Free Ademo! Free Speech!

Published On January 31, 2011 | By Pete Eyre | Articles

“The fact that people were getting arrested and jailed for acting out against the state, is what finally tipped me over in favor of moving to NH. I hope Ademo’s act of free speech and willingness to not cooperate with the state will inspire somebody else.”

Nicholas Kirkpatrick

The content on this post is organized into:

  1. Updates
  2. Free Ademo! video
  3. Incident Summary
  4. How You Can Help

1. Updates

  • Tue., Feb 8th – UPDATE: Ademo is scheduled to appear before judge Burke on Wed., Feb. 9th per a motion that was filed on his behalf that states that he has served enough time for his actions. Please don’t inundate Burke with calls at this moment – let’s let the motion and Ademo’s statement stand on their own merits and hope Burke does the right thing.
  • Mon., Feb 7th – MSSG: Ademo recently finished The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose and loved it. He’s going to pass along the book to one of his “roommates” (one of the other 47 people caged in D block) who, per their continued conversations, seems open to the ideas of liberty.
    Mon., Feb 7th – UPDATE: Letters written to judge Burke were delivered to the court by Heika per her Love Burke to Liberty! project (see #4 below for more).
  • Sat., Feb 5th – QUICK HIT: Julian’s Heicklen’s Letter to judge Burke
  • Sat., Feb 5th – POST: Ademo’s letter to “the best movement in the world”
  • Sat., Feb 5th – MSSG: Ademo was told that he would not be given the loose stamps still on their original backing that people included with their letters to him, which goes against the policy verbally communicated to me by Cheshire Co Sgt. Delpha three days prior. I just called Delpha (603.903.1600) to ask why this policy was rescinded and was told that he had mistakenly communicated incorrect information to me originally.
  • Fri., Feb 4th – POST: “Cop Block teams up with Liberty Flair to Free Ademo”

2. Free Ademo! The Man, His Stand & How You Can Help

3. Incident Summary

Around 10am on Monday, January 24th I entered Keene district court. I was present to support a couple of friends who had cases. Almost immediately I was assaulted, kidnapped and caged by “public servants” because I wore a hat. I am now charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. But why? Who was the victim?

Watch the video and think for yourself.

The aggressors that day wore badges. Keene police officer James Cemorelis yanked me to the ground and shouted “You’re out of here!” but he never gave me the chance to leave, let alone respond. I was not aggressive in my actions or tone of voice. Yet that didn’t stop Keene police officer Matt Griffin from burying his knee at the base of my neck. Then he and Keene police officer Chris Simonds carried me down a flight of stairs, outside and into a cruiser, which transported me to Cheshire County Jail.

The judge hadn’t been in the room. Minutes after I had been assaulted upon another person donning a hat came into the room but he was not similarly molested. Perhaps because he had a shiny piece of metal on his costume? Also, note that in late 2009 judge Edward T. Burke did not order that a man wearing a cap be arrested.

The following day during my attempted arraignment-by-video, Burke ordered Ademo – a principled activist and close friend to many of us – removed from the room after Ademo vocalized the frustration he felt about the blatant unaccountability we had experienced thus far from the “court”. George Donnelly wrote:

Adam spoke the truth. He couldn’t bear to witness the miscarriage of justice that was Pete’s arraignment. The decision to release Pete was in the hands of his captors. To argue otherwise is to pretend his captors act with legitimate authority, a sad unsubstantiated joke.

Burke, unswayed by Ademo’s tempered recant (“I apologize if my words offended you”), told Ademo that he’d have to spend the next 60 days of his life in a cage because his 40-second statement “offended the court”. Is that justice?

Ademo was transported to Cheshire County Jail, where he remains today. After stints in lockdown and segregation he’s now in general population and can get visitors and letters. And he is eating.

As for me, after not identifying or eating for 3.5 days I processed, reasoning I could have a bigger impact on the outside. Also at one point I was told by jail staff that Ademo was being released, which was a lie. I was released on personal recognizance bail and was ordered to return to court for arraignment on February 9th at 9am.

So, to put it another way – if I were walking down the street and a random dude yelled at me to remove my hat and then his buddies jumped me and threw me in a cage most folks (except maybe the cage manufactures and cage staffers) would rightly say I was victimized. Was my situation different because those who assaulted me wore badges? Not at all. Therefore, would it be out of place for my friend, after witnessing me getting jumped, to shout his outrage? Absolutely not.

Let’s Free Ademo and hold the real criminals accountable! There can’t be one set of laws for us and one set of laws for them. People should be free to act so long as they don’t initiate force on others.

