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Detained by Las Vegas Police for Openly Carrying a Sword While Walking (Video)

Las Vegas Police Detain Black Men Walking While Open Carrying Sword

Two black men were detained, handcuffed, questioned, and photographed by Las Vegas police officers because they were walking while (legally) carrying a sword.

On Saturday (11-14-17), while I was out on a bike ride, I noticed a Las Vegas police helicopter circling the Walmart parking lot just ahead of me. As I reached the area where it was, I looked over and saw three LVMPD police cars with their lights on at the outer edge of the Walmart parking lot.

Once I was inside that parking lot, I could see that they had two black men in cuffs outside of a Dotty’s Casino (a small local “casino” chain that realistically amounts to more of an oversized bar) within it located on Nellis and Boulder Hwy. across the street from the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino. So I started filming them with a GoPro mounted to the handlebars of my bike.

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At the end of the video, I asked those two men what they had been stopped for and they told me that it was because someone had called to report that they had a sword, something that is by itself not actually illegal (as long as it is openly carried it’s legal just like a firearm or any other non-prohibited weapon). They stated they had been taking the sword to a nearby pawn shop, so they could sell it.

Obviously, they were eventually released without any sort of charges, since they had committed no crime, although the cops made them pose for pictures, which generally means they intend to add them to the gang registry and means that they will be harassed and profiled at every opportunity in the future based on that designation. That’s a pretty common practice by Metro for minorities, bikers, and others that they consider to be the “usual suspects.”

Although this fortunately didn’t result in any sort of physical violence being used against the men, Metro’s “finest” felt the need to not only respond with three patrol officers, but also at one point to have their lieutenant come by. And of course, as was mentioned already it gave them an excuse to play with their new “rescue” helicopter that’s usually busy circling downtown. (Apparently, there’s a lot of stranded hikers down there.)

Beyond the question of whether this was a case of racial profiling (whether it be by the police themselves or the security guard who apparently called them), as the men who had been detained stated, there’s a very real chance that someone will end up getting killed anytime the police are called. Not only does Las Vegas have a history of police violence without any sort of consequences, but not too long ago just one state over, in Saratoga Springs, Utah, an innocent man was shot to death for the non-crime of using a samurai sword as part of a cosplay outfit.

The reality is you should never call the police unless you’re comfortable with the idea that the person you called them on might end up dead. The cops don’t murder someone every time they show up (yet), but if do, they will absolutely get away with it every time (and they know that they will, too).

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Dash Camera Video of Native American Kheyanev Littledog Shot By Midland Texas Police Released

On Monday (October 10th), police in Midland Texas shot and killed Native American Kheyanev Littledog, who had been stopped along with another unnamed man, whose presence had not been mentioned in previous coverage of the shooting, while they were walking down the road. Now dash camera video of that shooting has been released.

While the video doesn’t clearly show Littledog in possession of a gun, it does pretty clearly show him reaching toward his waist. However, the second man was reportedly released later without any charges, which brings into question why they were stopped in the first place.

Via the Youtube description of the video:

The Midland Police Department has released video taken from the dashboard camera of one of the officers involved in Monday night’s deadly shooting. In a statement, the Midland Police Department said they released the video because they understand “the importance of community relations in regard to officer-involved shootings.” The released video shows Kheyanev Littledog, 19, on the right in a gray shirt, as well as an acquaintance of his in a blue shirt. The acquaintance was not found to have committed any crime and was released from the scene.

Back on Monday night, officers were called out to the intersection of Terrell St. and Industrial Ave. in Midland in reference to a check person. That’s when, police said, they saw Littledog, 19, with a handgun in his waistband. Police said the footage and witness statements during the investigation revealed that Littledog was reaching for the gun when he was shot by two officers. Littledog was taken to the hospital where he later died. We’re told that Littledog was also in possession of a second firearm in his backpack at the time of the shooting and he wasn’t licensed to carry a firearm.

Via the Midland Reporter-Telegram:

The city of Midland has delivered a video account of the police-involved shooting that took place Monday evening…

Midlander Kheyanev Littledog, 19, was shot by two officers after he reached for a gun in his waistband when confronted by the officers, according to a press release from the city.

