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Nevada Cop Block Founder Kelly Patterson Assaulted; Illegally Arrested by LVMPD for Filming


Note: The Following post was written by and was originally published at CopBlock.org under the title “Nevada CopBlock Founder Arrested While Filming Las Vegas Metro Police.” It’s being reposted here for obvious reasons.

Kelly Patterson, founder of Nevada CopBlock and editor of this website, was spending his weekend doing what he usually does – filming the police on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. That’s when Patterson witnessed Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) officers about to affect an arrest on a woman and pulled out his camera (see video embedded below).

As you can see in the video, it appears that Patterson is a safe distance away from the arrest/officers, but for whatever reason a lagging LVMPD officer comes over to him demanding he leave. Patterson asks questions to the unknown and aggressive LVMPD officer about how his actions are criminal, but to no avail. Abruptly during the exchange, he’s arrested on bogus charges of obstructing a police officer and obstructing a vehicle in the roadway (after the officers arresting him threw him into the road).

While that seems ridiculous in itself, the comments made by retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton are also pretty absurd. According to 13 Action News:

Sutton said, “Cop Block, the group that Patterson is part of, is notorious for antagonizing cops.”

“There was apparently some interaction before what we saw in this video because there was a reference made to it when the officer initially confronted the guy who had the camera,” Sutton said.

While Sutton said this, and the news aired it (with nicely edited footage, see below), you can see from the footage above that Patterson and the LVMPD officer had no interaction until the officer demanded Patterson leave the area – which is a violation of his right to record (especially since there was no danger or interference going on). CopBlock being “notorious for antagonizing cops” is also completely irrelevant. Police have to arrest people based on their actions, not the reputation of a group they are affiliated with. (An affiliation that the cop who started this incident and then assaulted and illegally arrested Patterson likely wasn’t even aware of.)

Thankfully, Sutton didn’t go full COPSUCKER and recovered by saying, “The reality is police cannot stop someone from videotaping an action and in doing that is not in keeping up with the policies of the police department.”

The question now is the same as it’s always been after such wrongful arrests, will the officer learn and be held accountable for his actions? Of course, cops are investigating cops on this matter. So, a fair review will be produced in a timely manner I’m sure.

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Meanwhile, Patterson spent 24 hours in the local jail, faces two charges and possible injury from the interaction. Thankfully, Stephen P. Stubbs, a local Las Vegas Attorney, has decided to represent Patterson in his legal matters with the city.

“Shoot Cops” Las Vegas Company Uses Shock Value to Promote Filming the Police

Shoot Cops ShirtsAlthough, I have actually met Francisco Carbajal, the CEO of Ndigenous Visionaries (a company owned and run by people of color) and the person behind the “Shoot CopsT-shirts, the news report within this post was submitted anonymously by a reader, via the Cop Block Submission page.

There are a lot of things to say about the message and the (minor) controversy that the specific wording caused recently within Las Vegas, but first here is the statement directly from the Ndigenous Visionaries website about the true meaning behind the shirt (links added):

With so much police violence going on locally and globally we decided to drop this tee. We don’t mean pick up a gun an pull the trigger, we mean any interaction you have with a police officer pull out your phone and record. Filming police officers is not illegalTogether we can prevent casualties. Let’s go out there and SHOOT COPS!

One of the criticisms of these shirts is the obvious (and intentional) shock value that the statement “shoot cops” creates. That’s something that invites that sort of criticism, but it also attracts attention. Beyond that, if someone is able to deal with the initial hostility it will create amongst some people, it provides an opportunity to have a conversation about the state of policing specifically within Las Vegas and also nationally, as well.

One of the things worth discussing about the video included in this post is the commentary by retired Metro Police Lt. Randy Sutton, who is perplexed by the “recent” trend of people not having respect for police. The first thing that needs to be pointed out is that Sutton is a shill for the LVMPD, who is generally brought in by local news stations in Las Vegas to analyze video or comment on stories and frame it in a pro-police perspective. He actually stated a couple weeks ago that not only was the Phony War On Cops real, but that the “streets of America are flowing with the blood of the police.”

Shoot Cops T ShirtSecondly, here’s a news flash for Former Lt. Randy Sutton, people are losing respect for the police because of all the murders they are committing and the complete and absolute lack of accountability for those murders. It’s not because of a T-shirt or something someone wrote on a sidewalkClosing your eyes to that and holding fake support rallies for yourself that nobody outside of cops and their families attends won’t change that. Accountability will.

The truth is that the number of cases involving brutality and outright murder within Las Vegas, along with the historical lack of accountability is itself shocking. the idea that not one single cop in the 100+ year history of the city of Las Vegas has ever been in the wrong when they shot someone is ludicrous. Yet that is the record of “accountability” that the LVMPD and other Las Vegas area police departments have. The message that Metro and their leadership are sending with that should be no less controversial than these T-shirts.

Obviously, we here at CopBlock support and encourage filming of the police to ensure accountability and, in the unfortunate instance when cops violate someone’s rights and/or resort to unnecessary violence, to make sure their is proof of their misconduct. It also serves as an important deterrent to such situations. I personally very much encourage everyone to get one of these shirts (along with a Nevada Cop Block shirt or traditional Cop Block shirt) and to always “shoot cops.” (with a camera)

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