4. How You Can Help

  • Find, Share and Utilize Media Contacts to help win in the court of public opinion. Utilize the contacts compiled at the Media Flood for Freedom (thanks Lorri Rodier!) and the Media Call Flood In Support of Adam and Pete (thanks George Donnelly!).
  • Print & Send a Free Ademo Postcard or write a letter: Adam Mueller, Cheshire County D.O.C., 825 Marlboro Road, Keene, NH 03431. Ademo LOVES hearing from those on the outside. It really keeps him going. If you do write, it’d be great if you could include a pre-addressed envelope w/ a stamp still on the original backing from the USPS (Cheshire Co. Jail Sgt. Delpha noted that stamps already attached to the return envelope will be taken off as he claims people hide prohibited items under them). Also, send a letter to the cops, jailers, judge and Keene bureaucrats. Here’s a great example. Here’s contact information (thanks Smeg Mclain!). Be a good ambassador. Your five-minute conversation or two-page letter may be the first exposure that an individual has to the ideas of liberty.
  • Love Burke to Liberty! Send a principled but firm letter to Burke. This is a specific request from Ademo. Every Tuesday Keene-based activist Heika Courser will hand-deliver your snail mail and email messages to Burke. She notes, “Please feel free to write more than one letter. Let’s see how many we can give him every week!” Mail: Heika Courser, 20 Forest St., Keene, NH 03431 Email: [email protected]
  • Donate to the Liberty Activism Fund The money you donate will be used by Ademo & Pete to advance the voluntary society through LibertyOnTour.com, CopBlock.org and other outlets/tactics.
  • Send Ademo a Book! We made a Wish List on Amazon for Ademo. Read books will be passed on to someone else in the movement who will benefit from critically thinking about the ideas proffered by the book.
  • Spread the “Free Ademo” meme and introduce those in your sphere to the injustice happening in Keene by making your Facebook profile picture the “Free Ademo” picture.
  • Join the Candlelight Vigil Monday, January 31st at 5-6pm opposite the Cheshire County Jail on 101 just east of Keene. And visit Ademo between 8am-10pm (exempting 12-1pm and 5-6pm for meals). Conversation is done through phone/computer terminal in 30minute increments. If it’s not busy you can get additional time. Bring a picture ID.
  • Advocate an Inside-the-System ma? Connect with Kathy Briedel Kathy loves her son Ademo and is collaborating with others to pursue potential lawsuit/motion/etc. options. If inside-the-system maneuvering is your bailiwick, hit her up!
  • Be Creative! Have an idea on how to help Ademo and get accountability? Run with it! Decentralization is our strength!

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About The Author

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, Eyre seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He later hit the road as co-founder of the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour, and now resides in the 'shire.
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/kinleyhard K. C.

    I’m glad you didn’t capitalize district court since it’s not proper. You (Pete) probably weren’t charged with contempt of court because Burke wasn’t present to issue requisite warnings and then cite you. He obviously “singles out”, is harsher or intolerant of some to all Free Keeners since he allowed others to wear caps/hats/tabogans in open court and because he hears so many Free Keeners’ cases, dissent, unconventional legal tactics, vigils at his home, etc. I’ve learned that the root of the problem is deeper than judicial unaccountabilty. The Amercan injustice system has been awry, corrupt and unjust for generations.

  • Block This Cop

    A good thing to do is let the thug who got violent (and I’ve experienced his attitude before firsthand) to see that the camera reveals all his tendencies and remind him that he doesn’t own people and he is no slave master. I’d remind him that his karma is limited and if he thinks people won’t eventually retaliate (of course no one here) he is living in fantasy land. He isn’t smart but he is willing to be the biggest thug he can for advancement. Where did he get his morals from? Message him on facebook. I encourage you.

  • Dan

    Love it when he says (6:14) “I’m not gona eat anymore, so,,” It make me laugh every time I see it, But apparently he ate so, He’s got that going for him.

  • Block This Cop

    So, Orificer James deleted his facebook profile. I wanted to let him know (and he and his gang members will be reading closely) know that he can say that he is sorry and that he will never do that again. He can quit his job and make things right. Perhaps join a local church or activist group that advocates peace. Brad Jardis can’t be the only decent cop on the planet… then again, he grew a pair and made things right. A sincere and humble apology goes far with peaceful people like me so I assume that is the best course. Surely you can not even think for a second that you can go on that way. If he does then he is sicker than he or anyone thinks. I hold out hope for you James. I hope you do too.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/kinleyhard K. C.

    Cemorelis may have just configured his FB privacy settings to hide his profile from searches, etc.

