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Norfolk Constabulary Kidnap UK CopBlocker Marcus Potter for Publicly Filming Cops Outside a McDonald’s

The following post and accompanying video were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, a UK CopBlocker who has submitted numerous other videos (see “related posts” section below) to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

In this post, marcus was legally filming several cops inside a McDonald’s. Soon after, a manager takes offense to him filming the inside of the store, even though it is clearly within public view from the outside. Also, in spite of his claim that they “can’t be filmed,”  that manager even states that they have cameras of their own inside.

Whether the fact he was filming the police is related to his complaint isn’t clear, but regardless of that, this complaint is used as an excuse by officers from the Norfolk Constabulary to first harass and demand ID from Marcus and then to illegally arrest him, when he refuses those demands.

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.

Date Of Incident: February 2, 2017
Officers Involved: PCs Christopher Giddens #31 and Katie Swann #1161, Sgt. Daniel Smith #3427, Sgt. Youngs #174, and Sgt Willows #702
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Constabulary on FB
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice

 

I was doing some CopBlocking in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK and had pointed my camera into the local McDonald’s, at which point a disgruntled member of staff (Steve) approached me and proceeded to whine about my filming. Sgt, Dan Smith 3427 approached Steve and asked if I was upsetting him or his customers. He explained that he wasn’t allowed to be filmed and that I was upsetting him.

At this point, another officer present, PC Christopher Giddens 31, got out a section 35 pad and Smith used Section 50 Police Reform Act 2002 to demand my name and address so that his colleague could issue me with a section 35 notice. I stood my ground and refused to give either officer these details, at which point Giddens arrested and then read the caution to me. Smith then handcuffed me and Smith then conducted a Section 32 PACE search. After this was concluded, I was then placed in the rear of Smith’s van by Giddens and he sat with me in the back whilst Smith drove us to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

I was walked up to the holding area by both officers and took a seat whilst the custody sergeant became available. After about five minutes, the buzzer sounded alerting Smith and Giddens that the custody sgt. was available and I was taken to a charge desk where I was booked in by Sgt. Youngs 174 of the Suffolk Constabulary. I cooperated with most questions and provided her with my name (which I hadn’t been asked for prior to this point) but refused to provide my date of birth which she demanded from me using a number of threats.

Eventually, I was subject to a second search, which was conducted by PC Giddens. After this search was concluded, my bag was searched and all possessions were handed to Youngs, including my driving license that stated my date of birth and address. This information was entered onto the computer by Youngs. At this point, I expected to be released from my custody without charge and issued with a section 35 notice. However, I was taken to a cell for no apparent reason and my unlawful detention in custody continued for another six hours.

I was then taken to the charge desk by a police officer, at which point I was charged and released on bail to attend Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court with conditions “Not to enter Great Yarmouth except to attend court or for a prearranged solicitor’s appointment for reason to prevent further offenses on bail” by Sgt Willows 702 of the Suffolk Constabulary. I was then shown out of Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre and made my way home. I returned to court and pleaded “no case to answer” and was released on unconditional bail to attend my trial at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court.

My custody records stated that the circumstances of arrest were: “DP has been at a location filming people outside and inside which has antagonized people & caused issues and was going to be given a sec 35 but refused details.” That my detention was authorized by Sgt Youngs 174 of the Suffolk Constabulary as being necessary for the following purpose: “To ascertain details as DP refuses to provide those details” and that the reasons the arrest was necessary were: “To enable the address of the person in question to be ascertained, per PACE CodeG 2.9 (b). To enable the name of the person in question to be ascertained, per PACE CodeG 2.9 (a).” It also stated that the arresting officer was PC Giddens 31, the same officer giving the account of arrest to Youngs, that the escorting officer was Sgt. Smith 3427 and that “The search was conducted by PC31 Giddens.” In relation to my unlawful handcuffing it stated: “Force/Restraint was used because front stack in roder.”

It later transpired from the video footage that PC Giddens spoke to his colleague, PC Katie Swann 1161 whilst Smith searched me and asked her to get a few lines from Steve stating that “distress” was caused by my actions. He explained that I had been arrested under “section 59” which in fact relates to the seizure of vehicles and is a section of the Police Reform Act 2002.

