Tag Archives: Ademo Freeman

CopBlock Founder Ademo Freeman Preparing to Challenge Drug War in Court Jan. 11th During Marijuana Arrest Trial

Marijuana Possession Trial Ademo Freeman Adam Mueller

“When I go to trial I’m not asking to not be punished. I’m asking not to be punished anymore. I’ve done nearly 50 days in jail. I’ve paid tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, lost a year’s worth of time and have basically been on probation for a year” – Ademo Freeman

The following video and post was originally published at CopBlock.org by Asa J under the title, “CopBlock Founder Ademo Freeman To Square Off In Court Against Drug War.” Obviously, it refers to Ademo’s arrest last year in Ohio on charges of possession of the scary, dangerous “drug” marijuana, that most people could not care less about at this point. More specifically, it relates to the trial for those charges that begins next week, on January 11th.

Barring some sort of eleventh hour plea deal with a sentence of time served (he has stated he would not agree to any deal that requires additional jail/prison time), Ademo will be facing up to six years in prison and fines of $20,000 if he is found guilty. More than likely, his freedom hinges on someone in the jury exercising their “Jury Nullificationrights and ruling based on the morality of the War on (Some) Drugs and the prosecution of victimless crimes, rather than the letter of the law.

Note: If you have videos, stories, upcoming events/protests, or personal interactions with the police (and/or “justice” system) that you would like to share, send them to us and we will do everything we can to bring it to the attention of the world. In addition, you can visit the Nevada Cop Block resources section for information and links to the rights of citizens when dealing with police, during which you should always be filming.

CopBlock Founder Ademo Freeman To Square Off In Court Against Drug War

Next week, CopBlock co-founder Ademo Freeman will square off against those wishing to send him to prison for peacefully traveling with medical marijuana in a state that also recognizes legal medicinal use of the plant.

You heard that right. Due to the lack of legal framework surrounding medical use of cannabis in Ohio (even though the state passed medical cannabis in 2016), Ademo faces up to six years in prison and fines of $20,000 when he stands trail on January 11 for possession of his medicine.

As such, Ohio law stipulates that the Board of Pharmacy attempt to negotiate and enter into reciprocity agreements with other medical marijuana states before allowing use of their medicine. Before entering into an agreement with another state, the Board must determine that the state meet certain criteria.

First, the eligibility requirements imposed by the other state in order to obtain a registry identification card have to be substantially comparable to Ohio’s requirements. Second, the other state must also recognize patient or caregiver registration and identification cards issued in Ohio. Ohio has no such agreement with Colorado, the state Ademo obtained his medical cannabis card in, nor any other state for that matter. In fact, the politicians of Ohio have dragged their feet for two years on this issue depriving who knows how many from receiving medical cannabis and killing countless others.

Ademo is no stranger to the criminal justice system. Shortly after founding CopBlock with activist and friend Pete Eyre in 2010 the two were part of a group of activists arrested for recording public officials at the Franklin County, Massachusetts jail.

The following year Ademo was arrested for wiretapping and faced 21 years in prison after video surfaced from West High School in Manchester, New Hampshire showing a student being roughly pushed down onto a cafeteria table by police detective Darren Murphy.

Ademo recorded telephone conversations he had with a Manchester police captain, the West High principal and her assistant in attempt to bring attention to the incident. He represented himself in court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of probation. Those convictions were later thrown out by the New Hampshire Supreme Court however.

CopBlock is a decentralized organization made up of a diverse group of individuals united by their shared belief that “badges don’t grant extra rights,” CopBlock.org states. In this pursuit CopBlockers routinely draw attention to police brutality and corruption and are known for their controversial and sometimes intense encounters with police. Naturally, shining a light on the domestic enforcement arm of government attracts unwanted attention. In February, Ademo was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking marijuana and possession of hash oil in Warren County, Ohio.

According to WCPO, 24 pounds of marijuana and 26 vials of hash oil were found in Ademo’s car after he was pulled over by Ohio State Troopers for a missing license plate light. He was arraigned on a $75,000 bond.

