The video above and the following post were sent to us, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page, by Anthony Potter. Anthony is a local activist from Tucson, Arizona. Along with the description within the post, he states:
All cops involved have illegally arrested me before , with no convictions because they were arrests over my free speech activism. Each officer, along with their union reps, mentioned and shown in the film are named in all of my federal lawsuits, which are identified in the picture.
In addition, on the Youtube description for the video the person who uploaded it states:
Tucson Police violently detaining a local activist to serve an order of protection from Paul Cunningham. Tucson City council has been trying to purge the homeless. When you speak out against it, apparently they send out their thugs.
Date of Incident: December 23, 2015
Officers Involved: Ofc. Hawkins, Ofc. Hugar, SGT Alice, SGT Grizzley, LT Dogget
Department Involved: The Tucson Police Department
Contact Number: 520-791-5032
I was walking from home to volunteer at the 420 Social Club in Tucson. Around 10 am, I was approached on two sides by Officers Hawkins and Hugar, saying I was detained. They grabbed my arms and then placed me in cuffs. I asked them what I was being detained for and also asked them what they are investigating. They told me they would let me know when it comes (sic). I asked them again and challenged their right to hold me.
I asked for Internal Affairs, the force commander, and their supervisor. I also told the officers that I do not consent to being touched, that I don’t consent to being detained without cause, and I told them that this is harassment. They responded that they could not contact Internal Affairs, but the force commander arrived, as well as numerous supervisors.
They made attempts to knock me to the ground and also to trip me. I was detained over an hour. More officers arrived with an order of protection from a chief of staff for Paul Cunningham, a city council official. The court order was signed and dated after my detainment for a civil procedure. I was further assaulted and restrained afterwards. In addition, my coat was ripped from them shoving the order in my overcoat pocket.
– Anthony Potter
Note: Anthony is also attempting to raise money to offset the costs for two disabled veterans to acquire their medical marijuana cards and receive cannabis-based medication that they need badly due to the effects of injuries they suffered while in the military. Donations can be made via this GoFundMe account. The description included within that GoFundMe campaign states:
Lot of vets are needing help, they served, now they suffer. Long lines and lots of pharmsucal drugs not helping the way they should. The cost to get a card, to do a safer healthier choice can be a little too much to afford for some of them. Their wallet shouldn’t be a barrier to this.
We are asking for your help to get medical marijuana cards for some of our soldiers.
#vetsmatter #getlegal #compassionrevolution
Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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