– Marcus D Potter

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Home Office Immigration Officer And Norfolk Constabulary Detective Constable Assault UK Cameraman

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous videos (see “related posts” section below) to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

This is a long video so I am including a listing of “key points” that was included within the description of the video on Youtube:

  • 13:47 The DC lies about my filming being illegal and asks me about an offence without cautioning me!
  • 16:37 The Immigration Officer states that I am wrong, he has misunderstood and thought I was referring to him when I was referring to the Detective Constable!
  • 18:00 The Immigration Officer loses his temper and assaults me.
  • 19:00 The Immigration Officer accuses me of assaulting twice.
  • 21:00 I move the Detective Constable’s arm down as he has previously removed my phone from my possession and I believed that he would do the same thing again.
  • 21:57 The DC and IO leave.

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Date Of Incident: January 27th 2017
Officers Involved: Detective Constable 12136 and Immigration Officer 14195
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Constabulary on FB
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice

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I decided to get the bus to Norwich International Airport Park and Ride site from Thickthorn Park and Ride site. I then walked around Norwich International Airport and eventually arrived at the airport’s business terminal (Saxonair). I do admit that I was trespassing, but I had not entered the actual aerodrome and therefore had committed no offense. At the worst I had committed the civil tort of trespass.

I was then approached by some private security goons who noticed my presence near the terminal. One of the goons asked me to remain with them until a Police officer arrived. After about 10 minutes, a Police officer namely Detective Constable 12136 and an Immigration Officer 14195 from the Home Office arrived. I was then ordered off the private property by one of the goons and left the property. I then remained with both officers whilst they spoke to me and decided to point the camera at 14195 to record his image. I also read his collar number out to the camera at which point he then extended his arm and instructed me very aggressively to put the camera down. I refused to comply at which point 14195 removed the camera from my hand. At no point was I arrested or cautioned as per the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

For your information, the caution which I am referring to is “You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.”

I then warned 14195 to step and back and lower his arm on multiple occasions. I then lowered his arm myself at which point he shouted “THAT’S ASSAULT”. He again reached his arm out and believing that he may go for my camera I again lowered it. He then shouted “THAT’S ASSAULT TWICE”. I then stepped back and was grabbed by 12136 to prevent me from leaving. 14195 remained where he was and 12136 followed me. He continued the interview and asked me what I was doing whilst he and 14195 played good cop, bad cop.

Both 12136 and 14195 decided to walk away and 12136 called a senior officer to discuss what happened. 12136 eventually then spoke to me again whilst 14195 remained where he was. 12136 then asked me if I was OK to find my way and “do you have anywhere to go.” He also asked me “not to go anywhere near Saxonair”. 12136 then left and I also went on my way.

To clarify, my actions were not assault as under section 3 Criminal Law Act 1967 it is lawful to use reasonable force to prevent a crime. I also would like to add that at the time I used force on the officers, they were not acting within the course of their duties and even if I was guilty of assault, I was therefore not guilty of assaulting a constable in the course of his duty. For the same reason I was not guilty of assaulting an immigration officer in the course of his duty.

– Marcus D Potter

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Norfolk Police Disregard Threat From Security Guard and Instead Arrest Man For Filming

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “Related Posts” section below for previous videos submitted by Marcus Potter.)

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.

Date of Incident: December 12, 2015
Officer Involved: Police Constable Tolladay 1768, Police Sergeant King 3060, PC Callum Watson 833, Sgt Amanda Lewis 243
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Police
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
Department Telephone No.:
+441953424242

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On the 12th of December 2015, I was filming a security guard (whom I’ll call Mr. A) responsible for marshaling traffic in Norwich, at which point he and his colleague confronted me. Mr. A said that I would have to stop filming or he would “break” my camera. He then changed that to “I’ll kill it.”

I complied with this order and was then told rather aggressively to “go away” by Mr. A. I then swore at him and was spoken to by a police officer, namely Police Constable Tolladay 1768 from Norfolk Constabulary in Bethel Street Police Station. She explained that as both parties had committed offences, they would have to be dealt with equally and that “you may well be coming down” to a Police Investigation Centre to be interviewed.

