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Police Claim Ademo Charged With Felony – Actually Charged With Class B Misdemeanor

Date of Incident: 2015-10-17
Departments Involved: Shawnee, KS police; Noblesville, IN police
Contact Information: Shawnee PD: 913-631-2150. Johnson County Jail: 913-715-5100. Here’s the agency that issued the warrant (Noblesville, IN): 317-776-1588

Critical update, plus new video link for arrest.

Early this morning, Free Keene broke the news that Cop Block founder Ademo Freeman was arrested on a warrant for felony “criminal mischief”. We now have a copy of the case summary from Indiana, which shows the charge is only a class B misdemeanor, not a felony.

So, that’s the good news. The bad news is he’s still in jail, likely until Monday afternoon’s scheduled court appearance in Kansas, where he was arrested for the warrant that the Noblesville, IN police claimed was for a felony.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene and to Cop Block’s MAC Tour for the latest. In case you missed it, here’s the video of Ademo’s arrest:

– Ian Freeman

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BREAKING: Ademo Freeman Arrested for Felony Chalking?!

Originally posted at FreeKeene.com by Ian Freeman. (Stay tuned for video and further updates here at Cop Block

Date of Incident: 2015-10-17
Departments Involved: Shawnee, KS & Noblesville, IN
Contact Phone Numbers: Shawnee PD: 913-631-2150. Johnson County Jail: 913-715-5100
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtC2zKcGqfA

free-ademo-copblockThe War on Chalk continues nationwide with tonight’s arrest of Cop Block founder and Free Keene blogger Ademo Freeman. Ademo has been arrested in Shawnee, KS on a felony warrant purportedly for “criminal mischief” charges over chalking the Noblesville, IN police department a couple of weeks ago. Ademo is expected to be arraigned on Monday and whether he’ll be extradited to Indiana remains to be seen.

The Noblesville PD chalking incident happened the day before Ademo and Brian Sumner kicked off the Cop Block Mobile Accountability for Cops (MAC) tour. According to their post about the incident, Cop Blockers visited Noblesville police department and used liquid chalk to write various messages directed toward and about the police. Later on, they are threatened by multiple Noblesville cops in a parking lot – see the video here. The gang members detain Ademo and Brian for a quarter-hour and claim that one of “their group” used real paint during the chalking outside the PD.

Now Ademo is in Johnson county jail in Kansas on a felony warrant. As a result, requests for calls to the jail and PD rang out on Facebook. Initially, the jail denied having him and police on the phone played games like one claiming his first name was “deputy” (I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard that one.):

Should you wish to call the jail and/or police and express yourself, here are the numbers: Shawnee PD: 913-631-2150. Johnson County Jail: 913-715-5100. You should also call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Noblesville IN, where the warrant originated from. The phone number there is 317-776-1588

Brian did get video of the arrest. As of 3:49am Eastern, it is uploading on what he reports to be a weak internet connection. I am posting it here, but until it’s done uploading and processing, you won’t see it, so please check back a little later this morning (The video is live now):

If you think the massive call flood that these arrests trigger is awesome, then imagine what it would be like if those people willing to call a jail in favor of setting someone peaceful free from captivity were instead willing to move to the same geographic area. Imagine the cop blocking that could be possible. Rather than call the jail, you could go there with others. You could even go to the homes of the people who kidnapped Ademo. Ademo moved to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. Here are 101 reasons why you should consider doing the same thing.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene and the Cop Block MAC Tour page for the latest on this developing story.
– Ian Freeman

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Why You Can (and Should) Always Film the Police

There are a lot of reasons why you should always film the police, and citizenrootsmagazine.com’s editor Chad Hankins has an article all about just that. Chad submitted this post, via the CopBlock.org submissions page.

He states:

This is an op-ed piece I wrote about the importance of filming the police, and I have some aggressive sarcasm in there, so it’s not like every other article on the subject. I hope you guys like it and find it worthwhile.

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Cop Kicks WomanThe first time that I saw a camera on a phone I thought it was a stupid idea that would never last. In my defense, those first little camera phones were pretty terrible. The early models had resolution that was less than a megapixel and they cost about $400 (which used to be a lot for a phone for you little bastards who weren’t there, with your internets and your non-VHS porn). I couldn’t imagine how this technology could possibly catch on. What were the benefits of dropping a week’s paycheck on a shitty camera that could call people? I’ve never been more happy to be wrong.

Now we have great cameras placed in high tech phones and they’re both having a threesome with the internet, so we’ve seen a societal vicissitude that has started to level the playing field for ordinary citizens. For those of us who don’t have a badge or a sofa made of hundred dollar bills, this is an amazing thing.

