Eight years after I was released from jail, my record now shows no arrests, no charges, no jail time. Just a regular guy who has had zero problems with the law. All wiped away. I am so relieved. Thanks for following along with this story. It is now officially over. NO CRIMINAL RECORD. The End!
Here are some notes from my call to Free Talk Live tonight. I typed these out before my call and used them to organize my thoughts and get the most out of my short time on the air:
Hey life is good here in peaceful Portsmouth, New Hampshire. People are out and having parties and the businesses are serving customers and nothing is burning. Great place to be if you love freedom.
Dr. Dimento rocks.
That last caller is incorrect that everyone agrees the guy was in the wrong. It’s easy in hindsight to say that because we know what happened. But in the moment, there’s no way they could have known that the guy was going to die.
Mark is wrong that it’s just happening at random
There was a store that had a big sign that said “This is a black owned business” and they passed it by.
What would it be like if someone put up a sign that said, “This is a White Owned business” and they passed that by and destroyed the others? What would we say about that?
John Adams defended the redcoats involved in the Boston Massacre
Ian is wrong that the cops knew they were doing murder. I know I have a bias against cops, but I value justice and truth above painting the world in my bias, so let’s think about this:
Ian say the cop with his knee on the guy’s neck knew he was murdering that suspect, and the 3 other cops standing by or helping also knew that a murder was taking place.
I say it is more likely that they didn’t know they were murdering him.
Why would he do that in that way?
With a body camera on and recording, in broad daylight with people recording, knowing it would destroy his life?
Boy, it’s great that people recognize Agents Provocateur because that happens – it’s very bad. It’s important for people to record because they do lie and it’s harder to lie when there is video. It’s good that everyone is getting video. It’s really wrong that these people are stealing and I think they should be identified and brought to justice because stealing is wrong and looting has no place in a civilized society.
Ian said there would be more liberty if the cops never came back and honestly, I don’t know about that. It could be the case if it was a philosophical revolution where people had ideas they were fighting for, but the reality is they don’t. They just feel like, there are no consequences for doing crime, so let’s do it! There’s not more liberty in that situation, where people have no reasonable expectation that their business or property is safe.
A collapsed state is not the same thing as libertarian paradise. It’s more freedom but less liberty, in the short term.
There are tons of services that police provide: Elderly check-ins, noise complaints, damaged property, stolen purses, runaway children, etc. They all cost money, and for the most part, communities are happy to pay. Justice is something most people want, and so we pay a group of people to provide it.
But what happens when the cost is astronomical? Like, crazy. Like, incalculably high? So high, no one even knows the number? Is there anyone putting downward pressure on costs when it comes to service from the police, or do they have a blank check on the community bank account?
I ask because a woman in my town today called the police to remove her adult son, age 45, from her home. Criminal trespass. Totally legitimate complaint. I am happy to pay for that. If someone were trespassing on my property, and I was an old lady, hell, I would want some help from a group of young, well-trained guys, too.
I posted on Facebook about my concern about the cost, and a townsperson responded that in situations where a hiker gets lost and incurs a cost to local rescue, they get a bill. He proposed the same thing for cases like this. Not a bad idea.
What do you think? Should people be personally responsible for their expensive specialty police calls? How can a you ensure you are not on the hook for some wildly excessive service your neighbor requests? Should we all share the costs equally? How can we best ensure community safety while also staying within reasonable budgetary limits? Your thoughts welcome!
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth is screening Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 7pm. All are welcome. Drinks and concessions are available for purchase with bitcoin (and dash). 2 large framed movie posters will go home to the luckiest raffle winners.
You won’t believe this. Even I can’t believe it. I had to stop investigating this story because the rabbit hole of corruption was so deep that I lost sight of where it began. So let’s start at the end and work backwards…
Chris Brackett, the head of the jail in Dover, New Hampshire decided to impose a policy of obstructing all inmate mail. No more letters from the outside world. An article published by the Portsmouth Herald cites recent inmate overdoses as the potential justification for this excessively restrictive action.