I then took Tolladay’s surname, rank, and collar number before leaving the police station, namely Bethel Street. I was later unlawfully arrested that day by another police officer, namely PC 1169 Hogan in relation to an unrelated allegation. (I have gone into detail on that unlawful arrest in another article.)

Just before being released on bail, Tolladay had arranged for me to be circulated as wanted in relation to the section 4A allegation despite knowing my name and address. I was further arrested by Sgt King 3060 on suspicion of an offense under section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986, the reason being that I allegedly called “Mr. A” and his colleague “fucking cunts” and told them to “fuck off”. The necessity was to enable a prompt and effective investigation. (As it was thought unlikely that I would attend voluntarily.)

Whilst I do not dispute using those words they were directed solely at Mr. A and said after he threatened to smash my camera. Whilst I do accept that my arrest was lawful, I do feel it was unfair and that Mr. A should have also been arrested. Had the matter gone to trial, I would have argued that my actions were reasonable under the circumstances, which is a defense to a charge made under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

In accordance with my bail, I subsequently attended Wymondham Police Investigation Centre the next day. I was taken through to the charge desk by another police officer, namely PC Callum Watson 833. I was booked in by Custody Sgt. Amanda Lewis 243 and she authorized my detention in order to obtain evidence by questioning. I refused to be interviewed and was placed in a cell.

After a few hours in my cell, I was taken back to the charge desk by Lewis and charged with two offenses by Watson, namely the alleged section 4A offense, which I wrote about above, and the alleged section 5 offense, which I have gone into more detail in another article. I was released on post-charge bail with conditions not to enter the city of Norwich as defined by the outer ring road and not to be in possession of a device capable of recording footage in a public place until the 19th of February 2016.

I subsequently attended court on that date and pleaded guilty to two unrelated offenses, namely sending a malicious communication to Police Inspector Adam Hayes and a racially aggravated public order offense which is the equivalent to an offense under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986. As a result all other cases were withdrawn. I was issued with a two year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) with numerous conditions.

These conditions were that I must: not contact any member of Norfolk Constabulary staff, not attend any police station in the county of Norfolk except in an emergency or by pre-planned appointment, not video record, audio record, or photograph any person in any public place in the county of Norfolk without the person’s permission (with the exception of a police officer once I have been arrested or detained), not access any Norfolk Constabulary affiliated website or social media account, not deface any picture of Norfolk Constabulary staff and not distribute any video recordings, audio recordings or photographs of any person (with the exception of removing existing defamatory material under the direction and supervision of a police officer, namely Sgt. Heath). These conditions were subsequently altered on the 1st of April 2016 and the CBO was discharged on the 30th of November 2016.

– Marcus D Potter

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Here is the security guard threatening to smash my camera:

Norfolk England Police Turn A Blind Eye as Security Guard Assaults Man for Filming in Public

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. (See “Related Posts” section below for previous videos submitted by Marcus Potter.)

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.

Date of Incident: December 12, 2015
Officer Involved: PC 1169 Hogan
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Police
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
Department Telephone No.:
+441953424242

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On the 12th December 2015, I decided to shoot a funny video featuring some members of Norfolk Constabulary (embedded below) whilst on a privately owned road, namely Wherry Road in Norwich, Norfolk, UK. I was then assaulted by a private security guard after I lawfully refused to desist filming.

Whilst I was on private property, I was still in a public place. The land was not owned by his employer and there were no signs demarcating any prohibition against filming.

Two constables standing close by looked at me whilst this happened and ignored the person as they did not care less. After I threatened to punch the guy and he laughed. PC 1169 Hogan barked an order, namely “stop making a nuisance of yourself.” Hogan then said that “If you’ll be reasonable to me, I’ll be reasonable to you. If you’ll be a freeman on the land, I’ll be a freeman on the land to.”

I then left.

– Marcus D Potter

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Norfolk England Constabulary Police Community Support Officers Threaten To Have UK CopBlocker Arrested

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared 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.