  • Block This Cop

    Makes sense K.C. Thanks. Thanks everyone for letting him show his true colors. Sad choice. Maybe there is hope for him still. Who knows? Can’t give up hope no matter how hopeless and stubborn many are. Change is hard and painful but it sure is freeing.

  • Dawn

    You guys are ridiculous. Hope your “vigil” goes well…and hope you can raise lots and lots of money for yourselves…it won’t be from me.

  • No Thanks

    ” Around 10am on Monday, January 24th I entered Keene district court. I was present to support a couple of friends who had cases. Almost immediately I was assaulted, kidnapped and caged by “public servants” because I wore a hat. I am now charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

    So you always go to court to support your friends in such poor dress ? I mean, come on, you’re in a court of law and you look like you just came from a college frat house. Does that seem like an intelligent decision?

    You were not assulted either. You resisted their request to get up and leave, thus the officer who knew you and your buddies were there to make a statement for your cause just said fuck it and arrested you. So looking back, how do you feel your actions worked out for you?

    ” Keene police officer James Cemorelis yanked me to the ground and shouted “You’re out of here!” but he never gave me the chance to leave, let alone respond. ”

    You’re smart ass response on two occasions to the baliff were your chances. Then when he told you to come on and get up you just sat there in defiance and resisted. At that point, yeah, officer Cemorelis had enough and took you in. Good for him.

    ” I was not aggressive in my actions or tone of voice. Yet that didn’t stop Keene police officer Matt Griffin from burying his knee at the base of my neck. ”

    common police tactic/move to insure their safety. LEO’s can’t take chances and even if you were 80yrs old they would do that. besides, you’re a big guy. smart on their part and perfectly understandable and within the law.

    ” Then he and Keene police officer Chris Simonds carried me down a flight of stairs, outside and into a cruiser, which transported me to Cheshire County Jail. ”

    You resisted and refused to walk out. What the hell do you expect them to do, call you a wheelchair? Put your feet on the ground. The original vid shows you cross your feet and hold them up. Even the officers told you to get up and walk yet you resisted.

    ” Minutes after I had been assaulted upon another person donning a hat came into the room but he was not similarly molested. Perhaps because he had a shiny piece of metal on his costume? ”

    The cops knit hat is part of his uniform and he is an officer of the court thus allowed. You are not. You were a guest in an open court and under the rules of said court/judge. It’s not a public space.

    ” Burke, unswayed by Ademo’s tempered recant (“I apologize if my words offended you” ”

    That’s actually the funny part, when Ademo plays that he thinks that his offending someone is what got him 60 days. Is he really that stupid? Has to be asked…sorry.

    ” if I were walking down the street and a random dude yelled at me to remove my hat and then his buddies jumped me and threw me in a cage most folks (except maybe the cage manufactures and cage staffers) would rightly say I was victimized. Therefore, would it be out of place for my friend, after witnessing me getting jumped, to shout his outrage? Absolutely not. ”

    You can put it another way, but in your example, you’re walking down the street not in a courtroom. Two TOTALLY different places. The street is a public space and the guy in your story, not an officer of the court or judge. And your friend, yelling on the street, far cry different than screaming dumb ass remarks to a judge in open court. Again, is he really that stupid?

    “People should be free to act so long as they don’t initiate force on others.”

    Not really. It does depend on where they are. You have to be aware of your situation and know how to affect change. Again, you and Ademo are completely ineffective at getting your point across as your delivery is garning you zero respect from those that you seek to change the minds of. Rethink your strategy man. Otherwise, your efforts will go no farther than you tube and internet postings.

  • Tony

    Ha Ha ha. LMAO. You guys are complete idiots. Have fun in jail!!!! Thats were scum like you belong. i think the judge just assured his reelection.

    PS: Get a life…..seriously.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/kinleyhard K. C.

    I love how the cop suckers, judge penis pumpers, other sadomasochistic government brown-nosers and freedom haters don’t leave anything near their names with their comments on here.
    They go to courtrooms to worship almighty cops, judges, laws and prosecutors instead of churches, synagogues or temples to worship God and free will.

  • http://governmentabuse.info bile

    “The cops knit hat is part of his uniform and he is an officer of the court thus allowed. You are not. You were a guest in an open court and under the rules of said court/judge. It’s not a public space.”

    guest: a visitor to whom hospitality is extended
    hospitality: cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests.

    I don’t know that those in an open court are “guests”. The court is obligated to allow people in the courtroom under normal conditions. The court and the judge are agents of the state and therefore, theoretically, under a civil obligation to the people they supposedly serve. They are not a private institution with total control over their behavior and property.

