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Update: Half Naked, Drunk Texas Cop Who Fired Gun at Church Let Off With Probation

Deputy William Cox Texas Cop Naked Church Shooting Probation

Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy William Cox was sentenced to just probation after getting drunk and shooting at a Texas Church.

In August of 2016 I posted about an off-duty Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy who got sloppy drunk, stripped off most of his clothes and then drove over to a church in Ellis County, Texas and started shooting his gun into it.

Once local police arrived, former Deputy William Lane Cox readily admitted that he was drunk and had fired his gun(s) at the church, hitting the building several times. His confession, recorded on those officer’s body cams, included his admission that he had gotten drunk and decided to “blow off some steam” by shooting up the church, which was located within a residential neighborhood.

He also indicated that the reason for his “stress” was the shooting of several Dallas police officers in an incident that happened just prior to his own shooting spree. Among other racist comments Deputy Cox stated, “cause my boys are getting killed in Dallas” and “the black coon start killing my boys” on the video (embedded below).

Not surprisingly, after his initial arrest Deputy Cox received the typical Policeman’s Discount. The next day he was released without bail and shortly after that it was determined that he would not be facing any charges at all. That was partly due to the fact that the pastor of the church (who also just happens to be a police chaplain) didn’t want to press charges for the property damage caused by several bullets that had penetrated the doors and wall of the church.

Patrick Wilson Ellis County District Attorney Church Statement FavoritismHowever, there are numerous other charges that the police could easily have charged Deputy Cox with based on his own confession and the dangerous nature of his actions. Instead, while he was fired by the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Brown the Sheriff in Ellis County was pretty comfortable with not charging someone who admittedly drove drunk, recklessly discharged a gun while intoxicated, and put innocent people in danger by doing so at a building within a residential neighborhood with any crime whatsoever.

It wasn’t until six months later that Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson launched a separate investigation and eventually charged him with “deadly conduct,” a class three felony. In doing so, Wilson stated the obvious: “it is very, very difficult for me to believe that this man, Mr. Cox, was not afforded some special consideration.

One would tend to think that any special consideration would end. However, as is always the case with police facing trial, that was far from true. In spite of facing a charge where the minimum sentence mandated by law is a two year prison sentence and the added circumstances of having been drinking (and driving) at the time, he still was offered a cushy plea deal based on him having been a “good citizen” prior to his drunken shooting spree. After pleading guilty, Cox was sentenced to just five years of probation a $1,500 fine and ten days in jail. BTW, he gets to serve those ten days on weekends, cuz you it would be a shame if he was inconvenienced.

Once again, I’m sure the average citizen would have gotten the same sort of treatment.

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Nevada Cop Block Will Be Attending Freedom Fest 2017 and the Anthem Film Festival

Freedom Fest Las Vegas Nevada Cop Block CopBlockThis year, members of Nevada Cop Block will be attending Freedom Fest, which is held annually here in Las Vegas. Freedom Fest 2017, which will be hosted by the Paris Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, marks the tenth anniversary of the “world’s largest libertarian gathering.”

The theme for the Freedom Fest this year is, “Exploring New Frontiers.” A title that is no doubt inspired by the fact that Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, will be serving as a keynote speaker this year. Other notable speakers include John Stossel, Steve Forbes (whose 70th birthday will be incorporated into the events), Nick Gillespie, and John McAffee, along with many more. In addition, as always, there will be multiple panel discussions, debates, and breakout sessions devoted to libertarian ideas and theories.

The Police on Trial

What I expect to be one of the highlights will be the mock trial that this year features “the police on trial.” It is described this way on the event site:

What is the state of policing in America? Are the police overstepping their bounds and eroding the rights of citizens? What about the safety of the police officers who have promised to protect and serve? Fox Business host Kennedy, who hosts her own show on Fox Business, is back as the judge in our mock trial, the most popular event at FreedomFest.

This year we’ll put “The Police on Trial,” accused of violating property rights (through civil asset forfeitures), racial discrimination, and using excessive force with SWAT team and individual arrests. She’ll oversee prosecuting attorney Neill Franklin (Baltimore Police Department), defending attorney Larry Elder (popular radio talk show host), and star witnesses Adam Bates (Cato), Daniel Franklin (NAACP), Larry Burns (Las Vegas Police Department), and Dan Bongino (NYPD, Secret Service). Not to be missed.
FreedomFest Mock Trial Police Las Vegas Nevada Cop BlockThat should be interesting. (I say: Guilty as charged. Watch the video here and see what their verdict was: https://youtu.be/z3eftVK8rFE)

Anthem Film Festival

The other major attraction of Freedom Fest is the Anthem Film Festival, which has accompanied it for the past seven years. The stated goal of the film festival, which includes, documentaries, narrative films, and short features, is to provide a venue for filmmakers who care about individuality and libertarian ideals. In addition to the screenings, each film also features a panel discussion with those involved in making them afterwards.