Date of Incident: November 2015
Officers Involved: Police Community Support Officers Gould 8635 and Morgan 8647
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Facebook Page: Norfolk Police
Department Twitter Account: @NorfolkPolice
Department Telephone No.: +441953424242

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In November 2015, I visited the city of Norwich, Norfolk, in the United Kingdom and saw a few PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) on patrol. I decided to follow them and was then stopped by them, at which point I began filming.

Police Community Support Officer Gould asked for my name, which I gave. I was then asked for my date of birth, but I refused to provide that. Then I was told that I had to provide it and that failing to do so would result in me being detained until a police officer arrived.

I replied that I still wouldn’t be giving it to them and PCSO Morgan then proceeded to call the Norfolk Constabulary Contact and Control Room (CCR) and request that a police officer attend her location. She was told that no officers were available, at which time PCSOs Morgan and Gould walked back to their police station.

– Marcus D Potter

Norfolk England Constabulary Police Illegally Kidnap Cameraman in the UK for Filming in Public

The following post and accompanying videos were shared with the CopBlock Network by Marcus Potter, who has submitted numerous other videos to the CopBlock Network, as well. It was shared via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Date of Incident: November 6, 2015
Officers Involved: PC Andrew Toes 427, Special Constable Jason Moran 7528, Police Community Support Officer Jason Chilvers 8391, PC David Allum 54, Police Sgt. 3180 Carl Eves, PC Derek Kevern
Department Involved: Norfolk Constabulary
Department Phone No.: +441953424242

On the 6th of November 2015, I was taking photographs of and video recording security guards at a fireworks event (the Big Boom). The guards had CSAS accreditation from the local Police force (Norfolk Constabulary) which gave them powers to marshal traffic.

I then had an interaction with a member of staff in which she asked me why I was taking photographs and when I refused to answer, she asked me for my name. I refused to provide this and she called for her supervisor. She identified herself and on request produced two ID cards, one of which was her company ID card and another of which was her CSAS ID card. I asked to see her designation card, so I could see what legal powers she had (if any) and asked if I was being detained to which she replied, “you will be.”

I then walked away and was followed, then grabbed by her two male colleagues and informed that I was now under detention on suspicion of taking photographs of security guards. She again asked me why I was taking photographs and I refused to tell her. She then radioed for police assistance. I also called them myself. When PCSO Jason Chilvers 8391 arrived, I explained what had happened and he replied that he couldn’t do anything because he is not a police officer but only a Police Community Support Officer.

PC Andrew Toes 427 and SC Jason Moran 7528 then arrived and PC Toes then engaged with me after asking me to move away from the security guards, which I did. I also provided him with my first name on request. SC Moran spoke to the guards whilst PCSO Chilvers remained with PC Toes and myself.

I used my interaction with PC Toes as an opportunity to report the assault, which was perpetrated against me by security staff. PC Toes then listened to SC Moran who provided the guards’ version of events, completely ignored my report of a crime, and asked me to leave the area. I refused at which point PC Toes requested my surname and address, which I refused to provide.

PC Toes subsequently informed me that “I am arresting you on suspicion of failing to provide me with your name and address as required under section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002. You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Do you understand?” – to which I made no reply.

He then handcuffed me to the front in the stack position and radioed for another officer (PC David Allum 54) to transport me to custody. I was placed into the rear of a van by PC Allum and verbally berated by him. At this point, he said “You never learn,” which I believe was a reference to previous encounters which I have had with him.

When I arrived at Wymondham Custody Centre, he escorted me to the holding area and continued berating me. PC Allum said to me, “you clearly have issues” and he also said that he would ask the Custody Sergeant to call a psychiatric nurse to assess me.

I was booked into custody at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre by PC Allum and in addition to my failure to provide my name and address to PC Toes, PC Allum also booked me in for breaching a section 35 notice, which is an offence under section 39 of the Anti Social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act 2014, despite never having been issued with a section 35 notice. It has since transpired that this was as a result of an error on the part of PC Toes whilst he relayed the circumstances of my arrest to PC Allum. During the booking process, I noticed that PC Allum had a private chat with the Custody Sergeant, Sgt 3180 Carl Eves.