During the investigation, officers found that Littledog had a second firearm in his backpack at the time of the shooting. He was not licensed to carry a firearm, according to the release.

The officers, Aaron Renz, 26, and Aaron Trevino, 31, have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review. Renz is a patrol officer with one year and 10 months at MPD, and Trevino is a K-9 officer who has served the department for seven years and 10 months.

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Additional Eyewitness Videos of Keith Scott Shooting Via Charlotte Cop Block

New video footage and information from the police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte has been uncovered by the Facebook Page of the Charlotte Cop Block affiliate of the CopBlock Network. The first is obviously a legitimate cell phone video of the scene where Keith Scott was shot immediately after it took place recorded by an unidentified bystander. In the second video included below, a woman being interviewed says that she actually witnessed the shooting.

The original Facebook posts from the Charlotte Cop Block FB page, as well as Youtube uploads of the videos are both embedded below. I’ve also included the newly released video taken by Keith’s Scott’s wife from CopBlock Network contributor ‘ earlier video post.

In addition to the video taken by Keith Scott’s wife Rakeyia that the Scott family released earlier today, another video taken by an eyewitness to the shooting showing the moments after Scott was shot has been made public:

Another video from a witness shot from a distance shows the scene right after the shooting…. You can see officers doing a whole lot… Handcuffing, emptying pockets, pulling his pants down, but NO CPR!!

Also, a video interview of a woman who claims she witnessed the shooting has surfaced. In that video, Tracey Mclain disputes several aspects of the official story from the Charlotte-Mecklenberg police, including the identity of the officer that shot Scott. She also states that the police threatened to shoot bystanders and didn’t start doing CPR on Scott right away, although eventually they did:

A woman who identifies herself as Tracey Mclain says she was there, she witnessed the shooting and says that the #CMPD are lying and a white officer shot him not the black officer and that they also lied about giving CPR right away… The #Truth is coming forward piece by piece….

Video Credit: Ramon Dotch

Another issue raised by those at Charlotte Cop Block concerns the photo CMPD released purporting to show a gun at the scene after Scott was shot. As you can see in the photos within the embedded post below, no such gun is present within the video taken by Rakeyia Scott. In fact, what is claimed to be a gun in the CMPD’s photo is actually pretty clearly a medical glove, as pointed out in the post. (You can also see one of the cops pulling a black glove off and throwing it on the ground in the first video above.)

This obviously brings up the question of why the CMPD would lie about the photo supposedly showing a gun. If there genuinely was a gun there would be no need to do so. Also, it brings into question whether the blurriness of the area where the glove is was done as an intentional manipulation of evidence to try and support their official story.

If the folks at Charlotte Cop Block come across any additional videos or information, I will update this post. You can also submit content and/or video to the CopBlock Network yourself using the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

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Video of Keith Scott Shooting Recorded by His Wife

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Riots Erupt in North Carolina After Man Holding Book Killed By Police While Picking Up Son From School

Update: People are beginning to gather in Charlotte again and it appears their may be a second night of riots. Reportedly, riot police are already using tear gas and rubber bullets in an effort to disperse a growing crowd.

Click here for a livestream of the riots currently taking place in Charlotte.

On September 20th, riots broke out near the campus of UNC-Charlotte after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot a man while searching for a different man wanted on a warrant.

Police claim that the man they killed, identified as Keith Lamont Scott, had stepped out of his car with a gun and then subsequently got back inside. They then claim he got back outside of the vehicle after they approached and posed an “imminent deadly threat” to them, necessitating his shooting.

Although the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police began using body cams a year ago, at least three, and possibly four, of the previous five fatal shootings by the department “somehow” weren’t captured by the body cameras. (“It’s unclear if a June 3 shooting was filmed by the department’s body cameras.” – According to the HuffPost article quoted below.)

According to CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney, some of the officers at the scene were wearing body cams and there is also video from dash cameras, but he hasn’t reviewed the footage yet and he is predictably refusing to release it using various excuses. In addition, North Carolina recently passed a law restricting the public’s access to police shooting videos. So, it’s unlikely that any video will be released unless it clearly supports the police narrative of what happened, regardless.

Via the Huffington Post:

The shooting ― the sixth Charlotte-Mecklenburg police killing of a civilian in the past year ― happened just before 4 p.m. at an apartment complex roughly a mile from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers were searching at the complex for someone else who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, police said in a statement.