Of course, if you’ve followed Nevada Cop Block recently you also know that the film festival has special relevance this year for Las Vegas and anti-police brutality activists working within the city. On Thursday, July 20th, at 3:20pm, the documentary “What Happened in Vegas,” by Ramsey Denison, will be screening inside the Versailles 3 Theater.

As I’ve already described several times on this site, “What Happened in Vegas” details the many crimes, corruption, and cover-ups of the LVMPD. Along with other local cases of abuse, racism, and police brutality, it focuses on the murders of Trevon Cole, Erik Scott, Stanley Gibson, and Tashii Farmer-Brown by Las Vegas police officers, as well as the cover-ups that followed them. (See below for the official movie trailer and links to related posts on NVCopBlock.org.)

The post screening panel will also include a press conference attended by the mother and other family members of Tashii Farmer-Brown. This will be the first public appearance by Brown’s family since he was murdered by LVMPD Officer Kenneth Lopera at the Venetian Hotel and Casino on May 14th. Lopera has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter, after the local community reacted with outrage at his actions.

Brown had approached Ofc. Lopera and another Metro officer requesting help. Instead of being treated like someone needing help he was instead treated like a criminal even though he was not suspected of or wanted in connection with any crime at the time. After he became afraid and tried to leave, he was chased, beaten, tased seven times, and eventually choked to death by Lopera.

Personally, I’m looking forward to Freedom Fest and especially to the screening of “What Happened in Vegas” during the Anthem Film Festival. Hopefully, you’re going to be there, too. If you see me or one of the other members of Nevada Cop Block out there say hello.

“What Happened in Vegas” Trailer

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“OpKKK” – Anonymous Unmasked Klan Members by Friending “Blue Lives Matter” Supporters on Facebook

They say that an organization can be judged by those who support it. And that birds of a feather flock together. So, it probably says a lot about the institution of policing that the key to infiltrating the KKK is to become friends on the internets with people that self-identify as “Blue Lives Matter” supporters. According to the story below, that’s pretty much all there was to it.

Of course, that’s even more so true when a good amount of the people exposed as Klan members during Anonymous’ #OpKKK action were in fact members of law enforcement. Somehow, I’m just not incredibly surprised, either.

Originally published at BoingBoing.net under the title: “Anonymous Infiltrated the KKK by Friending Blue Lives Matter Supporters on Facebook” and written by Cory Doctorow.

The Anonymous activists behind “OpKKK” — which infiltrated and unmasked Klan members, including many in US military and police departments — began by creating thin-but-plausible fake identities on Facebook that signalled support for “Blue Lives Matter.” By friending other accounts that indicated support for Blue Lives Matter, they found themselves being auto-suggested friendships with KKK members.

The more Klan accounts they friended, the more the Facebook algorithm located new ones for them to solicit for mutual friending, and the more plausible they seemed to anyone contemplating friending them.

They were greatly aided by the Klan’s primitive recognition loop: a Klansman asks “AYAK” (“Are you a Klansman”) and listens for the response “AKIA” (A Klansman I am) — the KKK has a long history of dopey, D&D-inflected wordplay.

As the Grugq points out, closeted gay people had better tradecraft than this with the whole, “friend of Dorothy” thing. The KKK, by contrast “aren’t really good at handling insider threats or figuring out how to keep threats outside.” That means “When you want to punch a Nazi in the face, they’ll be easier to find and hunt down.”

“Most of them were poor,” OpKKK told me. In one instance, Thomas Moore complained that he was broke and couldn’t pay his electricity bill. He needed $230. What’s particularly funny about this is that Moore wrote, “They’ll never get me!” then gave the Anon information after he offered to help with his bill. He even included the last digits of this social security number.

The bill was never paid by OpKKK. Someone else helped the Little Feller out. OpKKK observed some usual conversations in the groups. In one, group members discussed a man named Jimi Miller who was late to the last Klan rally. One member asks if he’s “friends with the sheriff who wanted to join in.” Another says he’s the guy who “killed Jesse” Another member said, “yup.” So they just admitted to murder.

#OpKKK: How #BlueLivesMatter Movement Helped Anonymous Infiltrate KKK’s Social Media [Freakout Nation]

(via Grugq)

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British Race Relations Board Member Tasered in the Face by English Police

Race relations in the UK took a bit of a step back last week when a 63 year old black man that works with a group attempting to mend relations between minorities and the police was tasered in the face by them on video in Bristol, England. At the time of the incident, he was returning from walking his dog. (Unlike what is the tradition for American police, the dog was not murdered.)

Judah Adunbi, a founding member of an independent advisory group working to improve relations between the police and Afro-Caribbean communities, was dragged through a gate into the street by two police officers and then tasered when he refused to give his name. The unnamed officers had claimed that they thought Adunbi was another person that was wanted for unspecified crimes.