Three hours later, I was released with no further action and bumped into Toes again. Toes explained that I was NFAd (no further actioned) for “health reasons” and that he turned a blind eye to the assault which I reported because I was taking photographs of “a woman on her own”. PC Toes later covered up the reason for turning a blind eye and said to investigating officer Derek Kevern from Norfolk Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department that he was told by SC Moran that none of the guards touched me, but instead stood in front of me in order to prevent me from leaving, which would have still been unlawful. One of my complaints against PC Toes, which was that he failed to accept my report of a crime was nevertheless upheld and it was determined that he had a case to answer for unsatisfactory performance. However, another one of my complaints, which was that the arrest was unlawful was not upheld.

Whilst I was not issued with a section 35 notice, I would like to add that PC Toes did plan on doing so and would have had I given him my surname and address. The power to issue section 35 notices comes from section 35 of the Anti Social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act 2014 and section 35 allows a police officer to disperse an individual from a locality if he reasonably suspects that their presence will contribute to anti-social behaviour or crime and the use of the power is authorized by a senior police officer (inspector rank or above) in writing. Such an authorisation may be given on the spot by the Duty Inspector at the request of a police officer of any rank. Breach is an offense under section 39 of the Anti Social Behaviour Policing and Crime Act 2014 and can be punished by a fine not exceeding £2500 and/or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 3 months.

– Marcus D Potter

This is a video that I recorded prior the the enclosed one:

Rep. John Walker, Arkansas Senator and Civil Rights Lawyer, Arrested for Filming the Police

An Arkansas state senator, who championed legislation that protected a citizen’s right to film or photograph in public, was arrested on Monday for doing just that. Rep. John Walker, along with another man identified as Omavi Kuskukuru (also identified as Omavi Shukur), were arrested on charges of “Obstruction of Governmental Operations” while filming the police conducting a traffic stop in Little Rock.

The arrest took place while police were in the process of arresting two people who had been pulled over in a car without a license for warrants. In all, there are four cops present, including two that are trainees. Little Rock police officers initially questioned Walker about why he was filming and then eventually asked him not to film. They also accused him of “race baiting” when he brought up racial issues regarding police.

Later Kuskukuru can be seen approaching (but still a good distance from) the area where the traffic stop is taking place and being arrested. Next, Rep. Walker can be seen walking around the same area and being followed, then arrested, by one of the officers.

Via the Arkansas Times:

Walker walks up during the stop and begins filming with a cell phone from across the street, an activity noticed by cops on the scene, some of whom know Walker. In time, two officers cross the street to ask Walker what he’s doing and why. He identified himself but said he didn’t need to explain his actions. Officers explained the traffic stop and said the driver was being treated with “total respect.” They also said they agreed he had a right to observe.

The conversation grew heated, however, as Walker explained his interest in treatment of black suspects and made reference to police use of deadly force. That raised the ire of an officer who asked if Walker had ever been a police officer. He questioned whether Walker understood the challenges police face. One officer called Walker a “race baiter” and asked if he’d be interested if police had stopped a white person. The officer said Walker had been trying to film police for years and was just trying to provoke.

Film in another patrol car, taking the driver to jail, has audio of an older officer telling a younger black female officer who’d made the stop about Walker: “His main purpose was to be arrested.” Walker, he said, had been “a thorn in the side of the police department” since he joined the force.

Within hours, the charges had been dropped against Walker, he had been released, and the LRPD had announced it was conducting an internal “investigation.” The next day the city had issued him an apology, which he refused to accept. The charges against Kuskukuru, who is also a lawyer, however were not dropped. Rep. Walker and Kuskukuru held a press conference on Thursday discussing the arrests and the treatment of minorities by police.

Via (ironically enough – #JusSayin #FTP) the NWAhomepage.com:

Walker and Omavi Shukur spoke for nearly an hour about the events that led to their arrest and also about what they say is the mistreatment of black people in Central Arkansas.

“With these tapes, you saw that we did nothing,” Walker said, speaking of dash camera video from police cruisers.