During the search, officers said they saw a man exit a vehicle with a firearm, then get back inside. When police approached, the man got out of the vehicle again and “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” according to the police statement.

Police said they called a medic and administered CPR. Scott, 43, died at the hospital.

Police identified the shooter as Officer Brentley Vinson, who has worked for the department since July 2014. Vinson is black.

Witnesses, however, testified that he was disabled and was “armed” only with a book. Later, Scott’s brother stated that Keith Scott was reading the book while waiting to pick his son up from a school bus prior to the incident that led to him being shot. Scott’s sister also stated that he was unarmed when he was shot. Family and other witnesses also stated that the police involved in the shooting were dressed in plain clothes, rather than in police uniforms.

Lyric Scott, Keith’s daughter, posted an hour-long video of the family confronting the police afterwards, via Facebook Live. During the video she stated, “The police just shot my daddy four times for being black.” Soon after, hundreds of protesters began converging on the location where Keith Scott had been shot.

Lyric Scott’s Video:

Protests soon turned into a full scale riot with least 16 cops being injured in the ensuing mayhem. Several police cars were destroyed by the protesters, who also blocked traffic on I-85 and broke into a local Walmart. In the process, several semi trucks on the highway were also looted and then set on fire. In addition, numerous other cops that had been surrounded while heroically attempting to flee the scene of the riots had to be rescued by a “Civil Emergency Unit.”

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Update: Arkansas Police Chief that Arrested Man For Open Carry Burned His Own Truck; Stole From Department

In August of last year, I wrote a post about a video that had been submitted by a Cop Block reader showing a police chief in Bald Knob, Arkansas questioning Richard Chambless, a Second Amendment activist who had been arrested while legally open carrying a hand gun.

During that video, Chief Erek Balentine was very insistent that open carrying actually wasn’t legal in Arkansas and even eventually berated Chambless in an angry outburst toward the end of the interrogation. He also had some sort of issue with the fact Chambless was carrying a police scanner at the time of his arrest, implying that it was an indicator of criminal intentions.

A month later, Chief Balentine resigned, presumably under public pressure as a result of the publicity generated by the video featured in the first post, stating he was in “fear for his family’s safety.” However, this is where things really start to get interesting.

According to Balentine, someone had spray painted “2 Amendment” on both sides of his truck and then lit that truck on fire. Obviously, this was some whacky, extremist gun nut retaliating for Chief Balentine’s arrest of Chambless for something that wasn’t just legal, but was expressly protected within the Constitution. Right?

Bald Knob Police Chief Balentine Resigns

Former Bald Knob Police Chief Balentine

Now the real truth has come out, though. Former Bald Knob Arkansas Police Chief Erek Ballentine is a big filthy liar and a thief on top of that. And, although this is the least shocking revelation involving this story, he’s just not a very smart or well thought out criminal mastermind, either.

Not only has he joined the ranks of cops who have staged an “attack” against themselves as part of the Fake War On Cops, but he also joined the very crowded ranks of cops who have committed fraud and stole from their own department.

In fact, the entire burned truck incident was intended to somehow distract from the fact that he had stolen a shotgun, which had been donated to the police department for a fundraising auction and then sold it and pocketed the cash. The fraud part of the equation is based on him having filed a insurance claim on the truck he actually burned.

Of course, no story about a criminal cop (I realize that’s a bit redundant and that I’m not supposed to use double negatives) and the Good Cops he works with holding him accountable would be complete without that Bad Apple getting the typical Policeman’s Discount.

After initially being charged with federal felony charges of arson, mail fraud, and possession of a stolen firearm (which he was in possession of because he stole it), Former Chief Balentine was allowed to plead guilty to the single charge of possessing the stolen firearm and promise to pay restitution to Progressive Insurance for the false claim. As part of that deal the Feds agreed not to pursue the more serious charges of arson and fraud.

Original Video of Man Arrested in Bald Knob, Arkansas for Legally Open Carrying a Gun

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Not Playing Around: How Police Support Culture Hurts Our Children

Police Violence Culture Toy Gun

The world has changed. LEOs now are taught to operate in an us-vs-them war on cops mentality. Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, and Andy Lopez all had toy guns and were murdered by the police as a result.

