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An Update from Oklahoma

Published On March 14, 2014 | By Pete Eyre | Articles

I just rolled into Arkansas from Oklahoma. My time in the latter was productive and fulfilling, spent largely focused on three stories that each involve the death of an individual at the hands of others who wear badges:

  • Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket, who was killed in late December, 2013 by Custer County Sheriff employee Dillon Mach and a still-unnamed colleague
  • Luis Rodriguez, who was killed in mid-February, 2014 by Moore police employees Ryan Minard, Joseph Bradley and Brian Clarkston, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation employees Tyler Howser and Chad Strand
  • Terrance Yeakey, who was killed in early May, 1996 by ???

Stay tuned for more polished pieces about each situation. In the meantime, feel free to do your own research into these or other instances that don’t strike you as just. Buying into whatever scenario is peddled or remaining silent when our gut tells us something may be amiss, doesn’t bode well for justice.

>>If you’re in the Little Rock area join myself and others tomorrow, Sat., March 15th, at 8PM at Big Orange 17809 Chenal Pkwy<<

Yesterday morning I stopped by the FBI’s office in OKC at 3301 West Memorial Road to submit a FOIA request to obtain all content related to the death of Mr. Yeakey.

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Terrance Yeakey killed for gathering evidence that refuted “official” DOJ version of Murrah bombing

Since that stream unfortunately cut out after two-minutes, I gave a recap of the exchange when leaving the property. (The whole exchange was captured on my JVC Everio, excerpts from which will be included on an upcoming video.)

Here’s the page on the FBI website about submitting FOIA requests: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/requesting-fbi-records I plan to make that happen in the very near future.

RELATED: http://copblock.org/foia

The day prior, Wednesday, I stopped by the OKC PD facility at 701 Colcord Dr., to submit a FOIA request to obtain any and all content related to the death and resulting investigation of Mr. Yeakey’s demise. Yeakey was an OKC PD employee, and was the first on the scene of the Murrah bombing on April 19th, 1995.

RELATED: http://tytruth.com

I also asked if anyone currently employed at OKC PD was working back in 1996 when Yeakey was killed, and was told that the current chief, Bill Citty, had been. I called his office (405.297.1100) and was told that he was busy all day but that my contact info and request would be passed along to him. Thus far I’ve yet to hear back.

I also captured some broll around 620 N. Harvey Ave. – the address for the Murrah building memorial. And that evening I met with some of Yeakey’s blood kin.

On Wednesday morning I stopped by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation office at 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd. to see if anyone would comment about the actions of Tyler Howser and Chad Strand related to the death of Mr. Rogriguez.

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Luis Rodriguez, who died because he didn’t produce ID upon command

At first I was told to wait in the lobby and someone would come to talk with me but then David Deckard, the operations manager of that outfit, told me that they (his colleagues) opted not to speak with me. At one point Deckard told me, “you’re not legitimate media” and thus the information sought on my FOIA – complaints filed against and disciplinary action taken against Howser and Strand – wouldn’t be provided, though he did take the FOIA request so we’ll see…

Prior to that I stopped by the Moore police outfit at 224 S. Chestnut to hear if anyone would comment about the involvement of their colleagues Ryan Minard, Joseph Bradley, and Brian Clarkston in the death of Mr. Rodriguez.

After approaching the Records window I had a short conversation with James Fagans and his colleague, who basically told me that they couldn’t comment as the incident was still being investigated. They did confirm that those involved are still suspended (with pay).

I submitted a FOIA request (in Oklahoma called an Open Records Request) and was told it’d be forwarded to K.O. Williams, the assistant city attorney, who handles all such requests.

I stopped by the Warren Theater – the location of Mr. Rodriguez’s death – and captured some broll in the morning.

With my videocamera I noted the specific locations of surveillance cameras on site – the content they may have captured has been turned over to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) personnel, who are heading-up the investigation.

Since the video clip of the incident captured by Nair Rodriguez doesn’t show the full interaction, the footage captured by the theater’s own surveillance cameras will likely prove instrumental.

The night before I stopped by the theater and captured some broll and was told by a manager of the Warren Theater that he and his colleagues could not comment on the incident.

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Before that I rolled through El Reno and captured some broll of the area where Yeakey’s body was found – about two miles west of the FCI installation just outside of town. I also stopped by the El Reno police outfit and the Canadian County Sheriff’s outfit, as employees from both were at the scene around Yeakey’s body for an hour before FBI employees arrived and took over. Folks at both location were polite, especially at the latter.

When working from a Starbucks in Yukon, just east, I spoke with a police employee who noted that he too – as someone who lost two family members in the bombing – questioned the “official” version of events. The fact that that view isn’t just held, but was communicated, speaks volumes about the cover-up that was enacted.

I have submitted an Open Records Request to El Reno police and inquired at both if anyone was on staff who was working at the time when Yeakey’s body was found (almost 20-years ago). I’ve encouraged those who were to reach out to me if they have any thoughts or comments to share.

On March 6th I stopped by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office facility in Arapaho – where Mah-hi-vist’s killers work – and was stonewalled.

justice-for-mah-hi-vist-touching-cloud-goodblanket-facebook-cause-copblockAfter that exchange shown above, I again approached the window 30-minutes later and was again told “Not today” multiple times by the unnamed employee, which happened a third time 25-minutes later. I then spent some time outside, collecting broll of the facility and trying to engage employees as they walked from their vehicle to the facility, but was met only by silence.

Apparently though, sheriff Bruce J Peoples – who hasn’t been shy peddling his version of events to area media – was in the facility as his vehicle was outside. I left a note and encouraged him to contact me.

