Independent Media Being Targeted at Recent Police Brutality Protests

Unicorn Riot Reporter ArrestIt’s not exactly a new thing for the police to target the media, nor is there any lack of evidence for that. Arrests of journalists in Ferguson were a staple of the police state-style repression of protests there. Also, the media corrals in Baltimore that kept reporters safely away from any opportunities to capture police abuses on film were pretty well documented during those riots.

Outright targeting and arrests of independent media and CopBlockers have been especially prevalent not just during protests, but also during cop watch activities and whenever people have filmed the cops. There’s obviously no shortage of examples of that on over the past five years. In fact, members of Nevada Cop Block had to overnight a press pass to Mike BlueHair of FTP Portland when he was in Ferguson covering the protests there because the police and National Guard were illegally requiring media credentials in order for people to film, and imposing curfews on people without press passes.

Something that does appear to be a recent development, though, is that police now apparently have a book of names and photos that they are carrying with them. According to reports such as this one from “Unicorn Riot,” they are using this book to identify and target for arrest, without legal cause, members of independent and/or online-based media. The video below shows police in Denver, during a protest against the murder of Paul Castaway on Monday, push their way through a group of people recording the protest, isolate, and then manhandle and arrest one of the reporters. At no point in the video does that reporter appear to do anything to justify being arrested, or resist in anyway to justify the rough manner in which they treat him.

They also include this account from “” detailing the targeted arrests of people involved in three groups that organized a New York protest marking the one year anniversary of Eric Garner’s murder by the NYPD:

The largest demonstration took place Friday night, with more than 1,000 participants. Dozens were arrested. The rally and march was organized by Millions March NYC, NYC Shut It Down, and the People’s Power Assembly. Before the march made it three blocks, the NYPD arrested one prominent member from each of the three groups that organized the event, prompting calls from protesters that they were targeted for their role in organizing and not engaging in activity that other protesters were not.

In addition, there’s a link to a video that a Denver activist took during the Paul Castaway protests. It’s not entirely clear on the video, but it purports to show one of the actual “activist yearbooks,” as they are being dubbed, in use by a pair of police officers. All of this would very much be in line with the targeted arrests of “Black Lives Matter” organizers from Minneapolis that took place earlier this year, as well as historical Cointelpro operations engaged in by police and federal departments since the 50’s.

Freedom of the press and the ability for ordinary citizens to film the police and other government officials in public is a fundamental right and check on the ability of those officials to abuse their powers. Peaceful protests are also a protected civil right and defense against corruption and governmental abuses. These type of targeted arrests and physical attacks represent a huge threat to both those rights.

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  1. Yomammaaho July 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    KNOW where your cops (and the judges and prosecutors who protect them) LIVE -so you can send them bibles.
    SPREAD that info around- so others can send them bibles. The rest is self explanatory.
    God Bless!

    • mobooz July 22, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

      Yeah, because a public official is definitely going to open an unsolicited three-pound parcel. Write what you mean, you want them intimidated with the old “I know where you live” bullshit.

      • Common Sense July 22, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

        But it doesn’t sound as witty or ominous…..

        • Pw4x3r July 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

          Who doesn’t love a good old Bible

          • Google is your friend July 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

            Ah well any cop who does not realize we all already know where he lives is an idiot.

            Oh what am I saying? They are idiots.

          • Common Sense July 22, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

            You can’t go wrong with the Old Treatment. Anyone who’s gone to Catholic school would agree.

          • RaymondbyEllis July 23, 2015 at 4:36 am #

            The New Testament is the Christian word, the Old Testament only supports the coming of Christ, and only addresses what he left unanswered. It’s why I get a kick out of Old Testament Christians, they miss the whole point of the New Testament. The Catholics are a bit more even handed on the two versus the Old Testament Protestants and Post-Protestants.

            I do have to agree with Mobooz, the paranoia is rampant in government.

        • mobooz July 22, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

          Or incriminating.

  2. Christopher Hintz July 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

  3. Christopher Hintz July 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  4. Christopher Hintz July 22, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or
    If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured—
    They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  5. mybuddyrobin July 22, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Lol…ok I have to say I love you people…haha. it sounds like the American version of the MontyPython coconut skit. Lol bibles…#hahahacaaantbreathe! I’ll be joining those fine folks soon…health dependant… stay safe and bravo.