There are two problems with that theory. First, the jail doesn’t allow packages of any sort, including birthday cards or anything other than ink and paper (at least, until last week’s new policy took effect). Second, it is policy for jail employees to physically open and check the contents of all inmate mail for any contraband and remove it before it reaches the inside. There is no way inmates were receiving heroin through ink and paper letters, and preventing their delivery will have no effect on inmate overdoses.
Who’s in charge of hiring these top-notch individuals working at the Dover jail? Well, none other than Bruce Pelkie, the Superintendent of Strafford County Jails, who was himself arrested earlier this year on felony charges of impersonating an officer. Apparently while enjoying more than a year on paid vacation on taxpayer’s dime, Bruce thought it would be great fun to get his personal vehicle outfitted with red and blue police lights and pull people over. Is he a cop? No. Does he have the authority to pull anyone over? No. Then surely the local police would notice this happening and stop him? Nope. A State Trooper was finally the one to catch the Superintendent of the jails pulling people over in his personal car. And all while he is out on “administrative leave” for what he claims are medical reasons. Surely this means he loses his job, his pay, and the taxpayer-funded medical insurance he’s been collecting? Also no. The superintendent of the jails continues to receive paychecks for not doing his job, and committing crimes on the side.
There are countless more crimes and stories of corruption emanating from this public embarrassment of a facility — too many to list in this one article. I had no idea what a can of worms I’d be opening when I dug into the first story about jail guards obstructing inmate mail. Is this even legal? Should groups like the ACLU and prisoner’s rights groups file a lawsuit against Chris Brackett and the people who are obstructing mail delivery to inmates? Please share this article and video with your friends and family and ask them what they think. Building a free society depends on people like you to think, speak, and act — especially when it is easier to do nothing.
Cop Block is a decentralized organization made up of a diverse group of individuals united by their shared belief that, “Badges Don’t Grant Extra Rights.”
This podcast is not officially sanctioned. I am an independent individual and the opinions I express on this podcast are my own. My name is Derrick J Freeman. I have been arrested 5 times for victimless crimes. I’ve been CopBlocking since 2011. This podcast features stories from the front page of CopBlock.org.
I could technically still be in jail today on the same “crimes” from the movie.
Derrick J’s Victimless Crime Spree, a full-length feature documentary about my 5 arrests in Keene, New Hampshire, unleashed itself to the world on YouTube 5 years ago today. It’s been viewed on YouTube over 175,000 times.
The world has changed since then. Recording law enforcers is now commonplace. Enforcers in a dozen more states now leave peaceful pot smokers alone. The top series on Netflix is a show about prison overpopulation. Everyone knows that the people calling themselves “the government” spy on their computers, emails, phone calls, and texts, but digital privacy is now possible for all thanks to new apps and devices with built-in encryption. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are now beginning to come into wide use.
There’s a lot of reason to be hopeful. Now more than ever, the world is ready for you to question your obedience. Dozens have told me the movie inspired them to move to New Hampshire. That’s the most rewarding part of the experience. In the end, I was facing 9 years if convicted of all charges (none involving a victim). I was sentenced to 540 days in jail, and I ended up serving 60 for my “crime spree.”
Friends made it possible: Ian Freeman (producer), Beau Davis (editor), and the people of the Shire Society who inspire action. I hope Victimless Crime Spree inspires you to achieve more freedom, peace, happiness, and the object of your dreams.
Interview with Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion – His restaurant was raided by Trenton police, and his security cam footage stolen, but he’s not giving up that easily. He’s back and open for business with a sign that says FUCK THE POLICE!
DEO is released from jail tomorrow thanks to donations of $1000 that were raised in 3 hours. An amazing swell of support erupted when Ademo Freeman announced the judge in his case offered a ransom to release DEO until his appeals.
Massachusetts police chased a driver into New Hampshire and then beat him live on the news, even though he was on the ground with his hands in the air. Don’t worry, though — they’re investigating themselves.