For decades we’ve heard stories coming out of black neighborhoods that seemed like they couldn’t possibly be true. At least not on the scale that they were portrayed. These schoolyard tales seemed like some kind of alternate reality that could only exist in a universe where the Gestapo made it’s way into an Orwellian America. The idea that the police would just harass, beat, and even kill citizens who had done nothing wrong was a pill that was too hard for most of us to swallow. The only window that most people had into this world was the incredibly popular show ‘Cops’ on FOX.

There are a couple of reasons why this is an inaccurate and very foggy window into other people’s interactions with the police. The first is that all of those cops knew that they were going to be filmed, so they could modify their habits accordingly. The scary part is that a lot of them still acted like total dicks, despite this knowledge. Another issue with treating that show as if it was an accurate account of police/civilian interactions is the editing room. They probably weren’t interested in showing officers stopping people illegally, searching them without cause, treating them like criminals, and then letting them go because they hadn’t done anything wrong. Television 101: Only show a cop tazing a shirtless black guy if the tazed guy has actually committed a crime. It makes the whole thing a lot easier for the public to digest if the guy convulsing in the dirt has a .38 in one pocket, and an unlabeled pill bottle full of crack in the other.

Just as ‘Cops’ was starting to take off in the early 90’s, there was a slightly different video of police that got international attention.

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On March 3rd, 1991, the LAPD apprehended California resident and local black driver Rodney King after a high speed chase, and four officers proceeded to beat the living shit out of him. An amateur cameraman named George Holliday caught the whole thing on video, and the officers were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer. With the video, which shows King lying on the ground while all four officers cracked him with night sticks and kicked him repeatedly, it seemed that these guys would have to face justice. After all, everyone was seeing the video on a loop on every major news network across the country. How could these guys possibly get away with it?

After they got away with it,  the historic LA riots started and things got ugly. People were pissed. This kind of video had never gotten this scale of attention. It brought the racial disparity of police interactions to the forefront of everyone’s dinner conversations.

LT John Pike UC Davis Pepper SprayNow we have videos like this all the time. It’s impossible to keep up with the flood of “Unarmed black man shot in back by police!” videos that pop up on the internet every day. It’s a wonderful thing that we all have video cameras in our pockets and we can record cops shooting unarmed people in the back. This kind of full scale civilian surveillance is the only hope that we have to change the narrative on police brutality. The indictments of these uniformed criminals have been far less consistent than the videos of their atrocities, but we’re getting there. We just need to do away with paid leave, and we may see a decrease in these incidents. Getting a paid vacation for shooting someone is a sadist’s wet dream.

It’s not only important to film cops, but it’s 100% legal. Cops can tell you to stop recording. Not legally, they’re just verbally capable of it. You can’t interfere with an investigation, but you can stand clear and film the crap out of them. If they ask you to back up, you have to, but you can do it one step at a time, making sure you don’t lose your shot. That is, if you have the wherewithal and cool as a cucumber disposition required to deal with an agitated cop who wants to mace your ballbag. That’s a personal choice.

Another thing that the police like to do is try to confiscate your phone or tell you that you have to delete the video. Neither of those things are legal. In fact, without a warrant they can’t even force you to show them the video.

An honest cop with a clear conscience won’t ask you to do these things and probably won’t care that you’re filming him. If you do get a cop on the business end of your camera who’s pissed about it, then you’ve just caught yourself a crooked bastard. Don’t underestimate him. He probably wants to take the family to Yellowstone and a bullet in your face has been a proven method for getting the time and the money to make that dream vacation a reality.

The vast social awakening that’s come as a result of videos of police killings (Grey, Garner, Brown, and most recently DuBose) is a direct result of technology that we all have now. Hell, even the AARP flip phone with the giant buttons that your grandma is still learning how to use probably has some form of a camera on it. Now we just need to understand and exercise our rights to use our cameras to keep police accountable. While police are still rarely indicted and barely ever convicted, the message is becoming clear. The judicial system is starting to understand that we have no interest in quietly tolerating the kind of over reaching bullshit that many police officers have gotten away with throughout their entire careers. Filming cops is a scary activity, there’s no doubt about that. They yell, they threaten, they intimidate, but they can’t stop you from doing it. And frankly, there isn’t a damn thing else in our fight. As average citizens we can’t indict, arrest, or fire them. We can just film. With everything that we’ve seen in the last couple of years, it’d be stupid not to.

