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US Marshals Assault Man Holding Sign and Filming on Public Sidewalk at Federal Courthouse

The video and content within this post were shared with the CopBlock Network by Kevin Bradley, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

At the beginning of this video, a male U.S. Marshal walks out of the Herman T. Schneebeli Federal Bldg. & U.S. Courthouse, followed soon after by a female marshal. The male marshal begins telling Kevin that he has to leave the public sidewalk in front of the courthouse. Kevin refuses to do so, telling him repeatedly that he has a First Amendment right to protest on public property.

Eventually, the marshal goes back inside and Kevin continues his protest. In the process, he talks to several passersby, but otherwise there are several minutes of inactivity. However, at the end of the video another male U.S. Marshal, accompanied by the original marshal, walks outside the building and assaults him in an attempt to stop him from filming them.

After Kevin steps back and away from his reach, the newly arrived marshal begins telling him that he has to go across the street in order to protest while (very incorrectly) insisting that the public sidewalk is federal property. At one point, the marshal states, “you can go across the street or we can go another route.”

Kevin responds by (very correctly) asserting that the public sidewalk is public property and begins asking him for his name and badge number. The Marshal soon turns and walks back into the federal building, presumably realizing that he can’t intimidate Kevin into crossing the street. Throughout the video, all of the marshals refused to identify themselves and several times incorrectly claimed that public property actually belonged to the Federal Government.

Although it’s not shown in the video, Kevin states in the Youtube description that he stayed there for another 15 minutes without further incident. He also stated within the comments on Youtube that he has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Date of Incident: September 26, 2016
Department Involved: U.S. Marshals (Williamsport, PA)
Officers Involved: Wouldn’t give names or badge numbers
Phone Number: (570) 323-6380
Fax Number: (570) 323-0636
Address: Herman T. Schneebeli Federal Bldg. & U.S. Courthouse
240 West Third Street, Suite 218
Williamsport, PA 17701

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I was walking around town with a protest sign that said, “Cops are the REAL TERRORISTS that we should all fear. Cops kidnap, torture, and extort money from people. Always film the cops.”

At the time of the video, I was standing in front of the Herman T. Schneebeli Federal Bldg. and U.S. Courthouse in Williamsport, PA. That is when the assault by the U.S. Marshals happened.

I think the lawyers in this town are nothing more than cop suckers, because no one is willing to represent me.

– Kevin Bradley

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Mother and 16 Year Old Son Beaten, Tazed, and Arrested for Waving at a Cop

In September of 2011, then 16 year old Mathew Robinson and his mother Eva were walking their dog in Dover Arkansas. Along the way, Mathew made the grave and fateful mistake of waving at a police officer, who was driving by. In spite of his later admittance that it is completely legal to wave at a cop, Deputy Marshall Steven Payton decided that doing so was “suspicious.”

This unfounded and ridiculous suspicion by Payton soon led to Mathew being beaten, kicked, tased (22 times), and arrested. In addition, Eva was also beaten, choked, and arrested. All of that was in spite of Deputy Marshall Payton readily admitting that there was no reasonable suspicion of any crime that would justify them even being detained.

According to ACLU.org:

Dover Deputy Marshall Steven Payton testified that he detained the Robinsons and their dog in the back of his patrol car, with the intent to take them to jail solely to identify them. When co-defendant Pope County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Kristopher Stevens arrived on the scene, he ordered Matthew to get out of the car.  When Matthew was not able to get out quickly enough, the Pope County sergeant tased him twice inside the car.

Counsel for the officers claim that the incident would have been avoided if Matthew had said who he was or if he had gotten out of the patrol car when they said, maintaining that officers had “no choice” to use the taser.

Police Killing Public Trust

As is typical, the travesties involved in this case don’t simply end with the physical beatings and unnecessary arrests. The police even admitted to lying on the police reports and evidence that should have been preserved was “lost.” Payton and Sergeant Stevens even readily admitted that their violent actions, especially the multiple tasings of Mathew, were violations of department policy. In addition, neither Mathew nor his mother were read their rights or even told that they were being arrested or why. In spite of that they haven’t been disciplined in any way whatsoever for their actions that day.

So, in the brilliant world of Cop Logic, something that anyone else on the planet would perceive as a friendly gesture isn’t only a justification for, but actually leaves them “no choice” except to harass, beat, torture, and kidnap a completely innocent teenager and his mother, who were simply out walking their dog. And those despicable acts, along with the laundry list of policy violations, some of which also violate constitutional protections, isn’t a reason for their respective departments to hold them accountable

It’s rather amazing at this point that they still have trouble figuring out why people have lost every bit of respect they once had for the police and why some are even starting to shoot back.