Walker says he and Shukur were peacefully exercising their right to record police interactions when they were approached by officers who made disparaging comments.

The two men were eventually arrested on misdemeanor obstruction charges which have since been dropped. The city has apologized to Walker — an apology he rejected.

“What happens to me happens to many, many people in our community every day,” he said.

Minority neighborhoods, they say, are targeted by overzealous police, but the majority of the time it goes unnoticed.

“There are countless people that don’t have the privileges that Mr. Walker and I have that fall victim to a lot of the biased and draconian practices of the LRPD,” Shukur said.

Walker says he has not decided whether he’ll file a lawsuit against the city, but that the officers involved should face consequences. He also had harsh criticism for Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner and City Manager Bruce Moore — both high ranking African American city officials.

“The system somehow or another imposes upon black people in positions of authority to act like white people… like white people would normally act in the past and that is to mistreat people who are at the bottom end of the socioeconomic ladder.”

There’s several interesting things about this story beyond the simple fact that a state senator was actually out there filming the cops and they were arrogant enough to arrest him for it. One is the attitude the cop is teaching a trainee that anyone filming them is a “thorn in their side” who is just looking to get arrested. That’s a good peek into the reason the culture of the police is so toxic. they are taught from the day they step on the job the bad habits of the “Bad Apples” that came before them.

The other is the display of several prevailing ideas among cops and cop apologists. First, the nonsense that only other cops can determine if a cop is in the wrong and the fact that they get irate if someone without a Magic Uniform dares to question their behavior, in spite of the rapidly escalating number of incidents in which they’ve been caught assaulting, falsely arresting, or even murdering people. Not to mention that all the “Good Cops,” that supposedly make up the vast majority of those behind the shiny badges, are so obviously not bothering to do that.

Their rationalization that the “challenges of being a police officer” should justify their abuses of citizens, even when those citizens are innocent, is a big part of why people have such little trust of the police, especially the poor and minorities who are constantly being harassed by them. Whether people want to acknowledge the role of racism in police abuses or not, the residents of those communities have very real, visible, and at this point well documented reasons for being skeptical of the motivations and actions of the police.

The idea that the simple act of someone filming them is considered a provocation by the police is, as always, also rather telling.

Dallas Transit Cop Committed Perjury to Justify Arresting “Citizen Journalist” for Filming Them

Apparently, a transit cop in Dallas doesn’t understand that Photography Is Not A Crime. Avi Adelman, who is described as a “Citizen Journalist” and local activist, was arrested by Officer Stephane Branch in February of this year by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Stephane Branch.

What was his diabolical crime you ask? Standing quietly and legally filming the police during a medical call, something that he does on a regular basis. (The excuse used to justify that illegal arrest was a trespassing charge.)

Of course, since that’s not actually a crime, the charges were soon dropped, although it still cost him 20 hours in jail. However, that’s where the trouble began for Officer Branch. Not only did Adelman notice on the police report that Branch had completely fabricated statements on her police report (otherwise known as perjury, which is a crime) to make it appear she had cause to arrest him, but a microphone she was wearing confirmed she was a liar.

Via WFAA8, the local ABC affiliate:

…when DART officer Stephane Branch gave her account of what happened in the report, she included supposed verbatim quotes between herself and Adelman, starting with “Sir, please stay back so the firefighters can help this man.”

“That sent up a lot of red flags because I looked at that and said, ‘This isn’t what happened,’” Adelman said.

A microphone Officer Branch was wearing captured what actually happened.

“Sir, leave – you’ve got to leave,” she could be heard saying on the recording. “I’m talking to my supervisor.”

The officer’s report also included quotes from Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel and a DART passenger, but the internal affairs investigation found those quotes were entirely made up.

Branch “engaged in conduct that was illegal or could reflect poorly on DART if brought to the attention of the public,” investigators said.

“A sworn law enforcement officer lied – thought she could get away with it – stood by her lies – and then they busted her,” Adelman said.

Of course, the amount of potential trouble she might get into is up in the air, since she has one of those Magic Suits in her closet that renders its wearer impervious to meaningful consequences for their actions, no matter how illegal, immoral, or even violent they might be.

