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Harassed by Police, Secret Service, and FBI at University of Arizona Event Attended by Gov. Ducey, Pres. Trump

Harassment of Cop Blocker by University of Arizona Police

A man legally filming a public event on campus at the University of Arizona found himself being harassed by cops, secret service, and FBI agents.

Note: The video and description included within this post was shared with Nevada Cop Block via reader submission. 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.

According to Anthony Potter, who submitted the video, he was attending an event commemorating the appointment of a new president at the University of Arizona. Although he wasn’t personally aware of this, the governor of Arizona and President Trump were also in attendance that day.

Although this event was open to the public and being held on the campus of a public university, the fact that he was not known to others in attendance and was (legally) filming it apparently aroused suspicion. As a result, he was approached by the university police officer, as well as the Secret Service and FBI agents assigned to President Trump. This included one (unidentified) officer who proceeded to position himself right next to Potter.

I was at a ceremony for the new University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins. I was there quietly filming, not aware that Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, and President Donald Trump were also there with various other government representatives.

However, I was quickly made aware of that by a University of Arizona cop. Along with numerous Secret Service and FBI agents, this campus police officer informed me that people in the crowd were “hyper sensitive” about me. His stated reason for that was because I’m a stranger that no-one knows and whom neither works at nor goes to school at the university, even though this was a public event.

In the video, you see our brief conversation regarding profiling and my constitutional rights.

– Anthony Potter

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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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Update: White House Secret Service Agent Caught in Online Pedophile Sting Sent to Florida for Trial

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Now he’s been moved to Florida to face the first in a series of trials in a related, but separate case. Although details are being kept “on the downlow,” he is accused of trying to lure an underage girl in West Palm Beach into having sex with him.

Via the Sun-Sentinel.com:

Moore was indicted on three federal charges of attempted production of child pornography, attempted receipt of child pornography and using a computer to persuade, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity between January and May 2014.

Moore, who worked as a uniformed Secret Service officer based at the White House, has been locked up since he was arrested in November on a related federal charge in Delaware.

Moore “sought to use mobile technology to sexually exploit multiple minor, teenage girls from one of the most secure places on the planet. He did so while in the presence of other highly trained law enforcement officers and just yards from the President of the United States, his family, and senior administration officials he was then protecting. … The brazen and self-absorbed nature of his conduct is simply breathtaking,” federal prosecutors wrote.

Moore was recently moved to the Palm Beach County Jail after the Federal Public Defender’s Office, which represents him, announced that he wanted to face the most serious allegations against him first in Florida.

“The charges brought against Mr. Moore in the Southern District of Florida are much more serious than the charge pending against Mr. Moore in the District of Delaware. Mr. Moore would like to resolve his case in the Southern District of Florida prior to resolving the case pending against him in the District of Delaware,” his lawyers wrote.

Moore, who now has a beard, was dressed in dark blue jail scrubs and was handcuffed and shackled during his brief court appearance Tuesday. He spoke only briefly with U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Brannon and is expected to remain locked up while both federal cases are pending. No trial dates have been scheduled yet.

Investigators said Moore, who is married with children and lived in Maryland before his arrest, was communicating with at least two undercover officers and at least two minors, according to court records in the Delaware case. When he was questioned, investigators said Moore estimated he was talking to about 10 individuals he believed were underage girls.

Federal prosecutors in Delaware said Moore, whose duties included guarding the White House, frequently engaged in online sex chats while he was supposed to be working.

Investigators said that, in one chat, Moore asked an undercover officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl to send him something “exciting” because “work sucks today.” He was checking IDs for people entering the White House complex that day, according to court records.

In another online conversation, he sent a photograph of his penis to one of the undercover officers who was posing as a teenage girl, according to court records. In another, he sent a non-explicit video of himself in uniform from the White House, authorities said.

Moore also destroyed digital evidence of his misconduct after he found out he was under investigation and was about to be arrested, according to federal prosecutors and agents from Homeland Security Investigations.

He learned of the investigation when officials from the Secret Service went to his home and told him he was being suspended, in violation of how prosecutors and investigators had asked the Secret Service to handle the matter, according to court documents.

Those last two paragraphs are rather interesting. Instead of doing what the prosecutors asked them to, the Good Agents at the Secret Service went to Moore’s house and effectively tipped him off that he was being investigated and would be arrested soon. Moore made good use of that information by attempting to destroy the evidence of his creepy behavior.

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Secret Service Agents Retaliated Against Congressman’s Criticismby Illegally Accessing Private Info in Attempt

Secret Service Rep Chaffetz Retaliation
One Secret Service agent resigned and forty others have received “some level” of discipline after they illegally accessed background information on Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The intended purpose of the background inquiries were to find embarrassing information on Rep. Chaffetz that could be used to retaliate against him by smearing his name publicly.