From behind bars Ademo routinely spoke out about police accountability issues and problems with the criminal justice system. He was released from jail in March following a major bond reduction having refused a plea deal to serve one year in prison.

Ademo has long been a crusader against the drug war, an issue that routinely garners attention on the pages of CopBlock.org. An advocate of self-ownership and an opponent of victimless crime laws, it was in fact a 2004 marijuana conviction that ultimately led Ademo to co-found CopBlock.

Now, almost 14 years later, Ademo continues to stand up for his individual right to decide for himself what to put in his own body. Next Thursday he will stand trial in Warren County having refused another plea offer this week that would have resulted in a 36 month prison sentence suspended for 6 months in jail and three years probation.

In a live Facebook video on Friday Ademo explained why.

“I’m a medical marijuana patient, ” he said. “I held a valid medical marijuana card until December 17 of last year. Everything I was in possession of that day was my medicine.”

Having lived in Colorado for a short while Ademo decided to return to Ohio temporarily after his plans to make a permanent move to the state didn’t work out. Ademo and his spouse (at the time) had decided not to move his partner’s children so far from their biological father (who came back into his young childrens life) and instead set up a forever home in Michigan (another medical MJ state) after the kids finished school. The only problem was, Ademo never made it back. He was caged by state troopers in the Warren County jail for simply stepping over a line into an occupied territory that seriously needs to clarify its laws regarding the legal use of medicinal cannabis.

“While they say ‘trafficking,’ I had everything I owned in my car,” Ademo said. “There was no drug bust. There were no informants. This wasn’t done at a DUI [checkpoint], I didn’t sell weed to an undercover cop. That’s not my intention. I use weed for medical purposes and I merely had six months worth of medicine with me.”

Ademo has asked people to please call assistant prosecutor Chris Delnicki at the telephone number 513-695-1325 to voice their support. He has also asked friends to send character letters stating that jail isn’t the proper punishment for his so-called “crimes” to Delnicki and/or Judge Robert Peeler at the address: 520 Justice Drive Lebanon, Ohio 45036.

“I don’t believe that my actions deserve 36 months in prison,” Ademo said. “When I go to trial I’m not asking to not be punished. I’m asking not to be punished anymore. I’ve done nearly 50 days in jail. I’ve paid tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, lost a year’s worth of time and have basically been on probation for a year. I believe that that’s enough for someone with a medical marijuana card.”

To hear more of Ademo’s thoughts on the case listen below:

Original Facebook Live Video:

Related Content on NVCopBlock.org:

1 Comment

Update: Full Wisconsin Police Documentary “Speak Friend and Enter” Available on Youtube

The video above, as well as the content within this post was provided by Isiah Holmes, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. As was previously reported in a post on CopBlock.org by Ademo, Isiah is a high school student that filmed a documentary about police abuses within the Wauwatosa Police Department, specifically relating to abuses targeting youth within the city located in the Milwaukee area. The final and complete version of that documentary, “Speak Friend and Enter,” is now available to be viewed on Youtube.

In addition, via a Youtube comment, CopBlock Network contributor Tim Seltz, who is also from the Milwaukee area, states:

“Anyone concerned with the actions of Wauwatosa PD is strongly encouraged to contact CopBlock.org by emailing me, Tim Seltz of Waukesha, @ [email protected], text – 262-501-6961, or twitter @wkshacopblock”

Department Involved: Wauwatosa Police Department
Multiple officers involved: Specific officers’ identities are unknown.

The documentary “Speak Friend And Enter” investigates reports of misconduct committed by Wisconsin’s Wauwatosa Police Department, near Milwaukee.

The film looks into the department’s longstanding reputation for racial discrimination, it’s participation in several large scale teen drug use crackdowns, and the introduction of a policy of withholding arrest information; thus keeping the community in the dark.

The story is told through a collection of young voices local to the area who both experienced what happened and never talked about it afterward. This project was also produced entirely via the YouTube video editor.

ALL MUSIC CREDITED TO TEEN ARTISTS BELONGS TO THEM, AS IT IS THEIR CREATIONS.

– Isiah holmes

Hope you all find it worthwhile!