To see all those exchanges go to http://bambuser.com/channel/copblock and look at the content titled “Jaunt 24 Arapaho OK”

To see related content from those at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune see this story that starts on page two.

If you have a moment please call Dennis Smith, Custer County DA, and tell him to hold accountable the killers of Mah-hi-vist: 580-323-3232

On March 5th I stopped by the Oklahoma State Highway – Troop H facility in Clinton, where some present at the killing of Mah-hi-vist work. There, their colleague Neidy at least entertained my questions though he didn’t offer too much in the way of a response except to say that it was still being investigated. He did note though, that those in his outfit are equipped with audio recording devices on their person and dash cams in their vehicles. That content – Neidy stated – would have been preserved if requested by investigators (OSBI personnel).

When working from a McDonald’s in Clinton before I met with Melissa and Wilbur, Mah-hi-vists’ parents, a woman told me that they are very respected in the community. That sentiment was echoed by the many people I’ve since crossed-paths with in the area and from my own personal experience. My interaction with them when collecting content for this video, and later at a Native American Church ceremony, made an impact. I have nothing but respect and love for them and those in their sphere.

When editing these Justice For Mah-hi-vist videos I was in nearby Yukon, OK, where I  interacted with a number of police employees who worked for different police outfits. When they learned that I was digging into the killing of Mah-hi-vist they definitely weren’t flippant but were understanding of the desire to get attention on this situation.

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Pete with Wilbur and Melissa Goodblanket

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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.
  • Jake C

    Pete seems to be at it again. Posting paranoid conspiracy tales into the deaths of three people. He seems to like leaving out a lot of information.

    Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket Came at the officers with a knife injuring one of them. http://www.news9.com/story/24292220/osbi-custer-county-deputies-shoot-kill-suspect

    Luis Rodriguez, This case has been brought up on copblock a while back.
    http://www.news9.com/story/24845093/moore-police-release-report-about-luis-rodrigueza-death

    Terrance Yeakey, I remember hearing about his death. Of course paranoid conspiracy nuts like to pull his good name through the mud by saying he discovered the real truth about the Oklahoma bombings. The real truth is Timothy McVeigh did it.

  • Michael

    State how much you are willing to pay for duplication fees if any are assessed. Refer to the U.S. Department of Justice FOIA Reference Guide.

    From the FBI’s page.. Unruly isn’t it?

  • Michael White

    Jake C, why are you even here? Do you go to Burger King and gripe about their products? Any normal human being, when given the choice to read things they disagree with, and you disagree with everything here, or simply not reading them, would choose the latter. This tells me that you’re a sad, lonely person desperately seeking whatever attention he can get. Like a child pitching a hissy fit so mommy will pick him up. Do us all a favor and get a hobby that doesn’t include bad mouthing a great website that informs people. On a side note, is it possible for me to just ignore Jake C so I’m not exposed to his mindless, “Pay attention to me” drivel?

  • Michael White

    One other thing, Pete, if you’re ever on the South Shore of Mass, post up, I’d like an opportunity to meet you. Keep up the great work. “Pro Patria Vigilans”

  • Ghost

    slappy says, “Slurp, slurp, mmppphhh, mmppphh, slurp, slurp. Like it Chief?” Fucking moron.

  • RadicalDude

    They won’t give you info cuz your not “legitimate” “media”?!?! What kind of police state horse sh!t is that?!!!!@!

  • Jake C

    You said, “Any normal human being, when given the choice to read things they disagree with, and you disagree with everything here, or simply not reading them, would choose the latter”. I read things and I disagree with them so I post my opinion. Much like you are doing now. If my opinion isn’t up to your standards, you don’t have to read them or respond to them. But here we are.

    You say, “Do us all a favor and get a hobby that doesn’t include bad mouthing a great website that informs people”. Exactly where is the “website that informs people”? Have you read most of the posts on this website including your own? I have responded to a number of rants and hissy fits that only go to bash this site. I have never looked at this site as a hobby. Those are your words.

    You say, “On a side note, is it possible for me to just ignore Jake C so I’m not exposed to his mindless, “Pay attention to me” drivel”? Why aren’t you practicing what you are preaching. Here you are showing the limits of your intelligence while responding to my posts.

    Your post is a crybaby rant. Yoru childish tantrums show why copblock isn’t as repuatble as these copblockers think they are. Especially you. Again, if you don’t like what I write don’t read it and especially don’t respond to it. I am here because I want to be here just like you. You are a hypocrite.

  • JokeyTime

    Jokey,
    I see you did not challenge the “any normal human being” qualifier to be inclusive to you. Good move. Now, go away, the adults are talking.

  • Ghost

    Hey slappy. I do believe you are t. Either way your a fucking idiot with no comprehension of the real world. How’s the weather in Keene? In fact your a fucking moron.

  • keepitreal

    A hypocrite. Slaps calling somebody else a hypocrite. LOLOLOLOLHAHAHAHAHALOLOLOLOL.

    Post the address, slaps.

  • Pete Eyre

    Thanks for the note – I may try to get down to Fall River on April 11th for George Thompson’s next scheduled legaland date (http://www.copblock.org/thompson-asks-judge-to-throw-out-charges-for-recording-fall-river-cop) If you’re around and able to join it’d be a good to connect while giving some support to George.

  • John Q Public

    Get a valid insurance card yet, Pete?

  • Guest

    Get a job Slappy.

  • Jake C

    Legitimate media are people who have gone to school for journalism, have ethics, typically works for a large media station. Copblockers rarely have gone to secondary education, have no ethics, edit and lie about their stories. IT doesn’t look like a police state to me.