Police shouldn’t have what can’t be purchased on the open market

A senior White House official has said that President Obama will review the programs that allow local police to obtain militarized weapons and equipment. The Washington Post reports, “The review probably will include the Defense Department’s Excess Property program, which is designed to give away tents, generators, pickup trucks and all-terrain vehicles, as well as military aircraft, grenade launchers and heavily armed tactical vehicles. That program has distributed $4.3 billion worth of equipment since 1997.” Continue reading

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Do You Choose Groping or a Shakedown?


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Challenge Filed in New York for the “Rent is 2 Damn High” Petition for Governor

By Richard Winger According to this story, a challenge has been filed to the New York gubernatorial petition of the “Rent is 2 Damn High” Party.

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/08/challenge-filed-to-new-york-petition-for-the-rent-is-2-damn-high-party-petition-for-governor/

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This Citizen Gives a Cop a Taste of What Police Harassment Feels Like

By Matt Agorist

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Citizen to Cop: “Sir, I’m gonna need your license and insurance please…I smell marijuana in your car.”

Cop watcher, Jake D, was out conducting police officer accountability Sunday night when he came upon an Arlington, TX police officer double parked.

Although double parking in a private lot probably wouldn’t land you any tickets, it could very well land you tons of harassment by your local pd, especially being parked there at night. That harassment could easily turn into assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, if you had an ‘illegal’ part of nature in your car.

Jake D, with Tarrant County Peaceful Streets Project, saw this opportunity to give an officer a taste of what it feels like to be shaken down when doing nothing wrong.

In a classic move, he quickly rolls up on the officer and begins demanding the officer’s “papers,” followed by accusations of smelling marijuana; just like an officer would act towards a citizen.

Jake D even gives the Free Thought Project a shout out during his police interrogation. Well done Jake, well done.

Some will claim that Jake should have left this officer alone, and that Jake was making this officer’s job harder. And it’s those people who we’d like to remind that revenue collection via arbitrary traffic laws, enforcement of laws that persecute victimless crimes, and fining, kidnapping, or killing you for a plant, are the actual things that make lives harder. Being held publicly accountable, by a member of the public, should be welcomed by those who conduct themselves in an ethical manner.







Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/citizen-cop-taste-police-harassment-feels/

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Lawsuit: Ferguson Cop Choked And “Hog-Tied” 12-Year-Old And Accused Him of Assault

By John Vibes

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Police officer Justin Cosma was transferred to Ferguson, Missouri from another department in the state after he was sued for choking and hog-tying a 12-year-old boy.

Cosma made national news this week when he detained a group of journalists during the protests in Ferguson. Like many officers, after he was identified in the protests, reporters looked deeper into his records to see if he had a history of violence.

According to a lawsuit filed in 2012 in Missouri federal court, officers Justin Cosma and Richard Carter assaulted a 12 year old boy out front of his house as he was getting mail from his mailbox.

The lawsuit states that the police randomly approached and questioned the boy while he was out front of his house and asked him if he was recently playing on a nearby highway. When the boy told the officers that he wasn’t, they became confrontational, and attacked the child.

According to the lawsuit, “Unprovoked and without cause, the deputies grabbed [the boy], choked him around the neck and threw him to the ground. The boy was shirtless at the time, and allegedly suffered bruising, choke marks, scrapes and cuts across his body.”

The officers attempted to charge the child with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer, but the juvenile courts refused to take the case.

Richard R. Lozano, the lawyer representing the young man in the lawsuit, made the following statement to Huffington Post:

“The lawsuit alleges that Justin Cosma and Richard Carter, two deputies with the Jefferson County, Missouri sheriff’s department in 2010, assaulted my client during an encounter on my client’s driveway while his mother was inside their house. My client was 12 years old at the time, shirtless and was not suspected of any criminal behavior. He was checking the mail. The deputies approached my client and the encounter quickly escalated. My client was restrained, choked, thrown to the ground and hogtied by the two deputies. He suffered scrapes and choke marks to his neck. No charges were ever brought against my client. It is my understanding that Justin Cosma is currently an officer with the City of Ferguson.”

Read the lawsuit laying out the allegations against Cosma below.