Via the New York Times:

Judah Adunbi was returning home last week when two police officers suddenly confronted him, demanding his name. When he refused to give it, they yanked him outside his gate and shot him with a Taser stun gun.

But Mr. Adunbi was not the wanted suspect whom officers were seeking. He is a 63-year-old black race-relations adviser who has worked to improve ties between police officers and the black people in Bristol, about 120 miles west of London.

Britain’s police watchdog agency announced on Friday that it was opening an investigation into the episode, which was caught on video by a neighbor. The video, which spread rapidly on social media, reignited criticisms against the police over the use of force against blacks.

According to race-relations campaigners and data provided by the Home Office, black people are three times more likely to have a Taser used against them than white people.

The video showed officers telling Mr. Adunbi that they “think” he is wanted. “I’m not telling you. I’ve done no wrong,” he replied. One officer said: “So I have no choice then but to arrest you.”

“Leave me alone and let me go among my business,” Mr. Adunbi said, trying to bat them away. As he tried to get to his home through a gate, the officers dragged him outside into the street and fired their stun gun. One of the officers later told the neighbor, Tom Cherry: “He was trying to fight us.”

Speaking to The Guardian about the episode, Mr. Adunbi, a founding member of an independent advisory group working to improve relations between the police and Afro-Caribbean community, said, “At first, you don’t accuse someone of being someone else. You ask questions. The first thing they should have done is come to me in a polite manner. The way they approached me, they were accusing me. That is wrong…”

Describing the Taser’s impact, Mr. Adunbi said, “I heard this sound and felt something hit me below the lip. I collapsed on the ground. I was paralyzed. I couldn’t speak or move and didn’t have any strength in me. She then told me to get up.

“I knew if she fired again it would have killed me. They tried to lift me off the ground. They raised me up and leaned me up against a garage, but I started to slide down. It’s a grace of God that I’m still alive. She has done a very terrible thing to me.”

Chief Superintendent Reilly said that the community was “going to have concerns” and that police would “really like to answer those.”

Sara Ogilvie, policy officer at Liberty, a human rights advocacy group, told the media that “Incidents like this are deeply disturbing. Warm words about working with communities mean nothing if officers aren’t willing to practice what they preach.”

So, this would probably be the appropriate time to say #NotTheOnion. The reason you know this isn’t Fake Newz is because you just can’t make this kinda shit up.

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IL Police Assault Innocent, Cooperative Man After Racist Woman Reports He Stole His Own Car

Dash camera video released by police in a suburb of Chicago shows a man being assaulted even though he’s completely innocent and not resisting in any way. Evanston, Il. police had stopped Lawrence Crosby, a black man, because a racist woman that saw him working on his car assumed that he must be stealing it. She called to police to report it and then began following him as he drove to the Northwestern University campus, where he is attending as a graduate student.

Soon after, Crosby was pulled over by a group of unnamed Evanston police officers, after having initially (correctly) thought that someone suspicious was following him. He can then be seen on the video stepping out of the vehicle, raising his arms when told to, and attempting to get down on the ground as he had also been instructed to.

However, before he can finish doing so, at least five cops rush forward and beginning assaulting him. As they throw him to the ground he is kneed at least once by one of the officers. Then after he is already on the ground being held down, several of the officers can be seen punching him as they yell, “stop resisting!” repeatedly.

Crosby can be heard on the audio from an officer’s microphone telling them that he is not resisting. He also informs them that they are being recorded in an effort to stop them from beating him any further. Although it hasn’t yet been released publicly, Crosby also had a dash cam of his own within the car, with which he recorded the entire incident.

Via Fox32Chicago.com:

On October 10, 2015, Lawrence Crosby was working on his car around 7:00 PM when a woman passing by saw what she thought was an African American man breaking into a vehicle and stealing it. She called 9-1-1 and then followed the vehicle, relaying information to the dispatcher about the location.

“Hi somebody’s trying to break into, somebody’s trying to break into a car,” the woman told the dispatcher. ”I Think the person just got into the car.”

Crosby, an engineering doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, was driving from his apartment to campus when he was stopped. He had his own dashcam video recording in his car, and before the stop, he can be heard talking to someone saying he thought he was being followed. He was reportedly headed to the police station because of those suspicions, when police pulled him over in a church parking lot.

The dashcam video shows him get out with his hands up with a cellphone in his hand and he then gets taken down by officers who thought they were dealing with someone who stole a car.

“On the ground… on the ground… down on the ground… down on the ground…turn around,” the officers can be heard yelling as they knee Crosby to bring him to the ground and then punch him.

“I’m cooperating…sir, you’re on video… that’s an FYI,” Crosby can be heard telling the officers. He had moved to the front of his car to put himself within view of his own camera.

So…about that whole just don’t break the law and follow the orders Police Heroes give you and everything will be just fine theory…

Police Dash Camera Footage

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