1 Comment

First Person Account and Video of the Arrests of Ademo Freeman and Brian Sumner

Below are first person accounts of the arrests and the initial court appearance for Ademo Freeman and Brian Sumner. Included below that are the videos of that arrest. See here for the Call Flood Request.

Monday: Chalking Again

After the arrest in Kansas,  Ademo and Brian decided to avoid any further disruptions to the Mobile Accountability for Cops (M.A.C.) tour by dealing with the warrant issue in Indiana and turning themselves in now. They met up with a local Cop Blocker in Indianapolis and proceeded to gather up supplies and head to Noblesville. At approx. 8:30pm on October 26th, a group of five cop blockers ( including the M.A.C. team) headed over to the Noblesville police station to draw the attention of the local police force by chalking the same place that resulted in the original warrant.

After roughly 20 minutes of chalking and filming, the first signs of police presence were seen. One cop came running out of the entrance to the government offices with a second officer also running around the corner (obviously prepped to bring the ultra violence). Mere moments later, two police cruisers rolled up and more cops where beginning to surround Ademo and Brian.

ChalkingThey began questioning the two about who they were and what they were doing, promptly arresting Ademo and seemed almost hesitant to arrest Brian, but ended up doing it anyway. During the arrests, the cops tried desperately to justify themselves and their actions, but could barely hold up against the backlash from Ademo and Brian.

One of the elder cops called out a question of who wanted to take Ademo to jail and one officer literally jumped and skipped at the chance. It was a shameful display. Ademo was the first to be taken across the street and placed in a local pd SUV, Brian wasn’t too far behind. He was taken to a different SUV, but this was a K-9 unit and Brian vocally protested having to ride in that vehicle with the dog. So the officers were just kind enough to put him in a different cruiser.

Free SpeechAfter the M.A.C. crew was taken away, the remaining three cop blockers stayed and talked to the police and filmed them attempting to look professional while putting sidewalk chalk into evidence bags and photographing the sidewalk art. Eventually the police got firemen from the attached fire house to grab a garden hose and start washing off the chalk (which came right off) until they got tired of us filming and told them to just stop. This resulted in some of the officers and firefighters (chalk washers?) questioning why they were just going to leave it.

Tuesday: Initial Hearing

One of the cop blockers from the night before attempted to file a request to record the court hearing and was denied based on some supreme court ruling saying you cant record shit in Indiana for reasons. Regardless, at 1:15pm, the hearing was getting underway and the M.A.C. team were last to go up on the monitor connected to the local metal rape cage facility. The hearing was really nothing more than to declare bond amounts and ask the defendants if they wanted a lawyer and if they understood their charges.

While the judge was 100% set on not deviating from that purpose, Ademo put on a beautiful display of protest against the charges, the court, and the judge. Brian also questioned the entire farce with some of the best lines of the year (will be heard in upcoming audio recording purchased from the court ). The hearing for them ended without much fanfare and away they went to continue being kept separated and in different “pods.”

There’s been no word as of yet on whether Ademo has talked to anyone, but Brian did get a phone call out to his girlfriend and said he was OK and everything was alright. Their next pre-trial hearing is set for Dec. 8th at 9am. There will be an ALL HANDS ON DECK open carry chalking protest event held that very morning starting at 7am at the police station, court house, and well, the entire town. Then there is another hearing set for January 14th at 1:30pm. Other protests throughout the country are being planned.

 Raw video via the CopBlock Network on Facebook:

Raw (unedited) video of Ademo and Brian David Sumner going to the Noblesville Police Department headquarters to “turn…

Posted by CopBlock Network on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Second Raw (unedited) video of Ademo and Brian David Sumner going to the Noblesville Police Department headquarters to “…

Posted by CopBlock Network on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2 Comments

Call Flood Request for Ademo Freeman and Brian Sumner in Noblesville, IN

Update: Brian Sumner has been switched to a different prosecutor.