Although he doesn’t seem to have received any level of discipline, Secret Service Assistant Director Ed Lowery encouraged the illegal searches, stating in an email that “some information [Chaffetz] finds embarrassing needs to get out.” Ironically enough, the identity of the specific agents disciplined for violating the Privacy Act cannot be named publicly because that would violate the Privacy Act.

Pretty convenient (wink, wink).

Via TechDirt.com:

When Rep. Jason Chaffetz began asking the Secret Service about its string of high-profile failures, agents were quick to respond… with attempts to undermine the Congressman’s credibility. Eighteen minutes after the hearings started, Secret Service agents — dozens of them — began poring through his 2003 Secret Service application in hopes of finding a few skeletons in his previously-vetted closet.

Even Secret Service Assistant Director Ed Lowery got in on the illegal fun, suggesting via email that “some information [Chaffetz] finds embarrassing needs to get out.” Information did get out, but it had no effect on Chaffetz’s reputation. The only people embarassed (sic) were the Secret Service and DHS head Jeh Johnson, who was forced to apologize on its behalf.

Johnson’s press release, detailing the results of the DHS’s investigation of the incident, shows dozens were questioned about this violation of the Privacy Act. Better yet, it shows dozens were punished for their misconduct.

  • “In all, the conduct of 57 Secret Service personnel was reviewed, including 11 at the SES [Senior Executive Service] level. Of those, 41 are receiving some level of discipline. This discipline includes a letter of reprimand to one individual, suspended discipline contingent on no further misconduct for a period of five years, and suspensions from duty without pay for periods of up to 45 days. The one individual found by the Inspector General to have disclosed the private information to an outside source, the Washington Post, has resigned from the Secret Service.”

As is often the case, the employee whose misconduct was the worst slipped out the door before the hammer could come down. As for the rest, the sheer number of Secret Service personnel involved shows this agency is no less susceptible to peer pressure and bandwagon jumping than the occupants of the average high school locker room.

Rest assured, this sort of misconduct won’t rear its ugly head again, because top Secret Service officials say Things are being Done.

  • “Like many others I was appalled by the episode reflected in the Inspector General’s report, which brought real discredit to the Secret Service. From Director Clancy, I have been told that tighter processes are now in place to limit access to personally identifiable information and to highlight for employees the consequences of a breach of that data.”

I’d love to know what these “tighter processes” are. Hopefully it’s something more than post-login clickwrap saying something to the effect of “user agrees to abide by all policies and statutes” with an “OK” button being the only thing standing between them and dirt on legislators they don’t like.

I’m sure they’ve learned their lesson and, along with not stiffing their hookers (no pun intended) or getting drunk and crashing into the White House gate, they now know better than to run illegal background check to dig up dirt on people that criticize them for not paying their hookers and crashing cars into the White House gate while driving drunk.

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Time Photographer Assaulted And Choked by Secret Service Agent During Trump Rally

During a Donald Trump rally on Monday in Virginia, a Time magazine photographer was taking photos of a group of Black Lives Matter protesters that had interrupted the rally. Without any warning, Chris Morris was grabbed from behind, slammed to the ground, and choked by a Secret Service agent working at the rally.

Presumably, the reason why Morris was attacked was because he had taken a couple steps (eighteen inches) outside of the “designated press area.” However, as Carlos Miller points out in a post on Photography Is Not A Crime (PINAC), the job of the Secret Service is simply to protect candidates, not to dictate the behavior of media covering events. The photographer is pretty clearly not in any way threatening anyone, let alone Donald Trump. He was also not even the only member of the media within the area where he was attacked.

It’s getting to the point that on a daily basis there is a new report of Trump staff and/or attendees having attacked (often literally) someone who has dared to criticize their beloved fearmonger. And whether Trump himself is personally racist or is simply pandering to the lowest (and most disgusting) common denominator for votes, these attacks are becoming more and more race based as his campaign attracts that demographic. In one of the most blatant instances, in December at a Trump rally held in Las Vegas some of his supporters were caught on video yelling “white power” and “sieg heil” as a Black Lives Matter protester was being removed. There’s nothing ambiguous about either of those phrases.

While this particular incident was not racially based, it highlights yet another disturbing aspect of Trump’s increasingly neo-fascist rhetoric. The fact that a member of the media simply performing their job was attacked and then briefly threatened with arrest as a result of having been attacked is itself a troubling trend. Trump is the only candidate who has created an enclosed area that media are restricted to during campaign events. He also has himself called for increased legal restrictions on the press and the easing of protections against lawsuits by public figures against the media.

When a campaign is appealing to and even courting the support of nationalists and outright racists, advocating for ethnically and religiously based databases and restrictions, and attempting to limit the ability of people to criticize it, it’s not incredibly hard to figure out where those train tracks are headed should that campaign be successful.

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