Despite this being poorly written, I wanted to re-post it here. 2 Fr33 Agents are mentioned!
When my application for a concealed carry license was denied by the Keene PD last week, I went to the police station to have a conversation with Mr. Goodman, the man who sent the denial notice. I was told that he was away, and that my only available option is to appeal the decision. I filed for an appeal, which resulted in the scheduling of a hearing. Today I had that hearing.
I file 2 motions: One to appeal the illegal decision to deny my license to carry concealed, the second to separate my upcoming court dates.
December 6, 2011 – Keene Police Department – 5 activists roll in with tickets in hand, all asking for their day in court.
No victim, no crime.
I stayed up last night editing videos and working on the site, so when 7am came around, I decided to shower and go to the District Court to hand out “Don’t Take the Plea Deal” flyers. I got to hand out 15 today, including 1 to a member of law enforcement (who requested “the new one”). It took about 45 minutes of standing on the first floor of City Hall from 8am to 8:45 when folks stop trickling in.
Doing “Don’t Take the Plea Deal” outreach not only feels good because I am giving people valuable information, but because I get to make a friendly impression on Keene’s bureaucrats. I received compliments on my outfit, got friendly waves, and even saw “judge Burke.” I think it’s valuable to show these bureaucrats that I am human. And not only am I human, but I’m an especially friendly person when I’m not being detained and coerced by men with guns.
Hopefully more people who receive tickets for victimless crimes will refuse the plea deals, clog the judicial system, and inspire law enforcement to exercise discretion when administering tickets.
If you haven’t already seen these incredible flyers, check them out at the bottom of this blog post.
You can read more about “Don’t Take the Plea Deal” outreach on the FreeKeene Forums.
Great day for liberty activists, bad day for Keene City bureaucrats.
This morning I met with 4 other activists to inform the “City of Keene” that we would all be taking our traffic tickets to court. It took an hour at the Keene Police Department just to inform them and get court dates (mine is Jan. 5th). In order to oblige the people calling themselves the state to waste more of their time, 3 of us filed for discovery for our parking tickets.
The total fines attempting to be collected by those who call themselves the City of Keene is roughly $200. How much will it cost them? Consider paying somebody at the police department or the clerk’s office some time and energy and resources looking up case files, making copies, assembling them and shipping them. Then you’d have to arrange for a prosecutor, a judge, secretaries, and clerks to schedule a block of time dedicated to each individual issue. Agents of the state also have to pay the meter maid who ticketed me for appearing in court as a witness rather than doing their job of “collecting revenue.”
Despite this process being a part of THEIR system, the bureaucrats serving us today did not seem delighted as I would have imagined. After all, they are integral cogs in the statist machine and should LOVE the opportunity for more court cases, as that would imply justice is being done. But they weren’t happy.
And I think that’s a good thing. That’s why I’m going to return tomorrow with another Keeniac activist who is taking 5 parking tickets to court. For her, that means an hour in court and some time preparing. For agents of the state, that’s more time working on collecting useless bits of info and scheduling time and paying payrolls. And after all that, even if court decides in favor of the prosecutor, agents of the state STILL won’t collect any money because many of these activists would rather serve their fine with community service or jail time.
Aggressing against peaceful drivers does not pay in Keene. What was intended to collect $5 of revenue for the state in the form of a parking ticket now becomes a 4 figure expense for the state. When will the police learn
How ya like them apples, Keene bureaucrats?
(Video of this event to come out within 24 hours)