The new prosecutor is:

  • Brian Patrick Johnson
  • Hamilton County Prosecutor
  • (317) 776-8595
  • Case Number: 29D05-1510-CM-008800

Ademo (Adam Mueller) still has the original prosecutor:

  • James Baldwin
  • Hamilton County Prosecutor
  • (317) 776-8595
  • Case Number: 29D05-1510-CM-008801

Background/Call Flood Request

As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, Ademo Freeman and Brian Sumner were arrested Monday in Noblesville, Indiana on outstanding warrants that had been issued as a result of a chalk protest they conducted there last month. Prior to that, they had been taking part in the Mobile Accountability for Cops Tour in order to bring attention to issues concerning the lack of accountability for police and to connect with various Cop Block chapters across the country. The chalk protest in Noblesville was part of the first stop on that tour.

During the stop in Kansas City, Ademo was arrested for a “criminal mischief” warrant that was originally stated to be a felony, but in reality was a misdemeanor. This warrant stemmed from the protest in Noblesville and, apparently, based on the use of “liquid chalk,” which like any other sidewalk chalk is also completely washable and easily removed with nothing but water. It was shortly after revealed that Brian also had a warrant for the same charge.

Free Ademo Free BrianAdemo and Brian have asked that people contact the officials in Noblesville that have decided to attempt to prosecute peaceful protesters for something that has already been ruled legal and constitutionally protected under the First Amendment as Free Speech several times in the past.

Sidewalk chalk, as the name would obviously indicate, is a common product designed, marketed, and used on a regular basis to draw on sidewalks. It’s an incredible rarity for anyone to be arrested or even cited for doing so on public property, which sidewalks unarguably are. Almost exclusively, those few arrests have been the result of chalk being used as part of a protest and, once again almost exclusively, those cases have been thrown out or defeated in court. It amounts to nothing short of intimidation and a retaliatory act.

Please contact James Baldwin, the prsecutor in their case or if you are in the area (and you really want to let them know you disapprove), visit the Noblesville Police Department and exercise your first amendment right with some chalk. Let them know that they shouldn’t trying to intimidate and retaliate against citizens for exercising their constitutional rights to protest against government abuses and injustices.

Brian and Ademo’s case number: 29D05-1510-CM-008801

Pre-trial: December 8th at 9am

Omnibus hearing: January 14th 1:30pm

James Baldwin: (317) 776-8595

There will be a chalking protest event held the morning of December 8th (the day of their next court date) starting at 7am at the police station, court house, and well the entire town.

Noblesville Police Department:

Hamilton County Jail:

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office:

City of Noblesville:

John Ditslear, Mayor of Noblesville:

Hamilton County, Indiana:

County Commission:

Dan Stevens Assistant to the Commissioners:

  • Phone – (317) 776-9719
  • EmailEmail

Liquid ChalkIt’s an indisputable fact that sidewalk chalk (liquid or otherwise) causes no material damage and can easily be cleaned with a regular garden hose or typical water bucket. Like in previous cases, the charges filed against Ademo and Brian were filed simply because the police and other authorities in Noblesville don’t like the fact that the messages being written criticized them and exposed the crimes that they are not held accountable for.

Those messages could easily be cleaned up, even though the only real reason to have to do so is to try and hide what they say from those the police claim to “Serve and Protect.” However, the shame of the injustice and lies that the messages brought attention to cannot so easily be erased.

#BlueLiesMatter and the #ThinBlueLies kill on both sides of that line.

2 Comments

Police Claim Ademo Charged With Felony – Actually Charged With Class B Misdemeanor

Date of Incident: 2015-10-17
Departments Involved: Shawnee, KS police; Noblesville, IN police
Contact Information: Shawnee PD: 913-631-2150. Johnson County Jail: 913-715-5100. Here’s the agency that issued the warrant (Noblesville, IN): 317-776-1588

Critical update, plus new video link for arrest.

Early this morning, Free Keene broke the news that Cop Block founder Ademo Freeman was arrested on a warrant for felony “criminal mischief”. We now have a copy of the case summary from Indiana, which shows the charge is only a class B misdemeanor, not a felony.

