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Man Protesting Police Kidnapping and Mental Torture Schools Cop on Rights and Filming in Public

The video included with this post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Kevin Bradley, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. If you have a video, personal story involving police misconduct and/or abuse, or commentary about a law enforcement related news story, we would be happy to have you submit it. You can find some advice on how to get your submission published on the CopBlock Network within this post.

In this video post, Kevin starts out conducting a protest against having been kidnapped and mentally tortured by the Pennsylvania State Police previously. Of course, the Pennsylvania State Police refer to it as “arresting” someone. However, within the video Kevin explains that essentially he was arrested for filming the police, otherwise known as “Contempt of Cop.”

When someone is forcibly restrained and then held against their will because someone didn’t like being legally filmed and they concocted an excuse to do so, that’s a kidnapping. It shouldn’t matter that this “someone” is employed by the State and issued a fancy costume and shiny badge to wear. Nor should the fact that they use a different, fancier term to describe their illegal actions change the reality of what they did.

At any rate, shortly after the video begins an unidentified Montoursville police officer drives up and asks Kevin to speak to him. He then states that he’s gotten several complaints about Kevin’s little protest, but that what he is doing is legal. He further explains that he has to investigate because the dispatcher sent him out and as a result he “needs to file a report.”

While this officer is generally polite and non-threatening, in the process of his “investigation” he makes several blatantly false claims about the law in relation to Kevin’s obligation to provide ID and ability to film people in public.


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To Kevin’s credit, he demonstrates he is very knowledgeable about the laws in relation to filming the police and the requirement for a legal detention, which would actually necessitate him providing his identity. Kevin quickly and accurately corrects the officer when he claims that he has to notify him before filming in public and has to provide his ID anytime a policeman is “conducting an investigation,” whether he has sufficient cause to detain him on suspicion of having committed (or being about to commit) a crime.

One interesting aspect of this video is the way the cop keeps pointing out how “fair” he is being to Kevin in an fairly obvious attempt to use that to convince him to comply with his erroneous requests. It’s basically that “I’m a Good Cop because I’m only harassing you and telling you that you can’t do stuff you are legally allowed to do and not beating or murdering you” logic. Once again, to Kevin’s credit he stands pretty firm and doesn’t take that bait.

In the end, the unnamed officer goes on about his way and Kevin resumes his protest against the Pennsylvania State Police.

Date of Incident: September 19, 2016
Department Involved: Montoursville (PA) Police Dept.
Department Website: MontourPD.org
Citizen Complaints: Complaint Form
FaceBook Page: Montoursville PD on FaceBook
Department Phone No.: (570) 368-2488
Department Fax No.: (570) 368-8473

I made a protest sign that said, I was kidnapped and mentally tortured by the Pennsylvania State Police after previously having been arrested. I then walked around for about 40 minutes with the sign. At that point, I was contacted by this officer in the video. I totally forgot to ask him for his name and badge number, sorry.

You have totally inspired me to fight for my rights. I am ashamed so many Americans don’t even know what rights they have. We live in a Police State.

– Kevin Bradley

The Police Consider Accountability Laughable, Because It Is (For Them)

This post and the video above were shared with the CopBlock Network by “Carrollton Speed Tax,” via the CopBlock.org Submissions page. It discusses the mythical system of accountability for police, in which citizens are encouraged to file complaints with the police departments at which those cops work.

Those complaints are subsequently “investigated” by the cops’ buddies and then everyone has a jolly laugh at how cute your naivety is and a knee slapping good time is had by all. Oftentimes, a contest to see who can fit the most donuts in their mouth at one time accompanies the ritualistic bonfires that follow.

Officers Involved: Officer Robb – Badge #882, Commander Derick Miller – Badge #725
Department Involved: Carrollton (Texas) Police Department
Phone Number: (972) 466-3290

While going about our usual CopBlock activities, we encountered Officer Robb, who clearly thinks police accountability is laughable. So much so, he even suggests options to file a complaint. One can only assume that he makes these suggestions knowing it will get the same form letter response from Internal Affairs other complaints have gotten, if we get anything at all.

It really made us think of all our past encounters and how we, as citizens, really have no resource to protect us unless:

A) The offense is so egregious that it can’t be ignored & attorneys line up to take the case pro bono
B) Be have unlimited resources for attorneys.

In Carrollton, we have submitted multiple complaints, but have only received responses for two of them. One was a clear policy infraction we showed on film. The other involved multiple rights violations and was also on film. The response was the exact same form letter from Internal Affairs. The mayor and city attorney said to get an attorney. Where do we go if the police department AND city hall doesn’t care if their PD does whatever they want?

Why is accountability so amusing to the police? Americans are filmed at their jobs every single minute of every single day without the kind of contempt we see from cops every day. It’s such a novelty to them that they still show contempt, and even continue to commit crimes in the face of a camera. It seems that they just don’t care because they know they rarely have anything to worry about. Until more people with cameras educate more people about what’s really going on out there, it’s just what we’ll have to deal with.

Citizens Filming The Police Are Making It Easier For Review Boards To Get Rid of Bad Apples

In spite of all the hype about the Phony War on Cops and the “YouTube Effect” being a bad thing because it forces cops to not consider just beating or murdering people as their first option, a NYPD Civilian Review Board report has just shown how valuable civilians filming the police can be in helping those organizations remove bad cops from the streets.

According to this report, independently recorded video has helped turn New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) from a “dysfunctional and notoriously inefficient kangaroo court whose recommendations for discipline were rarely observed” into one that actually has some bite when dealing with excessive force allegations.

Via Vice News: (Links added)

According to the CCRB’s latest bi-annual report, far more claims of excessive force are now being fully investigated and substantiated than in previous years. CCRB chairman Richard Emery attributes the improved substantiation rate to the rise of civilian-recorded videos that catch police red-handed when they’re behaving badly.

“The big news in police oversight is one word: Video,” Emery wrote in the report published on Tuesday. “Video is changing everything.”

The percentage of excessive force allegations corroborated by video evidence increased from 4 percent to 21 percent between 2012 and 2015, according to the report, while the number of cases where video evidence was crucial to the outcome climbed from 15 percent to 45 percent over the same period…

Emery admits that the CCRB was previously a “toothless tiger” that failed to garner respect from the police department, and consequently, “its recommendations were ignored, for the most part.” Officers are now disciplined in 91 percent of cases that involve substantiated misconduct claims, the highest discipline rate since the CCRB was established in 1993, and a 30 percent increase over 2014.



Not that this is some amazing surprise to those of us out there recording. It’s hard to deny misconduct when it is caught on video and, although this is still the default position of the vast majority of police departments, sweeping it under the rug and exonerating perpetrators of police violence is much harder when that violence is out there for the world to see. Instead of crying and complaining about being recorded, those (mythical) “Good Cops” out there should be thanking advocates of filming the police for helping them to eliminate those Bad Apples within their ranks that are making their jobs more difficult and dangerous.

That’s the real YouTube Effect.