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Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies Cite “Constitutionalists” as a Justification for MRAP Vehicle

The video above and the description below was shared with the CopBlock Network by “General Gonzo S. Patton,” via the CopBlock.org Submission Page. Along with the video description, he states, “I despise this attitude in these Chickenshit Ticket Writers.”

The video was originally posted by Alex JonesInfowars channel on Youtube back in 2014. It features a conversation between an unidentified “local resident” and two Spokane County Sheriff‘s deputies relating to the necessity of having a MRAP military vehicle and whether a group of children, who the deputies state were being given a ride, are being conditioned to accept the militarization of the police.

The deputies’ response to the questioning of the necessity of surplus military vehicles being passed on to local police departments is somewhat interesting. One of them states, “we’ve got a lot of Constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition. They have weapons here locally.”

December 17, 2014

Department Involved: Spokane County (WA) Sheriff’s Office
Department Phone Number: (509) 477-4754
Citizen Complaints: Complaint Form (PDF)
Facebook Page: Spokane County Sheriff’s Office on FB
Twitter Account: Spokane Sheriff Office
Youtube Channel: Spokane Sheriff

The link was forwarded to me and is outdated, but serves as a reminder that our Heroes and Chickenshit Ticket Writers look upon those of us who believe in liberty, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution with disdain. I am posting this as someone who taught at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for nine years and when I graduated from the CJTC, I graduated top in my class, carried a badge and actually believed in the motto: Protect and Serve. This is rogue behavior and part of why I retired.

– General Gonzo S. Patton

The Police Accountability Tour – Coming Soon to a City Near You

The police Accountability Tour

The police Accountability Tour

Unfortunately, that’s not actually true for those of us in Las Vegas (or any other part of Nevada), but the Police Accountability Tour will be kicking off during  the 2nd Annual Peaceful Streets Project Police Accountability Summit in Austin, Tx., which runs from August 15th -20th. If one of their stops is in fact in a city near you, then you should do yourself (and your community) a favor and be there.

That first stop in Austin will be amazing in and of itself.  Among the confirmed speakers are: Radley Balko, writer for the Huffington Post and author of the new book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Force, Carlos Miller of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com, LeWayne Kelly, B. Dolan who will perform “Film the Police,” Tatiana Moroz who will perform a song written for the Peaceful Streets Project, Antonio Buehler and John Bush co-founders of Peaceful Streets Project, Bill Scott whose son Erik was murdered by the police here in Las Vegas, writer Will Grigg, and of course Pete Eyre co-founder of Cop Block.

Topping all of that off, the keynote speaker for the summit will be Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party and long time police accountability activist. In an attempt to aid African-American victims of police brutality and racial prejudice, Seale and the Black Panthers pioneered the practice of cop watch, often times carrying rifles. As part of his speech, Seale will talk about how the camera is a more powerful weapon against police abuse than a rifle is.

From there, Pete and Jacob Crawford of We Copwatch have a stop in new York City, after which they are actually heading to South Africa for their next stop to show that police accountability isn’t just an issue for one country, but is an international priority. Then there are stops in Oakland, Denver, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and New Orleans. You can see below for more details about the tour directly from the Cop Block tour info page, including ways that you can contribute to it.

The Police Accountability Tour: These Streets Are Watching

From mid-August until December a tour will happen to maximize police accountability by facilitating connections and collaboration among those who know that badges don’t grant extra rights, and through skill sharing and the capturing and dissemination of relevant content.


This tour will help further connect individuals involved with Cop Block, Cop Watch, and Peaceful Streets groups as well as all police-watching groups and people around the world, so we can together have a bigger impact free from institutionalized violence [RELATED: http://CopBlock.org/Groups]

Help the Tour Have a BIGGER Impact!

>>click here for details about tour-related expenses<<

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AUSTIN, TEXAS  –  Aug 15-20


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA  –  Aug 26-Oct 10 


DENVER, COLORADO  –  Oct 20-26

DETROIT, MICHIGAN  – Oct 27-Nov 01


ATLANTA, GEORGIA  –  Nov 11-17





Jacob CrawfordWeCopwatch.org

Pete EyreCopBlock.org/Pete-Eyre

Let us know your ideas and suggestions: [email protected]

Stanley L. Gibson Candlight Vigil: June 12, 2012

A memorial candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday June 12, 2012 for Stanley L. Gibson, who was recently murdered by a member of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. June 12th marks six months since Stanley, a disabled Iraq War vet suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, depression and other conditions related to his time in the Army, was shot while sitting unarmed in his car by Jesus Arevalo, of LVMPD. (see map below for location of the vigil)

Details of the vigil (via FaceBook):

Date:Tuesday June 12, 2012

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Location: 2541 N. Rainbow (the back gate area of the Alondra Apts)

Rondha Gibson will host a candlelight vigil in honor of her husband Stan L. Gibson, who was murdered on 12/12/11 by  LVMPD. This event is open to all that want to join in our moment of silence for our fallen husband, brother, son, friend, soldier, etc. Our motto is and always will be “NEVER FORGET.’ Some day we may forgive, but we will never forget. The vigil will consist of those who knew and loved Stanley speaking about his life and what he meant to them and a call for accountability from LVMPD and those responsible for his killing to be brought to justice.


Stanley Gibson was killed while looking for his apartment in the early hours of December 12, 2011. At the time, he was suffering from PTSD and cancer and had been unable to get medication he was supposed to be taking due to bureaucratic roadblocks within the VA hospital. He had become confused and was likely suffering a panic attack, which resulted in him ending up at the wrong apartment complex. after responding to a report of someone trying to break into an apartment, police confronted Stanley and eventually blocked his car with two police cruisers, immobilizing it.

During a resulting standoff, in which Stanley was unresponsive to commands to exit the vehicle, cops on the scene devised a plan to force him out by firing a shotgun loaded with a beanbag round through his back window and then following up with tear gas. In spite of knowing about this plan, Jesus Arevalo reacted to the shooting of the beanbag round by firing seven rounds of live ammo into Stanley’s back with a AR-15 automatic assault rifle. The entire time leading up to the deadly shots being fired Stanley was fully visible, his vehicle was immobilized, and he was unarmed.

Six months later, many questions persist regarding the necessity of an armed response to the situation, the use of military grade weapons by police, and why Ofc. Arevalo has been sitting at home essentially on paid vacation, rather than being punished for his actions that day.


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