So, that’s the good news. The bad news is he’s still in jail, likely until Monday afternoon’s scheduled court appearance in Kansas, where he was arrested for the warrant that the Noblesville, IN police claimed was for a felony.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene and to Cop Block’s MAC Tour for the latest. In case you missed it, here’s the video of Ademo’s arrest:

– Ian Freeman

Thanks, guys!

1 Comment

BREAKING: Ademo Freeman Arrested for Felony Chalking?!

Originally posted at FreeKeene.com by Ian Freeman. (Stay tuned for video and further updates here at Cop Block

Date of Incident: 2015-10-17
Departments Involved: Shawnee, KS & Noblesville, IN
Contact Phone Numbers: Shawnee PD: 913-631-2150. Johnson County Jail: 913-715-5100
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtC2zKcGqfA

free-ademo-copblockThe War on Chalk continues nationwide with tonight’s arrest of Cop Block founder and Free Keene blogger Ademo Freeman. Ademo has been arrested in Shawnee, KS on a felony warrant purportedly for “criminal mischief” charges over chalking the Noblesville, IN police department a couple of weeks ago. Ademo is expected to be arraigned on Monday and whether he’ll be extradited to Indiana remains to be seen.

The Noblesville PD chalking incident happened the day before Ademo and Brian Sumner kicked off the Cop Block Mobile Accountability for Cops (MAC) tour. According to their post about the incident, Cop Blockers visited Noblesville police department and used liquid chalk to write various messages directed toward and about the police. Later on, they are threatened by multiple Noblesville cops in a parking lot – see the video here. The gang members detain Ademo and Brian for a quarter-hour and claim that one of “their group” used real paint during the chalking outside the PD.

Now Ademo is in Johnson county jail in Kansas on a felony warrant. As a result, requests for calls to the jail and PD rang out on Facebook. Initially, the jail denied having him and police on the phone played games like one claiming his first name was “deputy” (I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard that one.):

Should you wish to call the jail and/or police and express yourself, here are the numbers: Shawnee PD: 913-631-2150. Johnson County Jail: 913-715-5100. You should also call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Noblesville IN, where the warrant originated from. The phone number there is 317-776-1588

Brian did get video of the arrest. As of 3:49am Eastern, it is uploading on what he reports to be a weak internet connection. I am posting it here, but until it’s done uploading and processing, you won’t see it, so please check back a little later this morning (The video is live now):

If you think the massive call flood that these arrests trigger is awesome, then imagine what it would be like if those people willing to call a jail in favor of setting someone peaceful free from captivity were instead willing to move to the same geographic area. Imagine the cop blocking that could be possible. Rather than call the jail, you could go there with others. You could even go to the homes of the people who kidnapped Ademo. Ademo moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. Here are 101 reasons why you should consider doing the same thing.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene and the Cop Block MAC Tour page for the latest on this developing story.
– Ian Freeman

Click the Image to go to the Facebook Event Page.

Click the Image to go to the Facebook Event Page.

Leave a comment

Andrew Henderson Meets with Minn. Chief Over Previous Police Intimidation For Filming

Andrew Henderson Police ReportRecently, Ademo posted about an interaction Andrew Henderson, a CopBlocker from the St. Paul area in Minnesota, had with a police officer who had tried to intimidate him because he was filming near a police station. This happened shortly after the St. Paul Police Department held a seat belt enforcement campaign that was really just a thinly veiled opportunity for revenue generation.

Knowing that many police themselves don’t wear seat belts when driving, Andrew decided to go down to a location near the police station and film to see how many he could find disregarding the rule that they had just placed such a heavy emphasis on for regular citizens. Not surprisingly, he had no problem whatsoever spotting officers hypocritically ignoring the seat belt law.

Not long after, an employee of the St. Paul Police Department, Officer Alba-Reyes, drove up to where Henderson was filming. During the interaction between Alba-Reyes and Andrew (which can be viewed in its entirety in the video below), the officer misstates several laws, including that he has a right to detain Henderson for filming and that the public sidewalk is actually private property. He then threatens to arrest him “if he continues trespassing on private property.”