Note: This post was shared with Nevada Cop Block by Ballentine of the Sunset Activist Collective, as well as one of the members of the “Sunset 4,” via the NVCopBlock.org Submission page. 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.

I was about 12 or 13 when I had a negative experience with law enforcement. I was camping and like other children do, I was playing with a toy gun outside and exploring the picturesque countryside. As I came over a small hill I spotted an armed forestry ranger lecturing another camper about having a firearm on national park lands. As soon as the ranger and I saw each other our body language changed. He stepped back slightly and his right hand flew down to his still holstered pistol.

He screamed “drop the weapon!” or maybe just “drop it!” And I did instantly, knowing that I was seconds away from catching his bullet. He approached me and inspected my toy. He told me to go put it away and out of absolute terror I did. I was just glad to have not been shot in the middle of nowhere. It was just a bizarre set of circumstances. I reasonably could understand his fear, an adolescent who appeared to be armed taking the high ground to possibly ambush him, possibly in connection to the already armed man he was presently admonishing. And yet he didn’t kill either of us.

Tamir RiceTamir Rice, John Crawford III, and Andy Lopez also had toy guns, but unlike me they were murdered by law enforcement. Law enforcement approached them. If law enforcement had not they might still be alive. None of them were committing a crime.

The world has changed. Law enforcement now is taught that they operate in an us-versus-them war on cops mentality. I used to walk around with pellet guns and even fire them within city limits. No one ever questioned it. Packs of children with pellet guns learned to shoot at soda cans in the vacant lots and deserts. We didn’t have airsoft. I can remember being about six and having a cap gun going to the airport in Washington DC. The TSA confiscated it and then sent us a check for it. They explained that they were very sorry, but they didn’t want to have people on the plane be scared. I don’t imagine that would go over the same way today.

John Crawford IIII remember learning about the 1968 riots in Chicago and about how Chicago kids played a new game “cops vs protesters” that involved beating each other with pillows or paper towel rolls. Children have probably been playing “cops and robbers” for a really long time. Many articles have been written about reinforcing gender stereotypes through toys and play, but what does the way children play say about police support culture? I too played cops and robbers but I always played the robber. The reason was in my mind cops were these overly wholesome “I’m not going to have any fun at all” people and that was a huge turn off. I think even as a child I considered them to not be that smart.

Does playing these games say something about the way we live? Would I still play if the police had murdered someone I knew? Why are the police always the “good guys” in these games? It’s not “cops and active shooter” it’s cops and robbers. Does this say something about the way we view property and the role that the police play in protecting the concept of property? The danger of all of this is the lack of objectivity. Children are taught not to steal and this is reinforced by playing a game where no one actually steals anything but instead we have a false gun battle playing out daily in backyards. It’s never questioned whether or not its OK to play “cops and robbers” or whether the cop could actually be the bad guy.

Andy Lopez Cruz is shown in this undated family photoToy guns are bought and sold and will likely be a part of several Halloween costumes this year, but what isn’t talked about is who can carry them and who can’t without fear of being murdered. It’s worth noting that John Crawford III was merely looking at a toy rifle in a store when he was murdered. If you’d asked me 15 years ago should children be allowed to play with toy guns I would have said “yes, they encourage people to go outside and play.” I would still say that children should be allowed but would I recommend it? No. Not anymore. It’s become too dangerous to play now.

Here in Las Vegas, in 1998, a 13 year old boy was wounded when Officer Anthony Russo shot him in the arm and leg for carrying a toy gun. The boy was not on school district property. If you can’t walk around with a toy anymore then we’ve really robbed children of their innocence. Tamir Rice was playing at a park and Andy Lopez in a vacant lot. Who were they going to shoot with their fake weapons? The police caused the danger by entering into a situation with real guns. They could have cleared the area and then approached, they could have observed first, but instead they opted to murder a child.

Sean Williams John CrawfordI know some will say “how does this effect me? These were children and I’m an adult who doesn’t have a gun let alone a fake one.” Consider the possibility that the police might shoot you to get their paid vacation and then plant a pellet gun or squirt gun on your lifeless corpse. There is no background check for a pellet gun; there is no registry for any toy gun, as well there shouldn’t be. But this means a law enforcement officer could conceivably find a toy gun while off duty and then plant it as a drop piece and file in their report “it was dark, I thought they had a gun.”

