A group of about a hundred students took off from school today to attend an event in Prescott Park in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today as part of a larger day of action across the state and beyond. They brought signs, listened to speeches, and signed clipboards offered to them by political campaigners visiting from Massachusetts. Below is the video I captured from the event. It features interviews from young people explaining why they attended today and what they want their opposition to know.
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.
The response from police was: 30 police officers, 2 SWAT teams, firefighters, blocking off the street — to kick a loafer from his mom’s home? You can’t put a price on officer safety, but even so, this was excessive.
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!
“I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.” – Voltaire
This principle of individual liberty is the foundation of Western Liberal philosophy. If we expect others to leave us alone to do as we please with our property, then we must leave others alone to do as they please. Even if we wouldn’t choose the same. We can talk with them, reason with them, bribe them, try to persuade and convince them, but in the end, it’s the owner of a thing who gets the final say in what happens with a thing.
It is a wonderful service for the neighborhood to schedule a day for us to get together and talk about this issue and how it affects us, but ultimately no one has a higher claim to this property than the owner. If they decide to rebuild, then that is their right as the owner. No one can charge them money or stop them from building.
To claim otherwise would be to say that someone besides the owner has a higher claim to their property than they do. That doesn’t make sense in a post-enlightenment society that claims to respect the rights of the smallest minority: the individual.
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.
A kid on his bike is viciously attacked by coproaches for not producing ID while being cited for riding his bike on the sidewalk.
CopRoaches attack a 15-year-old girl for riding her bike in the mall parking lot
What is jail like? What should you know going in? How should you interact with guards and other inmates? Is there porn? All these questions and more were answered by a rotating panel of guest hosts on last night’s episode of CopBlock Radio. We usually focus on Police Accountability topics, but we took a break from our normal routine to spend some time sharing our collective knowledge on a topic that every CopBlocker is sure to encounter: Jail. I wish this weren’t the case, but in a police state, even someone who is exercising a so-called “protected” right can be wrongfully arrested and caged by a badged agent of the state.
Last night on CopBlock Radio, Ademo Freeman and Brian Sumner joined us to share their newest adventure: traveling across the country in MAC (Mobile Accountability for Cops). They will be meeting up with CopBlock chapters in over a dozen states in the next seven months. Follow their adventures at http://CopBlock.org/MAC
Derrick J, DEO, and Severin covered the week’s most important stories of police abuse and accountability featured on CopBlock.org. We started out with a video of two San Francisco cops chatting freely in a Happy Donut shop about how they plan to alter the video captured by their body-cams. Then they laugh about how their victim’s head explodes from their bullets. Ha-ha, right? Good thing one quick-thinking man surreptitiously recorded their disgusting conversation for all to hear.
Have you ever encountered a person who just LOVES law enforcers, no matter what evil they do? In this episode of CopBlock Radio, Derrick J, DEO, Severin, and Ademo share the funniest encounters with these people, called CopSuckers. We hypothesize that these individuals are blinded by an emotional attachment to a friend or family member in law enforcement. Any criticism of the institution or individuals is rejected without consideration because it is seen as an attack on them or their loved ones. This is collectivism at its worst — refusal to acknowledge that individuals are responsible for their actions no matter the uniform they wear. Fortunately, encounters with these people can be as funny as they are revealing. Enjoy some of the best ones in this video: CopSuckers (Long Version) Download Podcast
Was the curb stomp justified? Maybe. We can’t see the what happened before the video began, but what we can see is 14 men and women dressed in black and armed to the teeth, kicking and punching a one-legged homeless man. His bare ass hanging out and his face drooling on the brick sidewalk, he pleads with his attackers, “Please let go of me,” but his cries are unanswered. Fortunately a cadre of cop blockers and their video cameras capture the events that unfold, as the police scramble for justification of their horrendous actions. They set up a blockade to prevent recording and accountability.
I am always craving new and delicious media focussed on freedom, and one such creation that scratches my anarchy itch is a new show called Free Talk SF hosted by Steven Zeiler. He sometimes hosts Flaming Freedom. It’s short (usually around 15-20 minutes). It’s original. It’s cheery. A great way to start the day and put your brain to work imagining a more free, empathetic, and independent San Francisco.
Here’s yesterday’s episode to give you a sample.
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