About a month later, Andrew had a meeting with St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith concerning this incident and the behavior of that officer. This included several inconsistencies and omissions within the official police report that was filed by Alba-Reyes. However, it apparently didn’t include an update on the St. Paul Police Department’s investigation into whether public sidewalks are in fact public or private property. (Make sure you check out Andrew’s YouTube channel for lots of great informative videos.)

During my meeting with Chief Tom Smith, I expressed my concerns on my encounter with officer Armando Alba-Reyes while…

Posted by Andrew J Henderson on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Below is Andrews summary of that meeting via a Facebook post:

During my meeting with Chief Tom Smith, I expressed my concerns on my encounter with officer Armando Alba-Reyes while recording police officers from a public sidewalk.

  • Officer Alba-Reyes stated in his report that I was using a “bypod”, which I was not. I do not own or have ever used a bipod. The pictures he took would have proved this.
  • Officer Alba-Reyes seemed to believe that I do not have access to the Saint Paul Police policy manual, though it is publicly available at: http://www.stpaul.gov/DocumentCenter/View/70740.
  • Once I was threatened with arrest if I did not leave, I immediately walked to my vehicle and drove home, and did not continue to film vehicles as officer Alba-Reyes stated in his report, the video can be found here: https://youtu.be/J9P-4kV7Z9k.
  • Officer Alba-Reyes never turned in the pictures he took of me to the Saint Paul Police Department data vault as he is required to under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13, and did not include them in this report.
  • There was a dashcam in the police vehicle as indicated in the report, but officer Alba-Reyes either did not turn it on or decided to not upload the content to the Saint Paul Police Department data vault.

The encounter can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/ONQXJjY_Yfk?t=4m38s (Also embedded below – editor)

Chief Smith understood my concerns, but could not give me answers as to why Officer Alba-Reyes report was not entirely factual or what happened to the photos he took of me.

I encouraged Chief Smith to adopt a policy regarding citizens filming law enforcement officers as recommended by the Department of Justice (http://www.justice.gov/…/spl/documents/Sharp_ltr_5-14-12.pdf), in addition to submitting a couple of policies to him and his staff from other agencies such as the District of Columbia Police Department (https://go.mpdconline.com/GO/GO_304_19.pdf) and the Department of Homeland Security (http://mocek.org/…/2…/06/DHS-FPS-Bulletin-HQ-IB-012-2010.pdf), as well as case law about citizens First Amendment right to document law enforcement personnel engaged in their public duties (http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/10-1764P-01A.pdf), and to better train officers on engagement with those who chronicle police occurrences.

I hope Chief Smith will take this opportunity to transition and advance with this paradigm shift in policing.

Click banner to learn more about filming the police

Click banner to learn more about filming the police

41 Comments

High Times Article on First Church of Cannabis: “Cop Block is Here”

First Church of CannabisOn Wednesday (July 1st), everybody in Indianapolis was primed for a big showdown. The First Church of Cannabis had stated that they were preparing to take advantage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which supposedly protects people engaging in activities during religious practice.

However, although Indiana accepted the First Church of Cannabis as a recognized church, Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite saw things differently. In the lead up to the inaugural services on Wednesday, he pledged not just to arrest peaceful people openly smoking marijuana during the service, but also to employ dubious charges of “visiting a common nuisance” in order to justify searching people and their vehicles.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Big Dance, though. Although there was still a huge, wasteful police presence, a counter-protest, organized and egged on largely by the police; and a fancy new spy camera installed by police hours before, there were no arrests or Orwellian searches. In fact, the police weren’t even willing to admit to HighTimes.com that they were there as a result of the possibility of marijuana use:

…the overall attitude of the Indianapolis police felt considerably different than the previous wild eyed, drug war rantings of their boss. The department refused to admit that their presence in front of the church had anything to do with marijuana. Lieutenant Richard Riddle, a spokesperson for the IMPD, told reporters that officers were simply there as a public safety precaution and to control traffic like they would any other event in Indianapolis.

“We’re simply responding to public safety issues and complaints from the community,” Riddle said. “Obviously, we have traffic control at a number of events. We have traffic control at churches, we have traffic control for funerals, and sometimes on Easter we have traffic control for churches.”