Justin Cosma







Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ferguson-cop-choked-hog-tied-12-year-old-accused-assault/

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Only Minor Party Candidate for Congress in Massachusetts Rejected for Using Wrong Petition Forms

By Richard Winger No minor party candidates filed to run for either branch of Congress in Massachusetts this year, except for the Green Party’s nominee in the 7th U.S. House district, Jason P. Lowenthal. However, even though he submitted 3,000 signatures to meet a requirement of 2,000 valid signatures, he has been told his petition is invalid. The(More)…

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/08/only-minor-party-candidate-for-congress-in-massachusetts-rejected-for-using-wrong-petition-forms/

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The Federal Reserve’s Inflation Lie


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Ferguson Man Forms an Inspiring Team with Cop Watchers to Hold Police Accountable

By The Free Thought Project

Jacob, David, and Alex




Lance Murray | The Free Thought Project

Amidst the infighting between Americans and polarizing coverage by the mainstream media over the justification of Michael Brown’s death, there lies a story unfolding in Ferguson that is less focused on the future outcome of the undoubtedly lengthy road to justice ahead of the community, and more focused on an immediate, practical solution for the citizens of Ferguson. Among the perceived heroes and villains that have played their part in the neighborhood, a true leader is emerging. Thirty-four year old, father of three, David Whitt has taken it upon himself to step into the roll of peacemaker, communicator and innovator.

David Whitt & Family with Lance Murray from The Free Thought Project

David lives about 500 feet from ground zero, where the Michael Brown and Darren Wilson confrontation began and ended. In his modest apartment, changing diapers and taking care of his family, it seems that David would be an unlikely candidate for the shoes which he has filled in his community since the watershed moment of Michael Brown’s death and the events that have transpired. However, don’t tell him that. David clearly states that he believes that it is his duty to take action and not stand by while his community scrambles for answers. He is providing an answer.

In a true act of fate, during the aftermath of the Brown slaying, David met a couple of activists that are helping his vision come to fruition. In his own words, David said, “God sent me two angels”. Showing his true character, David invited these activists into his home where they lived with his family for the greater part of the past two weeks. Together they formed a plan to arm the citizens in David’s community. Not with guns or ammunition, but with cameras. Since the group initially had the idea, a couple of weeks ago, they have collectively raised over three thousand dollars to equip the community of Ferguson with 40 plus cameras.

It all started in the moments after David witnessed the sorrow and anger felt by members of his community while Michael Brown’s lifeless body laid in the street just a few steps from his own apartment. He himself felt the anger, the hate, and thirst for vengeance that anyone would have felt after witnessing the proceeding moments of a senseless murder. He then made himself step back and access his emotions. In his own words David explained his emotions to The Free Thought Project, “Everything in me wanted to retaliate in revenge. But I looked deeper, because when you get upset you can’t think. You have to calm down and think about what you need to do.”

Surrounded in the street by friends and neighbors stewing in their own rage, talking about taking violent action, David knew he had to be the voice of reason. He then spoke out and said, “We need to do something.” The crowd responded with agreement. “We are going to form a neighborhood watch,” he said, creating the perception that he had an army of people who already joined with him. His persuasive words resonated with the people and made obvious sense to them immediately. They were on board.

Before he could get started on the solution, David knew that the community needed to heal. He organized a place to grieve, starting a memorial in the middle of the street where Michael Brown’s young life was taken. You can now see the memorial, still standing in the busy street, extending for about 200 feet long with innumerable flowers and other mementos placed at the site by people that have visited from all over the country. David and his friends stay close by to direct traffic to ensure that everyone is safe and can grieve in peace.

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During the unrest and peaceful protests, David was marching on a nightly basis with the citizens of his community, making his voice heard. One of these nights he found himself side by side with Jacob Crawford of www.wecopwatch.org and Alex Salazar of www.renegadepopo.com.

Jacob is a seasoned veteran and pioneer of the cop watching movement that is now catching fire across America. Alex is a former veteran LAPD officer that has seen the corruption and systemic misconduct and abuse first-hand, so he has started an online platform for recovering cops to share their stories and bring awareness to the dangers associated with the warrior cop mentality as well as exposing taboo subjects such as cops with PTSD patrolling the streets like ticking time bombs.

