Individuals Wearing “Richmond PD” Badges Threaten Nate Cox, Free Speech
Update 2012.11.20 – the files are again accessible (links will expire on 2012.11.26) on ANON: Summary of Richmond Police Department Files from virginiacopblock.org
Two days ago we posted to copblock.org Anonymous LEAK: Richmond PD Internal Information Published Online, a repost from Virginia Cop Block founder Nate Cox, which itself was a repost of links posted by RVA Wingnut, to download 2,000 documents leaked from a criminal outfit known as “Richmond Police Department.”
It was unknown at that time the content of all those documents but in an effort to bring-about accountability through transparency, readers were encouraged to download and help sift through the information.
Cox described RVA Wingnut as:
primarily is a Anarchist Collective in Southern Barton Heights whom are affiliated with and to Cop Watch outreach & activism – as well as Virginia Cop Block
Cox had communicated to me that the RVA Wingnut folks had been visited by individuals who sought to intimidate them into censoring the information. Today they posted that “It looks like the RPD files that we linked to were taken offline at some point today.” And later added, “It appears that the police have now taken all the files down.”
The early afternoon of Friday, Nov. 16th, 2012 the same individuals, or some of their comrades, visited the house where Cox’s mom lives. They videotaped the property. This information came from a concerned neighbor. Then the house owned by Cox’s Grandmother was paid a visit. A tenant there explained that she didn’t feel comfortable taking their paperwork. Then this group of suspicious characters visited Cox at his work.
The paperwork Cox was given was an “Order” [viewable in-full below]
prohibiting (1) Defendants from continuing to make the Confidential Information available to the public; and (2) requiring that the Defendants return to the Court any copies of any portion of the Confidential Information.
Let the folks who work at Richmond PD know censorship and intimidation isn’t cool
Richmond Police Department
301 South Meadow Street
Those who signed the “Order”
Travis A. Sabelwski and Justin M. Sizemore (804) 344-3400
Illegible “circuit court judge”
Nate Cox Targeted for Free Speech 2012.11.16 episode of Free Talk Live which is on over 100 radio stations and XM.
Today RVA Wingnut posted:
Today Mo Karnage and Nathan Cox were served with injunctions from the Richmond Police Department. The injunction documents were very vague, and seemed to be about the files recently linked to by Mo and Nathan on 2 websites- Copblock and Wingnut.
The defendents are listed as Moriah Kahn (they can’t spell), The Richmond Wingnut Collective, Nathan Cox, Filebin.net, and Does 1-10 . . .
Important to note, is that typically injunctions are served by a process server. To have multiple cops hunting you down (they went to Nathan’s work, home, and mother’s home as well as Mo’s home, mother’s home, and friend’s home), some wearing tactical gear, is a pretty obvious intimidation tactic.
We are working on getting scans of the injunctions to post online for your viewing pleasure.
The City of Richmond Police Department is labeled as the plaintiff.
The injunction doesn’t say which files are the ones in question, just all of them. It appears that the police have now taken all the files down.
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