Survive Bear Police AttackIn fact, according to that article the only problems came from those riled up neighbors, and even those were pretty minimal. So, what was so different between Wednesday and the previous Friday, when the Chief Hite made all those threats about arresting people and finding loopholes in the Fourth Amendment.

Obviously, a big factor was church founder Bill Levin’s announcement that the service would not include the open use of marijuana, after all. You just can’t poke a heavily armed and easily angered bear without expecting it to react. (There can, of course, be debates about whether that potential reaction is worth risking for a given issue, but that’s a debate people have to have with them self.)

However, in the same High Times article another reason is pointed out for why things went from 60 to 15 so quickly.

Cop Block Was There

banner420As chronicled by previous posts on CopBlock.org, Ademo and several others within the Cop Block Network made the trip down to Indianapolis in order to participate in and document any police abuses during the inaugural service at the First Church of Cannabis. They came ready to film the police and to make sure everyone there knew their rights, as well as handing out CopBlock’s informational materials. They also brought the attention of Cop Block’s national audience.

Once again according to HighTimes.com, all of those things were as instrumental, if not even more so, in keeping the Indianapolis Police on their best of behaviour that day:

Perhaps this change of draconian heart was out of respect for Levin’s recent decision to ban all illegal substances from the church grounds. Then again, as Ohio attorney Brice Keller pointed out, this shift in strategy likely had more to do with the fact that the whole nation was watching for something dramatic to unfold.

“Cop Block is here,” said Keller. “Cop Block and the news, and everybody having all these video recording devices everywhere probably has caused the police captain or somebody to say, be on your toes today and make sure what we’re doing is protecting the peace.

“If police were going to arrest somebody for a minor offense,” he continued, “there would be a swarm of people out there with their video recorders, and it wouldn’t be good for anybody.” (Emphasis added.)

On the issue of probable cause, Keller said police would need to establish it for each individual, and that simply being on the premises of the cannabis church did not give authorities the right to initiate random searches. What the Indianapolis Police Chief initially said was the force was going to cite parishioners for visiting a common nuisance, which Keller said could have been used as a gateway to search the pockets of parishioners and, perhaps, even their vehicles.

But in the end, there was no shakedown… Not a single incident in which the IMPD felt the need to investigate or attempt to establish probable cause of any kind.

So the moral to the story is protect your neighborhood from the real troublemakers  by joining an existing Cop Block group in your area, starting one if there isn’t already a Cop Block affiliate nearby, and become a part of the growing CopBlock Network. And always Film The Police. It could save a life and that life could be yours.

16 Comments

Cop Block’s Pete Eyre Interviewed on Non-Partisan Liberty For All Radio

Pete Eyre Wearing a Nevada Cop Block Shirt

Pete Eyre Wearing a Really Cool Shirt

Last month on August 7th (2014), Pete Eyre did an interview on “Non-Partisan Liberty For All,” a Las Vegas based internet radio show that broadcasts on Blog Talk Radio. Among other things, Pete discussed with hosts Dave Bourne and Janel Florez (of MO/KS Cop Block and Women of Cop Block) his personal history and how he got involved in Anarchism and specifically Voluntaryism.

Also, Pete touched on some of the various projects he’s been involved in over the years, including Bureau Crash, the Motorhome Diaries with Ademo Freeman and Jason Talley (which is how I first met Pete back in 2009), Liberty On Tour (once again with Ademo), the Free State Project in New Hampshire, and of course Cop Block.

Pete is on for the first two of the three hours and talks fairly in-depth about his personal philosophies of government and how and why the government’s monopoly on law enforcement services and the judicial system results in a lack of accountability for the employees of that system, especially those that are given fancy costumes and a badge, then allowed to threaten others with weapons. There’s also some discussion of the approaches Pete takes to bring attention to and counteract the abuses spawned that corrupt system.

Blast From the Past - A Group Photo from the Motor Home Diaries' Las Vegas Visit.

Blast From the Past – A Group Photo from the Motor Home Diaries’ Las Vegas Visit in 2009.