Together, these three men were the perfect combination.

Jacob, David, and Alex

Jacob, David, and Alex

While the country awaits a verdict in the case of Darren Wilson, and continues to speculate over who was right or wrong, David is taking the necessary measures to bring accountability to the police and citizens of Ferguson, Missouri. These steps are to assure that another senseless killing doesn’t happen again, and if it does, then it will be documented and undoubtedly, justice will be served.

When The Free Though Project spoke with David he assured us that it is of the utmost importance to teach the members of his community about their rights when interacting with police. He said, ”I was thinking, how can we change this thing around? I was thinking, man, if people knew their rights, maybe that can change things. You can only oppress a people who don’t know their rights.”

We agree wholeheartedly and we tip our hat to you, David Whitt, for being a guiding light in your grief stricken community.

Donate to David’s Ferguson accountability effort: http://www.gofundme.com/Copwatching-in-Ferguson







Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ferguson-man-forms-inspiring-team-cop-watchers-hold-police-accountable/

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‘All I want is peace’: Father of slain Ferguson teen tells hundreds rallying against police violence

By The Free Thought Project

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Hundreds have gathered in St. Louis for the annual Peace Festival, which this year took on a special theme following the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown by the police. The boy’s father used the opportunity to ask for peace at his funeral on Monday.

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The aftermath of the black teen’s August 9 shooting has seen two weeks of sometimes violent protest by the African-American community against the brutality of the largely white police force in Ferguson, highlighting racial tensions that still permeate American society. The tactics used by the police, clad in riot gear, also drew much attention during the unrest.

Michael Brown Sr. marched on Sunday, together with the crowds, while the parents of the slain black Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, were also present to draw attention to the issues and advocate for peace over violence.

“Tomorrow all I want is peace,” Brown Sr. told the gathering ahead of Monday’s funeral for his son. “That’s all I ask.”
More than a thousand people are expected to show up to mourn the young man.

Accompanied by Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael’s parents spoke of their gratitude to the public for the outpouring of heartfelt support they’ve received in the past two weeks.

“We don’t want anything tomorrow to happen that might defile the name of Michael Brown,” Sharpton told the crowds. “This is not about our rage tomorrow. It’s about the legacy and memory of his son.”

“Tomorrow all I ask is for peace as our son is laid to rest. Please, please – it’s all I ask. #MichaelBrown Sr. pic.twitter.com/dj97ZEjp0U

— stevegiegerich (@stevegiegerich) August 24, 2014

As Lesley McSpadden, Michal Brown’s grandmother, took the stage, she had to compose herself to keep from bursting into tears, as the crowd offered their encouragement, saying “We love you. We love you. We love you.”

The event was also visited by Trayvon Martin’s parents. Their son, also unarmed, was gunned down in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch officer.

Supporters of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black youth shot dead by a white police officer, raise their hands in solidarity as they are led by Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager shot dead in 2012, at the the Peace Fest 2014 rally in St. Louis, Missouri August 24, 2014.(Reuters / Adrees Latif)
Supporters of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black youth shot dead by a white police officer, raise their hands in solidarity as they are led by Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager shot dead in 2012, at the the Peace Fest 2014 rally in St. Louis, Missouri August 24, 2014.(Reuters / Adrees Latif)

Like Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot Brown, Zimmerman also thought the unarmed teen posed a threat. He was finally acquitted after it was ruled that he’d acted in self-defense.

Martin’s parents used the event to ask those gathered to offer their support for the Brown family. They urged the people of St. Louis to channel their anger into peace, and to use their pain to strengthen their unity and promote a future in which young people are educated and stay out of trouble.

“We’re going to stand tall with you all,” Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, told the people in his address.

Livestream of #Ferguson #PeaceFest via @NewsRevo @GlobalRevLive @YourAnonNews @YourAnonNews http://t.co/YfG3Hhk6QU pic.twitter.com/wTPpABMqra

— #NYtoMO #Ferguson (@NY2MO) August 24, 2014

Meanwhile, Saturday saw a second gathering to raise support and funds for Wilson. The all-white crowd gathered at a local sports bar. The crowd-funding campaign has been under fire as it has raised more money to date than all of the campaigns for his victim combined.

