badge taken away and to be put in jail!!

Travis was walking home one day from helping a family friend out working on his car. His family lives in the country club area, which is a really nice area of town, and when he was walking he had been stopped by a officer. The officer asked what he was doing in the area and Travis told him. The officer then said they have had reports of burglaries in the area and that he was going to have to search him. Travis asked, “am I being detained?” and the officer said, “no.” So, he continued walking and the officer again said he has to search him. Travis then finally consented and allowed the officer to search him. Well, as you can see in the dash cam video on the Facebook page, a second officer pulls up.

At that time, Travis has his hands in front of him and he is calm and complying. However, this second officer who pulls up (if you look closely at the reflection on the other police car he pulls up behind) jumps out and then fires at Travis shooting him three times in the leg, chest, and hip area, for no reason. And he wouldn’t stop shooting, so Travis ran and hid behind a tree. Then the officer ran and got a shotgun, so Travis ran to the police cruiser and as he was running he was shot again. So, he got into the police cruiser and ducked and the officer blew out the windows and everything with a shotgun (he just wouldn’t stop shooting).

By this point, Travis had been shot three times and was in fear for his life. So, he took off to go get help (a hospital), but he kept drifting in and out of consciousness and he finally passed out and the vehicle crashed. Another officer caught up with him and pulled him out of the vehicle onto the ground and started kicking him in his ribs nonstop. Now Travis has problems breathing and pain in his ribs ever since. He is just now starting to get feeling back in his leg. He was in a wheelchair and they didn’t think he would ever be able to walk again. This was filmed and put online by a pedestrian, but only for a brief time. Now its gone and we cant find the video anywhere. We think the police department scared them into taking if down. And all this cause this second officer pulled up and pulled his gun out for no reason and shot him.

As you can see in the video, the situation was already under control. It’s this second officer who started all of this mess. This second officer also just got off probation for shooting and killing a man in his own home!! He should be in jail and have his badge taken away he should be in jail not Travis. This is still an open investigation and this man is still working and they even gave him an award. Travis is a good kid and was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He is an amazing person. Another reason they stopped him is cause they said he looked like he didn’t belong. Basically, he looked too poor to be in that area.

They said Travis shot both the cops when in reality Travis shot at the ground one time trying to get away. They also said he shot them three times, but only two of Travis’s shell casing were found they shot each other by mistake and the officers and are blaming him. Now they are charging him with two counts of attempted capital murder and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. His bond is $750,000 and we are trying to get the word out about his case and what really happened. His trial is next month something needs to be done about the police here. They are out of hand. They arrested and beat up a 16 year old boy walking home not that long ago. They stopped him for no reason . And they arrested a man and beat him up so badly that he was in so much pain he hung himself in his cell. They are out of control and as for Travis he was just walking home. I don’t know if you can help us, but I had to give it a shot.

Thank you for reading this! (See below video for additional related links.)

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KRISTV News: Dashcam Video Sheds New Light on Shootout

KRISTV News: Full-Coverage of Cody Magill Shooting Case

Change.org petition: Free Travis Magill

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Cop Detains and Illegally Searches Innocent Workers

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Elias M. shared the content below, about the “service” he received from those at the Blue Island, IL. police outfit, via the Cop Block Submissions page.
IMG_0448Date of Incident: December 2014
Individuals Involved: Officer Colone Star – Badge #149, An Unidentified Sergeant
Outfit: Blue Island (IL) Police Department
Phone: 708-597-8601
Email: Mike Cornell – Deputy Chief of Police
Facebook Page: Blue Island Police Dept.
Area Cop Block Affiliate: There are several Cop Block groups within Illinois, to find the appropriate affiliate in your area consult the Cop Block Groups page.

I was working a typical day when I was boxed in with one squad car from the front and one squad car from behind by the Blue Island Police Department. They claim that there was a phone call, but no crime was committed, nor did they have a suspicion of me having committed a crime. When I was asked what I was doing, I told the officer that I was working. After refusing to produce identification card, the officer got very aggressive and violent with his mannerisms and tone.

My coworker was so scared for his life that he gave his identification card immediately. The officer reached for his gun after asking me multiple times to leave my vehicle. I did not want to, but did from the fear for my life due to all the recent shootings. I did not want to be another dead victim. The officer then illegally reached in my pocket and removed my wallet, going through my personal items.

The most important part of this video is the end where the sergeant shows up and tells the officer “are you done here let’s be done and then me and you will talk”…. I find it extremely interesting considering the video tape and the knowledge that the officer was in the wrong. After the matter, a neighbor came from their home to talk with us and I approached the neighbor asking if they were the one who called the police and they said yes. After explaining what had just happened they were almost in tears with the realization that calling the police is not always the best idea. Somebody could have been killed and that somebody could have been me.

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The Mind Set Podcast: Episode 222


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Welcome to 2015!

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.

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Some of the topics discussed on this weeks show:

1. Charlie Brooker and Chaos News

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4. The Franklin Cover-Up

5. The End of Internet Privacy

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