    So I don’t see how the cop is different. The historical / cultural reasons for men to remove head coverings in buildings is independent of government employment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headgear#Headgear_etiquette

    “As a guideline, a man should remove his hat to show respect for the dead, when a national anthem is played or in the presence of royalty, in a church or courtroom, and during other solemn occasions, when meeting someone, and indoors while in the presence of a lady (though there is no actual relationship to uncovered heads and any of those places and situations). A woman may continue wearing her hat, unless she is wearing what is considered a unisex hat, such as a baseball cap, when she should remove her hat as well. Women usually do not take off their hats in these situations because they may be carefully pinned to their hair but take off their hats only in their own homes.”

    The only general exception for wearing hats indoors is for military personal who are carrying firearms or in cases where one is suddenly summoned into the location.

    So it seems quite reasonable that the officer should be held to the same cultural norms.

  • No Thanks

    @ bile says:

    ” I don’t know that those in an open court are “guests”. The court is obligated to allow people in the courtroom under normal conditions. The court and the judge are agents of the state and therefore, theoretically, under a civil obligation to the people they supposedly serve. They are not a private institution with total control over their behavior and property. ”

    As a spectator in open court where you are allowed, as you’re not always permitted in court sessions, you are a guest and must obey the orders of said court and the rules associated with it. The judge is in charge like it or not. They don’t have a civil obligation to allow you to dress as you please. They can tell you to remove a hat and if you don’t they can tell you to leave.

    ” So I don’t see how the cop is different. The historical / cultural reasons for men to remove head coverings in buildings is independent of government employment. ”

    The cop here is an officer and granted permission by the court / judge to wear his uniform. If you don’t see what I’m saying then take a gun, even with a CCW permit into court and argue that since the cop has one you feel you should be allowed to have one too. Let me know how that works out for ya.

    “ As a guideline, a man should remove his hat to show respect for the dead, when a national anthem is played or in the presence of royalty, in a church or courtroom, and during other solemn occasions, when meeting someone, and indoors while in the presence of a lady (though there is no actual relationship to uncovered heads and any of those places and situations). A woman may continue wearing her hat, unless she is wearing what is considered a unisex hat, such as a baseball cap, when she should remove her hat as well. Women usually do not take off their hats in these situations because they may be carefully pinned to their hair but take off their hats only in their own homes.”

    You can argue all you want about what’s the harm of a hat, but bottom line, is the rules are as they are right now and that’s not what Pete’s situation is about. He broke multiple rules and was disorderly and not compliant with an officers order, plain and simple. He wasn’t arrested for wearing a hat, he was arrested as a result of his behavior.

  • No Thanks

    K. C. says:

    ” I love how the cop suckers, judge penis pumpers, other sadomasochistic government brown-nosers and freedom haters don’t leave anything near their names with their comments on here. ”

    So K.C. is tells us a lot about you? Call me Todd K.C., Todd from whatever state you wish to pick. How does that make a difference?

    ” They go to courtrooms to worship almighty cops, judges, laws and prosecutors instead of churches, synagogues or temples to worship God and free will. ”

    I go to courtrooms to conduct business not act like a rebel who can’t represent a cause very well. I appreciate free will as much as anyone, but I also understand my place in the society that I freely choose to live in and obey the rules and laws set by society and the powers put in place. Just because you want to go into court with a hat on and dress as you please doesn’t mean you can. Courts have structure and business rules that trump free will. If you want to worship a God or a Dog, that’s you’re free will and something you can do without issue.

  • Dawn

    My name is Dawn. that’s my real name, “K.C.”

  • http://derp derp

    yeah seems like you guys have some enemies in that building i hope things work out for you.

    first they came for those who refused to remove their hats, and i didn’t do anything because i don’t wear a hat…

    but i do. good luck i’ll do what i can from here on the other side of the internet

  • http://www.libertypictureframes.com Kurt

    Derp gets it. Thanks Derp!

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  • http://www.tatumba.com The Mad Ape

    Yet one more example of fascism running amok in Amerika. Anyone who agree with what the judge and jackboots did suffers from Stockholm Syndrome. You are in love with your captors.

    Right now I am violating a Federal Court Order that prohibits publishing of police abuse. They are worried that said video will cause a riot in da Hood against authority. I say sucks to be authority because when you overstep your bounds you will be exposed.

    In today’s society George Washington would be labeled a terrorist. That is enough to tell me that society is wrong. I will fight all wrongs and those that go along because it is a rule would have made good Hitler drones.

    http://www.tatumba.com/blog/archives/4452

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