    • RaymondbyEllis July 23, 2015 at 4:38 am #

      Nothing wrong with the Bible. It’s a great work of literature and philosophy. The Hindus have the same with the Vedas and Upanishads. The Buddhists were a bit drier until they turned Buddha into a god.

  6. Laura W July 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    And cops wonder why they are being targeted, shot and killed and then whine and complain because no one really cares….

    Their own actions have desensitized everyday people and actually make them (cops) look more like a civilians terrorist than someone that is supposed to Protect and Serve. Protect and Serve—now that is a joke. The only ones they Protect and Serve is themselves. Judges, Da’s , Grand Jury’s and any and everyone involved should be held accountable as well for their actions related to allowing a cop to get away with proven illegal activities. Keep Drawing those TARGETS on your back and one day someone is going to take advantage of it!!!
    The only TERRORIST here are the one’s in a cop uniform and the really sad part is that WE pay their salary which means we are paying them to harass, intimidate, beat and kill us and our pets. Well I want a REFUND!!! TEACH your children to ALWAYS be wary of anyone in uniform for they can no longer be trusted like when we were children…and the propaganda they are taught in school is just that—propaganda!!! Until the GOOD cops start standing up against the Criminal cops they are just as guilty—“Guilty by association” just like they tell our youth when they are caught with someone breaking the law.

    • mobooz July 22, 2015 at 10:50 pm #

      “Tyrant” used to be a good word. What makes you think your revolution will be any different?

  7. Suspcious of New Guy July 23, 2015 at 1:30 am #

    Okay I know it reads on Michael Storm’s Info that he want’s police to be held accountable but still I’m scratching my head about this guy and it’s been bothering me, Why would he post an article that is completly off topic to holding police accountable?, I don’t want to think this guy is a double agent who joined Copblock to destroy it on the inside just like what the copsuckers been wanting to who failed to do it on the outside but he don’t sound like right to me, I felt perhaps JC send him to copblock as a way to defeat the true purpose of copblock which is to hold police accountable.

  8. t July 23, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    I didn’t even read this

    • Mike TheVet July 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

      I guess you’re still stuck on stupid.

  9. JC July 23, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Copblockers are not media. Never have been, What I find amusing is the people who get their recordings on the real news are people who just happened to pull out their cellphones not copblockers. The police demanding credentials have a right to do that. If you are dumb enough to get in the way, you will be part of the problem not the solution.

    • Yankeefan July 23, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      The first amendment doesn’t aply to press, it applies to everyone and no, the police can’t demand credentials. People do not need them to record cops. I know you were trolling but try and act smart when trolling slappy.

      • JC July 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

        Yes, the police can demand credentials. As a matter of fact they did in this article. It was a very violent setting. The police aren’t going to deal with idiot copblockers.

        So… you were injured in a car accident and now draw disability. So you see how pathetic you are. You are defrauding the government. How much are you getting? If you choose not too answer I can find it. I can see why you are a lonely person.

        • Yankeefan July 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

          No dipshit.?people do not need credentials to exercise 1st amendment rights. It doesn’t matter the place in public. They only apply to controlled access places. Spend time reading court cases. This was a public place and no court has ruled a non journalist Needs press credentials. Welcome to America,child molestor, where people do not need permission to do things like film cops or anything in public.

          What do you do to end up on the sex offenders list? People like you need to be executed.

          • JC July 24, 2015 at 10:54 am #

            You said, “The first amendment doesn’t aply to press” but in this rant, you seem to make the claim the press does apply to them.

            You said, “They only apply to controlled access places”. This was a controlled access dumb fuck.

            The rest of your hyper ranting is just bullshit.

            You said, “What do you do to end up on the sex offenders list”? I would guess just keep doing what you are doing. By the way dumb fuck, are you still defrauding the government for SSDI? I venture to guess yes.

          • Yankeefan July 24, 2015 at 11:00 am #

            This was in public, nimrod. And in public, credentials are not needed. The first amendment protection of the press apples to everyone, including those with iPhones.