As I often do, I also called in during the last hour of the show to discuss some of my own experiences with Pete and how helpful of a friend he has been over the years, even before I was involved officially with Cop Block. Also, I added some details about an incident Pete had mentioned earlier, in which Ademo was illegally arrested by the LVMPD during their visit to Las Vegas after doing a promo on Food Not Bombs Las Vegas for the  Motorhome Diaries for not showing his ID, which isn’t actually legally required (you are required to identify yourself if detained, but not to provide an ID card unless you are driving).

That was actually one of the earliest and most successful “call-floods,” which originally started after Joshua Lilly called and informed me that he had arrived to visit with them and instead saw Ademo being arrested and culminated in Ademo being released without charges after so many people called from around the country that the phones at the Regional Injustice Center were overloaded and knocked off line.

If you didn’t hear this interview when it was originally broadcast or last week when Dave replayed it, you can listen to the archived version which is embedded below:

Check Out Politics Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Non Partisan Liberty For all on BlogTalkRadio
2 Comments

Kelly W. Patterson of NVCopBlock On Non Partisan Liberty For All

Beware of Local Gang Members in the Las Vegas Area

Beware of Local Gang Members in the Las Vegas Area

Recently, I did an interview for an internet radio show on Block Talk Radio. The show is entitled “Non Partisan Liberty for All” and is hosted by Dave Bourne. While it can be heard everywhere (except most of China and sometimes parts of San Francisco) via the internets, it is based locally here in Las Vegas.

The main reason I came on was to discuss the article I had just posted about the suspicious events surrounding the hit and run incident I was involved in back in March and the chances that it was an intentional act committed in retaliation for my opposition to and exposure of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Department”s corruption and other crimes, including the murder of Stanley Gibson by Jesus Arevalo and complete lack of accountability for abuses committed against other local residents. In the process, we discussed my own history and how I originally got involved in activism.

Among other things, I spoke about how I evolved from someone who believed in the basic philosophy of Anarchism, but didn’t think of it as a viable, real world possibility into someone that believes in and advocates for an Anarchist society. I also discussed my personal history with the Las Vegas Anarchist Cafe and Charles (RadGeek) Johnson, my initial meetings with Cop Block founders Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman and how the harassment of homeless people  and peaceful activists that I witnessed while working with Food Not Bombs Las Vegas helped to shape my anti-police brutality based activism and ultimately the founding of Nevada Cop Block.

Scott Crow will be in Vegas Monday, May 19th

Scott Crow Will be in Las Vegas Again Monday, May 19th from 6-8pm at Reclaimed Art Suppliez

Another reason I came on was to announce Scott Crow‘s upcoming talk on Monday, May 19th, from 6 to 8 PM at Reclaimed Art Suppliez, which is located in Downtown Las Vegas, within the Arts district. Scott Crow, author of “Black Flags and Windmills” and one of the founders of the Common Ground Collective, is an excellent speaker and Anarchist organizer. His talk, entitled “What Me Worry? The Rise of the Surveillance State & What We Can Do About It” promises to be excellent and very relevant to Las Vegas activists.

Although Dave has only been doing this show for about a month (as of mid-May 2014), it’s a good show and he’s a great host. I’m looking forward to doing future appearances with the show and very much encourage Cop Block fans and others interested in liberty and freedom to tune in. In fact, you never know when other awesome Cop Block contributors, such as MO/KC Cop Block‘s (and Women of Cop Block, too) Janel Florez might put in an appearance or when Deo from Greater Cleveland Cop Block might call in to talk about awesome videos the  crew out there in Ohio have made.

And before you go, don’t forget to head over to the NVCopBlock shop to get your Official Cop Block Press Pass and/or a Nevada Cop Block T-Shirt. In fact, in honor of the Cop Block Press Passes Facebook Page going over 1,000 “likes” a couple days ago, anything in the Nevada Cop Block shop is 10% off until May 22nd (2014) if you use coupon code “1kLikes” in the cart.

Listen to NVCopBlock.org’s Own Kelly W. Patterson on “Non Partisan Liberty For All”

Listen To Politics Internet Radio Stations with Non Partisan Liberty For all on BlogTalkRadio
11 Comments