– Chad Hankins
citizenrootsmagazine.com

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Oceanside Police Officers Beat Girl, Charge Her With Assaulting Them

The following post and video was received from Maribel Diego, via the CopBlock.org submission page. Along with her submission, she states:

I suffer from PTSD from this incident and have taken different types of medication, but recently stopped taking them because they where making me even more anxious and depressed. We, the group of the Cop Block Network, should be the voice for everyone who’s been killed by policemen, we are one, we are all equal. One love, one step at a time, we can make change.

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Date of Incident: December 28,2014
Officers Involved: Timothy Ricci, Craig Marcial, Michael Kos and eight unidentified officers
Department Involved: Oceanside Police Department in California
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Cops nowadays honestly think they can do whatever they please, not until one December night did I know I would be a victim of police brutality. Late December, the night started with one of my friends Rey Carreno (who had been deployed, but was in town for Christmas ) picking me and my brother up to go out for a night of fun. We went to my cousins party and by the end of the night people got out of hand, so we decided to leave.

I don’t exactly know what these guys wanted but they had been rowdy for a while and from the looks of it they just wanted trouble. They hit my brother in the face with a vodka bottle and I lost it. I never thought I’d have to watch my brother fall to the ground defenseless and helpless I cried and cried until I threatened the guys I would call the cops. Of course, I didn’t get around to it, because I was putting my brother in the car when, out of nowhere, cops came to the scene.

I was being cooperative and told them exactly everything I had witnessed. They told me sit tight. By the time I looked over, they had thrown my friend on the ground. So I made a statement. I told them “you can’t fucking do that shit, WOW!” Not only did they yell at me “GET DOWN TOO,” but they ran up on me and slammed me on my back and began yelling “STOP RESISTING,” even though I was clearly slammed on my back. When out of nowhere, I felt multiple cops on top of me, one punch after another. “GEt THE FUCK OFF ME I’M A GIRL YOU PUSSY BITCHES” is what you heard me yelling while I was on the ground not knowing what to do helpless. I started crying even louder than before.

When they finally stopped punching me, they put me on my stomach and said, “your being arrested for resisting arrest.” I got to talk to one of the supervisors and told them he didn’t even tell me what I was being arrested for and that I had broken no law. He asked one of the three officers who attacked me what had escalated this. All Mr. Rookie Officer said is “She didn’t listen to me and wasn’t completely down.”

While the paramedics came to check on me, even though they should’ve came from the start, they didn’t even check my brother. He had a fractured eye and we only know this because his eye stayed black for months. It is still sort of darker than the other. Anyways, when the paramedics came they told officers they had to take me to the hospital to check my ribs weren’t broken, because I kept saying I can’t breathe. I was having an anxiety attack and I couldn’t do anything to help myself.

Once we got to the hospital, I started speaking my mind and told the cops what was going on in your head while your hitting me over and over again. The cops wouldn’t even look at me all they would say, “we are just doing our jobs.” Time passed and the hospital said I could leave.

banner copblock redditAfter all the commotion and tears, I was brought to vista detention facility, where I would be wrongfully detained for “Assaulting AN OFFICER.” I was stripped down and violated. I never want anyone to experience what I’ve been through, because its such a heartbreaking moment when you can’t help yourself in any way possible. Finally, after four days, I was released.

I had multiple court dates. At my first readiness hearing, one of the cops from that night saw me and gave me the biggest grin and said why you got that look on your face. He began to giggle and I responded “you have some nerve.” That day my public defender told me they didn’t have to read me my rights. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. Not only did they not read me my rights, but the Miranda Law says you must be informed by a peace officer that you are being detained and what for.

My second court date was a motion hearing for the cops background. At this point, I had no idea what was gonna happen to them or me. My public defender said they had no prior history of police misconduct, therefore I would have another readiness hearing. Somehow, Mr. EdMen Chavez was no longer my public defender. At the next readiness, hearing I met Mr. Adam Hepburne. He told me the same bullshit; no officer actually needs to read you your rights. I wouldn’t and I couldn’t understand why. At one point, my voice got loud and he told me okay, okay calm down. That’s when I knew he didn’t actually care that I was abused by the cops.

During the second readiness hearing, he told me I would have to go to trial because I wasn’t taking their deal, even though I kept asking for the dashcam videos. I wasn’t going to admit to anything I never did, their deal was resisting and delay of investigation. So, basically they dropped the assaulting an officer charge. Why? Because they knew I didn’t do anything, but courts are supposed to convict people. So they kept on keeping on with their deals. The day of the trial they gave me a new deal “disturbing the peace.” I cried my eyes out. I couldn’t believe the prosecutor and public defender really wanted to convict me for anything and they didn’t care what they had to do. I kept arguing the dashcam videos will show you guys what really happened.