            But this comment, along with the others you make trying to paint cops in a bad light by being rock stupid, only shows you to being a paid copblock shill. Stop being a sex offender, slappy and grow up.

          • JC July 24, 2015 at 11:04 am #

            Again, it was a controlled access. So credentials were needed. You know how i know that? The article says it. So it happened and your bleeding heart whining won’t change the past. Go back to defrauding the government.

          • Yankeefan July 24, 2015 at 11:08 am #

            No it wasn’t slappy. People outside need no press badges. Spend time reading court cases moron. Controlled access is indoors, not outside as far as media coverage is concerned. How many kids did you molest to end up as a sex offender?

          • JC July 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

            Yes it was dumbass. I suggest you go get educated. The rest of your bullshit rant falls on deaf ears.

          • Yankeefan July 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm #

            I suggest you go kill yourself faggot. No it wasn’t! I suggest you stop molesting kids since your pedophilic exploits are well known! Sick bastard. Just like your father.

          • JC July 25, 2015 at 9:00 am #

            Another childish statement. You are too stupid to actually educate yourself. Since you cannot prove your side, you start with this BS name calling that has nothing to do with the article. You need to settle down Larry, I mean chicken shit.

          • Yankeefan July 25, 2015 at 9:04 am #

            Shut Up sicko pedophile. You and your dad are losers. Get off the internet before you harm more kids you bastard.

          • JC July 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

            Settle down Larry. How’s your defrauding the government going? You can’t even stay on topic Larry. I suggest you grow up a little Larry.

          • Yankeefan July 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

            Shut up pedophile! You are a pathetic loser who never has a discussion. It’s ok slappy, we know who you are!

          • JC July 25, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

            Settle down Larry. I know who you are. I think it’s time to get your meds checked Larry. I personally believe you should be in assisted living programs. Keep defrauding the government Larry. It will catch up with you very soon Larry.

          • Yankeefan July 25, 2015 at 5:38 pm #

            It’s ok sex offender, the law will catch up to you and your family. You, your dad and your mom who was driving the van.

          • JC July 26, 2015 at 9:49 am #

            Awww…. Larry pooped his diaper again. Tell me Larry, how much are you scamming from the government? Funny how you won’t answer those questions. You even copy what I say because you have no original thought. You seem to really know a lot about sex offenders. I will have to check your criminal record again. You were obviously doing something.

          • Yankeefan July 26, 2015 at 9:57 am #

            Misuse of a data base again huh? And yes I do because I despise sickos like you and your whole family! Keep trolling pedophile! That’s why you are here! Cops busted you and you stay here trying to make them look stupid with your comments! Make sure you paste my address when you check my record! Prove your bullshit!

          • JC July 26, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

            Wow Larry. You have been spouting off to me to say who you are, so I use your name and now you are out of butt-hurt cream. There is no “bullshit” to claim. I know who you are, your address, your criminal record, etc… You are a punk. The rest of your rants, what ever helps you sleep at night.

          • Yankeefan July 26, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

            Sure pedophile! Keep trying whatever it is you trolls try! You know nothing otherwise you would have revealed it. You are pissed your family history has been exposed. And unless they upped the ante on food stamps and welfare, you make nada you cop block shill!

          • JC July 26, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

            Larry, Larry, Larry… Your childish temper-tantrums fall on deaf ears. I do know who you are and that scares the hell out of you. You no longer have some control by hiding behind a fake name. Larry, your brain needs work. What does your social worker say? Would you like me to call them for you? I would be more than willing to do that for you. Just think, every time you go to bed at night and close your eyes, you know I know who you are. When you wake up in the morning, you have all day to reflect on me knowing who you are Larry

          • Yankeefan July 26, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

            You know nothing slappy! You would have done it by now! You are pissed everyone knows you are a child molestor like your dad. Call anyone you like then prove your ridiculous rant. The fact your comments are longer proves you have nada! Stop raping kids and get a life copblock shill.

          • JC July 27, 2015 at 8:55 am #

            You continue to respond with outlandish rants Larry. It is very apparent you have flipped your gourd. I’ll catch ya on another post Larry.