I suspect that this scenario is fairly common and we don’t know, because there is seldom accountability in the form of a criminal trial. We are all at risk of being assassinated by a killer cop so long as the policy of never holding the police accountable continues.

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Carolina Coroner Drove Drunk While Chasing Neighbor; Refused Orders to Drop Gun

South Carolina Coronor Drunk Chase GunDash Cam video has been released showing a South Carolina coroner ignoring commands by Summerville police to drop his weapon for a full 13 seconds and not being shot 137 times (or even once) for it. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet had pulled a gun on his neighbor after engaging in drunken pursuit that he claims was prompted by his having witnessed the neighbor threaten a repo man with a gun. That neighbor, Leroy Fulton, denies that he had threatened the man trying to repossess his truck with a gun, although the the repo man stated that he had. Fulton was later found not to be in possession of a gun.

According to the Post and Courier, South Carolina Coroners are elected officials who on occasion can potentially take over the duties of county sheriffs, although it’s highly unusual for them to make arrests or respond to police calls. At the time of the dispute involving the repo man, Nesbit was hanging out on his porch and drinking beer in his pajamas. In spite of having consumed alcohol, he drove his county issued SUV after Fulton, which was outfitted with white overhead lights.

Nesbit then cut Fulton off with his SUV, forcing him to stop. He then got out brandishing his .380 pistol. Soon after, seven officers with the Summerville Police Department arrived (the video starts there). Despite numerous commands, it took 13 seconds before Nesbit “reluctantly” placed his firearm on the ground. The police report states Nesbit, who was still wearing pajama bottoms and a “tattered” shirt, smelled of alcohol. In spite, of that he was never tested for impairment.

In addition, it is a felony to use a firearm when drinking alcohol. However, Nesbit was not charged or cited. In fact, the police returned his gun to him and allowed him to drive back home. Reportedly, the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is currently conducting an investigation into the incident.

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Bald Knob, AR Firearm Arrest; Police Chief Angrily Insists Open Carry is Illegal

This post was originally submitted by Richard Gray, via the Cop Block.org submissions page. The original Facebook post that contained the video from the Bald Knob Police Department interrogation tape can be found here.

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Officer(s) Involved: Chief of Police Erek Balentine, at least two other unidentified police officers
Department Involved: Bald Knob (AR) Police Department
Phone Number: (501) 724-5193

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Arkansas Open Carry ArrestRichard Chambless was arrested while open carrying in Bald Knob, Arkansas. Chambless was walking around town with a holstered, openly carried firearm, and a police scanner. He also entered the McDonald’s near his home a couple of times, who apparently (based on statements in the video) told him he was not allowed inside with the gun. Several 911 callers subsequently reported a man with a gun. Over the scanner, Chambless heard that the police were looking for him. He called and reported his location and said he would wait for them. Chambless was arrested. He agreed to a videotaped interrogation conducted by the chief of police.

Chief of Police Erek Balentine incorrectly reads a law that states it is illegal to “unlawfully employ” a handgun, even though Chambless was not doing so by openly carrying his firearm. Toward the end of the video, Chief Balentine becomes very irate and yells at Chambless after he refuses to acknowledge that he has no right to carry a weapon because, according to the chief, there is no law which allows him to carry a firearm. Chambless consistently brings up the Second Amendment and the fact that the absence of a law explicitly stating he has a right to carry a firearm isn’t required, because the 2nd Amendment gives him that right. Another police employee gave Chambless a speech about nobody needing to carry a firearm, because the police would protect them.

Arkansas-Open-Carry-Arrest-Police-Chief-Angrily-Insists-open-Carry-is-IllegalChief Balentine also stole Chambless’ police scanner, claiming that the only reason he has for using it is because he’s engaging in illegal acts and needs to monitor where the police officers are, so he can get away. That is in spite of the fact that Chambless heard on the scanner that they were looking for him over the firearm and called to inform them of his location.

Apparently, Chambless was found guilty on August 25, 2015 by District Judge Mark Derrick, but Chambless plans to appeal.

-Richard Gray

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