When it was time for the policemen to get cross examined, I broke down. I thought I was being set up once again. They began talking about distraction blows and how they had to do this over and over again because I was just so “strong.” Officer Timothy Ricci actually stated he thought I knew karate. I couldn’t believe they were lying about everything to make themselves look good. The second cop came up and stated that he checked around the neighborhood for the guys who hit my brother, when in reality he never left the scene from the moment they got there. They kept trying to make themselves look like they actually wanted to help the situation.

Not only did they not release the dashcam videos they also “forgot” to turn on their mic. They didn’t allow me to show the jurors my personal video of that night. My friend began to record the first boy being thrown down, that’s obstruction of justice, they messed with the evidence and made the whole trial unfair. When I got crossed examined they barely asked me any questions and kept saying objection your honor lacks of foundation. Everything I was attempting to answer they wouldn’t let me say it. They weren’t letting me speak, they didn’t want the jurors to know what I felt or what I had experienced.

SupportCopblock Square BannerThen the public defender and prosecutor started their argument. The prosecutor (I forget his name) insisted that I had committed a crime way before any cop even touched me, even though he never actually stated the law that was broken. After I got cross examined, I knew in my gut I was going to get fucked over. Not only had the cops manipulated the story, but while the judge read the juror instructions he repeated everything I never did; Maribel delayed the officers from checking on her brother; Maribel assaulted one of the officers; blah, blah, etc… I couldn’t believe they where doing this to me in front of my face.

The trial took over five days. They finally got a verdict and found me guilty on all three counts; assaulting an officer, delaying an investigation, and resisting arrest. I couldn’t believe it, I cried and cried. This was not justice. I had a court hearing coming up and talked to a probation officer. I explained to her that I’ve been working since the age of 18 and I didn’t feel as if I broke any law. I told her that the cops need to stop beating people. All she said is its been happening and since you lost trial you have to suffer consequences. I cried. She said it might be just summary probation, but the judge can ask for custody. I was surprised. They where basically telling me I might go to jail, after all. Seven months of going back and forth to court for me getting mistreated by cops.

The day of my court, the judge asked if I learned my lesson. My public defender had already told me before I entered the room I would most likely be taking 20 anger management classes, because the probation report came back good, but that there was a chance that the judge may still ask for custody. When the judge began to talk, he said I had credit for eight days of jail, when I only served four, but I wasn’t going to argue with that. They waived my fines and only sentenced me to three years informal probation – NON 4th waiver – which means i still have my 4th amendment right and can never be checked without probable cause. I can’t own a firearm for ten years.

I thought to myself this is the justice system of the United States of America, when they know for a fact I didn’t do anything, but can still label me a criminal. It’s sad in so many ways I can’t even explain. America needs to wake up and see that cops are also people who break the law.

– Maribel Diego

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17 yr. Old Student Killed by Police in Eaton County, Michigan

It has been two weeks since Deven Guilford was on his way home from church, where he was playing basketball with his brothers. It was there that Deven was shot and killed by Eaton County Police Officer Johnathon Frost at a traffic stop on Grand Ledge Hwy in  Mulliken, Michigan. The events took place near Cochran road, where Johnathon Frost pulled over the 17 year old. The reason for the traffic stop has yet to be disclosed, but we know the officer called for back up within minutes, saying shots were fired and adding that he was bleeding as well.

B9316460049Z.1_20150304113513_000_GVBA4H1M2.1-0 The number of times Deven was shot by Officer Frost is still unknown, but he was believed to be shot in the head and chest multiple times. Frost was hospitalized with bleeding from his abdomen, an injury that the Eaton County police are calling “significant” but are not willing to explain, as in what caused the injury. Sgt. Jeremy Brewer has not released an update on Officer Frost, as is protocol, for officer-involved shootings and the department has not said if Deven was armed or not.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Deven was the second person in Eaton County killed by police in less than two weeks and the third in the Lansing area, since early December.

There are a lot of inconsistent factors in this incident including why the department wont release the body/dash cam footage, the reason for pulling him over and why he was removed from his car. You can find the original article regarding these events here. I will provide an update when the Eaton County Police Department decides to release more information. Please call the Eaton County Police Department at (517) 543-3512 and demand that they release the footage.

I’ll keep trying to find more information regarding this story, but if you’re in Michigan, consider connecting with one of these CopBlock.org groups:

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