People attend the Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)People attend the Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)

Recent days have seen clashes abating between heavily-armed police and members of the African-American community in Ferguson. The on and off violence of the past week has gradually been replaced by sporadic visits by people to the scene of Brown’s shooting.

Sunday saw only a handful of people show up, with the watchful police force standing by without any incidents occurring. This followed a brief escalation in scuffles on Saturday, but the atmosphere soon returned to normal.

With this de-escalation, one festival attendee expressed hope for “a new start.” Niesha Thomas told journalists that “this should be a pivotal point where we move forward.”

Nonetheless, there are fears that a failure by the system to make the indictment against Wilson stick might lead to renewed violence, as evidence in the case is considered.

Brutal images of heavily armed police clashing with Ferguson’s protesters pushed US President Barack Obama to question the militarization of law enforcement, as he reportedly ordered a probe into police use of military gear against Americans.

Images of people shot by police officers are displayed by demonstrators protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 23, 2014.(Reuters / Joshua Lott)Images of people shot by police officers are displayed by demonstrators protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 23, 2014.(Reuters / Joshua Lott)

A number of things about the way the overly militarized small-town police force has handled itself have led to increased debate, including the character of their equipment and the force’s failure to observe proper protocol.

READ MORE: Police lobbies pressure Congress to keep their military equipment

Strategies introduced after the 9/11 attacks, which provide police with federal grants and surplus military equipment, including military-grade body armor, mine-resistant trucks, silencers and automatic rifles, will all be reviewed, senior officials told the New York Times.

The Ferguson confrontations have brought all this into sharpened focus. Watchdog groups, rights advocates and the nation at large were drawn into the public outcry over police tactics, which also included the harassment and detention of journalists.

All through the protests, tear gas, flash-bang grenades and riot gear were used.

People attend the Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)

People attend the Peace Fest music festival in Forest Park on August 24, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)







Source:: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/all-peace-father-slain-ferguson-teen-tells-hundreds-rallying-police-violence/

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U.S. District Court Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit on Too Few Voting Locations in Rio Rancho, New Mexico in 2012

By Richard Winger On August 20, U.S. District Court Judge William P. Johnson refused to dismiss the lawsuit Fleming v Gutierrez, 13-cv-222. The case had been filed on March 7, 2013, against election officials in Sandoval County, New Mexico, complaining that there were far too few voting machines and voting locations in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The county(More)…

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/08/u-s-district-court-refuses-to-dismiss-lawsuit-filed-to-complain-about-too-few-voting-locations-in-rio-rancho-new-mexico/

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Maryland Gubernatorial Poll

By Richard Winger On August 23, nMessage and the Maryland Republican Party released this gubernatorial poll: Democrat Anthony Brown 42%; Republican Larry Hogan, Jr., 41%; Libertarian Shawn Quinn 3%, undecided 14%. When undecided respondents are asked if they lean to any particular candidate, the results are: Democratic 45%, Republican 42%; Libertarian 4%; undecided 9%. There are only three(More)…

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/08/maryland-gubernatorial-poll/

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Santa Fe New Mexican Carries Op-ed by Carol Miller, Criticizing Top-Two Election Systems

By Richard Winger The Santa Fe New Mexican for August 24 has this op-ed by Carol Miller, a leading activist for independent candidates. It rebuts the column carried by the same newspaper several weeks ago, the New York Times piece (reprinted in the New Mexican) by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, advocating top-two primaries.

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/08/santa-fe-new-mexican-carries-op-ed-by-carol-miller-criticizing-top-two-election-systems/

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California Governor Signs Bill Reducing Number of Signatures in Lieu of Filing Fee in Special Elections

By Richard Winger On August 22, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2233. It eases the number of signatures in lieu of filing fee, in special elections. The rationale is that in special elections, the petitioning period is shorter than in regular elections. In some special elections in the past, the petitioning period has been as short as(More)…

Source:: http://www.ballot-access.org/2014/08/california-governor-signs-bill-reducing-number-of-signatures-in-lieu-of-filing-fee-in-special-elections/

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