Morgan Lyons, a DART spokesperson, has stated that the investigation has been completed. However, Internal Affairs has not yet decided just how hard they will be slapping her wrist yet. In the meantime, Officer Branch is still out there protecting and serving the shit out of people in Dallas.

For his part, Adelman is hoping she will be fired for her clearly illegal acts. However, I wouldn’t advise him to hold his breath on that. Stranger things have happened, but the fact that criminal charges for her illegal arrest and blatant perjurious actions in the process of that is a pretty good indicator that they are preparing a nice Policeman’s Discount for her and any “punishment” she receives will likely be for show and not anything of substance.

The Internal Affairs Report

Internal affairs report: DART officer fabricated quotes by wfaachannel8 on Scribd

Video Included in Local Coverage

Illegally Detained For Filming Williamsport Pennsylvania Courthouse

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network by Kevin Bradley, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

Kevin describes a situation where he was peacefully and legally filming (sorta) the outside area of some public buildings, including a courthouse, the cityhall, and prison in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. As a result, he was repeatedly detained illegally and harassed by members of the Williamsport Bureau of Police for being a “suspicious person filming.”

In addition to the information below Kevin included this statement:

I think the lawyers in this town won’t touch the case because they are to busy sucking the pig’s dicks!!! So I could use some help finding a lawyer to represent me.

I was using a phone that doesn’t record video only takes pictures at the time, but they didn’t know that. Because of this encounter, I went out and bought a phone that records audio and video.

Date of Incident: August 8, 2016
Department Involved: Williamsport Bureau of Police, Williamsport, Pa
Department Contact:  Chief Gregory Foresman
Department Facebook Page: Williamsport Bureau of Police
Department Phone No.: (570) 327-7543

Looks like I will be filing a lawsuit against the Williamsport Pigs. I was acting like I was videotaping the court house, city hall, and prison.

First I started at the prison. As I start out a SUV pulls in with two prison guards in it. They stopped as soon as they saw me. One got out of the passenger side and stared at me. The other one got out of the driver side and started questioning me. So I said I don’t answer questions. He said, “I just want to talk to you.” So I asked if I was being detained. They then turned and walked away.

I walked over to city hall and walked around filming without any incidents. Then I walked over to the courthouse and around that building. No incidents, once again. So, I walked back to city hall and right away a unmarked car came up the alley and stopped in front of me.

A plain clothes cop got out and the first thing I asked was his name and badge number. He gave it to me and then another one got out so I asked for his name and badge number, but he just stared at me. The first one asked what I was doing, and I said, “WTF does it look like I am doing? Then I asked if I was being detained and he said, “no.” So, I said, “OK, then I am leaving. Bye.

I walked over to the prison again with no incidents. I then walked back up to the courthouse and was walking around when a female cop started questioning me. I told her I don’t answer questions and asked, “am I being detained.” She said no, but that she just wants to talk to me. As I turned to walk away, she kept trying to detain me and asking for ID.

I asked two more times if I am being detained. She said no, but kept following me. About this time I was getting irate that she wouldn’t let me leave. She had called for backup and two more cops soon arrive and also started asking me for ID. I asked again if I was being detained and they then said yes.

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So I ask what crime I had committed that gave them the authority to detain me. They said that I was a suspicious person filming. I told them that is not a crime and that PA is not a stop and ID state. I asked them for name and badge ‪numbers‬, but they all refused.

I then asked for a supervisor and found out that he was already walking out of the courthouse. After about 10 minutes of me asking why I was being detained, the supervisor walked away to make a phone call, then walked back over and said I was free to go.

My phone doesn’t even record video. It only takes pictures, but those dumbasses didn’t know that at the time. I went over to my lawyer’s office and told them what happened. I will be talking to him at one o’clock today. However, the lawyer said he can’t take the case because one of his staff was a witness and it would be a conflict of interest.