          • Yankeefan July 27, 2015 at 10:12 am #

            Put up or shut up butch. Either prove you know who I am or I’ll beat it out of you! Take your pick slappy.

          • JC July 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

            I already have Larry. Now you want to threaten physical violence Larry. How can a little pussy who needs a wheelchair going to beat anything out of me? You are a scab Larry. You are scared I know who you are Larry. Guess what, I do know who you are. I wonder how many emails you have sent to copblock admin whining about me knowing who you are. Your a pussy Larry. I suggest you take up some other form of therapy.

          • Yankeefan July 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

            Prove it or I’ll stomp it out of you slappy! oh the irony of you demanding proof but never backing up your garbage! Prove it slappy!

          • JC July 27, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

            More threats, more paperwork, and maybe an email to your hometown PD. You see Larry, it’s not appropriate to threaten someone. You accuse me of not backing up my statements but here you are calling me “slappy” and you have never proven it. Your a hypocrite Larry.

          • Yankeefan July 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

            You are slappy! Prove you know me or I will kick the shit out of you! Come on bitch! Just prove it!

          • JC July 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

            Larry, you are truly pathetic. I can release your name etc… But I will do it when I feel it’s time. How do you think you are going to “kick the shit out of me”? You don’t know who I am. You have never met me face to face. I know who you are Larry

          • Yankeefan July 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

            Lol you go girl! I have said to you that you are the most entertaining thing on this site! Make sure you send the report to the correct chief of my hometown PD! And yes I do know who you are! It’s amazing what one can find about people online!

          • JC July 28, 2015 at 8:46 am #

            Larry, Larry, Larry….. You are getting more and more bizarre with each of your posts. I bet the first time I used your name Larry, you shit and pissed yourself. You need to lay off the laxatives Larry. It’s affecting your brain Larry.

          • Yankeefan July 28, 2015 at 9:01 am #

            Oh sure! Like I said, you go girl! Please keep rambling on slappy!

          • JC July 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

            Larry, Larry, Larry…. Isn’t it time for your meds? You continue rambling. Get help. Your head needs work.

          • Yankeefan July 28, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

            Ohhh I see, you talk big but can’t prove anything! Just post my address! I dare you! I double dog dare you!

          • JC July 28, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

            You are the one going off Larry. Your childish threats, and ranting statements. I will post it when I am ready. Not when you want me too. You are not in control of this. I am and it drives you crazy Larry. When I post your address Larry, then what? More whining and going off the deep end? WE will just have to wait and see…….

          • Yankeefan July 28, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

            Lol sure slappy! You are a fuck and nothing more! Post it or shut up! It posses you off I know what and who you are and the fact you know nothing makes you mad! Keep trolling slappy! Lol

          • JC July 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

            You continue to act like this because your cover blown Larry. You have never proven I am “slappy” but you continue saying it like it makes it true in your head. Your a shill Larry. I know who you are, where you live, and your criminal record. You are a liar Larry. You don’t even know who you are. You will continue responding like a child because you are throwing a temper-tantrum.

          • Yankeefan July 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

            You know nothing and you proved it! Sorry slappy but that’s who you are like it or not!

          • JC July 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

            You are a comedy of errors Larry. The real fact is you are slappy. You are the only one throwing that name around. Since I have used your first name Larry, and now you are shitting your pants and then dome. I know I will laugh my ass off when I address you by your full name. It will be great.

          • Yankeefan July 29, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

            And you are a 1 man circus full of lies and mKe believe! Post my address, name and record! You can’t! Put up or shut up you stupid cocksucker! Awwwww, that’s because you can’t! All talk no action!

          • Yankeefan July 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

            How’s the investigation going?

          • Yankeefan July 26, 2015 at 9:59 am #

            P.S. Since you are a criminal copblock paid shill, I make a hell of a lot more than you!

          • JC July 26, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

            Too funny. I assure you, you don’t.

  10. Troll List July 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    JC, T, mobooz and common sense.
    Please don feed.

  11. No Pass Required July 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    No one needs Press Credentials.

    Freedom of the press does not apply only to major media. It protects authors of books, articles, or videos whether in physical form or posted on the Internet. It applies to bloggers. Almost always, you have a right to your opinion and to creative expression.

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