– Kevin Bradley

Foreigner Trying To Help Lost Child Hassled by Manila’s Barangay Police

Manila Philippines Barangay Police

The video and description included within this post were shared with Nevada Cop Block by “Nasty” Nathanial Thomas, via reader submission. You can (and should) visit Nathanial’s YouTube channel (click here) to see other videos he has posted. In addition you can see other posts involving Nathanial that have previously been published at NVCopBlock.org by clicking here, here, and here.

Note: 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.

As he explains below, until recently Nathanial was traveling within the Philippines. This latest post consists of video that was taken in the Philippines and involves a local police department within that country.

It deals with issues foreign travelers within the Philippines may encounter when dealing with the local police and how the governmental structure of the nation often worsens or even creates that situation.

In particular, it shows how members of a semi-official police force, known as “Barangay Police,” prey on and attempt to take advantage of vulnerable individuals, especially foreigners.

Date of Incident: March 27, 2016
Location of Incident: Baseco Compound, Manila, Philippines
“Department” Involved: Metro Manila Barangay Police

Howdy folks,

How are all my Cop Block friends doing? I just recently returned from another extended stay in the Philippines and I must say that it feels pretty groovey to be back in the good ol’ US of A. Something that I have come to realize about spending time in a foreign country is that as a foreigner you become vulnerable. Especially when you are in a third world country like the Philippines.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Philippines and I believe that Filipinos are some of the nicest and most hospitable people I’ve ever met. However, there are good and bad people in every culture and there are Filipinos that do try to abuse and take advantage of foreigners. This does not exclude the police.

Before I get into explaining the situation that you see in this video I have submitted, let me first explain what the Barangay Police are. In the Philippines you have what are called “Barangays”. Basically, a Barangay is a neighborhood with a governmental structure. Within’ these Barangays you have elected officials such as a chairperson, a council, and even their own police. It is basically like a little city within’ a city.

Ok now, lets talk about the Barangay Police for a moment. You have the regular city police, such as the Manila Police, who wear uniforms, carry guns, and drive squad cars just like they do here in the United States. Then you’ve got these Barangay Police who are basically wannabe cops. They wear a t-shirt that says “Barangay Police” and carry a handheld radio.

Some of them will carry a baton. But I don’t mean a police issued nightstick. It is more of a wooden stick that they carry around to try and look intimidating. They don’t carry guns thank God. These guys are a joke. They shouldn’t even call them police, because they are not real cops. Instead, they are more like a neighborhood watch than anything else.

Baseco-PicOn Easter Sunday, my friend and I decided to go to this place called Baseco Beach. It is in a slum area of Manila. However, on Easter Sunday the local residents head down to the beach and kick off a big party Filipino style. That is another thing about Filipinos. They know how to throw a party.

Anyways, my friend and I were walking along the water filming and taking photographs of the celebration when we came across a little girl. She was all alone and crying. We quickly discovered that she had been separated from her parents and is now all alone on the beach. My friend, who volunteers for a non profit organization, actually knew this little girl and her family. Having participated in feedings within her Barangay, he knew exactly where she lives. He decided that he would just take her back to her family’s home. This is where the trouble started.

On our way back to the car, we were stopped by the Barangay Police, who immediately begin to hassle us. My friend calmly explained that the little girl was lost and that he knows where she lives and is going to help her get home. But that was not good enough for these wannabe cops. Their solution to the problem was for us to just leave the girl there. Oh yeah, that’s real good. Leave this girl all alone to fend for herself in the slums. Good police work guys.

Now, I realize that when you are dealing with the police in a third world country you can run into a variety of complications and that things can get pretty frustrating really fast. I am not trying to suggest that police officers in the Philippines are bad, in general. However, these Barangay cops are completely incompetent and totally corrupt.

In the end, these Barangay cops finally allowed the girl to be returned to her family. Of course, they wanted something in return. I mean, I do realize that we are dealing some crooked, incompetent cops, but I just figured, being that there was a child involved, they would exercise a bit more class in a situation like this. I guess that was me being naive, though.

The one cop you see in the video wearing sunglasses and trying to act macho, actually had the nerve to approach my friend later on, asking that he buy him a soda. Shaking my head, Scumbag.

– Nasty Nathanial Thomas

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